Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy

Sea of Memories

When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgets… In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella’s life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful Île de Ré and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island’s sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels t...


Details Sea of Memories

TitleSea of Memories
Author
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, France, Womens Fiction, Romance
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Reviews Sea of Memories

  • Renita D'Silva
    1970-01-01
    I love this author's books - she is one of my favourite authors - and so I was eagerly awaiting this book. And what an amazing read! Gorgeous evocative writing that spills from the page transporting the reader to another place and time. Every character came alive for me and I felt for Ella but my favourites were Finn and Christophe. Another absolutely fabulous story from an incredibly talented author. A spell binding tale that will stay with me f...
  • Nancy Baker
    1970-01-01
    Perception is everything. An adult looks at a pebble on the sidewalk and sees just that -- a pebble. A child looks at that same pebble and sees a sizable rock. Another person looking through a magnifying glass looks at that pebble and sees a huge boulder. All perceptions feel right to each person, and as much as their views differ, they are all looking at the same thing. So it is with human relationships. We have an innate ability to read what we...
  • Greta Halliday
    1970-01-01
    I picked up this book and did not put it down until the last page had been read. This poignant and beautifully written story really tugs at the heart strings and totally immerses you. It is one of the best books I have read for a while and one that I will be re- reading in the near future. A story of lives, love and loss is a must read., the writing is superb.
  • Little My
    1970-01-01
    Whilst I did really enjoy this novel and the descriptions of France I felt in trying to cover the entirety of one person's life meant that the characters became somewhat diluted. At times I felt disappointed that some of the main character's experiences were dealt with in a chapter when they could in fact have been books in their own right. But still a very enjoyable read.
  • Jacqueline
    1970-01-01
    I have waited a long time for a new release from Fiona, her previous three novels, set among the Bordeaux vineyards, were great reads so I was initially a little worried about the possibility of disappointment, if this new novel didn’t live up to my expectations. Thankfully Sea of Memories, although totally different to her previous books, didn’t disappoint in the slightest.Set partially among the sand dunes and Atlantic coast beaches of the ...
  • Suze Lavender
    1970-01-01
    Kendra's grandmother is old and doesn't have long to live anymore, but she has one last wish. She wants Kendra to write down her memories. Kendra has a busy life, being the breadwinner at home and taking care of her autistic son, but she's intrigued by her grandmother's request and decides to give it everything she has. Ella's lead an interesting life and before Kendra knows it she's entirely enthralled by her grandmother's story.It's 1938 and se...
  • Mircina
    1970-01-01
    Unexpected delightI was not expecting this to be the wonderful sorry that ice just finished reading. I have fallen in love with Ella and her life story and have already looked up Il de Re as next year's holiday destination. Fantastic beautify written story x
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    Fiona Valpy is a new author to me but one I'm so glad I've discovered, I absolutely adored this book. I loved the journey we went on with the characters and I just loved the setting. This was the perfect book to read to escape life, I was fully immersed into the story whilst reading. This book is emotional, have some tissues at the ready when reading! The characters are so beautifully written and I just loved Fiona's writing style. This is a book...
  • Gail Atkins
    1970-01-01
    A beautifully written book about love, friendship and relationships.A dying grandmother asks her granddaughter to write her memoirs of her time in France during the early stages of WW2, in a hope that her estranged daughter would read it and their rift would be healed.Secrets shared and heartache bond the two women, changing their lives forever.
  • Georgina Roberts
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book, the descriptions of France were so well written and really took me there. I loved the story, how it goes back and forth to the past and the present day and just everything about the book in general. I even had a few tears at the end which to me is a sign of how much the book has moved me. First book I’ve read by Fiona and I’ll definitely look for more. Five stars
  • Jackie Hawes
    1970-01-01
    Wonderful page turner.Fantastic. First book I have read by Fiona Valpy but definitely won't be my last. I did not want the story to end. Full of love, hope and seeing things from a different perspective, it transports the reader across the years, showing how time and circumstances change things but also intertwine in life's tapestries. I could literally feel the emotions and feelings of the characters come alive from the pages. A gripping love st...
  • Teresa
    1970-01-01
    Sea of Memories is a beautiful love story. It is the love story between Ella and Angus, Ella and Christophe and ultimately between Kendra and Dan. It is also a love story between Ella and Kendra.Ella asks her granddaughter, Kendra, to write her story before she becomes so frail that she can no longer remember it. Through tapes, letters and conversations, Kendra learns the story of Ella and Christophe, and in doing so, learns who her grandmother r...
  • Sally Mcdonagh
    1970-01-01
    Kendra visits her elderly grandmother, who she doesn’t really know that well, in a nursing home, begrudgingly and out of guilt. There her grandmother asks her if she would write her memoirs before she forgets her life. Ella starts off her story with her first trip to île de ré in France and the friendship that she has with Christophe and Caroline. The book starts in 2014 and from there we get glimpses of Ella’s life from 1938 to 2014. We se...
  • Rebecca Stonehill
    1970-01-01
    This was the first of Fiona Valpy's novels I have read and I was enormously impressed by this evocative and poignant novel. With a strong sense of place and first-rate, believable characterisation, I was swept along by Ella's story from beginning to end, hardly putting the book down. I really enjoyed the dual time scales as well - while at first I was unsure of the relevance of the modern setting, as the story unwound, I could see how Kendra's an...
  • Carrie Echols
    1970-01-01
    Heavenly BookI received this kindle version from a Goodreads Giveaway. I absolutely loved this book! The authors descriptions are so lyrical, I could just envision the surroundings so clearly. I loved the storyline, and was so moved by Ella's torment and struggles, the emotions of her love for Christophe and Angus also. Ella learned so much through her life and was able to give sound advice to Kendra from it. Delightful book, I look forward to re...
  • Jody
    1970-01-01
    Perfect Summer ReadI can't remember the last time a book made me cry, but this one did. I don't think younger generations appreciate what it was like to live through WWII, especially in Great Britain and France. Ms. Valpy makes you feel as though you are there in the story with her characters. You feel their angst, their heartbreak, their joy, their every emotion. It was a roller coaster ride that I didn't want to get off of. I couldn't put it do...
  • Maureen Moffat
    1970-01-01
    Gripping from first to last pages.Here there are several stories in one, the possibilities for each strand to become a book of its own. I can still feel the joy of scudding over foam topped waves, the bottomless grief of lost loveUnlike many authors, Fiona contrives to bring her story to a considered conclusion rather than leaving the reader with the feeling that she "can't be bothered anymore" A bit like Bronte 's Villette, the future of the cha...
  • Melinda M
    1970-01-01
    Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy is the story of Ella as told to her granddaughter. Ella wants her granddaughter to write her story down before she forgets. It is a story of challenges, love and second changes. Fiona Valpy does a wonderful job of describing the scenes and you feel if you are there. The descriptions are wonderful. Makes you realize that a story needs to be told to be helpful. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.
  • Beth Sammons
    1970-01-01
    An amazing story of loveI love stories in this period of time, the greatest generation. They lived, loved in a period of such darkness and hardship. They lived a nd survived a period of such evil, and yet when it was over they thrived and survived. I loved the back And forth of this story. Both grandma and granddaughter struggled with their marriage, yet both succeeded in the end.
  • Sally Rogers
    1970-01-01
    A Truly Beautiful StorySo lovely that I didn't want it to end. It included the past and the present, melding it into one to create a real page turner. Ella went through what a lot of women did during wars; losing a love, moving on, but never really forgetting. Also a good portrayal of autism, a condition not often understood by those that don't encounter it. Well done Fiona - another favourite author to add to my list
  • Natasha Wilson
    1970-01-01
    Don’t normally write reviews but the story drew me in very quickly. Beautiful story about one woman who was a daughter/lover/mother/wife/grandmother. What are our grandparents stories? Mine have now passed away but I wish I’d asked them about their life and the war. Got through 5 tissues at the end of this book, something else I don’t normally do and that’s cry! The character of Ella had obviously got to me. Great book.
  • G Bolter
    1970-01-01
    A fabulous bookChose this for my bookclub choice from the reviews it had... and I wasn’t sorry ... the characters are all very believable and I fell in love with them all.. tissues at the ready towards the end. I have been to the isle de Re and it is a very special place brought alive in this lovely book. Don’t yet know the feelings of my fellow bookclub members .. will have to wait until our next big meet to find out!!
  • Fátima
    1970-01-01
    Lovely readI've really enjoyed reading this book, getting transported in to Ella's life and understanding all that happened to her. It's a beautiful love story that tells the life of a woman since she's young all through the years, including the World War II. All very well explained, lots of descriptions without making it too annoying and that really takes you to Ella's world. First time I read this author and not the last one!
  • Angie
    1970-01-01
    I received this kindle book from a Goodreads Giveaway! Lucky me! It was unexpectedly wonderful. I was swept away and found it hard to put down. I loved it so much, I have bought a hard copy to give my friend since it’s not in our library yet. If you love historical fiction and a love story that will transport you to another place and time, then don’t miss this beautiful book! Thank you Goodreads!
  • Mrs Irene MacInnes
    1970-01-01
    Could not put this book downFrom the first chapter I couldn't put the book down. The story is something that you can relate to as so many people have got some association with the second world war and the horrors of what happened. It also brought us close the ways that history repeats itself within families and that we have always got choices be they good or bad.
  • Margaret
    1970-01-01
    I love stories where the location is as important as the human characters. I was delighted with the description of the Ile de Ré in the days before the bridge was built . The theme of the story that charitas when combined with duty and family is the most important parameter we allow to limit our free will, can never be repeated often enough.
  • Mrs Dorothy Freeman
    1970-01-01
    A remarkable love story This is the most moving and beautifully written love story I have read in a long time. I was in tears a couple of times while reading it and was particularly moved by the poignant interaction between an autistic child and his great grandmother. Thank you Fiona.
  • Olga
    1970-01-01
    Loved it. I just finished reading this book and it tells a beautiful love story. The author makes you travel along with the characters and share their emotions. I agree with the concept of seeing the good little things in life and not concentrate on the negative. I would love to read more books like this one.
  • Linda Mckellar
    1970-01-01
    Great readReally enjoyed this book and not because I am Scottish. So many stories unfolding and well written. After reading this it makes you think about your own family going through tough times that you know nothing about. Enjoyed every page of this book and would highly recommend it!
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    This is the life story of Ella as written by her granddaughter Kendra. But wait--It is amazing . Don't question buying this book. It gives you the feels. All of them! It ranks right up there with Lilac Girls and Sarah's Key. I loved it and look forward to more books from this new to me author. Thank you thank you Goodreads and Lake Union for picking me to review this.