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A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author. How can you know someone you’ve never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonel A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author. How can you know someone you’ve never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why …


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A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author. How can you know someone you’ve never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonel A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author. How can you know someone you’ve never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why …

30 review for Thanks for the Memories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mansi Sharma

    "Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." This is one book that I just didn't want to have an end. It taught me so much. Specially the things that I knew but couldn't quite come one to. Thanks for the Memories has two parallel stories looking for one common destination. An Irish woman Joyce has just had a tsunami of troubled times in her life. She's going through the loss of her unborn child, a failed marriage and has to face all those sorry faces that she cou "Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." This is one book that I just didn't want to have an end. It taught me so much. Specially the things that I knew but couldn't quite come one to. Thanks for the Memories has two parallel stories looking for one common destination. An Irish woman Joyce has just had a tsunami of troubled times in her life. She's going through the loss of her unborn child, a failed marriage and has to face all those sorry faces that she could clearly do without. She has her 75 year old father with her (the best best BEST character in the book who'd make you laugh your hearts out), and her two best friends, indeed. An American man Justin, who has moved across the country just to be close to his daughter Bea, is recovering from his divorce. An art and architecture freak, he comes to Dublin as a guest lecturer and has to donate his blood just to get in the good books of this gorgeous doctor Sarah. This blood saves Joyce's life when she has the miscarriage. After the blood transfusion, Joyce learns Latin and Italian overnight; apart from the great, great knowledge about the Renaissance Paintings and architecture. The rest is for you to find out! :P It is an amazing, amazing story which would make you laugh and smile through the tears. This fiction, ironically, will help you a great deal in going through the reality and not to forget, a better understanding of life and death and everything in between! Happy Reading! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Simcsa

    How is it possible to know someone you've never met? With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost everything else. But she survived the terrible accident - and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited. Thanks For The Memories is like a bubble gum, it stretches until it bursts. And unfortunately my patience stretched and burst with it and then I wasn't interested in what was to happen next, not at all. I indeed w How is it possible to know someone you've never met? With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost everything else. But she survived the terrible accident - and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited. Thanks For The Memories is like a bubble gum, it stretches until it bursts. And unfortunately my patience stretched and burst with it and then I wasn't interested in what was to happen next, not at all. I indeed wouldn't mind if Joyce went nuts and killed everyone around her, well, perhaps I would be even glad because it would be more interesting than waiting for her encounter with Justin all the time. And I didn't like Justin, he was sooo selfish and such a pig to Sarah and then there is that odd blood transfusion.. Occasional fits of laughter and my resolve not to abandon yet another book were the only things that made me finish it, neverthless I skimmed a lot and the ending wasn't worth the effort. I was waiting for one scene, expecting it to be great and that scene came only at the very last pages and left me mad. Was I waiting for that all the time?!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Cooper

    I finished Thanks For The Memories last night at about 10.30. I read a full 300 hundred pages in the evening. Maybe slightly obsessive, but It was a rather addictive story! It’s really hard to judge this book by its cover, it is so pretty and the colours are just lovely! Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern is her fifth book to be published and is definitely my favourite so far. It follows Joyce as she comes to term with the loss of her unborn baby due to an accident falling down the stairs. I finished Thanks For The Memories last night at about 10.30. I read a full 300 hundred pages in the evening. Maybe slightly obsessive, but It was a rather addictive story! It’s really hard to judge this book by its cover, it is so pretty and the colours are just lovely! Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern is her fifth book to be published and is definitely my favourite so far. It follows Joyce as she comes to term with the loss of her unborn baby due to an accident falling down the stairs. She feels this strange connection though with a random man she meets in a hairdressers. She is also remembering some one elses memories. She dreams of a little girl with blonde hair and of places she’s never been. She miraculously learns italian overnight. She follows her heart and finds out what’s behind all of these strange happenings. I really enjoyed this book because I loved the whole idea and concept that Ahern came up with. Also I enjoyed the romance between them even though they only speak two or three times in the book. I can imagine them marrying and everything, Ahern gave you enough just to let you imagine what happens next. My favourite part of this books concoction of good points was the humor. With Cecelia Ahern’s other books I didn’t laugh at all, it was more crying related, with Thanks for the Memories I laughed so much. I loved the whole excursion to London with her father. Her crazy, funny and sweet father is what made this novel colourful for me. He added the extra dimension. On the other hand it would have been nicer if the book had of had more time of the two main characters together. It felt almost unfinished. There were lots of circles in the plot, but this is quite like Ahern’s style of writing and it has been apparent in her other books. I was quite confused at the beginning as to what had happened to Joyce, I thought she had been in a car accident and I think that it would have worked without her having to lose her baby. I didn’t really understand how she would need a blood transfusion from that…. Also the beginning prologue didn’t really grab my attention. Overall this novel was full of funny characters, hilarious jokes, romantic sections and the novel was fast-moving. To make it better Ahern needs to add more bulk to her storylines. It was an excellent idea though. My Favourite Part: When Joyce and her father visit the antique roadshow and steal a bin and get on television for it! Never laughed so much. Also when they go on the viking bus! Saddest Part: When she moves in with her father and sees the blood stain on the carpet from when she fell and lost her baby… Cutest Part: When Justin chases after Joyce’s Viking Bus. Ah and then he calls out her name even though he doesn’t know it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ailsa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read a few of Cecelia Ahern's novels now (although not her most famous, P.S I love You) and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what the hype is about. Maybe in my old age I'm just too cynical for Ahern's brand of *~magical~* romances. Its not even solely that the premise (girl and boy gain long distance connection through blood transfusion) requires a massive suspension of disbelief. If there was any sort of real romantic pay-off I could accept quite a lot from a writer. But this story l I have read a few of Cecelia Ahern's novels now (although not her most famous, P.S I love You) and to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure what the hype is about. Maybe in my old age I'm just too cynical for Ahern's brand of *~magical~* romances. Its not even solely that the premise (girl and boy gain long distance connection through blood transfusion) requires a massive suspension of disbelief. If there was any sort of real romantic pay-off I could accept quite a lot from a writer. But this story left me cold, mostly because I don't actually find it that romantic that you discover you're "perfect" for this guy once you've basically had your entire personality excised by his blood. No joke, Joyce, the character in this novel goes from being a fun loving, vegetarian, estate agent to an authority of architechture (leading to her being unable to perform her job), a speaker of several languages, a bit of a kill joy and a rabid meat eater. And then she can meet the man of "her" dreams (actually the man of the memories she's dreaming that have somehow been transmitted to her). I'm sorry, but what about being completely obliterated as a person ranks as romantic? Even more than my problems with this point of the plot is the fact that, in an attempt to extend the initial mystery of the novel's set up, we spend almost the entire book getting to the "good" bits of any romance - and its not even as if the novel had me in suspense. About 20 pages in it became obvious what had happened, so I was just wading through wondering when I was going to reach the romantic meeting/ realisation of these characters. In an attempt to not be completely negative, I will say that there were some good secondary characters in this novel (Joyce's dad in particular) and it wasn't an absolute chore to read. Eseentially it was a mindlessly sort-of enjoyable and entirely forgettable read. And that's the closest to an endorsement you're going to get from me. Unfortunately, I require a little bit more, even if it is "only" chick lit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for a short story versus a full-length novel. It's slow-going and long and I felt it for sure. I won't be reading this for a second time but it was an OK read overall. I had to add a star to my initial 2-star rating because you know it's Cecelia Ahern ♥ My favorite quote: “We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alaine

    What a wonderful book!!!! This book was one of those rare books that grabbed me from the first chapter, one that you can't put down, you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to the characters and you read as fast as you possibly can. This was such a beautifully told story from the first page to the last. I loved the diversity of the characters, the pain, the relationships, I laughed until I nearly cried and then I cried when I felt their pain. The story is set mainly in Ir What a wonderful book!!!! This book was one of those rare books that grabbed me from the first chapter, one that you can't put down, you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to the characters and you read as fast as you possibly can. This was such a beautifully told story from the first page to the last. I loved the diversity of the characters, the pain, the relationships, I laughed until I nearly cried and then I cried when I felt their pain. The story is set mainly in Ireland and in a clever way tells you about a lot of the local architecture. It is about 2 people whose lives cross in a most unusual way and their, at times hilarious interactions with their own families and friends. There is a scene in a hotel room between Joyce and her Dad when they laugh hysterically and just can't stop, then her elderly father laughs so hard he farts (her word not mine) and then has a little 'accident'. This scene was so funny I had tears rolling down my face. It also had a touch of fairytale magic in it, yet was more a story about family relationships than romance. So thank you to Cecelia Ahern for a very entertaining book, I will definitely read more of your books now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    Although I started reading this book and got a reading slump I started reading it all over right from the start and I just finished it today and I totally loved it. *happy dancing* It was a very interesting story, something that I never heard of, and I didn't expect this at all. I just loved the way that every chapter kept blowing my mind. It had some little jokes and funny parts that made me smile and laugh, but sometimes it was a bit annoying like the parts when Joyce's dad kept t Although I started reading this book and got a reading slump I started reading it all over right from the start and I just finished it today and I totally loved it. *happy dancing* It was a very interesting story, something that I never heard of, and I didn't expect this at all. I just loved the way that every chapter kept blowing my mind. It had some little jokes and funny parts that made me smile and laugh, but sometimes it was a bit annoying like the parts when Joyce's dad kept talking on how to make "jealous" an old man named Donald, by having a nice trip. And although he is a nice person sometimes he really annoyed me. Anyway, Joyce and Justin's adventures kept making me so excited. They basically saw each-other almost everywhere they went and it was so adorable, so lovely to see them struggle just to meet. And then in the end the things were complicated but they made it, although I didn't like the ending that much,it could have lasted a few more pages before the end but it was cute and it still works. [image error] I gave this book 5/5 stars because it has a beautiful and very mysterious story, it is told in two different perspectives: one from Joyce's and the other one from Justin's, the story never got boring, the author gave lots of information of architecture, art, some info of deja vu, deja vecu and deja senti, some blood donation information,trips and a lot of stuff, and there were a few inspiring quotes like: "I've got the big remote control of life in my hands, and I'm ready to start pushing some buttons." "Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." "Don't let anybody dictate your speed." "Down I go, falling, then floating,and falling again, I wait for the land of my life." In three words I can say: I loved it. [image error]

  8. 4 out of 5

    FreshGrads .Sg

    Thanks for the Memories is the latest book by Cecelia Ahern, acclaimed author of bestseller PS I Love You as well as the youngest daughter of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The 28-year-old seems to have all going well for her: Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, will be the second novel adaptation hitting the screens soon while her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, is to be made into a US TV series. After a devastating miscarriage which also spells the last of her fast falling a Thanks for the Memories is the latest book by Cecelia Ahern, acclaimed author of bestseller PS I Love You as well as the youngest daughter of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The 28-year-old seems to have all going well for her: Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, will be the second novel adaptation hitting the screens soon while her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, is to be made into a US TV series. After a devastating miscarriage which also spells the last of her fast falling apart marriage, Joyce Conway moves in with her muddled and eccentric father. She begins recalling memories that do not belong to her. Instead, they belong to Justin Hitchcock, a divorced architecture guest lecturer in Dublin. Despite reading several rave reviews of Thanks for the Memories and of the author herself, I was unable to apprehend the book's success. Barely reading up to a third of the book, it became so obvious what happened that it left me wondering when I would reach the romantic climax. I must say, I was kept waiting for a pretty long time. First I had to suspend all disbelief of the premise that two individuals might be connected through a blood transfusion. Second, after much waiting, there was hardly much of a romantic climax per say. The two instantly deemed each other perfect upon finding out the source of their connection. Third, the book delivers far less than expected – characters show much promise with fun-loving, vegetarian Joyce and a geeky-cute architecture lecturer of a love interest. Interestingly, the supporting cast, Joyce's father, proves much more entertaining to read instead. That said, it was characters like this that kept me through the book. Otherwise, Thanks for the Memories was hardly a chick lit read and only worth an attempt by Ahern's avid fans. For more book reviews, visit FreshGrads Reads. We also do reviews on food, movies and more in Singapore. Check us out here!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Grauschopf

    I picked up this book because of the blurb on the back that said, "Cecelia Ahern is queen of the modern fairytale." I love fairytales, and I thought that a chick lit book with a fairytale feel would be awesome. But it seems that whoever wrote that blurb has never actually read a fairytale, only knows that they have something to do with magic. Or something. And this book does have one incredibly unlikely magical element, which is already hard to buy into. So you know that the hero and the heroine I picked up this book because of the blurb on the back that said, "Cecelia Ahern is queen of the modern fairytale." I love fairytales, and I thought that a chick lit book with a fairytale feel would be awesome. But it seems that whoever wrote that blurb has never actually read a fairytale, only knows that they have something to do with magic. Or something. And this book does have one incredibly unlikely magical element, which is already hard to buy into. So you know that the hero and the heroine are fated to be together from the very beginning. Unfortunately, they're both too childish, immature, and downright stupid to be able to manage it. The book would be about 50 pages long, if either character had a grain of sense to them. Since they don't, they manage to drag on the tale for 489 pages, by the end of which, I was hoping more for some kind of crippling accident to put them out of my misery than the promised "happy ending." But lo, there was no "rocks fall, everyone dies" moment, and everyone is happy by the end. Lalalala. Whatever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jess☺️

    Thanks for the memories is hilarious, moving and sad all at the same time, I've read this book about 4 times now and it never gets old I still find myself giggling when I put it down. I really do highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a little cry and a fun pick me up 😂 Thanks for the memories is hilarious, moving and sad all at the same time, I've read this book about 4 times now and it never gets old I still find myself giggling when I put it down. I really do highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a little cry and a fun pick me up 😂

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shaikha Alahmad

    ”He told me that story way back when I sucked my thumb and when he was as big as an oak tree. When mum’s yawns sounded like songs. When we were all together. When I had no idea there would ever come a time when we wouldn’t be. When we used to have chats in the garden, under the weeping willow. Where I always used to hide and where he always found me. When nothing was impossible and when the three of us, together forever, was a given.” 3.5/5 The narrative follows two very different people as th ”He told me that story way back when I sucked my thumb and when he was as big as an oak tree. When mum’s yawns sounded like songs. When we were all together. When I had no idea there would ever come a time when we wouldn’t be. When we used to have chats in the garden, under the weeping willow. Where I always used to hide and where he always found me. When nothing was impossible and when the three of us, together forever, was a given.” 3.5/5 The narrative follows two very different people as their lives begin to entwine. Justin is visiting Dublin to give a lecture on art and is persuaded to give blood. Joyce has just awoken after a terrible accident which has caused her to lose her baby and, by the looks of it, her marriage too. After the accident she has a blood transfusion to save her life and suddenly remembers things that have never happened to her, and information she didn't know before. The pair have never met and yet are magically drawn to one another, due to Justin's blood saving Joyce's life. Both Joyce and Justin have become despondent with their lives; Joyce moves in with her father after the accident and her marriage falls apart. Justin is divorced and spends most of his time traveling around giving lectures to students that he feels really aren't that interested. Their paths cross several times throughout the story, and each time they meet they become ever closer. I cried and I laughed more than I thought I would. The narrative is somewhat predictable and the story got slow and boring at times, but Thanks for the Memories is still a compelling read and makes for a delightful, if somewhat unbelievable, love story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan in Perthshire

    I normally enjoy Cecelia Ahern's books. Firstly, she writes with elegance, humour and skill; and her books draw you in to a world that is often strange and whimsical, but nonetheless very real and believable. I liked the sound of this one - the little teasers piqued my interest and I thought 'this sounds good'. It started well, good character development and scene setting so that I was drawn in very quickly. Then ... I just lost interest or perhaps concern about the characters. I just did not ca I normally enjoy Cecelia Ahern's books. Firstly, she writes with elegance, humour and skill; and her books draw you in to a world that is often strange and whimsical, but nonetheless very real and believable. I liked the sound of this one - the little teasers piqued my interest and I thought 'this sounds good'. It started well, good character development and scene setting so that I was drawn in very quickly. Then ... I just lost interest or perhaps concern about the characters. I just did not care what happened to them. It was okay - a great beach read - but I was disappointed. So much so, that I abandoned it half way through and returned to it many weeks later! I never do that with books so I am mystified. It might just be me so I am reluctant to condemn it but I just could not get excited.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marty

    Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was, because it's not that Ahern can't write. The prologue is beautifully written and sets up an intriguing mystery. Who is this woman? How pregnant is she? Has she lost the baby? How did she fall down the stairs? Who was on the phone? I couldn't wait to get into the book and find out what happened. And then - I just didn't believe it. And I'm not even talking about the plot, as implausible as it is. (B Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was, because it's not that Ahern can't write. The prologue is beautifully written and sets up an intriguing mystery. Who is this woman? How pregnant is she? Has she lost the baby? How did she fall down the stairs? Who was on the phone? I couldn't wait to get into the book and find out what happened. And then - I just didn't believe it. And I'm not even talking about the plot, as implausible as it is. (Boy donates blood, girl gets boy's blood after falling down the stairs, girls suddenly has all of the dude's memories.) The problem was that I didn't believe the characters, at all. They didn't seem like real people, they seemed like devices to churn the plot. I feel the need to give examples of what I mean, though they probably will seem petty. Joyce's dad is described as having planned his entire life out, yet when they're in London doesn't know how to pack a suitcase and makes a disaster of it. It seems like anyone who is all about organization should be able to fold his clothes and put them in a bag. Joyce, on the other hand, is described as just rushing into things in life without thinking them through - yet she's spent the past ten years redecorating her house in a loveless marriage. Really? So, she flies by the seat of her pants, but no affairs or other craziness outside of choosing drapes in all those years of boredom? Ooooooo-kay. Other stupid things that annoyed me: Justin, the boy blood donor, makes a slightly cheeky remark at an elderly lady in the dentist waiting room. Her response is to throw a magazine at his head. Really? That's just not really something people do, and Justin appears unsurprised and just keeps walking away. Then, Joyce again. She miscarries in the middle of her second trimester, and in one scene there is very detailed description of her pulling on her jeans. So ... she's already back in pre-pregnancy jeans? And if so, she doesn't feel a pang or anything about that during the FIVE PAGES she's busy pulling them on? I could go on, but I suspect I'm the only one who would be interested. Other that all that crap, though, there are other really well-written pieces sprinkled throughout the novel. At one point Ahern describes staring into a mirror, how your face looks like a stranger's. (I never knew other people did that.) The grieving that Joyce does for her baby, including her wanting to just be alone and feel self-pity - that was great. (Not for Joyce, but you know what I mean.) And the way Joyce and her dad talk about slowing down and enjoying the present rang very true for me. So, in summary, eh. It wasn't my favorite, and I wouldn't recommend it to most people I know - though I do know a few that would probably really like it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oria

    If anybody asked me what three things I'd like to take with me on an island, I would say 2 books and a sunscreen lotion. I had two books with me on my trip to Koh Chang (Elephant Island), and one of them was Thanks for the Memories. The reason I bought this book was P.S. I Love You, the movie. I just loved that movie (I must confess Gerard Butler helped a lot in that regard) and even though I haven’t read the book this movie was based on or any other book by this author for that matter, I decide If anybody asked me what three things I'd like to take with me on an island, I would say 2 books and a sunscreen lotion. I had two books with me on my trip to Koh Chang (Elephant Island), and one of them was Thanks for the Memories. The reason I bought this book was P.S. I Love You, the movie. I just loved that movie (I must confess Gerard Butler helped a lot in that regard) and even though I haven’t read the book this movie was based on or any other book by this author for that matter, I decided it was time to break the ice. Thanks for the Memories is what I like to refer to as ‘light reading’. After “The Poisonwood Bible” and “The Passage” I felt the need for something different, something romantic and more optimistic. The story is pretty uncomplicated and even though you can see where it’s going, it’s the journey that counts and not the destination, as the saying goes. Joyce and Justin (it almost sounds like Jack and Jill, doesn’t it) are two people at a crossroads in their lives and it almost felt like fate said, let’s take these two and put them together, they would do just fine. How that happens is a bit out of the ordinary and without giving too much away I can safely say it was quite fun to read as Joyce decided to follow her instincts and walk the path that would eventually take her to Justin. Even though the book doesn’t start on a lighter note, there are quite a few scenes and characters too, that soon change that. Joyce’s father spices things up a bit in a very old fashioned and endearing way, followed closely by Justin’s sister in law whose “inch-long leopard print nails and skin-tight leather-trouser-clad hips” brought back to mind Peggy Bundy from the “Married with Children” tv series. All in all an entertaining read, just perfect for a day on the beach under a big tree with the sun winking cheerfully through the leaves above and the sound of the waves in the background.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jamieson

    After a horrible accident, Joyce Conway is trying to put her life back together. Her life and her marriage are in pieces, but Joyce tries to get back to living a normal life, despite advice from others. But something is stopping her. She keeps having dreams of a beautiful blond haired girl, of places she has never been. She knows things that she shouldn’t about art, about architecture. She sees a beautiful woman in her dreams. Joyce sees and knows things she should not know. And it all started aft After a horrible accident, Joyce Conway is trying to put her life back together. Her life and her marriage are in pieces, but Joyce tries to get back to living a normal life, despite advice from others. But something is stopping her. She keeps having dreams of a beautiful blond haired girl, of places she has never been. She knows things that she shouldn’t about art, about architecture. She sees a beautiful woman in her dreams. Joyce sees and knows things she should not know. And it all started after her accident. Wanting to get to the bottom of things, to discover the reason for her newfound knowledge, Joyce tracks down her blood donor… Justin Hitchcock is a lonely man. He hasn’t dated since his marriage broke up. Instead, he contends himself with touring universities, talking about art, about the only thing he has passion for in life. He knows he’s lonely, knows that he needs to heal. What he doesn’t know is that his life is about to change. When a beautiful woman convinces Justin to give blood for the universities blood drive, Justin has no idea that giving away a few drops of his blood will change his life forever. He has no idea that by giving something from his heart, he may receive the very things he needs to heal it… I have been a long time fan of Cecelia Ahern since her novel P.S. I Love You. I also never miss an episode of her hit show, Samantha Who. Even so, I wondered how good her new novel would be; no one can be so consistently funny, it just doesn’t happened. Well, with Thanks for the Memories, the impossible has indeed happened! This is a heartwarming, laugh out loud romantic comedy that has everything you could want: laughs, strong characters, excellent writing, wonderful plot twists and a happy ending. Though the novel requires you to suspend your disbelief for a moment or two, that’s okay because the characters make this story worth it. Joyce’s father, Justin and Justin’s friends are stand out secondary characters made all the more enjoyable because of Justin and Joyce themselves. They’re such wonderful characters; you’re rooting for them to get together from the very beginning of the novel. It’s rate that I read a novel with such a wonderful cast of characters, but Ahern has created wonderful people that I actually cared about by the time the book was over. Thanks for the memories is a magical, incredible read that will hook you from the first page and not let go. It’s summer reading at it’s best and an absolute delight. If you read one good book this summer, make sure it’s this one. You’ll remember it for a long time to come.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Gass

    A bookclub choice that I was excited about reading after not reading a romantic novel for ages! I read the whole thing but the story was so unbelievable that I actually got so irritated with it but at the same time was being lightly entertained and had to finish it to see what happened in the end. When I was younger I used to devour these kinds of books and read one after the other but maybe my tastes have changed and I'm not such a romantic anymore?! (How sad!) I normally rate books well if I l A bookclub choice that I was excited about reading after not reading a romantic novel for ages! I read the whole thing but the story was so unbelievable that I actually got so irritated with it but at the same time was being lightly entertained and had to finish it to see what happened in the end. When I was younger I used to devour these kinds of books and read one after the other but maybe my tastes have changed and I'm not such a romantic anymore?! (How sad!) I normally rate books well if I learned something while reading it and I didn't learn anything from this book! My favourite parts of the book was the relationship that Joyce has with her father and their visit to London and the Antiques Roadshow was amusing so it wasn't all bad.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is a “will they, won’t they” story with a magical twist. After an accident Joyce finds she “knows” things that she had no knowledge of before – she has acquired an expert knowledge of the arts and architecture. She now likes ballet and opera. Heck, she is even eating meat again after years of being a vegetarian! Even more strange is the fact that she is “seeing” someone else’s memories. On one of his regular work visits to Dublin, Justin bumps into Joyce, the girl he comes to know as the “gi This is a “will they, won’t they” story with a magical twist. After an accident Joyce finds she “knows” things that she had no knowledge of before – she has acquired an expert knowledge of the arts and architecture. She now likes ballet and opera. Heck, she is even eating meat again after years of being a vegetarian! Even more strange is the fact that she is “seeing” someone else’s memories. On one of his regular work visits to Dublin, Justin bumps into Joyce, the girl he comes to know as the “girl in the red coat” and immediately feels a connection to her. He keeps bumping into her and losing her time and time again and the story really has you wondering whether or not they will ever get to meet each other and get to know each other properly. It is a charming, witty and often moving read and on the whole, I really enjoyed the story but, unlike other Cecelia Aherne books, I wasn’t gripped and quite often found myself skimming pages.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Obsessed Reader)

    I really enjoyed this, and every time I read a Cecelia Ahern book I am reminded why I love her writing so much. I listened to the audio book of this, and I thought it was excellent. I actually tried to read part of the physical book myself after listening to the audiobook, and I found that I actually preferred listening to the voice of the narrator of the audiobook. I didn't give the book a full five stars, though, just because it is completely unrealistic and is more fun than believable. Also, I I really enjoyed this, and every time I read a Cecelia Ahern book I am reminded why I love her writing so much. I listened to the audio book of this, and I thought it was excellent. I actually tried to read part of the physical book myself after listening to the audiobook, and I found that I actually preferred listening to the voice of the narrator of the audiobook. I didn't give the book a full five stars, though, just because it is completely unrealistic and is more fun than believable. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of Justin, and I felt like he spent the majority of the book saying sorry for being a kind of sucky person. Anyway, it was a fun story that kept me interested and had me laughing, feeling sad, excited, joyful, etc. and if was a very good read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    3.5 stars (but not enough to round up) This book had its moments… but not enough of them. It was basically “Sleepless in Seattle” with a twist.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shweta

    Easy, enjoyable read. Fans of Cecelia Ahern would love it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samama Reza

    I wonder where Cecelia Ahern gets all these interesting, creative and magical ideas from. The hint of magic she has in all her contemporary fiction stories is something I always aspire in books. The leading lady in Thanks for the Memories, after an accident, gets a blood transfusion from a stranger - a stranger who has a lot of knowledge on architecture. And now, Joyce has miraculously been gifted with an amazing amount of knowledge on historical architecture, and an obsession on meat. She can’t I wonder where Cecelia Ahern gets all these interesting, creative and magical ideas from. The hint of magic she has in all her contemporary fiction stories is something I always aspire in books. The leading lady in Thanks for the Memories, after an accident, gets a blood transfusion from a stranger - a stranger who has a lot of knowledge on architecture. And now, Joyce has miraculously been gifted with an amazing amount of knowledge on historical architecture, and an obsession on meat. She can’t figure out where all this coming from in her head, and at a point she doesn’t even care as she gets drawn to a stranger called Justin – the stranger who had anonymously donated his blood to her. Oh my! *Squeaking*. The plotline might sound kind of dumb and funny, but trust me; the author puts everything in such an interesting and sophisticated way, that you’re going to end up loving the story. And the book had something I absolutely love and admire in all books regardless of how some individuals devotedly hated it. And that is: SLOW BURN ROMANCE. The book was filled with many beautiful quotes and explanations, some even worked therapeutically for me. Joyce had a sweet and soft personality, but that didn’t mean she’d let people step over her. That’s something I found absolutely admirable about her. Justin was funny, handsome and interesting. But oh boy was he an arrogant soul. But as the story progressed, he grew wiser and thus nicer. I loved that about him. However, the ending felt a little unsatisfying. Even though it was all right, I was still expecting a lot more. Some things felt undone. So, 4.5 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maha

    I’m allowing this to become my second DNF of the year. I just can’t stand this book. I reached page one hundred something and literally nothing is happening, like the “bizarre action” that is supposed to jumpstart the story is so obvious and silly. I felt this book pushing me into a reading slump, so I just decided to let myself not finish it. Why waste my time when I could be reading something I love? Such a disappointing start on Ahern’s books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Voolaa P

    3,5/5 stars! It was an easy read and a sweet story, though most of the time it felt like the narration was focused more on the relationship between Joyce and her father than the actual story between the two protagonists, Joyce and Justin. Although the events are kind of surreal and not scientifically proven it's an honorable attempt at pointing out the strong connection that two people, with very little in common, may share for, sometimes, unknown reasons. Cecelia Ahern created this book as if t 3,5/5 stars! It was an easy read and a sweet story, though most of the time it felt like the narration was focused more on the relationship between Joyce and her father than the actual story between the two protagonists, Joyce and Justin. Although the events are kind of surreal and not scientifically proven it's an honorable attempt at pointing out the strong connection that two people, with very little in common, may share for, sometimes, unknown reasons. Cecelia Ahern created this book as if the readers were watching an film, the action, the instant changes among scenes and characters, that kind of brought to my mind films like "Serendipity" and "In your eyes". In the end the story seemed a little rushed to me and left me quite emotionally hanging but on the whole it was a really enjoyble book! Also recommendable for doses of laughter where Joyce's adorable old father is involved! Maybe my favourite character in the book!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    This book touches some pretty hardcore themes like losing an unborn child or suicide. The most outstanding part of this book to me was the relationship of the MC with her father because while it's a little over the top sometimes it also paints a pretty realistic picture of what it feels like to see your parent age with all anxieties that brings with it. I'm writing this because I think for a lot of people this will be a very good book, but in the end the pace was just too slow to fully draw me i This book touches some pretty hardcore themes like losing an unborn child or suicide. The most outstanding part of this book to me was the relationship of the MC with her father because while it's a little over the top sometimes it also paints a pretty realistic picture of what it feels like to see your parent age with all anxieties that brings with it. I'm writing this because I think for a lot of people this will be a very good book, but in the end the pace was just too slow to fully draw me in. A story with a strong start and nicely fleshed out relationships that could have used more speed in the last third.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This book sucked me right in from the riveting 3 page prologue, powerfully, painfully written. While the premise of the book is pretty out there and far-fetched, it was written so convincingly that I couldn't help but be drawn into the lives of the two main characters and found myself blasting through the book to see how it would end. When the characters' hearts were racing I found my own heart beating faster, too. With each missed connection I groaned and sighed in my mind. Reading this book wa This book sucked me right in from the riveting 3 page prologue, powerfully, painfully written. While the premise of the book is pretty out there and far-fetched, it was written so convincingly that I couldn't help but be drawn into the lives of the two main characters and found myself blasting through the book to see how it would end. When the characters' hearts were racing I found my own heart beating faster, too. With each missed connection I groaned and sighed in my mind. Reading this book was quite an emotional ride. On top of the mysterious connection and romance angle of the book, I found the supporting characters to be really enjoyable. I loved Doris and Al, Frankie and Kate, and most especially, of course, Joyce's dad. I loved that the author took the time to really define all the relationships (friendships, marriages, parent/child, sibling) in the book and gave the reader a chance to know characters through those relationships. I found this to be a totally delightful read, touching and humorous, romantic and exciting. It should be noted, for those who are sensitive, that there are a handful or so of "F Bombs" in this one. Sigh.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This will be out in April 2009 Ahern, queen of the "soul mates will find each other" chic lit fairy tales, has another winner on her hands. There's always a bit of magic involved in her tales, but this one has the biggest dose yet. Protagonist Joyce takes a tumble down some stairs, losing her baby (and ultimately her marriage) and needing a blood transfusion. While still in the hospital, she discovers she has all sorts of new knowledge--architectural, artistic, historic, a grasp of languages--tha This will be out in April 2009 Ahern, queen of the "soul mates will find each other" chic lit fairy tales, has another winner on her hands. There's always a bit of magic involved in her tales, but this one has the biggest dose yet. Protagonist Joyce takes a tumble down some stairs, losing her baby (and ultimately her marriage) and needing a blood transfusion. While still in the hospital, she discovers she has all sorts of new knowledge--architectural, artistic, historic, a grasp of languages--that she had no actual way of having gained. And then the memory flashes begin--of a woman on a picnic blanket, a tow headed little girl she's never met, and a life she has never lived. She's getting intimate glimpses of someone else's past, and she becomes obsessed with figuring out whose. A couple of chance meetings with a tall man set sparks flying and the comedic dance of trying to get two strangers who are meant to be together ACTUALLY together begins. It's a fun, light read coming out just in time for Spring Break.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    4.75 stars! One of my fav contemporaries ever, so good! I really wish there was a sequel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I loved the premise of this book- woman receives a blood transfusion and takes upon her donors' personality, dreams, thoughts, and, at times, his conversations. There were times where this premise became too much, and the characters rubbed me the wrong way a few times, but overall it was a really good book! I especially loved the relationship Joyce had with her dad, and I loved seeing her overcome her challenges from the beginning of the book. I would recommend this book to people who are fans o I loved the premise of this book- woman receives a blood transfusion and takes upon her donors' personality, dreams, thoughts, and, at times, his conversations. There were times where this premise became too much, and the characters rubbed me the wrong way a few times, but overall it was a really good book! I especially loved the relationship Joyce had with her dad, and I loved seeing her overcome her challenges from the beginning of the book. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of Jojo Moyes and Sophie Kinsella.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Prami{reader and dreamer}

    We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found. This book is not as good as I expected but the We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found. This book is not as good as I expected but there’s something about Cecilia’s writing that kept me turning the pages till the last. 2.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)

    40th book of 2020 (165 Books read overall) Quote from the Book I Liked - 'In my day, something just was. none of this analysis a hundred times over. None of these college courses with people graduating with degrees in Whys and Hows and Because. Sometimes, love, you just need to forget all those words and enrol in a little lesson called 'Thank You'.' Rating - 3.5 Stars *Important take from the book* - A Good selfless deed is all the world need. Plot Summary - A compelling 40th book of 2020 (165 Books read overall) Quote from the Book I Liked - 'In my day, something just was. none of this analysis a hundred times over. None of these college courses with people graduating with degrees in Whys and Hows and Because. Sometimes, love, you just need to forget all those words and enrol in a little lesson called 'Thank You'.' Rating - 3.5 Stars *Important take from the book* - A Good selfless deed is all the world need. Plot Summary - A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author. How can you know someone you’ve never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets an attractive doctor, who persuades him to donate blood. It's the first thing to come straight from his heart for a long time. When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déjà vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why … My Review - Have you ever thought about Transfer of Memories via Blood transfusion? I guess maybe. I did think of it being a science student and have studied the transfer of several skills via the transfer of memory cells but Transfer of memory? This was something I only saw in Science Fiction movies. But as the writer is Cecelia, this could be possible in real-world as well. This book is the story of a girl who is expecting her first child after a lot of tries to conceive with her husband.. But unfortunately, she skips a step of stair and loses her baby. When she wakes up, she finds this weird sense of a knowing of vibrant details on architecture and arts around several old building. How she acquired such a thing? wWas it her trauma that causes her to hallucinate Or was it something entirely different?  Cecelia brings a whirlwind of emotions in this from loss to the ageing father and the happy moments with him. It touched several dormant nerves and part of my heart and made me yearn for more. But the story ends after all (Isn't all stories end?) But I enjoyed the complete journey of her mental recovery via a complete stranger's good gesture. I guess we should all show such a good gesture every now and then which might help someone out there. Conclusion - Sci-Fi yet real. Full Review on Blog. Link to Blog - The Tales of Fugitive Biker

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