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The Memory Box

A beautiful, timeless and heartrending story of love in a time of war

By: Kathryn Hughes


Publisher: Headline

Publication Date: 08/05/2021

Format: e-book -audio

My Rating: 5 Stars +++


A heartbreakingly beautiful novel, The Memory Box unlocks an unforgettable epic story of love and war, from the million-copy-selling author of The Letter, Kathryn Hughes. If you adored The Nightingale, The Tuscan Contessa or My Name is Eva, this is the book for you.

Some love stories can't be forgotten...

Jenny Tanner opens the box she has cherished for decades. Contained within are her most precious mementoes, amongst them a pebble, a carving and a newspaper cutting she can hardly bear to read. But Jenny knows the time is finally here. After the war, in a mountainside village in Italy, she left behind a piece of her heart. However painful, she must return to Cinque Alberi. And lay the past to rest.

After a troubled upbringing, Candice Barnes dreams of a future with the love of her life - but is he the man she believes him to be? When Candice is given the opportunity to travel to Italy with Jenny, she is unaware the trip will open her eyes to the truth she's been too afraid to face. Could a place of goodbyes help her make a brave new beginning?

Will you be the next reader to lose your heart to The Memory Box?

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'I could not put this book down! It is absolutely phenomenal from the very first page right until the very last page. It is heartbreaking, joyful, hopeful, and a book that you won't want to put down*****'

'Wow, wow, wow!!! A gorgeous story which had me hooked. The best book I have read all year. Make sure you have a box of tissues when you read this heartwarming beautiful story *****'

'I love WW2 fiction and The Memory Box didn't disappoint. It's an emotive, thought-provoking read about love, loss and forgiveness'

'I absolutely loved this book. Devoured it in a few days. I eagerly await more of Kathryn Hughes' books. I will be first in line. Excellent *****'

'What a gorgeously written tale. This story was heartbreaking but also heartwarming. Full of unexpected twists, this one had me gripped! *****'

'A stunningly beautiful story. Brilliantly developed characters and the usual amount of research that Hughes puts in all her works. A heart-warming and emotional read that I read in one sitting *****'

'I absolutely adored this book! I enjoyed the characters and the story! The story had me finishing the book in no time! I highly recommend this book!!! A story that will stay with me a while'

'An extremely well researched story, beautifully told. It is sad in places, but heart-warming in others'

'A heartwarming, well-written story. Heartbreaking in places but a story that had to be told *****'

'I could not put this one down. I loved the story and the author. A wonderful read!'

About the Author

Kathryn Hughes, author of digital #1 and

international bestseller The Letter as well as The Secret and The Key

The question I am most often asked is this: have you always wanted to be a writer? Looking back over my life I can see that writing has played a fairly significant role, but I can’t remember having a burning desire to be an author. I have enjoyed writing short stories but would not say I was prolific. I don’t have a back catalogue of work like some writers do. In my twenties, I wrote around 50,000 words of a Mills & Boon novel. I have no idea what happened to that manuscript and sincerely hope it never surfaces. It was probably terrible!