“The Memory of Us” by Camille Di Maio is the story of a girl from a family in post-war Britain beginning in 1937. The young socialite, Julianne Wescott, decided to apply to nursing school to try to make a difference and also to irritate her parents who expected her to be a socialite wife. She meets an Irish lad and falls hard for him. There is a slight problem however as he is studying to be a priest in the Catholic faith. She is an Anglican, but not a church goer. This is the story of their life together and apart. Of course, the entrance of Great Britain in the war and the subsequent bombing of England by the Nazis created tragedies from which not all will survive. I was moved by the depth of love and devotion I felt from the main characters of this novel. I was also very interested in the lives of those, who before the war, tried to maintain life as they wanted it to be. I was saddened by the turn of events that brought changes in their lives, but heartened as they began again.
Ms. Di Maio writes in a plain, compelling way to bring the reader into the story. This is her debut novel and I will be looking for other works by her in the future.
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