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  • Happy Memories

    I loved Griffin’s last book, The Flower Arrangement, so when I had the opportunity to review her new release, The Memory Shop, I jumped at it. And I’m happy to report that The Memory Shop was just as good, if not better, as that earlier novel. There’s a lot of similarities between the two books. In The Flower Arrangement the main setting is a romantic and charming florist. I said in my review of The Flower Arrangement that the shop gave Griffin an opportunity to gift us with the most beautiful flower porn. This time Griffin demonstrates her brilliant descriptive prose again by detailing antiques and window displays. I love that Griffin steers clear of the usual food porn and uses something unique and surprisingly satisfying. Yeah, who knew that there could ever be antique porn or shop window porn? Or that a reader could enjoy it so much. Both books also have a chick-lit multitude of characters who cross paths in a Love Actually type way. All get their moment in the spotlight but my particular favourites were Nora, the central character and owner of the antique shop, and Fiona, who owns the cafe next door. The individual stories are romantic, sad, and poignant, and include some topical issues such as domestic violence and alcoholism. There are some happy endings for the characters, but not all the threads are neatly tied in the end, prompting me to hope for a sequel using some of the extra characters. Griffin used the Irish setting a little more fully this time around, but I would argue that it again never stood out for me as particularly important. I wonder if Griffin’s descriptions of the shops are so draining that she has little left for her home country. Another similarity between the book is their gorgeous covers. There’s just so much pretty. If you’re looking for a book to gift someone, The Memory Shop would be perfect. 5 out of 5

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  • A really worthwhile read.

    I loved this book. It was really well written by Ella Griffin and the pace was right. The different storylines within the main story were often sad but worth reading. I loved Nora, the main female character, and the way she unravels her family story through an ingenious method of her grandmother. A really worthwhile read.

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  • Relaxing Read

    Story was easy to follow. Likeable characters. Light read for times when you don’t want to think too much.

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