Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: "Shattered Memories" by Debbie Lynne Costello



After Charleston is devastated by an earthquake, Dr. Drew Warwick frantically searches for the woman he loves. When he finds her unconscious, he brings her to the makeshift hospital at his house. His joy at her waking up is quickly dashed when she only remembers him as her brother's childhood friend. Even worse, she thinks she still engaged to Lloyd Pratt, a scoundrel who has hurt her in the past. Can he help her regain her memories before he loses her to Lloyd?

Olivia Macqueen is confused and alone when she wakes up in the Warwick home. Drew Warwick says they are courting, but she only remembers him as the boy who teased her as a girl. The man she remembers being engaged to is Lloyd Pratt, but why does she feel so comfortable around Drew? When her memories begin to return, will she be able to piece together her life to find peace out of her shattered memories?

"Shattered Memories" by Debbie Lynne Costello drew me in and held my attention. I really liked Drew and felt his anguish over Olivia not remembering their relationship. I found myself getting frustrated that the bad guys seemed to be getting away with their deception. "Shattered Memories" has romance, mystery, intrigue, and humor. God was a central figure in the book and I liked how the characters learned to lean on Him more as the book progressed.  The book gave me insights into life in the late 1880's and especially in regards to the Charleston earthquake of 1886. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to reading more books by Debbie Lynne Costello in the future.

There were two areas in the book that contradicted themselves elsewhere. First, one character "thinks" about what time they'd told someone to meet them but when the note is read later, it is a different time mentioned. Also, another character walks to " X's brother's house, where X was staying" and then later tells X "I didn't think you had brothers". But these didn't keep me from enjoying the book and wanting to read more. (edited to add: apparently I received a copy of the book before the final edits and these issues were taken care of )



I am one stop on a blog tour featuring "Shattered Memories".  They are hosting a giveaway which you can enter here



Here is the list of blogs participating in the blog tour. (These will bring you to the current page for the blog, you may need to search for the post about Shattered Memories)


Feb 15: Quiet Quilter
Feb 19: Buwurmzzz
Feb 20: A Greater Yes
Feb 25: Bigreadersite
Feb 27: cherylbbookblog
Feb 28: Mary Hake

BONUS GIVEAWAY: If we get at least 10 comments, Debbie Lynne Costello will give one of my readers their choice of one of her books. Giveaway lasts one week and a winner will be picked on March 3rd. Please make sure I know how to contact you if you win. 

"Shattered Memories" is available in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3074 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wakefield Press (February 14, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AO9DRME

About the Author
Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Sword of Forgiveness, a medieval romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina where she has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. When not spending time with her husband, four children and grandchildren she hangs out with her Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.


I received a free copy of this book in order for me to give an honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

22 comments:

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Thank you for having me on your blog. I did want to mention you received a copy before the final edits and I believe those issues are taken care of. Looking forward to chatting with your followers.

Caryl Kane said...

SHATTERED MEMORIES is fantastic!

Marilyn said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Shattered Memories. I've read several reviews of the book during this tour and I'm looking forward to reading it myself.

Linda Moffitt said...

Would Love to read Shattered Memories Looks Really Good Following the blog tour and I am a feedburner follower also

Ed & Dottie said...

Sounds like a good book, one I'd enjoy

Trixi said...

I am enjoying the blog tour for "Shattered Memories" and each person's take on the book. I'd love to own a copy for myself :-) Thank you for your lovely review!

Kathy Jacob said...

This sounds like a good book!

Burtonbunch said...

Sounds like a good read!

Burtonbunch said...

Sounds like a good read!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Hey Carlye! Thank you!!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Thanks for coming by Marilyn! Im glad you're enjoying the reviews.

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Hey Linda! Good to see you here. Thanks for following the tour. I hope you win one of these!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Hello Dottie. I hope you get a chance to read SHATTERED MEMORIES. Good luck in the giveaway.

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

And I'm enjoying seeing you at all my stops Trixi! Thanks again for coming by. Good luck!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Yay! Love to hear that! Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Thanks! I'm glad it sounds like a book you'd like to read. Thanks!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Hey! Thanks for coming by and sharing Caryl!!

pailofpearls said...

I am loving the Charleston setting :-) and the cover

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Thanks Pail of Pearls. I love Charleston and the cover too! ;o)

Linda Moffitt said...

Thanks Debbie glad to stop by

Becky Dempsey said...

Marilyn, you are the winner of the bonus book giveaway. Please contact me with your email address at dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com by the 7th so I can send the info on.

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