Book Spotlight | “The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts” by Jenetta James

Posted Tuesday, 23 June, 2020 by jorielov , , , 3 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

I had already made my selections to read during #AustenInAugust for this year as I’ve been trying to make good on my promise to myself to re-engage with the stories I’ve attempted to read in the past but fell a bit short of finishing; hence why I have a book blogger’s backlogue.

For this particular event – I was looking forward to Adam @ Roof Beam Reader hosting this as it was an event he hosted for quite awhile before he had to take a hiatus from it. This year, as I was contemplating hosting a homage to his event, I learnt there was another event a month before August in July – simply called ‘#JaneAustenJuly’ which originates via booktube. I’ve decided to move my Austen reads into July to walk alongside my INSPY reads for a readathon I love participating in for INSPY Lit.

You might be curious why I am broaching this whilst hosting Ms James? The reason is because I originally crossed paths with the author when she first contacted me about “Suddenly Mrs Darcy” – this is one of the stories I desire to finally enjoy start to finish during #JaneAustenJuly as it was one story which was left unfinished in [2016]. I’ve been attempting to get back into reading Jane Austen ever since however, the past several years haven’t quite been kind to me as most of my regular readers know as [2017] was the year my father recovered from his stroke whilst [2018/19] were the years where my own health afflictions took over my life.

In [2019] I had the pleasure of listening to “Rational Creatures” – a collection of Jane Austen inspired after canon short stories – an anthology which also features Jenetta James. Shortly thereafter I had the chance to receive the anthology “Yuletide”. It is this second anthology I didn’t get the chance to feature on Jorie Loves A Story due to health afflictions and other issues which arose after I received the collection. I’ll be showcasing both “Yuletide” and “Suddenly Mrs Darcy” this July as I walk back into my readings of Jane Austen as I also slated to read “Mansfield Park” and “Northanger Abbey”.

This Summer whilst re-organising my readerly life, I saw the announcement for this lovely story and knew I wanted to help promote it. I still stand behind what initially drew me into wanting to read Ms James’ stories – there is something quite marvelous about the kinds of stories she’s writing and I dearly cannot wait to reconnect with one from her past next month!

Today I am celebrating her latest release and look forward to hearing from my readers if this is an author whose on your own radar to be read and/or if this is the first time you’ve heard of Jenetta James and the collective works she has currently published? Grab a cuppa of your favourite brew and get to know a bit more about this lovely new release!

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Book Spotlight | “The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts” by Jenetta JamesThe Memory House
Subtitle: A Love Story in Two Acts
by Jenetta James

A house in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods is home to secrets, mysteries, and two love stories spanning two centuries.

In 1859, independent-minded Kitty Cathcart dreams of escaping Veronica Gardens but her father’s determination to marry her off to a rich man of his choosing forces her to seek happiness and find her own voice by other means. And then the handsome but poor Alex Faraday walks through the front doors.

In 2019, Oxford-educated Josie Minton never dreamt of living in a house as grand as Veronica Gardens, but the nanny’s quarters are a perfect fit for a young woman in need of a job. Wealthy financier James Cavendish and his twin girls quickly find her indispensable to their happiness, but Josie is still searching for her future.

Then the great house reveals the first of its secrets, and the tragedy and romance of one era are brought into sharp relief with another.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Thriller Suspense


Places to find the book:

Add to LibraryThing

ASIN: B08BFG6LJ4

Published by Quills and Quartos Publishing

on 10th August, 2020

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Published by: Quills and Quartos Publishing (@QuillsQuartos)

The following stories by Jenetta James are being re-released:

Suddenly Mrs Darcy

The Elizabeth Papers

Lover’s Knot

Available Formats: This is a Digital First release.

Converse via: #HistFic or #HistNov
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About Jenetta James

Jenetta James

Jenetta James is a lawyer, writer, mother and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practises full time as a barrister. Over the years she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego.

She is the author of “Suddenly Mrs Darcy”, “The Elizabeth Papers” and “Lover’s Knot” as well as a contributor to The Quill Ink series of anthologies, “The Darcy Monologues”, “Dangerous to know”, “Rational Creatures” and “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl”.

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I personally get giddy whenever I find a time slip, time shift or time travel narrative – the time trifecta as I refer to it!! These are the writers who can convince us we are straddling two different eras in time at the exact same moment we are endeavouring to understand the other, we’re fully immersed into the passages of time which slip us into a second setting – the beauty for me of course is being lost in the details between the two worlds which are created for us. To peer into those timescapes and root out the hidden truths of what they can either foretell or prove to be true depending on which way round the events and revelations take us to wander!

In this particular story, what I found more intriguing is how there is a long absence of knowledge about the events which changed the lives of the two romantic souls in 1859 before their story is fully understood in 2019! Talk about a haunted past and a curious way in which how in the future the past finds its own route to allow the truth to become revealled.

When it comes to arranged marriages, I am oft a bit on the fence with my feelings about them – as unlike marriages of convenience and mail-order brides (especially of the Western Romance section) you can understand there is a bit more say on behalf of the women and the choices they are making for the lives but when its an arranged marriage – generally speaking, all rights of the woman are put aside for the rights of the men. That in of itself was an interesting nod of interest for me to read this lovely but it is how in the present of this story, the curiosity resumes as one ordinary woman whose humbly employed finds herself in the lush background of a house she never thought she could reside inside. That moment of her own enlightenment felt a bit of a throwback towards Jane Eyre – who also was thus employed not as a nanny but as a governess and found herself situated in place which was far distant than what she would have felt plausible for herself.

I am quite eager to find out when this releases into print and/or audio as I most definitely think it will be a captivating read for me! Also, I am hopeful the new versions of Ms James stories (including this one) might become available on audiobook to be heard via Scribd now that that is my subscription service of choice. Until then, I am amongst the book bloggers who are helping to celebrate this release and help get the word out for anyone who loves these kinds of delish #HistRoms!

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 I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary!
Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I appreciate hearing different points of view especially amongst readers who gravitate towards the same stories to read. Bookish conversations are always welcome!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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3 responses to “Book Spotlight | “The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts” by Jenetta James

    • Hallo, Hallo Ms Bruno,

      The more I hear about The Memory House – the more I find myself wholly intrigued by the plot! I love stories which give us a surge of joyful anticipation and become this wicked delightful ‘discovery’ once they arrive in our readerly lives. I have good vibes about this one and I look forward to discussing it with you in the future once it goes into print and I can read it too. I was thankful to be on the tour – thanks for including me!

  1. Christina Boyd

    I have had the honor to read advance manuscripts of this book. It is extraordinary and, in my opinion, Jenetta James’ finest work to date. Every now and then a book comes along that haunts you, lingers in your mind for days after—this is just such a book. I can’t wait to hear it in audio too—I have it on good authority that the voice actor is also the talented Harry Frost who narrated Yuletide. So I can’t wait!

    By the way, she wrote an exemplary story in “Elizabeth: Obstinate Headstrong Girl” — Elizabeth Bennet meets Darcy at an English country house party where there are sparkling guests, a fox hunt, and the politics of suffragettes.

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