Review & Giveaway: The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

The Memory House: A Love Story in Two Acts by Jenetta James

Publication Date: August 10, 2020
Quills and Quartos Publishing
Paperback & eBook; 276 pages

Genre: Historical Romance

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.

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I think 2020 is the year of finding new authors to love and now I can add Jenetta James to that list!

I practically inhaled The Memory House over the past few days...I did not want it to end!

I'm a sucker for dual timelines as most of my readers are aware, and this one was really well done. I often tend to prefer one timeline over the other but with The Memory House, they were both equally compelling.

The story kicks off with a wonderfully eerie scene that immediately grabbed me. The way Jenetta was able to create that tension in just a few pages was genius. There was no way I was putting it down after that!

The novel centers around the lives of two women born 150 years apart. Kitty is young, wealthy, and unmarried much to the dismay of her controlling father. Her father's attempts at marrying her off is met with hostility and she dreams of breaking free. Josie's story takes place in 2018. She is looking for work as a nanny since the family she currently works for is moving away when she finds the advert to be a nanny to twin girls. She takes the job and moves into the home with the girls and their father.

I don't think I could love this novel more. It's the perfect mix of mystery and romance and drama and I loved every word! I cannot wait for more from Jenetta and I will definitely be picking up her previous books. She is a fabulous writer! Highly recommended!

About the Author

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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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 10
Review at Books and Backroads

Tuesday, August 11
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, August 14
Feature at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Saturday, August 15
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Monday, August 17
Guest Post at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Wednesday, August 19
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, August 20
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Monday, August 24
Review at A Darn Good Read

Wednesday, August 26
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Friday, August 28
Excerpt at Probably at the Library
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Sunday, August 30
Review at Nursebookie

Monday, August 31
Review at Tangents and Tissues


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Memory House! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on August 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter.

The Memory House


  1. The book cover is very elegant. I like the fact that the two women live so far apart in time.

    1. I love the cover too! It was a great book, I hope you check it out!


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