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3 stars I have read and loved every one of Karma Brown s books She is one of my favourite authors Unfortunately, this novel fell shy of my hopes and expectations.Lucy Sparks wakes up from a coma after falling and hitting her head She has lost most of her memory from the last four years She also discovers that she has what her doctors call, false memories or honest lying Her brain has created memories that feel real but are not real Through therapy sessions along with the help of her friends and family, Lucy works to unravel the details of her life that seem scattered and broken I found the premise of the story intriguing, however, the execution didn t quite work for me I couldn t connect with Lucy As devastating as her situation was, I didn t feel anything for her.For me, the storyline seemed to take on a less serious tone than Brown s previous novels Even though this novel didn t live up to my love of her previous books, I still look forward to what Karma Brown has in store for us next I remain a huge fan of her work This was a Traveling Sister read with my lovely Norma To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister read reviews, please visit Norma and Brenda s fabulous blog at big thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin and Karma Brown for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review 3.5 STARSNo matter how many I come across, I m always a sucker for a novel that features an amnesia component There s something about the protagonist s journey across the unknown that grabs me, and Karma Brown has found a unique flair to make her story, The Life Lucy Knew, stand out in the crowd of others like it While I did hope to grasp a little of Lucy and Matt s relationship by the end and desired a little from the epilogue, I did immensely enjoy following Lucy along such a difficult journey Highly recommended to fans of Brown s previous work and for those looking to pick up a dependable read that is emotional, but not too heavy I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. 3.5 Stars THE LIFE LUCY KNEW by KARMA BROWN was an enjoyable, interesting, quick and easy read that had an extremely interesting and fascinating premise to it I absolutely love books with an amnesia component to the storyline and whereas I did enjoy this one I was a little disappointed with the ending I normally thoroughly enjoy Epilogues and all that they reveal to us but with this one I would have liked to have had a little insight into the inbetween of our main characters relationship, therefore lowering my overall rating KARMA BROWN delivers a well written read here with an engaging and unique storyline that has us following along with Lucy and her heartbreaking journey Our main character, Lucy is suffering from a head injury where her brain has re written her memories causing false memory I really felt strong emotions for Lucy and what she endured I can t even imagine how I would feel or how I would react in a similar situation Overall, it was an enjoyable, entertaining, and quick read with an ending that I wasn t completely satisfied with Karma Brown is an author that I thoroughly enjoy as she always delivers a reliable, heartwarming, and emotional read Would recommend This was a Traveling Sister Read that I read along with my lovely Lindsay Thank you so much for reading this book with me Thank you so much to NetGalley, Karma Brown, and Harlequin Hanover Square Press U.S Canada Park Row for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.https twosisterslostinacoulee.comCoulee a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley. I loved this story as I do with all of Karma s books Set in Toronto where the author lives and I grew up, made the story exceptionally appealing being familiar with the streets and various locations mentioned.An original and interesting premise has Lucy Sparks waking up from a coma after falling and hitting her head, only to have false memories She knows who she is but the life she recalls living is not the life she has led Healing and moving on becomes complicated as she isn t sure which memories are real and which are false.Engaging characters, a clever storyline, an emotional read.I highly recommend The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown.Thank you to Karma Brown, NetGalley and Park Row Publishers for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. You know I couldn t resist reading this one early.Read this and other reviews at Carlene InspiredLucy Sparks is happily married, has a fantastic job, and has the best memories of her lifeonly her memories aren t her own A nasty fall leaves her confused, having forgotten her relationship with her boyfriend and co worker Matt, her family s big life events, and who she really is What her doctor calls honest lying is really her brain filling in the blanks and when Lucy tries to live normally she finds that what her head knows and what her head remembers are very different.I love a good memory loss novel, movie, or TV show, so of course I was all over The Life Lucy Knew by Karma Brown Lucy is written in a way that makes you really care for her and believe her predicament She s sweet, naive in this new position, and very kind hearted It is very obvious that she cares for her family, her friends, and her spouse, even if she has the wrong one in her memories The fictitious memories seem very real, with Lucy able to describe them down to the exact details, but as she tries to recover her memories she begins to understand that though the memories are real, some may not even be her own It was fairly realistic in the sense that I had never heard of false memories, but I could believe in it for the story Lucy s emotions are all over the place, her family and friends try everything, and some of the events that follow her waking up are hard, but necessary I appreciated that it wasn t all easy and that it wasn t truly a romance, but rather a story of a woman dealing with a difficult event and overcoming it despite the speed bumps along the way.The Life Lucy Knew was a nice break from my usual reads and was just the sort of pacing I was looking for I do wish the epilogue had to it, but ultimately I enjoyed the story It s the kind of novel you read while relaxing by the pool or cozied into a blanket, the story not over dramatic or filled with angst ARC provided. Sometimes the things that used to make sense don t make sense any Karma Brown is a new author for me Despite I had some issues with the story itself, I must admit this woman can write Wow It was somehow a new experience for me romance with an intense suspense, which wasn t a thriller or a detective story I couldn t put it down I was literally glued to my Kindle After I read the blurb I was sure based on my huge reading history , that I knew how the story would go.Let s see, a woman wakes up with an amnesia after the accident and thinks she were married to her actually ex, whom she didn t see for years I drew 2 scenarios 1 Her ex turns out to be her dream man current bf immediately dismissed they h ex find each other reunion, love, best sex ever she falls down and hits her head while chasing butterflies her memory comes back HEA with 3 kids 1 in her belly.2 Her current bf turns out to be the best man ever her ex is a villain and causes drama she gets into the accident and hits her head while saving a cute worm from rainy weather her memory comes back HEA with 2 kids, dog cat, and of course the cutest pet ever worm Charly But I could never imagine how this author did fold this story out Nothing predictable, well, at least not for me Very intense, honest no extra sugar coating, unique for some readers probably unlikable heroine, no miracles, decent ending, but not a la la land HEA.I ll put the big part of my review under the spoiler tag If you plan to read this book, don t click it The book was semi safe for me, kind of love triangle Very probably unsafe for many readers.I m not into the line read this book, if you re brave Bravery has nothing to do with reading a book A person is brave, when he she saves a life, chooses a dangerous career path, risks his her life Sorry, but it needed to be said lol You may read this book, if you want a different story If you re ok with a book, which makes you feel and not necessarily happiness, but also frustration , and which makes you think If you re ok with an intense reading experience, but also with some unsolved issues this may be a good book for you.Warning Spoilers Warning view spoiler I suck at retelling And for those, who didn t read the book, my review would probably do not make much sense Sorry lol The heroine woke up with some kind of amnesia I learned it s called a confabulated memory disorder , which meant she had some kind of false mismatched memoryI have a few memories that aren t real, but they feel superreal to me So, Lucy woke up at the hospital and asked for her husband Daniel, who was actually her ex fianc , whom she left 4 years ago She thought to know their past incl wedding , had clear memories of them together, which, as you get correctly, was totally false Her current bf Matt was only a good friend in her head memories.And so the story went on Kind of love triangle came from Lucy s attempts to get to know new Daniel, who was actually married to one of Lucy s ex gf See, totally twisted that s why I don t like to retell.In a nutshell Matt was amazing caring, sweet, faithful one of the best heroes I read but not your typical alpha hole some readers may even say he was beta I don t care He was an amazing man Lucy was a difficult character I need to connect to the heroine, otherwise the book is lost for me And here I could But only after I switched my brain from super romantic to suspense romantic You may say she hurt Matt and yes, she did But then I thought what would I do in similar situation And I have no answer So many people lied kept the truth from her, and this made her weird and difficult situation even worse I say, the 1st drunk quick kiss with Daniel wasn t cheating, I still didn t like it, but I could understand why she did it But the 2nd was a low blow and even if I could understand why it happened and she was actually on a relationship break with Matt, her knowing that Daniel was married and had a baby on the way, pissed me off I didn t like Daniel, I couldn t stand him he left his 1st fianc for the heroine or so I understood , he almost cheated on his wife with the heroine and that s why I REFUSE to believe in his statement, that the reason he and Lucy broke up 4 years ago, because she cheated on him I REFUSE TO ACCEPT HIS LIES And since there was no resolution miracle, Lucy took his words as the only thing she knew I hate unresolved issues, grr, but I must admit Ms Brown made a very clever thing here She gave us, as readers, a choice I chose NOT to believe Daniel F ck him Jerk is already forgotten lol As I mentioned above, there is no miraculously hitting the head accident, view spoiler the heroine didn t get her memories completely back at the end, but only partially hide spoiler |Read ☤ The life Lucy knew ♖ One Woman Is About To Discover Everything She Believes Knows To Be True About Her Lifeisn TAfter Hitting Her Head, Lucy Sparks Awakens In The Hospital To A Shocking Revelation The Man She S Known And Loved For Years The Man She Recently Married Is Not Actually Her Husband In Fact, They Haven T Even Spoken Since Their Breakup Four Years Earlier The Happily Ever After She Remembers In Vivid Detail Right Down To The Dress She Wore To Their Wedding Is Only One Example Of What Her Doctors Call A False Memory Recollections Lucy S Mind Made Up To Fill In The Blanks From The ComaHer Psychologist Explains The Condition As Honest Lying, Because While Lucy S Memories Are False, They Still Feel Incredibly Real Now She Has No Idea Which Memories She Can Trust A Devastating Experience Not Only For Lucy, But Also For Her Family, Friends And Especially Her Devoted Boyfriend, Matt, Whom Lucy Remembers Merely As A Work ColleagueWhen The Life Lucy Believes She Had Slams Against The Reality She S Been Living For The Past Four Years, She Must Make A Difficult Choice About Which Life She Wants To Lead, And Who She Really Is The Life Lucy KnewKarma BrownWow, all I can say is, this story blew me away Keep the tissues close by as you are reading THE LIFE LUCY KNEW by Karma Brown She will have your emotions all over the place Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Lucy Lucy Sparks falls down, hits her head and she can t remember her life The only things she remembers seem to be phantom memories THE LIFE LUCY KNEW had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission I had to know what was going to happen to Lucy and Matt and all the secondary characters Annie is shattered after learning she has lost four years worth of her memories She thinks she is happily married to Daniel but really, she is in a relationship with Matt Daniel is her ex fianc and she hadn t seen him in years How can her brain be so confused The only thing she remembers about Matt is that he is her co worker Oh yeah, the story is just that crazy good Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down THE LIFE LUCY KNEW is without a doubt one of the most original books I ve read in 2018 so far I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters I have never read a book by Karma Brown before but now that I ve read this one, I m going to check out her previous books and read them all too All of Karma s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again You will soon be wondering if Lucy will ever be able to get her memory back Karma s writing is very engaging and hooked me from the very first page The suspense and mystery kept me reading late into the night and I had to know how much Lucy would remember Would she go back to Daniel even though he was married to someone else Would she eventually remember how much Matt meant to her I have loved all of Karma Brown s books All I ve given 5 stars But this one I felt fell short I had a hard time connecting with the characters It just seemed to drag to me Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley For giving me this book early All opinions are my own. I ve read a very early copy of this, and it was fantastic