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A heartbreakingly beautiful novel, The Memory Box unlocks an unforgettable epic story of love and war, from the million-copy-selling author of The Letter, Kathryn Hughes. If you adored The Nightingale, The Tuscan Contessa or My Name is Eva, this is the book for you. 

Some love stories can't be forgotten.... 

Jenny Tanner opens the box she has cherished for decades. Contained within are her most precious mementoes, amongst them a pebble, a carving and a newspaper cutting she can hardly bear to read. But Jenny knows the time is finally here. After the war, in a mountainside village in Italy, she left behind a piece of her heart. However painful, she must return to Cinque Alberi. And lay the past to rest.

After a troubled upbringing, Candice Barnes dreams of a future with the love of her life - but is he the man she believes him to be? When Candice is given the opportunity to travel to Italy with Jenny, she is unaware the trip will open her eyes to the truth she's been too afraid to face. Could a place of goodbyes help her make a brave new beginning?

©2021 Kathryn Hughes (P)2021 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

What listeners say about The Memory Box: A beautiful, timeless, absolutely heartbreaking love story and World War 2 historical fiction

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WONDERFUL READ.

It’s been a while since I enjoyed a book s much as this one. The characters were marvellously described and the narrator brought each of them to life with her ability to slip from one accent to another. There were shocks & unexpected surprises throughout the book, particularly in the last quarter of the story. Overall, reading this book left a warm, fuzzy feeling that lasted even beyond my husband getting home from work! 😁

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Great story great listen

Loved it, a heartwarming story with a twist at the end. Made me laugh, made me cry. Great characters made real by the narrator Rachel Atkins.
Now for my next Kathryn Hughes book, can't wait.

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Excellent in Every Way

I don't often like storys where episodes change in date / time, this was an exception, great storyline, lovely characters and brilliant narration. An excellent book all round

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Lovely Story

This was a lovely book to read I could not stop listening ! Well read a great story

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The Memory box

Personally, I was disappointed. Nothing spectacular in the story really. I struggled to finish, may not buy another book from this author.

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loved it

Beautiful story and brilliantly read.
The narrator got me hooked right from the beginning.

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Very enjoyable read

Stunning narration with multiple voices. Great story across time with engaging characters and giving you a tiny glimpse of the horrors of war.

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brilliant

absolutely loved it. narration was very well done. story was moving and believable. highly recommend.

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Great listen

I recommend this book after a few disastrous selections this novel reassured me that there are some decent novels left to read/listen to

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Beautiful story

A book that was an absolute pleasure to listen to. A captivating story and one I will recommend to friends.

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  • 07-01-22

Her usual good book with one exception

I have listened to most of the books on audible by by ‘Kathryn Hughes and enjoyed them a lot. Ms Hughes needs to be aware of her audience and be neutral in cultural wars I didn’t need to hear her take pleasure of homosexual men being married . GOD called it an abomination and I feel it has no place in writing for a general audience. I almost stopped the recording to return the book but then she moved in to others subjects. It was heart breaking or bitter sweet is better word. It was very slow getting started but when it picked up was a great start Ms Hughes is a very good writer especially ww11 my favorite. Genre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-22

wonderful story

Lovely story, couldn't stop listening . Worth every moment, wish I had a friend like Jenny.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-22

No question !! Get the Book!!

Not my usual pick. But Sooooo glad I chose it. What a beautiful, touching, heartbreaking, inspiring, lovely story. Amazing narration, which is key for me. Love Love Love this book!!!

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  • Debbie Carter
  • 14-10-21

Thought provoking

This book is a loving reminder of the messiness and beauty life gives us all at once.