Title: The Life Lucy Knew
Author: Karma Brown
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Genre(s): Women’s Fiction
Release Date: June 12th, 2018
Buy This Book: Amazon/Audible
One woman is about to discover everything she believes-knows-to be true about her life…isn’t.
After 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 coma.
Her 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 colleague.
When 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.
Wow. Talk about an interesting and original premise!
After slipping on a patch of ice and hitting her head on the pavement, Lucy wakes up in the hospital. She immediately asks for her husband, Daniel, who she is happily married to. But Daniel is actually her ex-fiance, who she hasn’t seen in years. In reality, Lucy lives with her loving boyfriend, Matt, who she remembers as just a co-worker and a friend. Her doctors call it confabulated memory disorder or “honest lying”. While she was in a coma, her brain created memories to fill in gaps, using a jumbled mess of old and new information. All of these false memories seem completely real to her – vivid memories of a wedding, honeymoon, and creating a life with Daniel – and she remembers absolutely nothing of her real life with Matt. Worse yet, the doctors aren’t sure if she’ll ever get her real memories back.
At the beginning of this story, Lucy has a very difficult and emotional journey ahead of her. When she is released from the hospital, Matt tries to help her regain her memory by recreating special moments, but whenever she attempts to get close to Matt, she feels like she is cheating on Daniel. And of course Daniel has moved on with his own life over the last few years, and lived a life she knows nothing about. All of this leaves Lucy in a very confusing, and heart-breaking, situation.
I had a hard time putting this book down. I just had to find out what would happen – if Lucy would ever get her real memories back or which path she would choose, whether she would ultimately end up with Matt or Daniel (or neither of them!). I’ll admit, I was totally rooting for her to choose to stay with Matt through most of the book. He was so sweet and incredibly understanding through everything!
Overall, The Life Lucy Knew is truly a one-of-a-kind book, and a charming and heartwarming read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and recommend it.
Rating: 4/5 stars
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.