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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
To say that Paige Lyman has been through a lot is an understatement. She's been through the proverbial wringer, and has been scorned by her former love who turned to the priesthood. In a sort of bitter revenge, she begins to seduce men of the cloth, one at a time, in an odd bid for justice against the people Paige blames for her lost love. Finally she finds peace with Stern, her new husband, but in that rest, the haunting, bitter, and dark memories come back and reveal themselves to both the reader and Paige herself. Take Back the Memory by Augustine Sam is an intellectual and emotional look into the mind of a somewhat broken individual.
Paige herself is a very quirky woman. It's clear that she has a different way of thinking about the world around her; some would say in a brilliantly different way. You can't help but feel sympathy for her, as well as consternation at some of her choices and past decisions. In fact, some of the more descriptive stuff with the priests made me kind of hate her a bit. Why is that a good thing? Because she has a truly defined character, one that had to be broken down in multiple ways before being built back into a person. Augustine Sam has a great deal of talent in building up a suspenseful story before an excellent resolution. I would be thrilled to read more from him, and Take Back the Memory certainly will appeal to romance, suspense, mystery, and women's fiction readers.