In Lapses of Memory, Sydney Bellek’s love for Elian Davies is reignited each time they meet, but in the long years following each encounter she forgets him. For his part, Elian knows from the age of seven that they are meant for each other, but when she finally understands it’s too late. Will he regain his memory and remember her or will their new love be enough to replace the old one?
Sydney keeps her daughter Olivia on pins and needles as she chronicles the ups and downs of her parents’ romance, making it difficult to concentrate on her own dilemma—how to choose between the rich and dashing Rémy de Beaumec, who wants to take her around the world, and the strong, silent, American-to-the-core, Benjamin Knox, who wants to make her happy.
Lapses of Memory is told in the form of flashbacks in the mind and narrative of Sydney, who has been a war zone investigative reporter all her life. Her adult daughter, Olivia, a romance writer, is hell bent to find out all her mother’s stories, and publish them.
As Sydney recalls her life of world travelling, heart pounding excitement, along with her recollections of Elian, her one and only love, Olivia is going through her own problems with the man she loves who doesn’t love her, Benjamin. Along with her some time relationship with Remy, the rich dashing Frenchman who wants her.
Sydney and Elian’s affair lasts through several decades, as they intermittently run into each other in jungles, airplanes, hotels, and even when they are kidnapped and held prisoner together. Their sex is scorching although they have chosen careers that constantly keep them from having any kind of ‘normal’ life together.
The two love stories are woven delightfully with one another, and I loved the way the story unfolded through Sydney’s Technicolor memories. Great read, and would love to see more by Spencer.
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