The Memory Keeper’s Daughter: Thoughts in Bullets + Playlist {Guest Post by arelireads}

Hi everyone! During the month of July (and early August), I was on vacation. Because of this I decided to invite a few book bloggers onto my blog to write some guest posts. They have done amazing jobs on the posts. Today, I’d like you all to welcome Areli from arelireads. Take it away, Areli!

Title: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

Author: Kim Edwards

Synopsis from Goodreads:

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century – in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

My Thoughts:

    • It took a long time for me to finish this novel (mainly because of university works)
    • I started reading it in January, but I finished it just this June.
    • It was pretty interesting, though.
    • It has a good story.
    • At some points, it is a page-turner. At some, it is not.
    • I like how it aims to make people with Down syndrome be socially accepted.
    • It also deals with family pressure.
    • It also deals with following your heart and what you really want to pursue no matter what your family or other people say.
    • This book is so emotional.
    • It is full of regrets and what-ifs and whys.
    • Would I recommend it? Yes, I would recommend it. I recommend this novel to mature-minded people. If you are not matured enough, you would just be pissed off and you might end up not liking this likeable novel. I saw some reviews of this book wherein they are saying that they didn’t like it because everything’s so complicated and full of problems. Well, for me, it’s complicatedness was good because it was such an inspiring story for everybody.
    • So please, read this. 🙂

[click link to find a playlist inspired by the book]


Blogger’s Bio:

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 12.25.04 PMAreli Joy Esguerra is a book blogger at She is a 19-year-old Filipina who loves reading and writing, thus the title of her book blog: for the love of books and writing. She also loves taking photographs that is why the name of her blog is “books and photographs”. You can connect with her on Twitter: @areliesguerra, Instagram: @arelireads, or email her at:


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