I love reading a good book. Reading fiction is something I treat myself to when things are hectic and crazy. I find a quiet spot,  grab a cup of tea…and well, you know the rest.

I was contacted by Shannon O’Donnell about review her latest release “Love’s Memory“. Here are my thoughts:

(Can’t see the video? Click here to view online.)


About the Book

Video Book Review of A Love's Memory by Shannon O'Donnell

“It is only when you lose yourself that you find out who you are.”

Valerie Mahoney, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, falls deeply in love with basketball star Manny Scott. Against his parents’ wishes, the two wed and baby Wren soon follows. Years later adversity strikes and Manny begins questioning his youth decisions, including his love for his wife. Heartbroken, Valerie flees one night but a disastrous accident leaves her with amnesia. Distraught, Manny begins the desperate quest to find a wife who doesn’t recognize him and return her home.

Experience this soul-stirring story of God’s redemptive power in LOVE’S MEMORY, Book One in the Scott’s of Mountain Ridge Series.


My Brief Review

(This is the brief review posted to Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble.)

The scriptures say, and I believe, “love never fails”. In this story, you see just how love can find its way amidst tragedy and our sometimes sloppy interference.

I was asked to review the book by Shannon and found it to be an enjoyable read. I have a full video book review available on my website were I share the pros and cons in detail. However, I wanted to include a brief review and rating on Amazon as well.

Thus, I’ll share one pro and con during my reading of Love’s Memory.

PRO: I love the way Shannon handles the adversities in this story. They are ones I believe many readers can appreciate and understand the strain that a relationship could endure. Such adversities include, financial, health, relational.

CON: There were too many flashbacks. I understand flashbacks provide history, however, for me, the frequency and length of them cause the story to drag for me.

In the end, I found this to be a good story and a wonderful introduction for the upcoming series.


My Rating

4 Butterfly Rating | Book Review by Dana Pittman


About the Author

Shannon Peterson received her MS in Counseling in 1984. She co-pastored a church for twenty years and has written two novels and wrote and illustrated one children’s book. Her passion is to teach everyone that they can truly have an incredible life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.


I look forward to reading more from Shannon. This is the first book in a series in which she has set up nicely. For more information visit her online at www.shannonhopeodonnell.com. I look forward to bringing more reviews.


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  1. Ms. Kathleen 9 years ago

    Great review although I liked the flashbacks as they clarified for me why things were going on in the present so to speak. I’m so looking forward to Wren’s Song – book 2!

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      I understand. I also realize it built the necessary foundation for the future books. It still was something that slowed me down a bit. All in all I enjoyed the book. Thanks for visiting.

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