Nora is about to head to Dublin to deal with her grandparents’ deceased estate when she walks in on her boyfriend cheating on her. She decides to stay longer in Dublin, living in her grandparents’ home and decking out an attached shop with their treasured belongings. Will has moved to Dublin to be closer to his sister’s family and hopes the new location will settle his stroppy teenager, Alice.
This heartwarming story is similar to Griffin’s previous novel, The Flower Arrangement, in that it has a number of characters who appear for a chapter or two as their story unfolds. Their paths often cross, with the shop as the common link. It’s a format that Griffin has definitely nailed. A lovely book full of emotion.
The Memory Shop, by Ella Griffin, reminds us about the most important things in life. The synopsis says: "Day-dreamer Nora has inherited all of her grandmother's worldly belongings that she remembers from her childhood - a feather shrug, a Tiffany mirror, a gold locket, and many more precious things besides.
Nora dreads seeing her beloved grandmother's possessions go but she's determined that item by item, memory by memory, she will find the perfect new owners.
When she opens The Memory Shop in the front of her grandmother's house, the community is gradually drawn inside by her stunning window displays. Nora begins transforming the lives of those around her through the objects she pairs them with. Soon Nora realises that by letting go of the past, she might start making space for new happiness in her future ..." The Memory Shop is out in October 2017.