When her grandmother was alive, she was something of an enigma and she and her daughter, Nora’s mother, were mysteriously estranged for many years.
However Nora’s trip to Dublin offers something of an escape after she made a shocking discovery on the morning of her departure.
Her life is at a crossroads and the pain of betrayal is eating away at her as much as the pain of grief.
Nora’s grandparents’ home is full of beautiful objects, antiques and treasures discovered on their travels.
Each object has its own story to tell and each one sparks a memory for Nora.
Then Nora discovers notes written by her grandmother, telling the story of where each item came from.
But Nora can’t keep everything. She doesn’t even know where she will be living or working in the future.
And that is when she has the idea for The Memory Shop.
Before long she has spruced up an empty store and set up a pop-up shop where she hopes to sell her inherited treasures.
Each chapter of The Memory Shop details one item and tells the story of the customer who buys it.
Alanna chooses the nine-carat yellow gold locket while Lia cannot resist the freshwater pearl earrings.
We also learn more about Nora’s past. Each of the stories is interwoven with the same characters appearing throughout. Ella Griffin has put The Memory Shop together beautifully.
Her characters are captivating, nuanced and their individual stories make fascinating reading as she explores intimacy and relationships with warmth and feeling.
And she does not shy away from more serious issues such as alcoholism and domestic violence which only add to the depth of Nora’s tale.