Brushstrokes of Memory
A novel of love, lost memories and rediscovering dreams.On her thirty-second birthday, Rebecca is in high spirits. She adores her husband of seven years, Daniel, a successful musician. She is carving out a reputation as a talented painter. Life could not be better. But in 2013, she wakes in hospital after a head injury and finds out that nearly a decade of her life has been erased from her memory. Now almost forty-two, she can't remember anything after her thirty-second birthday, a decade fraught with changes she would never have anticipated - illness, infidelity, betrayal, separation and death - and the disintegration of many of her dreams.Feeling like she is still thirty-two, Rebecca has to grapple with suddenly being so much older and with a world that is more complicated than she remembers. As she learns about her life from the last decade, she comes to realise she has lost her way. But if she can't remember anything of nearly ten years, then could this be the chance for her to wipe the slate clean and start again?
Karen McMillan lives in New Zealand and is the author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction titles include - Unbreakable Spirit: Facing the Challenge of Cancer, Love Bytes, Feast or Famine, and Unleash Your Inner Seductress.Her fiction titles include Watching Over Me, and the bestselling historical novels The Paris of the East and The Paris of the West. Karen has a Diploma in Professional Writing and an Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts (Writing). Love Bytes was originally published as Love in Aotearoa by Random House and the book was short-listed for the Ashton Wylie Book Award in 2005. Previously an award-winning fashion designer, Karen has worked in the book publishing industry for the past 17 years. Karen has written articles for a variety of different publications and from time to time she undertakes ghost-writing projects.