About the BookBook: Moments We Forget
Author: Beth Vogt
Genre: Contemporary fiction, woman’s fiction
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.
Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.
Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?
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My ThoughtsMoments We Forget is a moving, character-driven story that quickly captured my interest and never let go. The Thatcher sisters – Johanna, Jillian, and Payton – couldn’t feel more real. I’m an only child who has always yearned for siblings, so I would take these sisters in a heartbeat, flaws and all.
Women’s fiction is my favorite genre, and Beth Vogt shines in this area. The prose flows steadily, characters are well drawn and easily relatable, and emotions honest. I expect many sisters can identify with Johanna, Jillian, and Payton – who loved each other, yet couldn’t help but push each other’s buttons at times and struggled to get along. Moments We Forget is my first introduction to the series, so I’ve missed some background from Things I Never Told You, but this story can still stand alone.
I loved the relevance of this story as the sisters struggle daily with life’s difficulties, such as the loss of a sibling, a cancer diagnosis, and the revelation of secrets that could affect relationships adversely. And rather than starting out as Christians, the series is more about an exploring of faith and all that it could mean personally. Transformation is a beautiful theme, as is the reality that love can be present in the midst of messy relationships. I came to know all three sisters well, but feel there is a lot more to learn about the often stiff and unbending Johanna.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Tyndale House. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
About the Author
Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.
An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and also enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.
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“A sister is like yourself in a different movie, a movie that stars you in a different life.”
Deborah Tannen (1945-), sociologist
I’m launching Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters series, and I’ve just turned in the final book in the series. I’d love to share book three’s title with you, but I don’t know what it is. (Of course, book three might have a final title by the time you read this—that’s part of the fun of prerelease deadlines.)
One thing I do know: the theme of “Little Women gone wrong” is woven through all of the books . . . thanks to the Thatcher sisters: Payton, Pepper, Jillian, and Johanna.
Sisters, be they real or imaginary, can be complicated.
Of course, there are sisters who have close relationships. They “get” each other and love doing life together.
But then there are the sister relationships that are like mismatched socks. Or those expensive jeans you loved in the store, but when you bring them home, they never quite live up to those moments in the dressing room.
Such are the Thatcher sisters. Johanna, Jillian, Payton, and Pepper grew up in the same family. They’re all tall. They love Broncos football and board games. But in so many ways their lives are like different movies because they each made different choices. Choices that changed and separated them. Moments We Forget continues to explore whether the Thatcher sisters can find a way to understand each other enough to bridge the distance between them.
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