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Moments We Forget (The Thatcher Sisters #2)
By Beth K. Vogt
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Christian Fiction
Age category: Adult
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
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?
You can find Moments We Forget on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42683659-moments-we-forget
You can buy Moments We Forget here:
– Tyndale House Publishers: https://www.tyndale.com/p/moments-we-forget/9781496427281
– Books-A-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Moments-We-Forget/Beth-K-Vogt/9781496427298
– IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781496427298
– Get It Local Now: https://getitlocaltoday.com/9781496427298
– Christian Book Distributors: https://www.christianbook.com/moments-we-forget-softcover/beth-vogt/9781496427298/pd/427297
A little excerpt:
I had half an hour, no more than that, to get my life in order so my sisters would never suspect how unprepared I was for this morning.
I kicked the back door shut, dumping the plastic grocery bags onto the kitchen counter, easing the ache in my arms. If Johanna were hosting this morning, she’d have something homemade baking in her oven, the appealing aroma filling her immaculate kitchen.
Well, one thing was for certain—I was not Johanna.
Winston’s frantic barks sounded from upstairs. Seconds later, he was scampering around my feet, his sudden appearance meaning I’d forgotten to lock him in his kennel. Again.
“Bad dog.” A halfhearted reprimand. “You’re not supposed to be down here.”
I pulled items from the plastic bags. Please don’t let me have forgotten anything during my mad dash through the grocery store.
Cream for Johanna’s and my coffee—although she was going to have to make do with my Keurig coffeemaker, not French press.
A small box of sugar so Payton could enjoy her coffee with the preferred three heaping spoonfuls per cup.
A premade fruit salad.
Nothing fancy. But at least I wouldn’t look like a complete failure.
I suppose to a casual observer, Johanna, Payton, and I—the three remaining Thatcher sisters—appeared successful. And yet, while we might claim certain professional and romantic achievements, we still struggled to find our way as sisters.
At times Pepper’s words—the ones Payton had shared with Johanna and me several months ago—seemed more of a taunt than an encouragement.
“Sometimes you just have to forget all the other stuff and remember we’re sisters.”
Shouldn’t a role you acquired at birth be simple? Something you learned to do, along with walking and talking and navigating adolescence?
But then Pepper’s death at sixteen splintered our already-precarious bonds.
I selected three mugs from a kitchen cupboard. This was no time to try to unravel the complicated dynamics between me, Johanna, and Payton—not when they’d be here any minute. And not with so much riding on this morning.
It’s funny how much hope people put into a cup of coffee.
Social media—Facebook and Instagram and Twitter and Pinterest and even millions of people’s text messages around the world—overflow daily with memes and GIFs lauding the miracle qualities of coffee.
Coffee is the gasoline of life.
All I need is coffee and mascara.
Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee.
I drink coffee for your protection.
Drink coffee and do good.
And now . . . now coffee would be the glue that bonded the three of us together.
I just want to say up front that this book BROKE.MY.HEART so many times. I haven’t had a book make me cry so much in quite some time. If you’re planning on reading it, I suggest having a giant box of tissues ready, a giant blanket, coffee (or tea if you prefer) and prepare to NOT put it down. This is the first Thatcher Sisters novel that I’ve read and if the rest of the books are like this, I will be on the lookout for more.
Johanna, Jillian and Payton. The Thatcher sisters, minus one. The three have very different lifestyles. Johanna being the tough one, miss perfect and can do no wrong, the oldest, gets everything done her way or no way. Jillian, the middle, who sees herself as just Jillian, is a breast cancer survivor. She’s got a lot going on in her life. Payton, the youngest and the surviving twin. She misses Pepper so much. She is slowly coming around after what happened to her sweet sister. These three struggle to keep a sister bond, struggle to make it through normal every day life and two of them find their way through Faith (eventually).
In hopes to keep their sisterly bond. They start a book club but it’s a struggle from the beginning. These three can’t get through five minutes without arguing and Jillian, ever the middle sister always feels she needs to be a barrier between the two. It broke my heart to read about them bickering and being so hateful to each other when so much more could be done. Life passes right by you in a flash and it shows that steadily throughout the book.
Jillian has overcome so much in the last year. She beat breast cancer, she’s a newly-wed, has a loving husband, and a new home with renovations coming soon. And an absolutely adorable puppy, Winston! (I fell in love with this little guy btw). But things start to get foggy for her. She was warned about Chemo Brain, how there would be a possibility of her forgetting things, even small things and that it would affect her life.
Johanna has the perfect job, perfect life, a military fiancé with a perfect house. Everything is just so wonderful for her. (I really grew to not like this character, she irked every nerve that I have and then some). However, things take a twist for her: when the big promotion she was guaranteed gets taken right out from under her, she has to learn to cope with a new boss and figure out how to be a team player. Her perfect life ends up being not so perfect anymore. (I’ll add that I cackled at this, yes CACKLED, oh I enjoyed her downfall entirely too much and I’m not ashamed).
Payton, sweet younger sister Payton. She’s so madly in love with Zach, they’re just friends though. Payton has been struggling to find her way to God. She wants to believe in him, she wants to love Zach. She knows she can’t move forward with her feelings for him until she finds her way through Faith and what it means to her. Will she accept God into her life because she truly believes or because she wants to believe so she can love Zach? Her feelings for both are confused no doubt. She has to find her own path and what her life means to not only her, but what was meant for her and will the guidance that she finds be the answer to everything she has ever asked?
As I stated early on, this book made me cry. And, I’m not ashamed of that. It is a heartfelt book. You can tell that Beth Vogt writes from the heart. She shows that flawlessly in her work. I enjoyed every bit of the book and I’m so glad that I was given the opportunity to participate in the BOOKBLITZ for it which is sponsored by Lola’s Blog Tours!
I rate this book 5/5 heart breaking stars! Please PLEASE check it out!