About the Book
Book: 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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Have you ever felt like your life was a train wreck you couldn’t escape? You could see it coming, but you didn’t know how to jump off? If that makes sense to you, I highly recommend you read Moments We Forget which picks up a few months after Things I Never Told You. You do not have to read both books, but I whole-heartedly encourage it. They can be read separately, but Payton’s story begins in Things I Never Told You and continues in Moments We Forget. You won’t feel lost or misplaced, but both books are equally beneficial.
The Thatcher sisters all have their place. Johanna is the oldest, the planner, the my-way-or-the-highway sister. Jillian is the middle sister, the Just Jillian, the one overlooked, the plain Jane, and peacemaker of the group. Payton is the youngest, half of a set, the one left behind when her twin sister Pepper dies in an accident.
Grief has a funny way of affecting people in different ways and each sister deals with Pepper’s death in their way. Between the three of them, I’m sure you’ll find one you can connect with. Moments We Forget focuses mainly on Jillian, but we also get Payton’s and Johanna’s perspectives. All three women are trying to heal, even ten years after Pepper’s death, they struggle to communicate with one another. Families are complicated, sometimes akin to a slippery slope. You can never say the right thing or do enough to make things right.
That brings us to the spiritual side. Zach’s influence is spreading, first to Payton, and now to Jillian. Because no matter what we do, no matter how we try, nothing can fill the gaps in our life like God can. The slow spiritual journeys of the Thatcher sisters is real. It’s emotional, powerful, and downright wonderful.
About the Author
Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women’s fiction novelist, Beth’s first novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018.
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.