Remember to Forget, Clayburn Novels Series #1   -     By: Deborah Raney
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Remember to Forget, Clayburn Novels Series #1

Howard Books / 2007 / Paperback

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Maggie Anderson comes to a realization as she is being carjacked: she is more afraid of the abusive boyfriend for whom she is picking up alcohol than the carjacker. In this moment, Maggie understands that she can let her life stagnate where it is, or she can stand up for herself and her freedom. In order to be free, she must leave behind and forget everything about her old life and begin anew.

Trevor Ashlock is another person trying to forget, in the small town of Clayburn, Kansas.

Will God's love, grace, and forgiveness be able to eradicate the past, or will Maggie and Trevor be able to come to terms with their devils and start over again? Deborah Raney, softcover, 355 pages.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 158229643X
ISBN-13: 9781582296432
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Series: Clayburn

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Publisher's Description

One morning changed everything about her life
But could it also set her free? Maggie Anderson

Graphic designer Maggie Anderson has lived under her boyfriend's tyranny for nearly two years...until she's carjacked in New York. Will this terrifying experience be the end for Maggie -- or the beginning of a freedom greater than she dares imagine? To gain that freedom, she'll have to remember to forget everything about her old life...

Trevor Ashlock is existing, day by day, in the little town of Clayburn, Kansas. Surrounded by too many painful reminders of all he's lost, he fills his time with work, trying desperately to forget.

Then a compelling and lovely stranger shows up in Clayburn and turns Trevor's world upside down.

Author Bio

Deborah Raney’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Since then her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers’ Choice Award. Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.

Publisher's Weekly

Rita Award-winning novelist Raney (Beneath a Southern Sky) pens a lackluster romance that never quite takes off. Maggie Anderson leaves behind an abusive boyfriend in New York and strikes out for new territory. Taking the pseudonym "Meg," she finds refuge in Clayburn, Kans., population 1,250. The proprietors of the Wren's Nest Inn are as cute as Mr. and Mrs. Claus (and, predictably, twice as sweet) as they help Maggie get back on her feet. Handsome Trevor Ashlock still mourns the loss of his wife and young son, but it won't be a surprise to readers that Meg may be the ticket to his recovery. But first, she has to come clean about her past. Trouble spots include characters that are never fully developed and a thin plot line. Meg spends too much time wringing her hands over her past and her lies, while the long-suffering Trevor is almost saintly as he never loses patience or makes demands. The wordy, sentimental prose often falls into romantic clich s; "Being here like this, with Trevor, made her feel something she'd never felt before." The ending, despite its intended drama, feels far-fetched. While readers may appreciate the hopeful themes of unconditional love, faith and forgiveness that run through the book, the plot and characterizations don't meet Raney's usual standards. (Feb. 6) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

In one terrifying moment, Maggie Anderson is a victim of carjacking. After a harrowing drive, she finds herself stranded far away from her New York City home. Faced with the prospect of returning to an abusive boyfriend, Maggie decides to turn West and run further away. She ends up in Clayton, Kansas, and there attempts to reinvent herself, creating a brand new life. Although she befriends people who care for her, even a man who could love her, Trevor Ashlock, her secrets and lies torment her.
Deborah Raney has written a novel of God’s unfailing mercy to forgive and forget our sins. This multi-layered novel symbolically presents such spiritual truths as God’s sovereignty, mercy, providence, and forgiveness. The reader experiences these truths as she reads of Maggie’s struggles and triumphs.
Remember to Forget is a novel that reminds its readers how God has forgotten all our sins, made us a new creation, and continues to hold us in the palm of His hand. And who doesn't need to be reminded? I'd recommend it to any reader who seeks a second chance. – Vasthi Acosta, Christian Book

Editorial Reviews

"An enthralling, realistic depiction of lives in need of God. Another unforgettable story from an excellent writer."
-- Yvonne Lehman Author of forty-three novels; director, Blue Ridge Writers Conference
"Wow. Remember to Forget has it all: a gentle love story that won't let go, with crosscurrents pulling way deeper than you expect. Pack your bags, because your heart is going to Clayburn, Kansas!"
-- Robert Elmer Author of The Recital and Like Always
"Deborah Raney has done it again! Remember to Forget is a wonderful, heartwarming story about learning to trust...and love. Yes, I loved it."
-- Roxanne Henke Author of After Anne, and other books in the Coming Home to Brewster series, and The Secret of Us
"I was enthralled from start to finish. Remember to Forget took me to deep places of the heart and touched the spot where we all long for unconditional love. I wanted to stay in Clayburn, Kansas, forever. Raney's best book yet!"
-- Colleen Coble Author of Midnight Sea

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 20, 2010
    Nikki Studebaker Barcus
    Maggie Anderson isn't who she once was--in fact, she's trying to become someone else entirely, at least until she's safe. In Deborah Raney's Remember to Forget, we meet Maggie, a formerly abused woman, who is being pursued by three men: Trevor Ashlock, who has his own secrets; her abusive boyfriend Kevin; and the God who she doubts even exists. As she struggles to remember all the lies she's told and keep them straight, she attempts to forget all the pain in her past. Could little Clayburn, Kansas hold the keys to unlocking her heart for love and her life for healing? Raney writes more than a contemporary romance. Remember to Forget is also a story of romance between the God who created us and desires a personal relationship with each one of us.Raney does a beautiful job of creating interesting, yet flawed, characters who strike a cord within us. Tackling the uncomfortable subject of domestic violence, Raney allows the reader to see the effects of such abuse on the heart, mind, and soul of the survivor. Giving the reader a peek into the thought processes and rationalizations of why woman stay in such situations, and how that past colors every aspect of their future. Raney's writing keeps the reader turning pages, rooting for the characters, and absorbing the lessons about forgiveness and new beginnings right along with Maggie, Trevor, and the residents of Clayburn. Unique secondary characters, interesting plot turns, and delightful instances of humor will make this a book you pick up time and again. A recommended book for anyone who enjoys women's fiction and romance. Women in or from abusive situations may enjoy the themes of restoration and healing, especially.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 2, 2008
    Cathy Elliott
    A fast-paced romantic adventure that reads like a thriller. Deb Raneys novel, Remember to Forget, had me flipping the pages with eager anticipationreading just one more chapter. And thenjust one more! I loved visiting the little town of Clayburn with its mostly charming inhabitants, meeting Wren and Trevor, and rooting for Maggie as she struck out on what became a quest for freedom. Filled with both tense and tender moments, Remember to Forget is a delight to the heart.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 21, 2008
    This was a good book! I've enjoyed everything I've ever read by Deborah Raney. Though this wasn't a big "can't-put-downer", it did draw me in from the very first chapter (and that's hard to do with me) and kept me interested enough to keep wanting to pick it up. The ending was a little sketchy and Trevor seemed to make an awfully big jump from "can't ever get over or stop thinking about my wife" to "I'm in love with this girl"...a bit unrealistic, I thought. Characters were a bit flawless, I thought...but it was a great story and I'm glad that I read it!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 26, 2007
    MOPS at Oakbrook
    Our main character, Maggie Anderson, is in need of a major life over-haul! Her childhood wasnt good and her adult life isnt promising to be much better. That is, of course, until she is carjacked! How can that be a good thing? Youll have to read the book to find out! God can use ANY situation in our lives to bring us to Him, and Mrs. Raney shows that beautifully in her book. Another important character in the book, Trevor Ashlock, has had his fair share of problems as well. But he has kept his faith in God through it all and is used by God to point Maggie in the right direction. And though Maggie has to hide the truth from him as first, he finds himself in a position to help her escape from her past forever. Will he help her do it and be able to forgive her for the deception?I HIGHLY recommend this author for a smooth read and a DEFINITE feel-good book!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 19, 2007
    Rel Mollet
    A woman's worst nightmare turns into an opportunity for freedom for Maggie Anderson. Her spirit has been crushed by an abusive boyfriend and when a carjacking provides her with an escape, Maggie grabs it and finds herself in the small town of Clayburn, Kansas.Clayburn is a close knit town but its inhabitants have their own struggles especially grieving widow, Trevor Ashlock and the kindhearted Bart and Wren Johanssen, owners of Wren's Nest B & B. Maggie is welcomed by these people but will she ever find a home when the truth of her deception is revealed?Deborah Raney has written a compelling story of Maggie's efforts to escape her broken past as she struggles with fear and anxiety trying to create a life she feels is undeserved. The pacing of the book is gentle and the story develops slowly creating a small town feel and contrasting with Maggie's frantic city life. Trevor's grief is palpable and the growth of both main characters is authentic and moving. Remember to Forget is a beautiful story of friendship, hope and love and is highly recommended. I am looking forward to the release of the sequel, Leaving November, which releases in March, 2008 from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster.
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