Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not  -     By: Miralee Ferrell
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.34 (inches)
ISBN: 0996006818
ISBN-13: 9780996006811
Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon

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Can a Lost Love be Redeemed? Baker City, Oregon, 1881 Seven years ago, Julia McKenzie rejected the man she loved, wanting to experience more of life. Now, at the age of twenty-four, she regrets that decision. What will Seth think of her, when they encounter one another hundreds of miles from home? Will the man she cared for understand the direction her life has taken and love her in spite of her choices? Pastor Seth Russell has never completely forgotten the girl he once courted. When she shows up in his new home of Baker City, all those feelings return. But why is she sneaking around town late at night? Even more important, will she reject him and break his heart again, or can God heal the breach between them? Forget Me Not is part of the historical romance, Love Blossoms in Oregon series, published by David C Cook. This book can stand alone, but is better enjoyed when reading the series and getting acquainted with the full cast of characters from the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. From the Library Journal Review for book 2 in the series, Wishing on Buttercups. Readers will be swept up by the blossoming romance in this second book (after Blowing on Dandelions) in Ferrell's historical series about the lives of those who traveled on the Oregon Trail. It's sure to engross fans of best-selling authors Johanna Lindsey and Maeve Binchy. Library Journal Review - 2/15/14 Ferrell, Miralee. Wishing on Buttercups. David C. Cook. (Love Blossoms in Oregon, Bk. 2) An amazing, deeply emotional story. Each of the characters is so sympathetic and well drawn that it was impossible to put the book down. Miralee Ferrell's characters are appealing, with a touching and believable faith journey, and the romance is lovely. Roxanne Rustand, Author of Duty to Protect Miralee Ferrell creates a solid five-star novella that is both concise and far-reaching in its message of forgiveness and love. Gentle romance combines seamlessly with the struggles of characters and a town coming to terms with their own prejudices and vocations. Sarah Snider, Reviewer

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  1. Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Novella
    February 2, 2015
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What a sweet story! Not only did this novella answer questions about the compassionate pastor we meet in Blowing on Dandelions, but it provided a way for me to visit with all the characters from the other books in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. I really enjoyed the story and I wish it were longer! However, it was well-written and naturally flowing.

    I loved Julia's character. Her devotion to her calling was admirable and her struggle in dealing with hypocrites and judgmental people was very real. Seth was just what she needed! His job as a pastor and his compassion and caring nature were soothing to Julia's stubborn and independent streaks.

    The message of the story was about forgiveness. There is a whole conversation in the book between Julia and Mrs. Roberts that I would love to quote because there was so much wisdom and understanding in those pages. Forgiving others for what we perceive is wrong is hard, especially because we don't want to! Think about where we would be if Jesus had that attitude? He didn't have to forgive us, but He did, and He did it freely. Isn't that amazing!

    Overall, this was a great short story and fits in nicely with the Love Blossoms in Oregon series.
  2. Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring novella, a strong addition to Love Blossoms in Oregon series
    January 31, 2015
    Carole Jarvis
    Jonesboro, Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Forget Me Not by Miralee Ferrell is a novella that can be read after either the first or second novel in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series, set in Baker City during 1881. It is the story of Seth, the pastor who did so much to help Micah in book one, Blowing on Dandelions. This novella is slightly longer than most that we see, and Miralee did a fantastic job with characterization and plot in this shorter format. Readers will also love seeing characters from the other books - Katherine and Micah Jacobs, Wilma and Beth Roberts, and Mrs. Cooper.

    I was drawn to Seth in the previous book, so it was great to see him meet Julia, his "lost love" from the past. Julia has matured spiritually over the years and is filled with a passion to make a difference in the lives of downtrodden people. The attraction between Seth and Julia felt real and I loved their tender romance, connected from past to present by the beautiful Forget Me Not flower.

    Something that made this novella a favorite with me is the way the narrative shines the light on prejudice - and it was hard to see the way Chinese people were treated, even by church members. Their small but growing community on the edge of Baker City provided cheap labor and hard workers, yet these words by Mei show what they faced: "My boss not care about Chinamen. He think they not people." It always surprises me when Christians act just like the world, and it was a joy to see how Julia affected change in the community's attitude.

    There was a scene between Julia and Wilma that really touched me. Wilma, a wise and caring lady from the previous two books, helps Julia see her passion to help others in a different light. To a Julia who is often frustrated that not everyone shares her desire, Wilma speaks these words: "Aren't you judging others for what you perceive as their sin of not caring? . . . God calls all of us in a unique way. As none of us are created identically in appearance or how we think, or feel, we're also not given the same gifts. We must be responsible for where God plants us, rather than judge others for not being in the same place."

    Readers will enjoy background information behind this story that Miralee shares in her author's note at the end. I highly recommend Forget Me Not, as well as the whole series.
  3. Claywalkerfan
    Tulsa ok
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a very touching book
    January 25, 2015
    Claywalkerfan
    Tulsa ok
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Forget me not

    Seth rans into Julia on the street near the salon, he figured he knew her from years ago but does not know him. She remembers him after he reminds her. Seth is the preacher in town and invites her to church. She helps out the people in Chinatown but he don't know about it until later. She makes it her mission to help the the ladies in Chinatown due to things that happen in her past. The ladies at the boarding house asked Julia to move in there. She decides to move in there after talking to Mrs. Roberts that lives there in one of the rooms. I love the conversation they have together at the hotel about forgiveness. I really loved this book, you can read it without of reading the others in the series but would recommend reading Wishing on Dandelions first if possible. I would give this book 10 stars.
  4. Wanda
    NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Addition to This Heart-Touching Series
    January 24, 2015
    Wanda
    NC
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I said when I reviewed book two in this series, Wishing on Buttercups, that the books in this series got even better as they went along. That was true then, and still holds true now. Forget Me Not is a short novella but I can honestly say it is my favorite book in this series.

    In this book we meet Julia McKenzie, a pastor's daughter from Omaha, who is no stranger to pastor Seth. If you have read either book one or book two, you know a little about Seth already. He played a larger part in Blowing on Dandelions and I often thought about what would happen to him in future books so I am glad he got his own story.

    Just as each book deals with issues we often face in life and teaches Biblical lessons, so does Forget Me Not. It is full of lessons with a Scriptual viewpoint from judging others, forgiveness, prejudice to God's calling on each of our hearts in His ministry.

    One of the major lessons is forgiveness. Julia struggled with forgiving people from her past which really tainted her view of most people, Christians in general. All of us have struggled with this issue at some time or other and I thought Miralee handled this with great Biblical insight. Although there are many parts of this book that I love the following quote from a conversation between Julia and Wilma Roberts has to be my favorite. They are discussing Julia's lack of ability to forgive and, Wilma who is quite outspoken, drives her point home beautifully when she told Beth that if you refuse to forgive, you tie God's hands.

    The romance was taken up a notch in this book too, I think, which is perfect for me since I'm a romance reader at heart. Seth had always known his feelings for Julia, while Julia came to terms with her feelings slowly over the course of the story. It was enjoyable watching their relationship blossom. Another aspect in this book I loved was the addition of a little suspense. Not hanging-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense but just the right amount to keep you wondering. I also love revisiting the characters from the previous books such as, Wilma and Beth Roberts, Katherine and Micah Jacobs and Mrs. Cooper. These are the kind of characters that keep you coming back to a series and the friendly bickering between Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Cooper will keep you laughing. They truly are a hoot. Overall, I loved it, and in my humble opinion, deem it the best of the series. You can read each of these books as stand alone stories but, really, why would you want to? Starting with book one will help you get acquainted with the characters that you will come to love so I suggest reading them in order and Forget Me Not, being an add in novella, can be read anywhere between books one and three but fits in best behind book one, Blowing on Dandelions. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes historical romance loaded with Biblical wisdom.

    Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.
  5. Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A New Command I Give You: Love One Another
    January 23, 2015
    Stardust Fiddle
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Seven years ago, Julia McKenzie experienced heartache and made a decision that would set the course of her future. Now, in Baker City, Oregon, she finds herself face-to-face with a man from her past, Seth Russell, who is a local pastor. She never regretted her choice or her singleness of purpose, but now she wonders if things could have been different. However, she never wavers from her clandestine mission of mercy. After all, If she could make even one persons life easier, it was worth whatever sacrifice she was called to make. In spite of her conviction, she retains bitterness over the injustice that she has experienced and that she continues to see in the town and even in Seths church. As she struggles to carry out her purpose, she discovers that the beginning of change comes from within ones own heart.

    Despite the brevity of Forget Me Not, Miralee Ferrell creates a solid five-star novella that is both concise and far-reaching in its message of forgiveness and love. Characters from both Blowing on Dandelions and Wishing on Buttercups appear, so although this novella could easily stand alone, for the full effect and for the sake of familiarity, it is best read after one or both preceding novels in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Gentle romance combines seamlessly with the struggles of characters and a town coming to terms with their own prejudices and vocations. The authors note appended to the narrative provides insight into the historical nature of the novella and how it came about, and in so doing demonstrates that the issues contained within the story are just as prominent today as they were in the 1880s, if not more so. The topics of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance resonate strongly with contemporary readers, and the deep discussions within the pages of Forget Me Not speak to the heart of Christians and to those seeking faith and guidance, making this an inspiring and informative story that will remain with readers even after they have read the last page.

    I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.
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