I loved this book! When I would have to stop reading, I couldn't wait to pick up the book and begin reading again! This is an excellent look at how Christ can work in lives...even when situations seem hopeless. Deb's characters seemed so real...I'm ready to visit Clayburn and stay at Wren's Nest!!
Small town kindness and big city doubt meet in Deborah Raneys latest masterpiece. From the frightening streets of New York City across the country to Clayburn, Kansas you will find love and the mercy of God. . . .Maggie Anderson escapes a controlling abusive relationship late one night when she is carjacked. Through a series of circumstances and lies she finds herself in a bed and breakfast in Clayburn, Kansas. As she starts a new life in this town, she must keep her past a secret from the kind people she meets. How could they forgive her of all the deception? Her heart has never known nor can it understand the grace she witnesses.Trevor Ashlock is almost living. Hes the shell of the man he once was. His faith is all that carries him through his grief. When he meets Maggie, new feelings stir in his heart. He sees the hurt behind her lies. As he offers her grace and safety from whatever haunts her, can his heart find love again? . . . Within the pages of this book you see an image of Gods love, grace and forgiveness more beautiful than the Kansas sunset across the plains. You rejoice at a Savior Who always remembers to forget our sin. Prop your feet up and visit the lovely little town of Clayburn, Kansas. Youll linger long after the last page.
Maggie Anderson is on her way back to deliver her boyfriend his liquor, when she is carjacked and left stranded on the side of the road outside New York City. Knowing that this may be her only chance to escape Kevins tyrannical rule over her life, she makes the most of her opportunity by depending upon the kindness of strangers. Eventually, Maggie finds herself in the rural town of Clayburn, Kansas.Trevor Ashlock, publisher of the Clayburn Courier, is trying to make it from day to day. Its been two years since the tragic accident that claimed his family, but he keeps busy with the paper and working on the Wrens Nest Bed and Breakfast remodeling project.When Trevor meets Maggie, he feels as if he is coming back to life. And Maggie as Meg begins to feel safe, even though she is trapped in a web of lies she has spun about her past, having always to remember not to reveal too much so that Kevin will never find her.I really enjoyed the way Deborah Raney told the stories of Maggie and Trevor. Their stories are not uncommon, yet they are fresh and new. I found myself alternating between wanting to shake Maggie and wanting to hug her and be her friend. Thankfully, she finds a great friend in Wren, another lovable and huggable character.The people of the town of Clayburn are sweet and kind, which I found refreshing. (No gossip or backbiting here!) No one preaches at Maggie. Rather, they show her the love of God through their love and actions toward her. I like that. I believe this sets a good example for those of us who belong to Christ.Remember to Forget deals with some unpleasant topics, to be sure, yet Raney somehow writes them in a kind and gentle way. The characters are sympathetic, and that appeals to me as much as the story. I would recommend this book to fans of Christian fiction and sweet stories that are not saccharine. I look forward to reading more of Raneys novels in the future.
When Trevor Ashlock lost his wife and son in a fatal car accident, he found the will to go on. But he exists rather than lives. In a small town like Clayburn, he cannot hide from those who want him to find a new life. When he agrees to help the Johannsens with a remodeling project, he does not expect to find a reason to make life worth living again.Maggie Anderson finds an opportunity to flee from an abusive relationship. But she abhors the lies and deceit she feels forced to inflict upon the Johannsens and others who have shown her nothing but kindness. Even though she changes her name to Meg Anders, she fears her past will find her. Can she truly find hope and release in a little town like Clayburn? Deborah Raney has told yet another stirring tale. The topic of domestic violence is not brought up enough in Christian Fiction. Ms. Raney has handled the issue with sensitivity and understanding. She helps us remember that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. There is forgiveness for anyone who asks.
Deb Raneys Remember to Forget takes readers on a journey from desperation to hope. The vehicle used to transport both reader and main character, Maggie/Meg, is the warmth of a small town in Kansas. Raney skillfully weaves Maggies life story throughout the plot in a natural, pleasing way. Her characters and setting are welcoming and wonderfulit makes you wish you could go to Wrens Nest for some pie and coffee.