Deb Raney's latest romance is aptly named for a heroine who must forget her previous life, and a hero's struggle with the haunted memory of his wife and child. Deb has written a sweet love story surrounded by delightful characters set in a small fictional town, but so very believable that you long to live there. The town of Clayburn is filled with such a comfortable peace and likeable citizens, so strong in thir faith, that Maggie glimpses what real happiness could be like, and is desperate to have. With a taste of suspense and mystery, Maggie stretches beyond herself to embrace faith, and a second chance at life and love. A touching story that will surely capture your heart, and one that you'll find hard to forget.
This book is a treat. Ms. Raney does a fantastic job taking the reader into the setting and making you feel at home. Her characters are believable and relatable. I recommend this book for anyone looking for women's fiction with a dash of romance.
Get used to running, lying and escaping. Remember to Forget is not a traditional Deb Raney novel. No missionaries battle jungle diseases and face horrible death. The disease is different, the possible impending death sentence just as frightening for Meg. Or, is she really Maggie? Even Trevor who fights daily to surface above his own personal pain while battling a growing affection for Meg isnt sure who she is, or why she behaves the way she does.Maggie, or is she Meg?, takes advantage of a providential escape route to embrace a new existence, maybe even a future without fear. When small town innkeepers Bart and Wren temporarily adopt her, she begins to trust for the first time in her adult life. Just when she starts to feel safe from harm and secure in her new life, Kevin finds her. This time he demands total submissiveness or death. Running to the river, her fantasy since childhood, seems the only escape.Deb Raney weaves a plausible story of despair interlaced with hope. Every character is so believable the reader gets into his or her skin, even the despicable Kevin. Although Remember to Forget is set in present day, its message of love, trust and forgiveness is timeless.
This book is a treat from the words carefully crafted by Deb to the beautiful layout of the book. Each chapter begins with a pull-quote on the face page a mechanism that pulled me through the book. I kept thinking, Ill read just one more chapter and before I knew it another thirty minutes had evaporated. I could hardly put this book down, and when I did I kept wondering about what would happen next with the characters. A theme that challenged me was the picture of Gods hand extended to Maggie through the people who reached out to help her in her journey. Through their actions she gently becomes aware of Him and that He might be more than a myth. This made me ask the question whether I am doing what I need to on a daily basis to extend His love in an active way in my daily life.I highly recommend this book to readers who like romance mixed with women's fiction.
Remember to Forget was a page turner from the outset. It's not going to make you pull your hair out with anxiety, but there is enough tension to keep you wondering when the boyfriend will show up. This is a great example of a story containing a heroine in a desperate situation who may be perceived as weak, but in actuality has always been a survivor, so in a way that makes her strong. However, she really did grow a lot as a person once she arrived in Clayton, Kansas. The hero did a lot of growing as well. Trevor is a guy any woman would want. They truly made a perfect match. I loved how the author left out the sometimes contrived tension that often occurs in stories where there is a character who lies about some things. She was desperate, didn't trust anyone, and did what she had to do. The details were also fabulous in this story. I could see the interior of the bed and breakfast and the design work they did on it. I could taste the food and was sweating when I read about the dust, the heat, the town, etc. And the romantic element was perfectly done, as usual. So if it's cold where you live right now, this baby will warm you to your toes. The ending was also perfect, though it could've included one small element that would've made it even better. Those of you who have read Over the Waters will know what I mean. They were both great stories. This novel ranks toward the top of my Deb Raney favorites. Her voice is unique and her style is elegant and yet, homey with a small town feel to it. Highly recommended.