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Nikki Studebaker Barcus5 Stars Out Of 5June 20, 2010Nikki Studebaker BarcusMaggie 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.
Cathy Elliott5 Stars Out Of 5July 2, 2008Cathy ElliottA 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.
Joanne4 Stars Out Of 5May 21, 2008JoanneThis 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!
MOPS at Oakbrook5 Stars Out Of 5October 26, 2007MOPS at OakbrookOur 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!
Rel Mollet5 Stars Out Of 5July 19, 2007Rel MolletA 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.