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CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Best We've BeenJanuary 9, 2021CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When I started this book I was not sure that I could deal with the drama of these sisters but i stuck with it and was happy to watch the Thatcher sisters mature and make better choices. This was a good book.
Lisa D.5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful conclusion to an amazing series!August 9, 2020Lisa D.The Thatcher Sisters series is one of my favorite series, and I felt this final installment was the best. That's a bit surprising since I didn't care much for Johanna in the first two books. As the author revealed the emotions and feelings Johanna had been carrying with her, some since childhood, my heart hurt for her. I loved that the sisters fought for their relationship, unwilling to let it fall apart. This was a good reminder of how important family is and that we should be there for each other, even when we may not agree or even like each other at times. It was also good to see what was going on in Jilllian's and Payton's lives.
This was a wonderfully written, heart warming story that you don't want to miss out on reading.
Phyllis - Among the ReadsAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Heartbreaking and heartwarmingJune 15, 2020Phyllis - Among the ReadsAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleMy rating is 4.5 stars
Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster!
Having read the previous books in The Thatchter Sisters series, I had already formed an opinion of Johanna. Harsh. Rigid. Driven. Selfish. Closed off. Not exactly my favorite of the girls. Now I was able to find out why.
Confession time! Despite the prologue telling what happened when she was a child and had been so hurt by her parents, I didn't love Johanna right away. And I doubt I was supposed to. But don't worry, by the conclusion my feelings towards her warmed up. She still isn't my favorite sister but I do have high hopes for her now.
I've discovered that as I read books by Beth K. Vogt, I feel like she has been eavesdropping on my conversations with my sisters! The struggles these women have in their relationship with one another and in their perceptions of how their parents treated them when they were children are realistic and poignant. I probably relate best to Jillian, being the middle sister myself. I especially relate to the pain she experienced in learning Johanna's secret as it mirrors similar struggles in my own life.
One of the things that struck me as I read is how so often our life choices are ones that if they are good for us, will hurt others. In getting my way, someone else has to concede. And while sacrifice in some circumstances is needed, it isn't always the answer. Sometimes, the solution is coming to an agreement together.
As with the other stories in the series, The Best We've Been showed the lives and perspectives of all three sisters, though only Johanna's was written in the first person. It was effective and less confusing than if all the perspectives were told that way.
New believers, Peyton and Jillian struggle with their faith when their lives haven't automatically become perfect. Jillian certainly struggled with that the most. Married to an unbeliever who didn't support her dream, she was crushed. Poor Geoff tried so hard to love her and understand yet his own pain kept him from supporting her as she needed.
Peyton's husband Zach was a believer and like all good Christian husbands, brought her to a Bible study. Which should be a really good thing and yet this ended up being a major area of trouble for her. Feeling judged for what she didn't know, afraid to speak for fear of looking stupid, she didn't even tell Zach her struggles. There were some humorous moments when we saw her thoughts as she freaked out and tried to navigate this strange new world! These were some of my favorite moments.
Themes of trust and hope and family fill the pages of this touching story. While there were loose ends - not all the unbelievers became Christians, not all the relationships were healed - like in real life - the ending was satisfactory and appropriate. I would love to see more of what happens next and hope there will be another book that picks up their lives from here.
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I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Best We've BeenJune 8, 2020MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThis is a very moving conclusion to the Thatcher Sisters series. In the first two books, it was hard to relate to Johanna, though I am also the oldest of three sisters. All of the sisters have lessons to learn whether it is issues of control, faith, or finding common ground and keeping in mind what is most important. Johanna comes to understand that some of the impressions that have shaped her view of family for years are flawed. As some of her layers peel back and her heart softens, Johanna becomes easier to understand and more likable. Beth Vogt is very skilled at writing complicated dynamics between sisters and imparts great wisdom. Harper, Jillian's best friend, played an integral part in helping Jillian and gave her wise advice. I shed a lot of tears in the reading of this book, especially in the last chapters. The Best We've Been is excellent.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved it!!June 5, 2020KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third book in the Thatcher Sisters series and probably my favorite. This is Johanna's story and just wow! As the series started there was something about each sister that touched my heart. Johanna being the oldest I saw many things that resembled my sister. This story pulls the entire series together wonderfully. Johanna finally shows a side of her character we haven't seen, her vulnerability. As I finally saw all sides to this character she wound herself into my heart and is probably my favorite in the emotionally charged series. Each sister will come full circle and face the past along with the future. This book was very hard for me to put down it was so engaging. I strong recommend this book and the series to anyone who loves a real to life family story that brings out the negative and the positives. All thoughts and opinions are my own.