Things I Never Told You
Things I Never Told You  -     By: Beth Vogt
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Peyton Thatcher copes with the loss of her twin sister by keeping busy with her work as a party planner and keeping her family at a distance.  When middle sister Jillian announces her engagement, Peyton dreads working on the wedding with her oldest sister, Johanna.  Then Jillian shocks the family with the report of a frightening diagnosis, and everyone must deal with past losses and present fears.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 1496427238
ISBN-13: 9781496427236

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It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine—as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.

But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.

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An engaging and eloquent balance of family dynamics. The endearing characters will draw readers into an emotionally rich drama. A solid recommendation for those who enjoy Susan May Warren and Fern Michaels.
Vogt (Somebody Like You) explores the bonds of sisterhood in this touching tale. Piper Thatcher has just started a profitable party-planning business in north Denver and has a handsome and devoted boyfriend. Her life appears stable from the outside, but Piper is still haunted by the events of a tragic night 10 years earlier when her identical twin, Pepper, died in a snowmobile accident. In the present, Piper must help plan for her older sister Jillian’s upcoming wedding alongside oldest sister Johanna, who is skeptical of Piper’s party planning abilities. To make things more complicated, Piper is visited by the ghost of her sister. Pepper’s spectral appearances prod Piper into realizing and sharing the truth about the snowmobile accident, which she has kept buried for a decade. With Piper’s secrets unveiled, her sisters are compelled to come forward with long-held secrets of their own. Faith elements are present, but they never dominate. Piper becomes curious about Christianity, but discovers the value of grace and forgiveness organically from the Thatcher family’s struggles to overcome tragedy. Filled with flashbacks, twists, and secrets, Vogt’s family drama forcefully portrays the lasting effect of brash, youthful choices.

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  1. Rick
    Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviews From A Man's Perspective
    April 21, 2018
    Rick
    Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Things I Never Told You.
    I'll admit I'm not much of a reader of women's literature, not because there aren't a lot of great authors/storylines out there, just because I already have enough on my plate with my normal genres. I took the opportunity to review this book to stretch my reading thoughts and I'm glad I did.

    To say this subject is heavy would be an understatement. Dealing with death is always hard, but dealing with the death of a sister, a twin sister, makes this even harder. I think the author kept this plot moving well, even though it was a very tough subject to tackle and I think she provides readers with a sense of being totally connected to the characters.

    Is this a man's book? Not really, but I'm not going to give this book any bad marks because it isn't. This book, if read by passionate readers of women's christian fiction, would be one that no one would be able to put down.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. Jeanne T
    Colorado
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poignant, Thought-provoking, Satisfying Read
    April 16, 2018
    Jeanne T
    Colorado
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Things I Never Told You.
    Beth Vogt seems to up her game with every book she writes. Things I Never Told You explores the relationships between sisters and within family, as well as secrets and the sometimes devastating aftermath that comes from them.

    Payton Thatcher is the surviving twin and youngest sister in the Thatcher family. For ten years, she's carried a secret about her twin sister's death. For ten years, she's struggled to figure out how to live as a lone twin. For ten years, she's believed certain things about life as she now knows it.

    As the story opens, Payton helps one of her closest friends run a party planning business. When Payton is asked to do something that revives the memory of her dead sister, her past begins to slip into her present. She must come to terms with things that happened the night her twin sister, Pepper, died.

    Things I Never Told You delves deep into the three sisters' lives and relationships. Each sister seems very different from the other. But maybe not as much as they think. Unresolved issues and another possible tragedy add tension to already stressed family relationships.

    Vogt masterfully addresses the issues between the sisters, and adds twists and surprises throughout the story. The poignancy and real emotion woven through the words had me crying, and laughing out loud. These women were so real, I found myself thinking about them when I wasn't reading.

    The themes of secrets and new beginnings nuance the story and take readers on an unforgettable journey. These characters will stay with them long after they read the final page. This will be a book I re-read.

    **I received an advance complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Book Reviewer Maman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Grab a box of tissues for this read!
    April 12, 2018
    Book Reviewer Maman
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Things I Never Told You.
    As a mom of twins this book tugged big time on my heart strings. This is a story about a family still struggling through grief ten years after one sister dies in a freak accident, especially the twin sister left behind. It's a beautiful story of overcoming grief, forgiveness, honesty, and facing the pain of your past. There are a couple of issues tackled in this novel, one being breast cancer, and the weight of carrying guilt around. Obviously there are strained relationships within the family unit that extends into personal relationships with boyfriends/fiances.

    Be prepared with a box of Kleenex!

    There's a lot of raw emotion that comes through in the writing as our characters wrestle through various issues but I think the character I most identified with was Payton - the twin that was left when her sister died. I can't even begin to imagine what it's like to have a part of you taken away as the twin bond is beyond our (those of us who aren't twins or triplets) capabilities to fully understand I think. Ms. Vogt does a commendable job in trying to relay the sheer trauma of being separated from a twin - add to that Payton blaming herself for Pepper's death.

    Friends from Payton's past help her face those dark moments again and serve as a catalyst towards self forgiveness. I wasn't sure what I thought of the sudden appearance of Pepper in Payton's dreams, and talking to her to help her tell the truth. It still worked within the story context and spurred on memories Payton had forgotten about, which ultimately led to Payton overcoming her grief.

    This is a heavy (in subject matter) read but a message of hope and restoration is given at the end.

    I received an advance reader e-copy from Tyndale through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
  4. Susan
    Clover, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Deeply Emotional
    March 28, 2018
    Susan
    Clover, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Things I Never Told You.
    "I don't think God, if there is a god, would listen to me."

    I read Beth Vogt's first book a few years ago and knew I wanted to follow her. She was, and remains, a favorite. This go round, she has crafted a book that will both tear your heart out and make you glad. The book focuses on three sisters, the Thatcher girls: Johanna, Jillian and Payton. Payton had an identical twin, Pepper, who was killed in an accident ten years ago.

    Payton has been troubled since Pepper's death and as the anniversary approaches, she is barely hanging on, seeing her sister in her dreams, feeling guilty about her death, not even living, actually. My heart broke for her pain because there is a LOT of pain in this woman's life. She pushes everyone away because she feels so guilty for remaining alive. Then there is Jillian, who has just received a devastating diagnosis and doesn't believe she deserves the love of a wonderful man who wants to marry her. And Johanna, the eldest, well, I truthfully didn't care for her a lot. She seems to want to control everyone else. But there is good in everyone.

    Vogt has done her job so well that the reader becomes invested in each character's life and feels deeply their heartache. She lets us into the lives and hearts of these women as they deal with the death of their sibling ten years ago and how it has affected them so deeply even so many years later. This book is so emotion-packed and at times it is so hard to read because Payton is suffering so much.

    Destined, in my opinion, to become a much read book and reread as well, Things I Never Told You belongs on the keeper shelf. Bravo!

    *I received a preview copy of this book from the publisher. The opinion stated above is entirely my own.
  5. Trixi
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You'll be left wanting more!
    March 20, 2018
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Things I Never Told You.
    An emotionally told tale of family relationships and sister bonds that withstand the passage of time & tragedy. I dont read a lot of women's fiction and this being my first one by Beth Vogt, I wasn't sure what to expect. But definitely not this--in a good way!! Funny, poignant, emotional, redemptive, characters to bond to, secrets shared, and a story that will stick to you long after the last page is turned. You'll definitely be left wanting more!

    *I received a complimentary copy and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. *
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