Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt - Reviewed

About the book:

Title: Things I Never Told You
Author: Beth K. Vogt
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

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.

About Beth K. Vogt:

God’s best is often found behind the doors marked “Never.”
So many times I approached life with with a virtual roll of yellow duct tape emblazoned with the word NEVER. Over and over again I sealed off certain opportunities.

I would never marry a doctor or anyone in the military.

I would never have children.

I would never write fiction.

And don’t you know God stripped off the duct tape and walked me through each of those NEVER doors?
Have you ever marked a door NEVER … only to discover his best waited where you said you’d never go?
Following God through that door doesn’t mean we’re on “easy street,”‘even though we’re where he wants us to be.

My Thoughts:

Beth K. Vogt’s new release The Things I Never Told You is reminiscent of Jodi Picoult. So, if you are a fan of Jodi Picoult then you will love this book!

I don’t have sisters except for the close friends I’ve chosen as sisters, however, I raised three girls and have seen the dynamics of sisters for thirty years. They can’t stand each other one minute, love each other the next, won't talk to each other, but bottom line they are each other’s best friend and secret keepers. 

Ms. Vogt shows the true push and pull between sisters. In addition to showing people and relationships are like individual pieces of a mirror alone yet when formed together make a beautiful colorful mandala like one you’d see in a kaleidoscope.

Each of the sisters are complex, dealing with real life situations that could happen to anyone of us. The supporting cast of characters complete the family dynamic. The story moves along at a nice pace revealing bits and pieces of the plot that keeps you guessing until the last page.

My Bottom Line:

This book is about relationships, tragedy, pain, and forgiveness not only of others but of self. The story just grabbed me from the beginning and I became completely immersed into the lives and stories of the characters. There were moments that made me think, when I wanted to throw the book against the wall, cry, and yes laugh. 
Things I Never Told You has everything that makes women’s fiction readable and engaging. 

Highly recommended!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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