Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
Remember to Forget by Deborah
"...has characters you will quickly come to care about, a timely plot, and a great message."
When Maggie Anderson runs a late night errand for her controlling boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself the victim of a carjacking. Will she live to see Kevin again? Does she even want to?
Dumped on the side of a country road, far from New York City, Maggie realizes she’s just been handed the means of escaping the prison she’s lived in for two years. Her tyrannical boyfriend controls every sector of her life and verbally and physically abuses her. Maggie takes her first step away from Kevin, and then takes another, and eventually arrives in tiny Clayburn, Kansas, with almost nothing. She is quickly befriended by Wren and Bart, an older couple who own a small inn. Maggie feels guilty giving them a fake name, but knows she must keep her identity a secret to keep Kevin from finding her. And she’s sure he’ll try.
Maggie quickly grows to care for Wren and the kind carpenter, Trevor Ashlock, who’s remodeling the inn. Maggie longs to trust Wren and Trevor with the truth, but Kevin did such a number on her that trusting isn’t easy. Trevor has suffered a terrible loss and works almost constantly to keep the horrible memories at bay. Maggie feels even worse lying to him. He’s been so kind to her and stirs her in a way no man ever has. But what will he do when he learns the truth? And what happens when her past catches up with her?
Remember to Forget is the heart-tugging story of a woman caught in an abusive relationship who finds the courage to escape when an odd twist of fate sets her free. Though physically far away from her abusive boyfriend, Maggie still struggles to open up and trust people. For so long, she placated Kevin to keep him from hurting her that she finds it easy to tell little fibs—for protection. But she doesn’t like lying to the people in Clayburn who have been so kind to her. She longs to tell them the truth but fears her new friends will reject her.
A story of forgetting the past and looking ahead to the future, Remember to Forget has characters you will quickly come to care about, a timely plot, and a great message. It is possible to escape an abusive situation with God’s help and the love of friends. Maggie learned this, and it changed her life.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.