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The Best We’ve Been by Beth Vogt July 9, 2020

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How can you choose what is right for you when your decision will break the heart of someone you love?

Having abandoned her childhood dream years ago, Johanna Thatcher knows what she wants from life. Discovering that her fiancé was cheating on her only convinces Johanna it’s best to maintain control and protect her heart.

Despite years of distance and friction, Johanna and her sisters, Jillian and Payton, have moved from a truce toward a fragile friendship. But then Johanna reveals she has the one thing Jillian wants most and may never have―and Johanna doesn’t want it. As Johanna wrestles with a choice that will change her life and her relationships with her sisters forever, the cracks in Jillian’s marriage and faith deepen. Through it all, the Thatcher sisters must decide once and for all what it means to be family.

My thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series. I have to be honest I was most excited for this book, to read Johanna’s story because I didn’t really like her in the first book. I started to like her more in the second and finally in this book we get to see her wounds and what has made her into the woman she is.

I so appreciated Beth’s take on this pregnancy and how she revealed the person-hood of the baby before it was even born.

This is a messy family and it drove me crazy how they didn’t just come out and say what was hurting them to each other. But honestly, aren’t we all like that?

I also enjoyed watching Payton’s faith grow and her take on Christianity. I remember being that new Christian, not wanting to pray in front of others and wondering if you sound like an idiot.

My only complaint, and I am noticing this a lot in contemporary Christian books, is that even though this is Christian the name of Jesus is never said, or written. The books talk about God and how God loves them but how to we know He loves us? Because he sent his Son to die for our sins. If I wasn’t a believer I wouldn’t know that from reading this book. I would just think he is a nice person who loves me. I would like to see more Gospel message in these books. But that’s my opinion only.

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Review and Giveaway: Moments We Forget by Beth Vogt May 13, 2019

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About the Book

Book: Moments We Forget Author: Beth Vogt Genre: Contemporary fiction, woman’s fiction Release Date: May 7, 2019 Moments-We-Forget-cover-199x300.jpgJillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine. Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again. Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?

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About the Author

Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s Beth-Vogt-199x300.jpgthe wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A women’s fiction novelist, Beth’s first novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released May 2018.

Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA® finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Wedding series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.

An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Rocket and also enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories. Connect with Beth at

More from Beth

“A sister is like yourself in a different movie, a movie that stars you in a different life.”

Deborah Tannen (1945-), sociologist

I’m launching Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters series, and I’ve just turned in the final book in the series. I’d love to share book three’s title with you, but I don’t know what it is. (Of course, book three might have a final title by the time you read this—that’s part of the fun of prerelease deadlines.)

One thing I do know: the theme of “Little Women gone wrong” is woven through all of the books . . . thanks to the Thatcher sisters: Payton, Pepper, Jillian, and Johanna.

Sisters, be they real or imaginary, can be complicated.

Of course, there are sisters who have close relationships. They “get” each other and love doing life together.

But then there are the sister relationships that are like mismatched socks. Or those expensive jeans you loved in the store, but when you bring them home, they never quite live up to those moments in the dressing room.

Such are the Thatcher sisters. Johanna, Jillian, Payton, and Pepper grew up in the same family. They’re all tall. They love Broncos football and board games. But in so many ways their lives are like different movies because they each made different choices. Choices that changed and separated them. Moments We Forgetcontinues to explore whether the Thatcher sisters can find a way to understand each other enough to bridge the distance between them.

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To celebrate her tour, Beth is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card plus a softcover copy of Moments We Forget!!

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My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. Beth created a family that tugged at my heart and I was eager to see how they were doing in this book.

They are still pretty messy…but God is working. Even though the Thatcher sisters are lost hope is sprinkled throughout the book. I love how Beth didn’t make it a quick come to Jesus moment. She made it very real.

The dynamics of the family very much remind me of my own. Play your role, say what you are expected to say, don’t call anyone out on the obvious and all will be happy. It’s sad, but true and I expect this happens in a lot of families. Don’t rock the boat, the family won’t know what to do if we actually started to speak the truth.

I enjoyed getting to know Jillian more, although reading her story also made me sad at times, I wanted a bit more joy in her life, so it was difficult to read, yet it was life.

I can’t wait to read more of Johanna’s story, because I don’t really like her much but I want to and I am hoping she will finally have a breakthrough in the next book.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: Things I Never Told You by Beth Vogt May 7, 2018

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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.

My Thoughts and Giveaway:

This book took me to a place deep in my heart. This relationship between sisters can be tough. My sister and I have had our ups and downs.

Payton is so guarded, I just wanted her to know Jesus. Her whole family needed Jesus (don’t we all). I knew that was the answer for all of them.

The pain of what Jillian needs to deal with as her wedding approaches is something all of us fear, at least a little bit. My heart broke for her.

Beth has penned a beautifully written story that will touch the heart of her readers.

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A November Bride by Beth Vogt December 18, 2014

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Sadie McAllister is fastidious to a fault-but that serves her well as a personal chef to her clients in Denver. But her earliest attempt at managing romance was a bust when Erik Davis declined her invitation to the school’s eighth grade Sadie Hawkins Dance.

Having celebrated the big 3-0 by ending a relationship, Sadie is tired of romantic relationships-by-text. The only man she knows willing to put down his iPhone and have face-to-face conversations with her is Erik. It’s time to put a 21st-century twist on the Sadie Hawkins’ tradition of a woman going after her man. He may not be the hero of her romantic dreams, but she can propose to Erik and achieve some sort of happily ever after with her best friend.

Erik is good at two things: his freelance job and maintaining casual, no-one-gets-hurt relationships with women. What is Sadie thinking, proposing to him? This is marriage-not a middle school dance. Erik decides to show Sadie what romance looks like when the man takes the lead. And while he’s at it, he’ll prove just how wrong they are for each other. But when he realizes he’s fallen for her, can Erik convince Sadie his just-for-fun dates were the prelude to “’til death do us part”?

My thoughts:

This was another great romance. I enjoyed this book and the slow, yet quick, love story that bloomed 🙂

I love all the elements that Beth worked into this quick read. Both characters had things in their lives to overcome and misunderstandings with each other to work through.

After being friends for so long you know a lot about a person and Sadie definitely had trouble believing Erik could really care for her for too long. But Erick sets out to prove her wrong. Will it be too late? Will she leave everything behind to start a new life far from Erik?

You’ll just have to give this a read to find out.

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Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt May 13, 2014

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Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed?

Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart?

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.


This is a great storyline and plot.

As I read this and was brought into Haley’s heartache and Stephen’s regrets I wondered how could these two ever fall in love? I mean, how could Haley move past the fact that Stephan looks like her husband but it isn’t him? How could Stephan believe that she saw him as his own person and not a replacement for Sam?

These questions alone kept me reading this book.

This is Beth’s third book and I love seeing her grow and a writer and digging deep into her emotions to  make the book come to life. Also, I know that Beth is a twin so I wondered how much of her own personal experience is in the story.

Overall, a great read for anyone who likes contemporary romance with some deep emotional layers.

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