Things I Never Told You by Beth Vogt – Emotional Story of Family and Heartbreak

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Book Review: Things I Never Told You by Beth Vogt – Emotional Story of Family and Heartbreak 

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Author: Beth K. Vogt  | Publisher: Tyndale 
Publication Date: 2018 | Series: Thatcher Sisters, Book 1 
Genre: Fiction; Women’s Fiction, Contemporary 
 Source: Publisher provided – thank you, Tyndale! 
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Rating: 3 ½ out of 5

Ten years ago, Payton Thatcher’s world fell apart. Ten years later, Payton is guarding a secret no one but her knows. In those ten years, Payton’s life has moved forward, but emotionally, her world is on hold. This has placed a strain on the relationship she has with her sisters, Jillian and Johanna, and though she likes her work as co-owner of a party planning business, it falls short of the dreams she once had. 

 Now as the ten year anniversary of her twin sister’s death approaches, the nightmares and sorrow creep up again, and Payton falls apart. Again. No one understands or is able to reach Payton until a face from her past unexpectedly reenters her life… 

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To say this book is an emotional roller coaster would be an understatement. It’s that and then some. The story isn’t “easy” for readers nor would it have been each for its author to pen. Inside these pages reside a story of grief and pain – and the joy of rediscovering who you are and reconnecting with those who care about you. 

Despite the informative synopsis, I didn’t realize the role “present” sorrow would play in this novel. I knew the grief from the past was going to be a layered story that would be emotional. Imagine my surprise when, early on in the novel, another blow is dealt to the Thatcher family. The POV switches from Jillian and Payton’s first-person narrative, which works well, but is also what makes the story so emotional in the “present.” 

As her prior skill suggest, Beth weaves everything together with a deft and talented hand that leads straight to a conclusion that will deeply affect its reader. Though Things I Never Told You is a hard book for me to personally read (at this time), in no way does this hinder the realization this book is beautiful in a purposefully broken kind of way. 

The first in her women’s fiction series, this story is nothing like Beth’s prior romantic-comedies. With its reflections of Little Women and poignant narrative, anyone wishing for novel with purpose and complicated ties to family will discover this inside these pages. 

Synopsis: 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. - Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own.

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