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Book Review ~ Forget Me Not & A Giveaway!

About the Book

FMN-ebook-cover2Prequel to Bleeding Heart

Old hurts, new betrayals, and a love that survives them all…

Summer 1885

A startling revelation sends Elizabeth Lawson escaping into a stormy night – and tosses her into the arms of a young mountain man with secrets of his own. When he offers to take her to the Nevada mining town where her long-lost brother lives, she accepts. Suspicions and uncertainties are pushed aside as she struggles to forge a future for herself by meeting her past.

David has been hiding from his painful memories for years. The solitude and wildness of the Rocky Mountains are challenge and comfort enough for him – until Elizabeth’s arrival. Fueled by anger and a sense of obligation, he strives to take control of his new situation…only to find control slipping from his grasp with each new emotion Elizabeth evokes in him.

When their journey leads them on unexpected paths, can two lonely hearts find the strength to remember the good amid the heartbreak?

Book Website: http://forgetmenotnovel.blogspot.com/

Series Blog: http://theheartsspringseries.blogspot.com/

 

Genre

Christian/Historical Romance

My Rating

4 out of 5 (stars)

My Review

Forget Me Not is a tender but intense story. It’s so easy to flow with the plot on a general level, but at the same time, get invested in each character and their personal stories.

From David’s quiet nature and mature mind, to Elizabeth’s strong will and naivety, and sometimes indecisiveness, the story is not so simple afterwards, as it leads to uncovering of secrets, heartbreaks and new found love.

I love how the Forget Me Not flower was woven into an essential part of the plot, a part that describes David’s story and his struggles. While the book is not about the flower itself, the story wouldn’t be complete without these beauties! I applaud Amber’s craft in weaving together the plot with the flower, giving the “yellow sun” and “sky-blue petals” a whole new and wonderful meaning.

As always, my favorite character was Myghal. I’m not surprised at all that this guy’s a hit! His easy-going nature was a source of relief in the tense and solemn moments, and it was a pleasant experience discovering his origin in this story.

Another character that caught my attention was Annabelle. Her quiet and friendly nature drew me to her. Despite harboring the shame of the past, and the pain from the present, she remained a sweet and welcoming person. I’m glad things turned out better for her and Jacob as the story wrapped up.

The lessons kept me pondering long after I’d swiped over the last page. I said to myself, “No one can take from you what is truly yours if you just trust God and obey.” This was the case with David. Answering the call to wait on God, while he went about what was right—and in its due time—led him to eventually receive his heart desire. There’s nothing better than trusting God when you hear him speak. Everything always falls into place eventually.

And honestly, you can’t force love—a person either loves you back, or they don’t. If you have to convince them that they do, then they really don’t. My advice? Let it go! I can’t help but think that a certain character’s failure to understand and accept this was what led to his bitter character in book #2, Bleeding Heart. Perhaps if he had understood this earlier on in the story, he may not have gotten so invested and ended up so brokenhearted (what comes to mind is the prologue, Bleeding Heart).

Forget Me Not was a fab read—not as thought-provoking as its sequel, Bleeding Heart, but will certainly find its own special corner in your heart.

*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to Amber Stokes, the author, for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

wpid-Amber.jpgAmber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word – from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing.

 

A Giveaway!

The blog tour is still very much in full swing and if you haven’t joined in to win the prize of the Forget Me Not paper, a “Barton Hollow” CD The Civil Wars, and The Journey of Natty Gann on DVD, you can do so via a Rafflecopter giveaway open to US residents only.

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5 Comments

  1. Awesome review, Miranda! I agree that it was neat it was neat how Amber wove the flowers into this story, as well as the sequel, and they fit very well. It was also cool seeing how Myghal came into the scene, and seeing where his distrust for Sally came from. Looking forward to his story! 😀

    I can’t help but feel bad for the “bitter character,” though. His personality n this book and book two are so different, and it reminds me of how life can cause a drastic change in one’s character. I think Amber did well in this part of her story.

    – Grace

    • Grace, I completely agree with you! Isn’t Amber’s skill impressive? 🙂 And oh, I’m so excited just thinking what Myghal’s story will be like. Can’t wait to read Morning Glory!

      It is sad how the difficulties passed through in life can change a person so drastically. It only makes this “certain character’s“ story all the more sad. 😦

      Thank you for comments, Grace. 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by!

    • I’m so glad you stopped by, too, Grace! 😀

      I’m honored by your kind words – both of you! Thank you so much for the encouragement. I’m absolutely thrilled that Myghal is still finding a place in your hearts. While David was my “first hero” and thus very dear to my heart, Myghal has continued to steal scenes and bits of my heart so that I’m rather in love with him, myself. 😉 Morning Glory should be a fun story to write – although a bit challenging, with the pressure of knowing that he’s a lot of readers’ favorite character!

      And oh Joe… I thought it would be interesting for everyone to see just how much his character changed between Book 1 and Book 2. While he’s rather lighthearted and almost naive in Book 1, your first glimpse of him was his bitterness and gruffness in Book 2. It is sad how much that incident changed him. 😦

      Grace, I know I shared this in a comment on your blog already, but I hope you both don’t mind me sharing it again:

      http://theheartsspringseries.blogspot.com/2014/01/for-joe.html

      …in case you haven’t seen my tribute post to Joe yet. ♥

      Grateful for you both!

      ~Amber

  2. Miranda, I absolutely love your review! Your insights into the characters and plot are beautiful, my friend, and I’m so very grateful for your thoughtful and kind review. ♥

    And goodness, your thoughts at the end hit home for me… It’s really enlightening to see the differences between David and Joe highlighted in that way by a reader, and it shows me just how much of my torn heart I poured into both of them. And that lesson about waiting or letting go is one I have to keep learning over and over again, it seems!

    Thank you so much for this post and for your friendship!

    ~Amber

    • Oh, you’re welcome dear friend! It’s always a pleasure to help out any way I can. Thank you so much for the kind words.

      The difference between David and Joe is quite striking. Where one chose to trust God, the other fell. It’s a part of the story that will linger in my heart.

      Now please, hurry up with book #3, cos I’m itching to read Myghal’s story! 😉

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