Monday, 24 March 2014

Book Review: Forget Me Not by Miralee Ferrell


Can a lost love be redeemed?

Seven years ago, Julia McKenzie rejected the man she loved, wanting to experience more of life. Now, at the age of twenty-four, she regrets that decision. What will Seth think of her, when they encounter one another hundreds of miles from home? Will the man she cared for understand the direction her life has taken and love her in spite of her choices?

Pastor Seth Russell has never completely forgotten the girl he once courted. When she shows up in his new home of Baker City, all those feelings return. But why is she sneaking around town late at night? Even more important, will she reject him and break his heart again?

What I thought:

Miralee Ferrell’s most recent addition to her ‘Love Blossoms in Oregon’ series answers readers’ many questions about Pastor Seth Russell, introduced in the first book, Blowing on Dandelions.  This novella-length addition to the series highlights Miralee’s ability to craft a powerful, thought-provoking story in so few pages.

Julia McKenzie is a strong, determined woman with a faith that drives her desire to care for those who are misunderstood and despised in the community of Baker City.  Julia’s unwavering commitment to action is inspiring, though this was not without inner tension and criticism from “upright” Christian people.  Julia’s conflict regarding her relationship with Seth was realistic, to the point I was never quite sure what the outcome would be. 

This book is a mere 145 pages, yet I felt as though I had read a full-length novel.  Miralee has managed to pack this little gem with all the hallmarks of a great read:  wonderful characters, engaging plot and a satisfying ending, all tied together with her trademark writing style which makes her books such a pleasure to read.

Forget Me Not was a thought-provoking read as well.  Julia’s story reminded me that God chargers his children to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.  Julia is the epitome of these characteristics and she shows what that could look like in real life.  It made me think about whom the downtrodden people in my community are and how I can support them through their struggles in life.  More than that I was challenged about how I respond to those who may criticise my obedience to what God would have me do.

You can buy Forget Me Not from Amazon
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Thanks to Miralee Ferrell for my review copy.


Miralee Ferrell said...

Tracy, thank you so much for your wonderful review of Forget Me Not. It's one of the best I've read yet, and I so appreciate the time and thought you put into writing it. If you didn't already, I'd love to have this review posted on Amazon and Goodreads! I'm so tickled you enjoyed my book. God bless!!!

Tracy said...

It was my absolute pleasure, Miralee. Thank you for privilege of reviewing it.

I have posted my review on Goodreads. I need to spend some money with Amazon before they'll let me post a review there.