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"Aiken's second Women of Hope novel connects nicely to the first.... The 1880 Oregon setting is accurately illustrated and the heroine's journey to renewed faith in God is nicely depicted."—RT Book Reviews, ****
"In her second series outing, Aiken does a splendid job of painting life in 1880s Oregon while giving readers an inspiring, relatable female protagonist."—Library Journal
"Masterful storytelling, witty dialogue, and characters you'll never forget."—Lori Copeland, author Brides of the West series on For Such a Time As This
"[A]n engaging tale of duty, romance, family, and love....I'll be eager to see what character Ms. Aiken chooses next to feature in this exciting new series."—Serena Chase, USAToday.com on For Such a Time as This
"Ginny Aiken is a captivating storyteller who offers her readers a delightful journey they won't soon forget."—Debra White Smith, author of The Seven Sister Series
"Ginny Aiken has a beautiful ability to mingle comedy with tragedy, making the reader laugh and cry almost in the same breath."—Hannah Alexander, author, Last Resort and Note of Peril, Christy Award winner
Posted May 1, 2014
Out of the frying pan and into the fire! That is just what seems to be happening to Faith Nolan after marrying Roger when she lost everything in a fire and had no place to go. First she lost her parents and thinking there were only a couple of single men left to marry, she opted for Roger. Only in hindsight years later, she wished she would have taken up the charitable offers of the town's resident's to stay with them. She just didn't want people to feel sorry for her and she certainly didn't want to be considered a charitable case simply because she had no where else to go.
Helping to run the General Store seemed to give her an outlet of feeling helpful to others, as well as caring for the three mules they owned to get supplies from the town of Bountiful up to where the store was in Hope County, Oregon. Their main customer was the logging company owned by Nathan Bartlett as well as some of the men serving at the Army Fort just outside the town's limits. Now if only she could find a way out of Roger's violent outbursts towards her whenever he and his brother Theo got drunk, which seemed to happen every single night. Thank goodness for long sleeve shirts to hide what bruises he left on her. She only prayed God would hear her prayers for something to change, she just never expected He would answer the way He did.
When faced with another of Roger's lies about missing supplies for Nathan's company, Faith did what she felt God had placed on her heart, and that was waiting for the next shipment of supplies and fulfill Nathan's order before they went missing again. She knew that by defying Roger, she would be faced with another beating but she had to do what was right and hope God would come through in the end. Sure enough Roger and Theo were waiting for her when she arrived back to the store and they were drunk yet again. Only Roger would never take his anger out on Faith, when anyone was around, she knew he would wait for Theo to leave and then have his "discussion" with Faith.
Sure enough like clock work that is just what happened but something snapped inside of Faith this time, and she wasn't going to let Roger take his anger out on her once again. Grabbing a fireplace poker, she attempted to fight him off, but when he pushed her away from him, taking the poker from him, the last thing she remembered before she hit the ground was pain and darkness. What she didn't expect when she came to, was to see Roger's body on the ground with the fireplace poker in the back of his head and their store on fire. Fleeing for her life, she ran, but never in her mind did she think she would be arrested for Roger's murder. But things are about to get a whole lot worse for Faith. Is this God's answer to her prayers?
I received Remember Me When by Ginny Aiken compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This is the second book in the Women of Hope series and one that I fully enjoyed being a huge fan of westerns. I always thought I would have run a general store if I lived back in that time frame but loved where Ginny Aiken took this one. Faith is about to have her faith tested when one circumstance after another seems to stack the deck against her innocence and one by one, the people she hoped she could count on are shaking their own heads in disbelief. It will take an act of God to free Faith from the hangman's noose and to find a way to turn the hearts of the town's people back to believing she is innocent. Truly an unforgettable novel and one that I can proudly add to my personal library and well deserving of a 5 out of 5 stars. This novel also contains a Reading Group Discussion guide at the conclusion.
Posted August 16, 2013
Ginny Aiken in her new book, "Remember Me When" Book Two in the A Women of Hope series published by FaithWords brings us into the life of Faith Nolan.
From the back cover: Inspired by the biblical story of Abigail in 1 Samuel, a Christian woman stands up for what is right, despite life-threatening consequences.
When Faith married her husband Roger Nolan he seemed to be an upstanding businessman, owner of a remote mercantile outside the town of Bountiful, Oregon. But Faith quickly learned the truth-that her husband is dishonest in his business practices and likes his liquor, turning mean when he indulges. When Faith discovers that Roger has yet again failed to deliver critical winter supplies to Nathan Bartlett, owner of the nearby logging camp, she takes the order up the mountain herself. Furious, Roger confronts Faith when she returns, and she is knocked unconscious. When Faith wakes, she finds Roger dead in a pool of his own blood, and she soon stands accused of murder.
Having fought in the War Between the States, Nathan has seen enough violence to last a lifetime. He has always admired Faith's quiet strength and integrity and finds it hard to believe such a gentle woman capable of harming anyone. However, Nathan begins to struggle with his instinct to protect Faith when evidence mounts against her.
As more and more people begin to think Faith is guilty, only her trust in God can give her the hope she needs to survive this trial.
My favorite love story from The Bible is the story between Abigail and David. Now Ms. Aiken has taken that story and turned it into a very clever murder mystery in a western setting. Faith gets on the wrong side of her husband, Roger, and he hits her, knocking her out. When she comes to, Roger is dead and the house is on fire. Faith gets out but all the evidence suggests that Faith killed Roger. The only person standing with her is Nathan. Together these two must solve the murder/fire and work out their romance. I think Ginny Aiken did a wonderful job with the names of the places. They live in the town of Bountiful in the County of Hope. That gives you the idea of what the town should be doing and what everybody should have. Ms. Aiken has also done a marvelous job of bringing the Biblical story of Abigail to a Western community. Faith, Nathan and the other characters play out so well on the pages you would think you had known them all your life. "Remember Me When" is a great read that I was sorry to see come to an end. I am so looking forward to more in this series from Ms. Aiken.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FaithWords. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted July 26, 2013
Well written and engaging. Charectars were believable and well desribed. I liked the growing suspense as I got closer and closer to the climax, it flowed nicely. Loved the happy ending!
The author did a great job getting in head of an abused woman. I recognize and remeber all too well some of the thoughts and actions of Faith. The Lord brought me out from a similar relationship. He is always on time.
Posted August 22, 2013
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