Forgotten Memories

Forgotten Memories

by Jansina

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BN ID: 2940032954903
Publisher: Jansina
Publication date: 12/24/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 238 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Jansina has been writing ever since she could do more than make meaningless scribbles with a crayon. She began her writing career at 13 with a newspaper column, Jansina's Journal.Her goal is to create realistic Christian fiction for young adults that will both entertain and inspire. This is her first published novel, though she has over one hundred published articles, short stories and poems in various newspapers and magazines (including the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Brio).She is a native of Minnesota, and a few years ago discovered Backus, a little-known town of 300. Although she may never live there herself, she lives vicariously through her characters. Jansina is in the process of writing two additional novels, and several short stories-all with the setting loosely based on that little town. Many of the characters in Forgotten Memories play larger parts in those stories.When not writing, Jansina works in marketing, and also copy edits others' books, scholarly papers and articles. In her spare time she enjoys Irish and swing dancing, singing, and rereading Austen's novels. She doesn't spend much time in cemeteries.

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Forgotten Memories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SilverRose1 More than 1 year ago
FORGOTTEN MEMORIES is a compelling novel that seamlessly weaves together two stories that transcend time and space itself. One of the strongest elements of FORGOTTEN MEMORIES is its ability to allow the reader to immerse himself in a context other than his own. The small town of Backus becomes "life-size" as the readers grows to love the place right alongside the newcomer, Joe. For, although Backus may be filled with gossips and a less-than-accurate newspaper appropriately re-named "The Backus Blab", it has an endearing quality that reminds us that it is the simple things in life that are often the most important. After reading this novel, I suspect that many, like myself, will wish to purchase a plane ticket simply to witness the place that served as a backdrop for the colorful town folk, distinctive customs, and unique romance between two of the principal characters in the story, Joe and Ella. The relationship between Joe and Ella is another high point of the story, for it is something that, like the town, seems to transcend time. Likewise, these characters "come to life" because they just seem so real. Although there are many elements of the story that complement this assertion, it is the witty dialogue between the two that best supports the development of Joe and Ella both individually, and as a pair. And, indeed, their love story does transcend time, for it is Ella's granddaughter Jane who, years later, unravels the mystery of her grandmother's past and the history of the town to which she has recently arrived. Once again, the newcomer to the town serves as the "reader" who becomes immersed in the history and timelessness of Backus and its residents, both past and present. Additionally, the first person perspective enables the reader to gain further insight into the characters of "Ella" and "Jane" (past and present, respectively) as their thoughts and perceptions are revealed, and, as the story progresses, change. Both characters grow in faith and understanding through their relationships with others and, in Jane's case, through her study of the relationships of others in the past, especially that of her grandparents. As Jane writes at the end of the novel, "As I learned more about my grandparents' lives, I only grew more determined to wait for the man who would treat me the way Joe treated Ella. I will wait for the man who will not back out when things get rough or I get cranky; the man who will fight through it because, in his eyes, I'm worth it." On a personal note, as a writer myself, I enjoyed reading from the perspective of two other writers, as we share a common method of expression with its unique "quirks". I highly recommend this novel to Jane Austen readers and aspiring writers, romantics and skeptics, dreamers and realists, and anyone who enjoys a good story. FORGOTTEN MEMORIES is not a story that will be easily "forgotten".