Published in 2014, Forget Me Not is actually the first novel in The Heart’s Spring series, falling first in the timeline to its published predecessor Bleeding Heart. Comprised of three novels and a collection of novellas, Forget Me Not is another journey saga, both literal and fugitively.‘FORGET ME NOT,’ BY AMBER STOKES #FWarchives #BookReviews #HistoricalFiction Click To Tweet
STORY: It tells the story of the young Elizabeth Lawson whose young life shatters when she loses her parents. Now as a young 18-year-old, she learns that she has a brother she’s never met. Seeking something she doesn’t know, she leaves the safety of her adoptive mother’s home. When she falls into trouble, she’s rescued by a young man named David. Not immune to feeling lost, David instantly feels a familiar tug to the young woman and on a whim offers to escort her to Nevada never expecting to feel so much for this girl.
Forget Me Not, by Amber Stokes | Book Review
Less than a year after her first release, Amber shares this story centering on the woman who broke the heart of a prominent figure in Bleeding Heart. The theme of this novel is feeling a part of a “place,” like you belong to someone or somewhere. In this regard, all of us will be able to relate to David and his need to remember. Between David’s search, and Elizabeth’s indecision (or innocence), the story is heavy on things long forgotten as its running theme.
As always, Amber executes her reflective topics beautifully. I will confess that on a minor note, the swiftness with which Elizabeth trusts – and travels miles on end – David doesn’t work as completely realistic though I understand this is more personal preference than an author fault. One thing I don’t think any reader can dispute is that these stories are dear to Amber’s heart. Many of us know her from our blog community and most if not all of us have been excited to be a small part of this publishing journey with her.
I started this novel late one evening and breeze through a decent portion of it, and in a mere twenty-four hours later, I was wrapping it up. Amber’s charming and beautifully simple way of telling this story (which is a compliment of the highest regard) is difficult to put down because her characters read well as do the elements of surprise. Where Bleeding Heart is gutsy and full of grace, its prequel is sobering. She also teases us with Jacob’s origins (which readers can now read about in Bellflower). I’d advise anyone who hasn’t read Bleeding Heart to read this first. Not because they cannot be read separately but one character figures importantly in the sequel title and for anyone who isn’t fond of working backwards in series, you’ll get a major spoiler in Bleeding Heart that hasn’t yet come to pass in Forget Me Not.
If you’re a fan of Janette Oke or western inspirational fiction in general (or like the When Calls the Heart TV show), then do be sure to pick up Forget Me Not by Stokes. It’s a picturesque kind of story that will charm any of its genre fans merely by being true to exactly what it is; a tender sage of love and never forgetting the sway of memories. A powerful reminder to the reader to never take precious moments for granted.
About the Book:
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Author: Amber Stokes
Publisher: Seasons of a Story (Self-Published)
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: The Heart’s Spring – Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Western, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the author, Amber Stokes for providing a complimentary ARC e- copy of this book for reviewing purposes.