Vogt (Somebody Like You) explores the bonds of sisterhood in this touching tale. Piper Thatcher has just started a profitable party-planning business in north Denver and has a handsome and devoted boyfriend. Her life appears stable from the outside, but Piper is still haunted by the events of a tragic night 10 years earlier when her identical twin, Pepper, died in a snowmobile accident. In the present, Piper must help plan for her older sister Jillian’s upcoming wedding alongside oldest sister Johanna, who is skeptical of Piper’s party planning abilities. To make things more complicated, Piper is visited by the ghost of her sister. Pepper’s spectral appearances prod Piper into realizing and sharing the truth about the snowmobile accident, which she has kept buried for a decade. With Piper’s secrets unveiled, her sisters are compelled to come forward with long-held secrets of their own. Faith elements are present, but they never dominate. Piper becomes curious about Christianity, but discovers the value of grace and forgiveness organically from the Thatcher family’s struggles to overcome tragedy. Filled with flashbacks, twists, and secrets, Vogt’s family drama forcefully portrays the lasting effect of brash, youthful choices.
An engaging and eloquent balance of family dynamics. The endearing characters will draw readers into an emotionally rich drama. A solid recommendation for those who enjoy Susan May Warren and Fern Michaels.
“With tenderness and skill, Beth Vogt examines the price of secrets, the weight of tragic loss, and the soul-deep poison of things left unsaid.”
“Beth Vogt has long been a favorite for romance, but she finds her true niche with her first women’s fiction entry, Things I Never Told You. Engaging, sympathetic, and almost painfully honest, this story of buried family secrets and hidden trauma will stay with you long after the last page is turned. I’m impatiently awaiting the other titles in this series.”
“Questions, regrets, and memories hang over all our lives. Things I Never Told You authentically explores past and present hurts in a way that will take readers deeper into the heart. Beth’s story will give real hope to anyone struggling with fractured relationships.”
“Talented author Beth Vogt brings her storytelling to a new level in this women’s fiction debut by tackling the messiness and beautiful bond of families in Things I Never Told You. Told through the voices of sisters, Vogt uses a clever twist in this tale of love and forgiveness. Readers will savor this one.”
“Once again Vogt’s beautiful writing captures the struggles and hopes of her broken characters, this time with a cast of sisters who find themselves forced to confront their pasts, their fears, and the healing power of forgiveness. Powerful, moving, and redemptive. Everything I hope for in a Beth Vogt novel.”
“Earnest. Emotional. Hope-filled and complex . . . With the characteristic depth and heart readers have come to expect from a Beth Vogt novel, Things I Never Told You marks the author’s memorable entry into contemporary women’s fiction. Whether sister, mother, daughter, or friend . . . each will find shades of herself in this redemption story. It is a must-read, must-share novel!”
“Things I Never Told You is a poignant, emotionally moving story that pulled me in from the opening chapter. Compelling threads of past hurts and present fears, long-kept secrets and complex family dynamics, kept me turning pages. Beth Vogt’s latest book, complete with a soul-stirring faith journey, is one that will stick with you long after the end.”
“Beth Vogt is one of those authors who legitimizes the depth of story hidden in dramas not unlike our own. In Things I Never Told You, she tugs the reader through the pages as a child might plead, ‘Come and see.’ Before the book’s end, the characters have become the reader’s extended family, their pain and joys our own. Another story well-told.”
“In Things I Never Told You, Beth K. Vogt deftly explores family dynamics, the push and pull between sisters, the pain of loss, the journey of grief, the beauty of forgiveness, and so much more. I rejoiced and wept with these characters and was sorry to let them go when I reached the end. Highly recommended!”
“This beautifully told story tugged me into the lives of three sisters separated by tragedy and time. The book is a beautiful tale of redemption and hope in the midst of darkness and fear. It is filled with characters that will stick with you long after you read the final line.”
“Rich with spiritual truths, emotionally compelling and endearing characters, Things I Never Told You peels back layers of the soul, exposing the dangers of secrets kept, and the freedom found when light shines through the darkness as the truth is told. A beautiful reading experience not to be missed.”
“Beth Vogt has an ability to draw her readers more deeply into a story, revealing secrets only when necessary, and never tell all until the end. Women’s fiction at its finest.”
“A book this good is a double-edged sword. It’s a wonderful reading experience and the ultimate frustration because it’s over far too soon. Beth Vogt is truly one of the great ones. She’s established herself as a consummate storyteller and a grand master of her craft.”