Item description for Remember to Forget (Clayburn Novels Series #1) by Deborah Raney...
Overview Stranded far from her New York home--and her abusive boyfriend--after a terrifying carjacking, graphic designer Maggie Anderson impulsively travels cross-country and attempts to start her life over in Kansas with a new man, but comes to realize that she cannot hide the truth about her past. Original.
Publishers Description One morning changed "everything" about her life But could it also set her free? Maggie Anderson Graphic designer Maggie Anderson has lived under her boyfriend's tyranny for nearly two years...until she's carjacked in New York. Will this terrifying experience be the end for Maggie -- or the beginning of a freedom greater than she dares imagine? To gain that freedom, she'll have to remember to forget everything about her old life... Trevor Ashlock is existing, day by day, in the little town of Clayburn, Kansas. Surrounded by too many painful reminders of all he's lost, he fills his time with work, trying desperately to forget. Then a compelling and lovely stranger shows up in Clayburn and turns Trevor's world upside down.
From Publishers Weekly Rita Award-winning novelist Raney (Beneath a Southern Sky) pens a lackluster
romance that never quite takes off. Maggie Anderson leaves behind an abusive
boyfriend in New York and strikes out for new territory. Taking the pseudonym
"Meg," she finds refuge in Clayburn, Kans., population 1,250. The proprietors
of the Wren's Nest Inn are as cute as Mr. and Mrs. Claus (and, predictably,
twice as sweet) as they help Maggie get back on her feet. Handsome Trevor
Ashlock still mourns the loss of his wife and young son, but it won't be a
surprise to readers that Meg may be the ticket to his recovery. But first, she
has to come clean about her past. Trouble spots include characters that are
never fully developed and a thin plot line. Meg spends too much time wringing
her hands over her past and her lies, while the long-suffering Trevor is
almost saintly as he never loses patience or makes demands. The wordy,
sentimental prose often falls into romantic clich s; "Being here like this,
with Trevor, made her feel something she'd never felt before." The ending,
despite its intended drama, feels far-fetched. While readers may appreciate
the hopeful themes of unconditional love, faith and forgiveness that run
through the book, the plot and characterizations don't meet Raney's usual
standards. (Feb. 6) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Awards and Recognitions Remember to Forget (Clayburn Novels Series #1) by Deborah Raney has received the following awards and recognitions -
Carol Award - 2008 Winner - Women's Fiction category
Christy Awards - 2008 Nominee - Romance category
Citations And Professional Reviews Remember to Forget (Clayburn Novels Series #1) by Deborah Raney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 11/27/2006 page 33
Romantic Times - 04/01/2007 page 76
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher Howard Publishing
ISBN 158229643X ISBN13 9781582296432
Availability 0 units.
More About Deborah Raney
Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was awarded a Silver Angel from Excellence in Media and inspired the acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have won the RITA Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the National Readers' Choice Award. Raney was also a finalist for the Christy Award. She and her husband, artist Ken Raney, make their home in their native Kansas.
Deborah Raney currently resides in the state of Kansas.
Deborah Raney has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Remember to Forget (Clayburn Novels Series #1)?
Poignant Journey Nov 14, 2008
One morning changed everything about her life But could it also set her free?
Graphic designer Maggie Anderson has lived under her boyfriend's tyranny for nearly two years...until she's carjacked in New York. Will this terrifying experience be the end for Maggie -- or the beginning of a freedom greater than she dares imagine? To gain that freedom, she'll have to remember to forget everything about her old life...
Trevor Ashlock is existing, day by day, in the little town of Clayburn, Kansas. Surrounded by too many painful reminders of all he's lost, he fills his time with work, trying desperately to forget.
Then a compelling and lovely stranger shows up in Clayburn and turns Trevor's world upside down.
This was my first read by Deborah Raney and will not be my last. I immediately connected with Maggie. Her character was so real, I was rooting for her throughout the whole book. While I thought her journey to Kansas might have been grasping a bit, once she was there, the people that helped her find herself were so wonderful. The author skillfully guides you through each of their troubles and it's only by God's grace and working together that there is resolution. The struggle by Maggie to allow herself to let these kind people into her life, while trying to figure out how to make things right with all the lies she's had to tell is very true to life. I thought her budding relationship with Trevor was sweet, and loved her sense of humor, even when confronted with a major upheaval in her life. His transformation through his Faith is touching and you find yourself wanting to push the two of them together! While there are some unpleasant subject areas brought up in this book, the author deals with them with honesty and grace. It's a very good book and I highly recommend it.
Reads like a thriller! Jul 2, 2008
A fast-paced romantic adventure that reads like a thriller. Deb Raney's novel, Remember to Forget, had me flipping the pages with eager anticipation...reading just one more chapter. And then...just one more!
I loved visiting the little town of Clayburn with its mostly charming inhabitants, meeting Wren and Trevor, and rooting for Maggie as she struck out on what became a quest for freedom. Filled with both tense and tender moments, Remember to Forget is a delight to the heart.
Remember to Forget--FANTASTIC! Oct 17, 2007
From the moment I grabbed Remember to Forget from my mailbox until the moment I closed the book I was transported to another place.
Long a fan of anything written by Deborah Raney I was so looking forward to getting this book. As always, Raney weaves a plot rich with tangible characters we love to hurt for and love to rejoice with as they conquer whatever mountains Raney has set in front of them.
The main character in Remember to Forget, Maggie Anderson, has been a victim of both mental and physical abuse for too long, since she's lived under the thumb of her controlling boyfriend for nearly two years. One day while on a liquor run for him, she's carjacked. For some this would be both frightening and devastating. For Maggie, who's wished for a way out for a long time, she sees the turn of events as the key to her freedom.
Maggie begins a journey cross-country and ends up in Clayburn Kansas. A sleepy little town seemingly lost in the past.
Trevor Ashlock is barely existing as he gets through the days dealing with the grief of his own past. He's surrounded by many painful memories of love and laughter that he wishes he could just block from his memory. Though Trevor has lost a great deal in his life he continues to seek God and try to find his way.
When a beautiful young woman named Meg turns up in his town, he's forced to face those old memories and contemplate if he's ready to move forward with his life.
Just as "Meg" is beginning to feel safe and released from her own tortured past, her chance for happiness seems to slip from her hands as a nearly forgotten enemy shows up on her doorstep.
Without spoiling the ending, I will say that Ms. Raney, as always, configured a beautiful, believable and satisfying ending. I only wish I could have stayed for a little longer with these memorable characters. Remember to Forget (Clayburn Novels Series #1)
As Far as the East from the West Aug 13, 2007
From the first chapter you envision Maggie as frightened, trapped girl who finds herself facing a life-changing decision in an unexpected moment. As she runs from her past she enounters new people who seem kind, yet she cannot trust the motives of these strangers. It is only when she lands in the small town of Clayburn that she even dares to hope that there may be a future for her...but what will her new friends think when they find out the truth about her past? This story paints a clear picture of the unfortunately all too common abusive relationships in which women become trapped. It goes on to paint the oh-so-clear picture of the scope of God's mercy and grace, and how when we come to trust Him for everything, our past is as far as the East from the West.
An excellent book to pass on if you know anyone in a relationship where they are beaten down instead of lifted up.
A wonderful life like christian romance! Aug 12, 2007
This story hits home with a reality that so many can relate too. Maggie a women trapped in an unhealthy relationship with no way to escape. Then God steps into her life and offers her a way out. You are with Maggie the whole journey as she travels farther and farther from her past. Maggie is such an awesome character I was rooting for her the whole way through the book!