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Moments We Forget

(Thatcher Sisters #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.

Now, Jillian's on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and ra
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published May 2019)
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Mikayla It would make more sense if you read book one first, but I think you could make do with just starting here.

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Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
After loving the first book in this series, I struggled to engage in the second novel the first half. I enjoyed the second half and there were some wonderful scenes in the later part of the novel. I look forward to reading the third book of the series. Hoping for some bright spots for Joanna and Jillian.
“But maybe . . . maybe faith wasn’t so much about believing enough. Being enough. Maybe faith was realizing that the truth of who God was, and what He promised, was enough for all her doubts.”

The Thatcher sisters—Jillian, Payton, and Johanna—each have their own struggles, pain, and disappointments. You’d think that would spur them to treat each other with gentleness. But not so much. They tend to push each other’s buttons and bring up old hurts before they finally get around to reacting with lov
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moments We Forget is the second book in the Thatcher Sister’s series. Moments We Forget continues the story of three sisters, separated by grief and circumstances, slowly working on reconciling as they each face the ups and downs of life.

Jillian well knows her role as the middle sister - peacemaker, often the bearer of bad news and someone who knows not to challenge the spotlight-stealing older and younger sisters. But, Jillian has beaten breast cancer and she’s ready to get on with her life. Y
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘It was as if I stood at the edge of an open cavern, peering down into the opaque darkness. How deep was it? And if I slipped would I ever stop falling?’
Beth Vogt continues her Thatcher Sisters series with this second in line, featuring Jillian, the middle sister. Jillian is now one year out from her breast cancer diagnosis but still dealing with the effects of chemo brain and the meds she must take for another 5 years. She is left reeling from two other blows to her life as well and just doesn’
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Moments We Forget is a moving, character-driven story that quickly captured my interest and never let go. The Thatcher sisters – Johanna, Jillian, and Payton – couldn’t feel more real. I’m an only child who has always yearned for siblings, so I would take these sisters in a heartbeat, flaws and all.

Women’s fiction is my favorite genre, and Beth Vogt shines in this area. The prose flows steadily, characters are well drawn and easily relatable
Erin Laramore
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable inspirational women's fiction read. This is book 2 in the Thatcher sisters series. While I think the story COULD be told as a stand-alone, this series is best read in order. Book 1 was from the perspective of the youngest Thatcher sister, Payton. This book is from the perspective of the middle sister, Jillian, with some 3rd person perspective chapters on both Payton and Johanna (the oldest Thatcher sister). I enjoyed the 3rd person additions as it allowed the reader to see ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I have met the Thatcher sisters in Book 2, I really want to go back and read Book 1 to learn more about their back story. Middle sister Jillian feels like she spends a lot of time in the mediocre middle and the mediator middle. Her Type A older sister Johanna and younger athletic sister Payton are often at odds with each other. We view the narrative mostly through Jillian's eyes with some breaks to see what is happening with Johanna and Payton. There are some great moments in the book w ...more
Joan Arning
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Moments We Forget is a story of three Thatcher sisters who love and can't stand each other at the same time! This is probably true of most sisters even if we don't admit it! Moments We Forget focuses on the middle sister, Jillian, who has survived breast cancer but has to face the realities of life after cancer. Beth Vogt has created wonderful realistic characters! I received my copy of Moments We Forget through a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest opinion. ...more
Katie  Beth
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Beth's 2nd book in the Thatcher Sisters Series.
After reading the first book (Things I Never Told You) I couldn't wait to read this book.
I couldn't stand one of the sisters, loved one, & wanted to get to know one better. This book has made me think about my own journey and story on a deeper level. I now actually feel empathy for the sister I hated (I'm excited to read her story in book 3) and I SO identify with Jillian, the main character in Moments We Forget.
If you want a great read tha
Hallie (Hallie Reads)
Catch up with the Thatcher sisters in Moments We Forget. This is the second book in Beth K. Vogt’s series, following Things I Never Told You, and I highly recommend reading them in order—but don’t worry; they’re both worth it.

Sisters Johanna, Jillian, and Payton all encounter more with which to deal in this continuation, and middle-child Jillian is at the center of it all (an unfamiliar place for her to be, for sure). Life is, by no means, easy, despite what she has already overcome, and yet, th
Kelly Bridgewater
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt invites readers to return to the Thatcher sisters. This story reminds me a lot of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott after Beth dies. How are the three sisters getting along? What secrets keep them tied together or apart? I really enjoy seeing the fresh reality of their emotions and dilemmas. In Moments We Forget, Vogt dove deeper into the faith issue. A sister grapples with the idea of God, another grasps onto a full relationship with God, and the last one is s ...more
Sharon Huether
Three sisters remained, Jillian,Johanna and Payton. the fourth Pepper had died. The sisters got together regularly for their book club.

Jillian had beat cancer,but wasn't sure she could have children. Geoff didn't want to adopt.

Johanna and Beckett were engaged for a long time. No wedding date was set.

Payton missed her twin sister Pepper. Pepper was a Christian and had left a cross necklace for Payton.
Payton wanted to know God as Pepper had. When she became a believer Zach asked her to marry him.
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Moments We Forget continues the story of the Thatcher sisters, which began in Things I Never Told You (and yes, you really should read the books in order, as much of what happens in this novel was set up in the first book). When this novel begins, middle sister Jillian has beaten breast cancer and is settling into married life ... but then circumstances arise that set her off balance and threaten all of her hopes and dreams. Youngest sister Payton finds herself open to faith for the first time i ...more
Chautona Havig
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Hardest Thing about This Book and Why I Love It

Obviously, the hardest thing about this book should be the cancer—how even after you’ve beaten it, you can lose. Lose your memory, your hopes, your dreams.

I won’t pretend that wasn’t hard, but the point of this book is that hope isn’t found in a lack of cancer diagnosis. It’s found in Jesus.

No, the hardest thing was watching the relationships between these sisters and seeing similarities in people you know and love—seeing how they create their o
Jeanne Takenaka
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moments We Forget, by Beth Vogt, moved me. Just as real-life sisters are different from each other, the Thatcher sisters are each unique, and the tone of this story reflected Jillian’s personality so well.

Jillian Thatcher has come out on the other side of her cancer journey and is ready to get on with life. Only, her post-cancer brain and body are not cooperating. As she grapples with how to find her “new normal” with the chemo residual effects, she struggles to accept that she can’t just get ba
~ Audiobook Review ~
This is the first book I’ve read in the series and I gained such a soft spot for the Thatcher Sisters. As someone on the recovery journey from a Chronic Illness I connected a lot with Jillian’s symptoms and journey. My Chronic Fatigue Symptoms has a lot in common with Jillians ‘Chemo Brain & fatigue’ but obviously our illnesses have major differences too that I liked learning about.

Most the books I read are about singles so I really enjoyed this married couple. I also found i
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second in a series of three novels covering the stories of sisters. Jillian is the middle sister, the one frequently ignored or otherwise discounted. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the first novel. We follow her experiences in marriage and other relationships in this novel.

Several relationship issues are covered in this story. The biggest one is adoption. Jillian wants to adopt while her husband is adamantly against it. Relating to this issue is the healing of past hurts. Bo
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
"If I believe that - that God loves me - then what? . . . . . . .Then your story changes."

Jillian Thatcher Hennessy's story was all out of sequence. Her cancer diagnosis had rearranged her life, even stealing parts of it, and now no one; including her husband of one year, or her different- as-night-and-day sisters were capable of putting the pieces back together into anything that looked, or even felt, remotely familiar. But Jillian wasn't the only Thatcher sister with changes burrowing beneath
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘A single thread of hope is still a very powerful thing.’

Moments We Forget is an incredibly moving story. I will admit it was hard for me to read. I see parts of myself in all three of the Thatcher sisters. Each one has unique protective measures in place and they’re explored with depth and clarity. My emotions swirled and at times plummeted like a kite losing its wind.

Johanna, the oldest sister, is a piece of work and I often found myself talking to her, even scoffing at her. Out loud, of cour
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and how Jillian, the middle Thatcher sister, deals with the aftermath of her illness and treatment. I love how the sisters...though they have their issues...really come together to support one another. I got caught up in the real issues and drama, and the heartfelt emotions of each character. Great writing in this book!
Aug 05, 2019 marked it as dnf
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. The mature content, though only ever implied, never talked about (at least as far as I read), was too much for me. I stopped about a hundred pages in, and won't be continuing this series.

Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations

Beth K. Vogt takes readers on an incredible journey in her latest novel Moments We Forget as she further explores the complicated relationships and family dynamics between the three Thatcher sisters - Johanna, Jillian, and Payton. This is the second book in the Thatcher Sisters series. I did not read the first book in the series (Things I Never Told You), but the author provides enough of the backstory so that the readers are able to easily follow the sto
"And me? I would always be the designated driver of the emotional vehicle that carried our merry little trio."

Brace yourself for an emotional impact when you pick up this book. This book, written in first person perspective from middle sister Jillian and third person from oldest sister Johanna and youngest sister Payton, will burrow deep into your heart with its raw, real, and heart-rendering discovery of self, love, sisterhood, and faith as the sisters battle the hard things of life like cancer
Susan Tuttle
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Vogt for quite some time, and honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect when she switched from contemporary romance to women's fiction. I picked the first book up in this series because I love her as an author and figured I'd give it a chance, and I'm SO glad I did. I immediately fell in love with the Thatcher sisters, so I was ready for this sequel which didn't disappoint. While it's certainly a deep read full of the ups and downs of family and real life, there's also moments of ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth Vogt is the master at writing an emotional filled novel and Moments We Forget is no different. The characters are likeable and relatable going through true to life events. I loved Jillian right the beginning. Having many friends who fought through cancer, I was rooting for her. I could see their strength and bravery in her. Her story made me want to grab a box of tissues at times.

I would give Moments We Forget one hundred stars if I could but will have to settle with five stars. I do want
Andi Tubbs
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2019
Like the first book in the series, Things I Never Told You, this book grabbed at my heart. My heart broke and in Ms. Vogt's unique way was put back together again.

Families are complicated and there is no other more complicated relationship than that of siblings. It's raw, real, and can change in a matter of minutes. I didn't grow up with sisters, I had a younger brother, and our relationship is complicated. I did, however raise three girls and I have a front row seat to how complicated and intr
Suzie Waltner
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

In the second book in Beth Vogt’s Thatcher Family series, three sisters are having a very challenging year. Moments We Forget is centered around Jillian (the middle sister) but both Payton and Johanna have their moments to.

As Jillian’s struggle with being the invisible one in her family carries over into her marriage and disappointment after disappointment assault her, she struggles to fight her way to some type of hope. Hope that her dreams will be realized, hope that she will heal fro
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
MOMENTS WE FORGET is a story about three sisters who haven't gotten along most of their lives who are trying to reconnect and find that there are some things that join them together. Recommended to Women's Fiction and Contemporary Romance readers.

The beginning of this story threw me a little. I hadn't read the first book and I felt like I was missing some pieces. There also are quite a few different POVs and not a lot of intro into each one at first. However, it didn't take me long to get everyo
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
After reading the first book in this series I went out and bought this one because I just had to know what happens next with this family.
Sisters and the dynamics of each role they play are so intriguing to me. I’m the middle sister of a big family and I truly understand all the issues Jillian is dealing with.
I don’t have cancer, so that’s not a factor in my life, but all the other issues she encounters I’ve had.
I loved how the author, Beth Vogt, brings out the complicated relationships of sis
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth Vogt is such a strong voice in women’s fiction. In this second book of the Thacher Sisters, Vogt takes you deeper with emotion and heart on every page. If you fell in love with Payton, Jillian, and Johanna in Things I Never Told You, you will not want to miss this book.
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Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” The Best We’ve Been, the final book in Beth’s Thatcher S ...more

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