Review by Kateri S.
"Forgotten Memories is one of my favorite books. The way Jansina manages to intertwine two beautiful tales of love is amazing. From the way Ella refuses to go with the flow, to the way Jane tries to include the excluded, not many authors have managed to bring you into the life of the characters as Jansina has. A truly remarkable story."
Review by Bonnie H.
"This book is extremely enjoyable, it flows so well despite the jumping from one story back to the other. The two stories work so well together and are so intertwined. The character development is fun to watch unfold, and it makes you feel like you yourself are part of the story! Jansina is a very gifted writer, and I strongly suggest you read this book. I eagerly await for more books that she will surely publish."
Not Easily Forgotten
Review by Gina M.
"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'."
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