“Forgotten Memories” by author Penny Zeller is a Christian western historical romance novel. It is the first book in the author’s new Wyoming Sunrise Series. This was an excellent tale of faith, love, trust, and forgiveness. I was captivated.
Set in 1870’s Wyoming Territory, this is the story of Annie and Caleb. She has bad memories of being on the wagon train where she was robbed. Annie now teaches school in Willow Falls.
Caleb comes into town and immediately sparks fly between him and Annie. As times goes by and they become closer, Caleb realizes he has a secret that if discovered might ruin their relationship.
I love the way author Zeller writes. It is detailed enough to make me feel like I am in a time and place that I’ve never been without being boring. Her characters are genuine and become like friends as I became invested in them and their stories. Conversations sounded authentic for the time period. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen.
There were many life lessons woven throughout this novel. Lessons on love, trust, hope, and forgiveness beautifully written. There are Christian messages of God’s love, forgiveness, and always faithfully being with us sprinkled within this thoughtful tale.
I highly recommend this historical romance. It is something that will stay with you and give you much to ponder. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Book: Forgotten Memories
Author: Penny Zeller
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: August 30, 2022
Some memories are best forgotten…
The Wyoming Territory is rife with lawlessness and disorder, something Annie Ledbetter and her parents discover when their wagon train is robbed. Seven years later, Annie settles into her lifelong dream as a teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. When she meets handsome rancher Caleb Eliason through a humorous misunderstanding, she is quickly drawn to his kind heart and charming smile.
Former outlaw Caleb Eliason embraces his chance at a fresh start. Gone are the days of robbing stagecoaches and wagon trains. When he falls in love with the new Willow Falls teacher, he doesn’t realize they’ve met before—under much different circumstances. When his past comes to light, will it put the growing love between them at risk?
Can forgiveness and redemption heal two broken hearts or will the past keep them from sharing a future?
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About the Author
Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics.
Today Penny is the author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. Her desire is to assist and nurture women into a closer relationship with Christ.
When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.
Penny is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website, http://www.pennyzeller.com, her blog, http://www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks.
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The Inspiration Behind Forgotten Memories
I am often asked how I come up with ideas for my books.
Many different things inspire my plots. One inspiration comes from real-life stories. For instance, today our local librarian told me how her family homesteaded in our town in 1881. Of course, I had a million questions. I am also inspired by photographs, people-watching, and sometimes I will hear from readers about a story they’d like to read. I have often joked that I will need to be at least 102 to write down all the stories percolating in my mind.
The idea for Forgotten Memories came from reading about a mail-order bride named Eleanor. Eleanor answered an advertisement from a man named Louis, and after a time of written correspondence, they eventually made plans to marry. During the journey to meet her soon-to-be husband, Eleanor’s stagecoach was robbed. After obeying her request to hand Eleanor her trousseau, the robbers blew up the stagecoach and rode away with their loot.
When the time to be wed arrived, Louis recognized Eleanor immediately. Only later, when Eleanor and Louis were preparing to sign the marriage license, did Eleanor recognize him as the robber due to his voice and a discernable scar. Louis fled and rode off without a word, leaving Eleanor with a broken heart.
After reading Eleanor’s story, my imagination wandered and what-ifs filled my mind. What if something similar happened to a character who, years later, fell in love with a man who robbed her? What would happen when the truth was discovered? Was there any hope for a happily-ever-after?
Thus, Annie and Caleb’s story was born.
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