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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 q 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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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 q 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?

30 review for Forgotten Memories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madisyn Carlin

    I've read all of Zeller's books, and while I've thoroughly enjoyed every single one, Forgotten Memories is thus far my favorite. Set in 1880s Wyoming, Forgotten Memories incorporates faith, humor, sweet romance, redemption, and a superb premise. The setting is well-described. The reader is swept into the small Wyoming towns and the rustic landscape. I could easily imagine myself there as I read the story. The plot, as aforementioned, is superb. Filled with twists, turns, hope, pain, and a strong f I've read all of Zeller's books, and while I've thoroughly enjoyed every single one, Forgotten Memories is thus far my favorite. Set in 1880s Wyoming, Forgotten Memories incorporates faith, humor, sweet romance, redemption, and a superb premise. The setting is well-described. The reader is swept into the small Wyoming towns and the rustic landscape. I could easily imagine myself there as I read the story. The plot, as aforementioned, is superb. Filled with twists, turns, hope, pain, and a strong faith element, the reader is definitely treated to a broad range of emotions--which this book is full of. If you don't tear up, or are at least a little bit touched by some of the scenes...you've a cold heart. There is no way someone with a normal heart can't be moved. I rarely tear up while reading, but I did while reading this book. I also really liked how the book began, as it provided insight that is crucial to the rest of the plot. The flashbacks also were incorporated well. The romance is sweet and gentle, written at just the right pace. The characters are wonderful. Annie aspires to be a teacher, and her desire to help others and her good relationship with her family is heartwarming. Sadie is adorable. Caleb...who wouldn't love Caleb? He deserves all the hugs he can get. He was my favorite character, though by a slim margin, because I did adore Annie as well. Their emotions were so realistically portrayed. No one is perfect and their struggles are portrayed quite realistically. The secondary characters are a delight as well. Charlotte and John Mark need their own stories. Their relationship was perfectly portrayed, and I could empathize mostly with Charlotte, though I felt for John Mark too at times. Tobias needs his own story too, the little twerp. I was especially fond of Charlotte's vocabulary and how she learned several of them through reading (doesn't that just sound like a true bibliophile?). There were just so many fun secondary characters, too many for me to list. What really sets Forgotten Memories apart is the faith aspect. Beautiful, rich, and so deeply woven into the story. Zeller paints a splendid story of forgiveness, God's mercy, and redemption. I also appreciated the adoption theme, which has a double meaning in this book. I've read many historical romances, and Forgotten Memories is by far one of the best I've read. It is a beautiful story with heartfelt themes and tear-jerking scenes. Do yourself a favor and add this book to your TBR. *I received an eARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Hall

    If you're looking for a gentle Western romance, look no further! Penny Zeller has written a sweet, godly romance historical fiction lovers won't want to miss. Characters: Annie was a lovely MC - I really enjoyed that she was a teacher, though I felt quite badly for her on her first day. That was rough! But while she wasn't perfect, she had a really sweet spirit. And Caleb, in spite of his difficult past, was a godly man. I appreciated his resolve to move on from his former life and follow the Lo If you're looking for a gentle Western romance, look no further! Penny Zeller has written a sweet, godly romance historical fiction lovers won't want to miss. Characters: Annie was a lovely MC - I really enjoyed that she was a teacher, though I felt quite badly for her on her first day. That was rough! But while she wasn't perfect, she had a really sweet spirit. And Caleb, in spite of his difficult past, was a godly man. I appreciated his resolve to move on from his former life and follow the Lord even when things were difficult. The side characters were fun, especially Caleb's siblings. They added some really nice comedy in there! Setting/Writing Style/Plot: The setting felt more like a prairie, small town rather than the more traditional Western town in the middle of the desert, but that fit the book really well. The writing wasn't my favorite style, but for historical fiction, it definitely worked. And the plot, while not full of a lot of action, had plenty of relationship building and character development to move things along well. I wasn't really expecting that one part in the ending, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise! Theme: Forgiveness was a huge part of this book, and it was done so well! Consequences came along even though forgiveness was given, and the characters still had to work through struggles even though all was washed clean. I also really enjoyed how much the characters prayed and depended on the Lord. It was beautiful to just watch them live a daily Christian life so faithfully! Overall, this was a sweet, clean romance with a beautiful moral. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed historical Christian fiction! isclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Characters: Caleb and Annie were both sympathetic characters who had realistic struggles. Caleb's siblings and an older couple added some good moments of humor. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: This novel featured themes of forgiveness, second chances, grace, family, Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Characters: Caleb and Annie were both sympathetic characters who had realistic struggles. Caleb's siblings and an older couple added some good moments of humor. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: This novel featured themes of forgiveness, second chances, grace, family, and adoption. I really appreciated the faith content! Plot: All the obstacles standing in the way of Caleb and Annie's relationship kept the plot moving. Romance: Clean. Just kissing. Writing: Penny Zeller's clear writing worked well for Forgotten Memories. She made it easy to picture what was going on. Overall: Forgotten Memories was an entertaining read that I'd recommend to those who love Christian fiction and historical romance.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cover Lover Book Review

    I could gush on and on about how I love second chance stories, sweet historical romances, small town settings, memorable characters... I love Forgotten Memories, by Penny Zeller. And it’s the first book in a new series. Yay! I enjoyed blend of the rough old west setting and the Little House on the Prairie wholesomeness. This story focuses on Annie and Caleb, from childhood to young adulthood. They are both easy to connect to and sympathize with. I especially connected with Caleb and adored his se I could gush on and on about how I love second chance stories, sweet historical romances, small town settings, memorable characters... I love Forgotten Memories, by Penny Zeller. And it’s the first book in a new series. Yay! I enjoyed blend of the rough old west setting and the Little House on the Prairie wholesomeness. This story focuses on Annie and Caleb, from childhood to young adulthood. They are both easy to connect to and sympathize with. I especially connected with Caleb and adored his sense of compassion. And the secondary characters are just as charming and unforgettable, such as Reverend Solomon. I first read one of Penny Zeller’s books last year (a contemporary romance – Love Under Construction) and fell in love with her writing style and how she incorporates humor or wit with ease. This story, being a historical western, is a bit different, but carries the same tenderness and nourishing tone. With themes of forgiveness, grace, and second chances, this story is sure to touch your heart. This wholesome tale is woven together beautifully and meaningfully with a strong spiritual thread. First Line: A fleeting movement caught twelve-year-old Annie Ledbetter’s attention. Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction Content: Wholesome Page Count: 327 Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    While on a wagon train from Nebraska to Wyoming, Annie Ledbetter a twelve-year-old, watches in horror as they are attacked by robbers. That fateful day stays impressed in her mind forever. They all survived but nothing would ever be the same. The three men would enter her sleeping hours and she continued to relive it. She graduates and leaves Nelsonville for a teaching position in Willow Falls. She stays with a minister and his family. Everything works out better than expected until her past come While on a wagon train from Nebraska to Wyoming, Annie Ledbetter a twelve-year-old, watches in horror as they are attacked by robbers. That fateful day stays impressed in her mind forever. They all survived but nothing would ever be the same. The three men would enter her sleeping hours and she continued to relive it. She graduates and leaves Nelsonville for a teaching position in Willow Falls. She stays with a minister and his family. Everything works out better than expected until her past comes back to haunt her. There are a lot of surprises, tense moments and mystery to the plot. Also, times of love, compassion and forgiveness. Gods message of forgiveness and how HE changes a person and creates a new person in Christ comes through. The story is a very emotional one, so keep the tissues handy. The ending wrapped up everything nicely with a powerful Christian message. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and willingly choose to review it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abbigail B.

    Penny Zeller has crafted a beautiful story of redemption and hope set in the Wyoming territory in the second half of the 1800s. Real, raw feelings and emotions that stem from past regrets and horrors are portrayed so vividly, that I could feel what Caleb and Annie were feeling as they sorted through their pasts. This has become a comfort read for me, alongside Janette Oke's books. I definitely recommend this book for so many people, but especially those who struggle with understanding that by Go Penny Zeller has crafted a beautiful story of redemption and hope set in the Wyoming territory in the second half of the 1800s. Real, raw feelings and emotions that stem from past regrets and horrors are portrayed so vividly, that I could feel what Caleb and Annie were feeling as they sorted through their pasts. This has become a comfort read for me, alongside Janette Oke's books. I definitely recommend this book for so many people, but especially those who struggle with understanding that by God's grace alone are we truly healed, not just physically, but spiritually and emotionally. **I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Penny Zeller

    The launch team for Forgotten Memories is open! If you enjoy Christian historical romance, then I'd love to invite you to participate in Forgotten Memories' launch. To learn more, go here: pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2022/07/13/... To sign up, go here: https://forms.gle/HSgjsfGv7mYbFA3y6 The launch team for Forgotten Memories is open! If you enjoy Christian historical romance, then I'd love to invite you to participate in Forgotten Memories' launch. To learn more, go here: pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2022/07/13/... To sign up, go here: https://forms.gle/HSgjsfGv7mYbFA3y6

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Forgotten Memories is a wonderful start to Penny Zeller’s Wyoming Sunrise series. I adored Caleb and Annie’s story. I enjoyed going back in time to The Wyoming Territory. The details made me feel as though I was right there with the characters and being part of the journey. It was a great tale of moving on, forgiveness, hope and redemption. I loved the sprinkled in humor all throughout that kept me laughing and wanted to keep reading. I thought it was a fabulous read. Forgotten Memories will be Forgotten Memories is a wonderful start to Penny Zeller’s Wyoming Sunrise series. I adored Caleb and Annie’s story. I enjoyed going back in time to The Wyoming Territory. The details made me feel as though I was right there with the characters and being part of the journey. It was a great tale of moving on, forgiveness, hope and redemption. I loved the sprinkled in humor all throughout that kept me laughing and wanted to keep reading. I thought it was a fabulous read. Forgotten Memories will be getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. Fans of clean historical romance will not want to miss on this one. I am looking forward to reading the next installment from the Wyoming Sunrise series. I received a paperback copy of Forgotten Memories from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    Uplifting Story of Forgiveness and Second Chances! I enjoyed this book so much I had trouble putting it down. Not only did it have a sweet romance which had me rooting for Annie and Caleb to overcome their obstacles to happiness, but it dealt with the issues of forgiveness and second chances in a very spiritual and relatable way. The characters were down-to-earth and a few of them openly struggled with how to relate to a person whose past actions had negative consequences. Can a person really cha Uplifting Story of Forgiveness and Second Chances! I enjoyed this book so much I had trouble putting it down. Not only did it have a sweet romance which had me rooting for Annie and Caleb to overcome their obstacles to happiness, but it dealt with the issues of forgiveness and second chances in a very spiritual and relatable way. The characters were down-to-earth and a few of them openly struggled with how to relate to a person whose past actions had negative consequences. Can a person really change for the better? What does it mean to forgive? This is a work of Christian historical romance and I love how these hard questions were not glossed over but addressed earnestly through the characters' emotions and dialogue. Reverend Solomon Eliason was a favorite character who displayed such wise counsel and led by example. Though the book’s theme was of a serious nature, I love the way author Penny Zeller manages to include humor in several places. If you are looking for a book that not only entertains but inspires, definitely pick up this one! I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Bloggers and Reviewers. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions expressed here are completely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    K.R.Mattson

    Forgotten Memories is a book I would feel comfortable giving to my mom and saying, "Hey, I read this.". Wow, let me say first off that I'm torn a million different directions while writing this review. The book itself was awesome. I really have to give it to the author, Penny Zeller, for crafting the main character's relationships so well. The attraction between a man and a woman is too often physical appearance and lust for flesh. I believe I can safely say that this is not the case in Forgotte Forgotten Memories is a book I would feel comfortable giving to my mom and saying, "Hey, I read this.". Wow, let me say first off that I'm torn a million different directions while writing this review. The book itself was awesome. I really have to give it to the author, Penny Zeller, for crafting the main character's relationships so well. The attraction between a man and a woman is too often physical appearance and lust for flesh. I believe I can safely say that this is not the case in Forgotten Memories. Yes, they do see how the other is built, I mean, how else are you going to decide if your future love could carry your box of books in the house or not? But its not overly so. They really look at the behavior of the other and how they react to the people around them. That ultimately plays a huge part in their relationship later on. (Which I have dubbed Annie as Clueless and poor Caleb as my favorite.) As this was the first book I have read from this particular author, and really the only real romance centered book I've read in forever, I really had to get used to the writing style. I felt that certain action scenes could have been helped along to really get my heart pounding with fear for the lives of the poor dears, but action is not the purpose of the book so I'm definitely not taking a star off for that. Its mainly personal preference, which has nothing to do with how good this book was. 😍😍🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 I adored the sibling relationships going on between Charlotte and John Mark. A+ to Mrs. Zeller for nailing that. They had me laughing way too many times. 😂 The characters were well developed, in my opinion, and growing in their faith throughout the book. Caleb was my favorite character. I'm always partial to those level headed boys with redemption stories.😍 Though Annie was fantastic all around and really should be my second favorite character, she isn't.🙈 John Mark is; poor kid always getting harassed by his little sister. *pouts* He reminds me of my brother (I'm not saying if my brother is older than me or not 😇) Annie, though clueless sometimes, really showed how the love of Jesus can shine through, even at the face of her worst nightmare...eventually. I did think there was a bit more kissing than there should have been. I believe in never kissing until at least engaged, *slaps forehead* but that is again personal preference and this is a romance for goodness sakes. What else should I expect? I really have to give it to Mrs. Zeller again for her extraordinary talent of giving the moment the right amount of affection and gentleness, yet not going into too much depth of anything physical. The book was clean of anything morbid, only light kissing and hugging. I am extremely grateful that I could trust to read this romance and not be terrified of what might pop up. Halfway through Forgotten Memories I was considering giving it a four star. I really didn't feel it, you know? But after reading the ENDING!!!!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 Could I please just say that the ending was the most perfect ending EVERRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its like the author is saying: "You want forgiveness to be the theme? Here, have forgiveness." *book plops in lap* Me: *heart eyes* WHICH IS WHY I'M GIVING THIS BOOK A FIVE STAR! Well, and the fact that somehow, Mrs. Zeller kept a girl who loves action/romances enthralled with just a plain romance. I didn't feel like it lagged anywhere, and the ENDINGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED IT!! I didn't even think that kind of ending would happen, but it wrapped up the book so well and really accentuated the theme of forgiveness. Forgotten Memories is definitely a book to put on your shelf if you like romances. Plus the chicken coop part was like AWESOME.🤣🤣🤣🤣 I just had to say that. Thank you for writing this, Penny! I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    Christian Historical Romance is one of my favorite Genres. Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller is Book 1 in the Wyoming Sunrise series. I recently had the chance to read this book and it is only the second book by Penny Zeller that I have read. The setting of this book is the 1880s in Wyoming. Annie Ledbetter and her parents are traveling on a Wagon Train when it is robbed. The Family realizes how rough the Wyoming Territory can be. 7yrs later, Annie is so happy to be starting her dream job as a Christian Historical Romance is one of my favorite Genres. Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller is Book 1 in the Wyoming Sunrise series. I recently had the chance to read this book and it is only the second book by Penny Zeller that I have read. The setting of this book is the 1880s in Wyoming. Annie Ledbetter and her parents are traveling on a Wagon Train when it is robbed. The Family realizes how rough the Wyoming Territory can be. 7yrs later, Annie is so happy to be starting her dream job as a Teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. She meets a local Rancher, Caleb Eliason and the 2 become instant friends. Annie loves his Charming Smile and kind heart. Caleb is enjoying life as a Rancher and has left his previous life behind, one that included robbing wagon trains. Caleb and Annie come to the realization that they have met previously many years ago. It takes them a bit to remember exactly where, but Annie suddenly realizes Caleb is one of the Wagon Train Robbers from 7yrs ago. Caleb has fallen in LOVE with Annie and Annie has feelings of LOVE toward Caleb. Will the realization of Caleb's past hinder a Romantic Relationship between the pair? Will they choose to leave the past in the past and move forward in life? WOW, Penny Zeller is fast becoming a favorite author. This is only the second book I have read by Penny Zeller and I am amazed once again by the storyline and writing style. I truly enjoy books that are set in Small Towns so that was a draw for me to read the book. I really LOVED the 2 main characters, Annie and Caleb. Annie has worked hard to achieve her dreams of being a Teacher. Caleb enjoys his job as a Rancher and has worked hard to overcome his rough childhood and past. Caleb knows he was given a Second Chance at making his life right and he does not take that for granted. The author incorporates scripture into the book about Forgiveness. The book has some twists and turns that the reader doesn't see coming. The ending was sweet and loving. This book is one about Forgiveness, Second Chances, and Inspiration. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian Fiction and Romance. I am very much looking forward to new books in this series. FANTASTIC BOOK!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ausjenny

    This is a charming book starting with an incident that will affect both hero and heroine from when Annie was 12 and Caleb 14. The books starts with the wagon train robbery then advances 7 years and we see both characters as adults. Annie is excited to be a teacher and Willow Falls has a special tradition which leads to a few humourous interactions. We learn more about the robbery and what lead up to it. We also learn what has happened to both Annie and Caleb since. I really liked both characters This is a charming book starting with an incident that will affect both hero and heroine from when Annie was 12 and Caleb 14. The books starts with the wagon train robbery then advances 7 years and we see both characters as adults. Annie is excited to be a teacher and Willow Falls has a special tradition which leads to a few humourous interactions. We learn more about the robbery and what lead up to it. We also learn what has happened to both Annie and Caleb since. I really liked both characters and felt for Caleb. Back then life was difficult and it doesn't take much for a young lad to be intwined in things he doesn't want to do. This book deals a lot with forgiveness both from others and from  within. We see how compassion and acceptance can change a person. We also see how forgiveness is more than words and sometimes takes a unthinkable occurrences to fully be understood. There were parts I had tears in my eyes and that doesn't happen often in a book. There are also fun interaction with Caleb's brother and sister, John Mark and Charlotte who loves using big words. Over all another great historical book by Penny Zeller. I am hoping there will be more in the series as I can see several characters who need a book especially Charlotte and her nemesis. 

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (christianbooksandcoffee)

    I absolutely LOVED this book!! Oh my goodness such a great story! This is my first read by Penny Zeller. She is an amazing author, and I loved her writing style. It flowed very well and was easy to read. She wrote great characters each with their own personality and depth. My favorite characters were Caleb, Annie and Charlotte. But I loved all the characters! The story was well executed and thought out. Loved how she incorporated the lesson of forgiveness through scripture in a really great way! I absolutely LOVED this book!! Oh my goodness such a great story! This is my first read by Penny Zeller. She is an amazing author, and I loved her writing style. It flowed very well and was easy to read. She wrote great characters each with their own personality and depth. My favorite characters were Caleb, Annie and Charlotte. But I loved all the characters! The story was well executed and thought out. Loved how she incorporated the lesson of forgiveness through scripture in a really great way! I felt so bad for Caleb at times. I loved everything about this book, nothing I didn’t like! I look forward to reading more by Penny Zeller. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Penny Zeller has written a captivating and beautiful Wyoming Territory wagon train story in her novel Forgotten Memories. This story is about a girl who is haunted by an experience she had in her childhood and a man who’s past comes back to haunt him. But it’s also about redemption and forgiveness through the grace of God. Readers will easily be able to tell that the author put thought and research into the historic details. A light, quick, and sweet historical romance, that readers will enjoy. S Penny Zeller has written a captivating and beautiful Wyoming Territory wagon train story in her novel Forgotten Memories. This story is about a girl who is haunted by an experience she had in her childhood and a man who’s past comes back to haunt him. But it’s also about redemption and forgiveness through the grace of God. Readers will easily be able to tell that the author put thought and research into the historic details. A light, quick, and sweet historical romance, that readers will enjoy. Series: Wyoming Sunrise Genre: historical, romance, wagon train Publisher: Maplebrooke Publishing Publication date: August 30, 2022 Number of pages: 330 Other books in the series: 2-Dreams of the Heart (coming March 2023) Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.​

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Forgotten Memories is a sweet, quick read that I think historical fans will enjoy. I love that Zeller gave us the background of the characters first encounter in the beginning of the story, rather than just reference it. I think it added to the depth of not only the storyline, but the characters themselves. Seeing Annie as a vulnerable young girl, scared and trying to help her family was really heartwarming. Then you see Caleb, clearly torn before doing what he feels is right, and following what Forgotten Memories is a sweet, quick read that I think historical fans will enjoy. I love that Zeller gave us the background of the characters first encounter in the beginning of the story, rather than just reference it. I think it added to the depth of not only the storyline, but the characters themselves. Seeing Annie as a vulnerable young girl, scared and trying to help her family was really heartwarming. Then you see Caleb, clearly torn before doing what he feels is right, and following what his family is doing. For his character especially, this provided a well rounded character arc. Along the way I did feel there were a few “I knew that was going to happen” moments, but many readers don’t have a problem with that. Personally I like a surprise thrown in here and there, something that kind of makes me wake up and pay attention a little better. It didn’t take away from the fact that it was a sweet story to read, I just felt it would have added another layer to the story. Overall, I found Forgotten Memories to be an enjoyable read with charming characters, that put a smile on my face. I will certainly be checking out her other books! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This is a gentle read that explores with resolution some heavy emotional battles. The duty to forgive when wronged. The duty to embrace the forgiveness of others. The weight of guilt upon the mind and soul of a person. While the story opens with a wagon train robbery and the near-death experiences of some of the travelers, it quickly moves forward in time some years hence and the melding of two hearts that are destined to travel an experience that covers a broad spectrum of emotional travail. Bud This is a gentle read that explores with resolution some heavy emotional battles. The duty to forgive when wronged. The duty to embrace the forgiveness of others. The weight of guilt upon the mind and soul of a person. While the story opens with a wagon train robbery and the near-death experiences of some of the travelers, it quickly moves forward in time some years hence and the melding of two hearts that are destined to travel an experience that covers a broad spectrum of emotional travail. Budding romance. Beautiful family relationships. Caring community. The author gently takes the reader through the experiences of the characters as their lives blend and memories begin to surface that threaten to rip them apart. I highly recommend this gentle read with its rich spiritual heritage. I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and freely given.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Violet W.

    It is my great pleasure to report that this has been a great improvement on the last of her books I read. Still a beginner-type book, perhaps, but very likeable. So, here's your sandwich- positive, negative, and then more positive! It was great to have a hero that talked "too much" instead of too little for a change! Some conversations near the beginning still weren't great, but it got better and better further in. There were a few plot similarities (to the other of Zeller's books I've read) that It is my great pleasure to report that this has been a great improvement on the last of her books I read. Still a beginner-type book, perhaps, but very likeable. So, here's your sandwich- positive, negative, and then more positive! It was great to have a hero that talked "too much" instead of too little for a change! Some conversations near the beginning still weren't great, but it got better and better further in. There were a few plot similarities (to the other of Zeller's books I've read) that seemed a bit weird to me. For example, I really don't think we needed another big-word girl. Reading a lot does not do that to you- I ought to know! And it seemed like we're shaping up for ANOTHER hero's-little-sister-falls-in-love-with-guy-who-annoyed-her-when-young sequel. That prospect does not particularly appeal to me. I think it would be well for the author in general to apply the adage "Never use a big word when a little one will do." It would greatly improve the quality of the narrative especially. A peeve of mine was all the places in the book where a character asks God for patience and forgiveness-- and then says something harsh and hurtful. I believe that if you're sincerely asking God for help, he'll at least give the grace to keep your mouth shut! Another disappointment would be the absolute absence of a romantic climax. I mean, we've been reading about the romance for the first two-thirds of the book at least, and then we hear, "Oh, and the hero proposed three weeks ago." I couldn't believe it!!! But then, wholly unexpectedly, this book made me cry. And at the end of the story, that alone is enough to get it an extra star. I received this book for free (ARC). Everything I've written, good and bad, came entirely from my own head while or after reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connie Hill

    Forgotten Memories is book one in the Wyoming Sunrise series that is written by Penny Zeller. This book drew me in within the first few pages. It is beautifully written. The book opens up in 1877 in Wyoming Territory. We see families traveling towards a fresh start. Annie Ledbetter and her family are almost to their new home. However, the wagon train is attacked by a group of outlaws. Caleb had a rough upbringing. He never wanted to be a part of robbing wagon trains, but he was afraid to cross h Forgotten Memories is book one in the Wyoming Sunrise series that is written by Penny Zeller. This book drew me in within the first few pages. It is beautifully written. The book opens up in 1877 in Wyoming Territory. We see families traveling towards a fresh start. Annie Ledbetter and her family are almost to their new home. However, the wagon train is attacked by a group of outlaws. Caleb had a rough upbringing. He never wanted to be a part of robbing wagon trains, but he was afraid to cross his brother. He by the Grace of God is given a fresh chance and settles into the town of Willow Falls. He has been forgiven and knows that God has forgiven him, but sometimes he is unsure if he has forgiven himself. Especially when Annie shows up 7 years later as the teacher of Willow Falls. Annie is super excited to have been selected as the new teacher. Willow Falls is not far from her family and she is able to go home on weekends to be with her family. She is happy staying with the Reverend and his family. She even is excited about the possibility about a new relationship. Then she realizes where she recognizes Caleb from. Her whole world comes crashing down, I really loved this story. This is a wonderful reminder of how much we are forgiven when we accept Jesus. We need to make sure we forgive ourselves and quit trying to pick up those sins and shames of our past and then how we react when others may not be so quick to forgive us. The story is well written. I loved the characters. I cannot wait to read book two in the series. I have read this author before, and she is always historically accurate. Thank you to the author, publisher and JustRead for allowing me to read a copy of this story, all thoughts are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth Glass

    I 💖LOVED how the story played out. Annie and Caleb had their destinies intertwined from when they were little till they got to adulthood. When they met again it wasn't too nice either, but it sure was a funny picture about how his actual pet calf managed to go through the doorway of the school. I 💖LOVED the two main characters they where just so very well developed. Annie was in desperate need to let go of the past and Caleb was desperate for forgiveness in how he hurt her years ago. I also💖LOVED I 💖LOVED how the story played out. Annie and Caleb had their destinies intertwined from when they were little till they got to adulthood. When they met again it wasn't too nice either, but it sure was a funny picture about how his actual pet calf managed to go through the doorway of the school. I 💖LOVED the two main characters they where just so very well developed. Annie was in desperate need to let go of the past and Caleb was desperate for forgiveness in how he hurt her years ago. I also💖LOVED how their was always something to keep you turning the pages, whether a small twist to it or just an emotional scene about to come up. This book flowed so well and had such a wonderful message about forgiveness. It also reminded me of a Janette Oke book with the morals and Christian values it has in it. I VERY HIGHLY recommend **** Disclaimer I received a free copy of this book to review from the author. All opinions and thoughts are my own and I was not obligated to like or dislike this book.I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

  20. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Will their linked past bring them together or tear them apart? An engaging western romance, set against the Wyoming plains, with strong themes of faith and second chances. I adored the humorous meeting in the schoolhouse. I loved how supportive Caleb's family was of him, and how they accepted him despite his past. There was also a great secondary storyline, which I enjoyed as well. Annie's brother was such a nice guy, and I liked how he encouraged her. Annie is a likeable heroine, clever and up fo Will their linked past bring them together or tear them apart? An engaging western romance, set against the Wyoming plains, with strong themes of faith and second chances. I adored the humorous meeting in the schoolhouse. I loved how supportive Caleb's family was of him, and how they accepted him despite his past. There was also a great secondary storyline, which I enjoyed as well. Annie's brother was such a nice guy, and I liked how he encouraged her. Annie is a likeable heroine, clever and up for a challenge. Overall, this was an entertaining read with wonderful characters and an engaging plot that kept me reading. Perfect for fans of western romance! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This book is a wonderful read! It's well written and holds your attention from the first page until the last. It's a sweet romance full of hope, forgiveness and inspiration. I highly recommend this book. This book is a wonderful read! It's well written and holds your attention from the first page until the last. It's a sweet romance full of hope, forgiveness and inspiration. I highly recommend this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mom & Daughter Reviews

    Forgotten Memories is a beautiful story that will bring tears to your eyes as you read it. Smooth prose, a lovable hero and heroine, a profound faith thread, and pockets of humor interspersed throughout make this book one you need to add to your bookshelf.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dee Wolters

    Annie and her family leave their familiar home to join a wagon train headed for Wyoming Territory. She is sad to leave her home, but feels the adventure her parents talk about when they describe all the new things they will have in Wyoming. But during the trip, the families are attacked by a trio of robbers, who shoot one man. Her pregnant mother goes into labor and Annie is scared. Thankfully, the doctor arrives just in time to deliver the baby and help the injured man. Several years later, Anni Annie and her family leave their familiar home to join a wagon train headed for Wyoming Territory. She is sad to leave her home, but feels the adventure her parents talk about when they describe all the new things they will have in Wyoming. But during the trip, the families are attacked by a trio of robbers, who shoot one man. Her pregnant mother goes into labor and Annie is scared. Thankfully, the doctor arrives just in time to deliver the baby and help the injured man. Several years later, Annie moves to the nearby town to become the teacher, her long time dream. The school year gets off to a rocky start for her as the long held tradition of pranking the teacher catches her off guard. But the adult assigned to help and keep the pranks within reason, Caleb, seems familiar. Oh well, he is quite handsome too. Caleb has been apart of the community of Willow Falls for over seven years and has grown to be a well respected young man. Few know of his involvement in the stage coach robberies of his youth, and he has put that whole part of his life behind him. Until the new teacher arrives. She was the young girl in the last robbery he was a part of, and he came face to face with her during the search of her wagon. Does she recognize him too? This was an interesting story, a coming of age story with love and forgiveness at the center. I enjoyed the easy read of the novel. In some ways it was quite predictable, but enjoyable none the less. I look forward to reading book #2 and see how the couple grows together. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne

    Oh, I love this story! Annie ❤️ Caleb This story gave me all the feelings of a Janette Oke’s novel. A lighthearted story with lovable characters, family ties, small town friendships, strong elements of faith, forgiveness, redemption, romance, history, all the elements I love in a novel. Overall a beautifully written story that will inspire you to be more like Him. If Christian historical romance is your genre you’ll be delighted to spend some time in Wyoming with the Eliasons and the Ledbetters Oh, I love this story! Annie ❤️ Caleb This story gave me all the feelings of a Janette Oke’s novel. A lighthearted story with lovable characters, family ties, small town friendships, strong elements of faith, forgiveness, redemption, romance, history, all the elements I love in a novel. Overall a beautifully written story that will inspire you to be more like Him. If Christian historical romance is your genre you’ll be delighted to spend some time in Wyoming with the Eliasons and the Ledbetters besides all the other wonderful town people. Thank you Author Zeller for bringing us readers such an inspirational story! Some quotes I loved from the book: “Forgiveness never is something we can do on our own. Reckon it’s the hardest thing God calls us to do.” “Forgiveness can be a challenge. I can attest to that. But I have been forgiven for much, and so I also need to forgive.” “When love finds you, you don’t run from it.” ***I received an eARC copy of the story from the author in exchange of an honest review, all opinions are mine.***

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becca Rae

    This was a sweet romance and a fairly quick read. The story had a great premise and I could tell the author put a lot of attention into the detail of their writing. Two things stuck out to me though that really hindered my ability to get into the story. I'm quite sure it was in hopes of creating likable characters, but their flaws (specifically Caleb) lacked any real depth when their thoughts always seemed to be pure and any bad choices weren't really choices at all. The other piece was the dial This was a sweet romance and a fairly quick read. The story had a great premise and I could tell the author put a lot of attention into the detail of their writing. Two things stuck out to me though that really hindered my ability to get into the story. I'm quite sure it was in hopes of creating likable characters, but their flaws (specifically Caleb) lacked any real depth when their thoughts always seemed to be pure and any bad choices weren't really choices at all. The other piece was the dialogue. It was too wordy and proper for natural conversations. It was still an enjoyable read though, and I did like the characters. I'd recommend it to those who enjoy lighter reads. *I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    If you're a fan of sweet, historical fiction reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie or all things Janette Oke then you'd enjoy this story. When we meet Annie she's young and traveling with her family to their new life. At the same time we meet Caleb whose path crosses with hers in a not so great way. Even in the beginning we can see Caleb's gentle heart. The elements I enjoyed were seeing Caleb's redemption and people in his town seeing the good in the boy he was when they met him, Annie was f If you're a fan of sweet, historical fiction reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie or all things Janette Oke then you'd enjoy this story. When we meet Annie she's young and traveling with her family to their new life. At the same time we meet Caleb whose path crosses with hers in a not so great way. Even in the beginning we can see Caleb's gentle heart. The elements I enjoyed were seeing Caleb's redemption and people in his town seeing the good in the boy he was when they met him, Annie was following her dreams, and the strong faith through the characters. There was actually a surprise in the story I wasn't expecting. It was a bit predictable and while Caleb's little sister's desire to use big words was amusing, it started to drive me crazy. There were a couple parts that didn't quite make sense (maybe add up), but I think for the story they worked. This was my first book by the author and I look forward to checking out the rest of the series. *I received the ARC ebook for review. This is my personal opinion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    I have long been a fan of books set in the 1870’s – 1890’s west, which puts Forgotten Memories at the top of my list of recently read favorite novels. This story, set in late 1870’s Wyoming, delivers a well-written tale of forgiveness, redemption, and romance. Annie Ledbetter is thrilled with her position as schoolteacher at the Willow Falls school. Part of her joy comes from her growing attraction to handsome rancher Caleb Eliason, son of the couple who have offered her a home with them. Her dre I have long been a fan of books set in the 1870’s – 1890’s west, which puts Forgotten Memories at the top of my list of recently read favorite novels. This story, set in late 1870’s Wyoming, delivers a well-written tale of forgiveness, redemption, and romance. Annie Ledbetter is thrilled with her position as schoolteacher at the Willow Falls school. Part of her joy comes from her growing attraction to handsome rancher Caleb Eliason, son of the couple who have offered her a home with them. Her dreams crash around her when, by a freak incident, she realizes she has met Caleb before, when he was far from the man he claims to be today. Anger, bitterness, and unforgiveness take control of her heart as she faces the disappointment of his apparent deception. Caleb Eliason has been blessed with a chance at a new life and works hard to establish his own ranch. When he falls in love with schoolteacher Annie Ledbetter, he embraces dreams of a future with her. When he finds himself having to own up to a past he never wanted, his hopes threaten to dissolve into thin air. Convincing those he has wronged that he is a changed man is no easy task. Only with God’s help can he earn the forgiveness of others and, most of all, himself. Author Penny Zeller takes the reader through her characters’ struggles, heartache, and redemption. Although not preachy by any means, the story reflects the strong ethical, moral, and scripture-based beliefs that dominated the lives and dictated the behavior of pioneers of the American West. In addition to well-developed main characters, I found the supporting characters to be engaging. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Caleb’s brother John Mark and his sister Charlotte. The inclusion of humor in a story that dealt with a serious topic was delightful. If there is any negative aspect to point out, I would say I found dialogue to be a bit repetitious, lengthy, and unnatural at times. Definitely an enjoyable read for anyone who favors the western time period and sweet romance. I received an ARC copy of this book from the author. I was not obligated to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I love a good historical fiction novel. This is definitely one! It’s also the start of a new series. I’m always a sucker for a great new series as well. Such a great novel. It read quickly. The characters definitely stole my heart. They grabbed me and would not let me go. I had a hard time putting the book down knowing that I didn’t want to take a reading break. It felt like I was saying goodbye to friends for a bit. And truly that’s what these characters became. The setting is great. It jumps o I love a good historical fiction novel. This is definitely one! It’s also the start of a new series. I’m always a sucker for a great new series as well. Such a great novel. It read quickly. The characters definitely stole my heart. They grabbed me and would not let me go. I had a hard time putting the book down knowing that I didn’t want to take a reading break. It felt like I was saying goodbye to friends for a bit. And truly that’s what these characters became. The setting is great. It jumps out at you. You are there. It’s like a movie for your mind. If you’ve never read a book that made you part of it, this one will do it for you. I travelled back in time. Sadly, I was forced to return to the present. I wonder if people would look at me funny if I dressed like I was still in the story? I can’t wait until the next book to see what happens to the secondary characters. And of course, check back in with Annie and Caleb. Don’t forget Sadie. She’s adorable and stole my heart. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Publicity Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine Reed

    “Forgiveness never is something we can do on our own. Reckon it’s the hardest thing God calls us to do.” ~ Zeb That is a deeply profound and wholly true statement. Forgiveness is hard, sometimes it isn’t deserved and sometimes it isn’t even sought. It is only through the grace and mercy of God that we can experience forgiveness and offer that same forgiveness in return. Seven years ago, Caleb chose a different path for his life. His was a life of crime, an unwilling accomplice to his brother’s da “Forgiveness never is something we can do on our own. Reckon it’s the hardest thing God calls us to do.” ~ Zeb That is a deeply profound and wholly true statement. Forgiveness is hard, sometimes it isn’t deserved and sometimes it isn’t even sought. It is only through the grace and mercy of God that we can experience forgiveness and offer that same forgiveness in return. Seven years ago, Caleb chose a different path for his life. His was a life of crime, an unwilling accomplice to his brother’s dangerous schemes. But a job gone wrong and a terrified little girl put him on the path of redemption. In an effort to save the victims of their robbery, he summons a doctor and turns himself in to the authorities. Caleb is offered a new family and a new life in Willow Falls, if he can prove his worth and changed his ways. Annie is excited to become the new teacher in Willow Falls and soon finds herself wishing for a future with Caleb. But memories from past threaten to tear them apart. And let me just say the ending was a tear jerker for me. God is so good! The theme of forgiveness is the star of this book. It is a beautiful story of seeking forgiveness from others and trying to forgive one’s self in the process. It is not easy to forgive, but when we think of God and how he continually forgives our transgressions, we don’t have a leg to stand on. It is fully surrendering to God that allows us that peace and understanding.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller, is the first book in the Wyoming Sunrise series. This is a well written, easy to read story that is based in the late 1870’s in Wyoming. As a young child, Annie and her family were in a wagon train that was attacked by three men. Annie was left with the memory of almost losing her mother and unborn sister. Caleb was raised by a hard father and then his older brother who forced him into the criminal life he didn’t want to be in. With God’s timing he was able to Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller, is the first book in the Wyoming Sunrise series. This is a well written, easy to read story that is based in the late 1870’s in Wyoming. As a young child, Annie and her family were in a wagon train that was attacked by three men. Annie was left with the memory of almost losing her mother and unborn sister. Caleb was raised by a hard father and then his older brother who forced him into the criminal life he didn’t want to be in. With God’s timing he was able to seek help for injured victims and turn himself in. I really enjoyed this story. It is easy to envision the surroundings and happenings. Annie and Caleb have both worked hard to put the past behind them. Annie is now the new teacher in the area of the farm Caleb worked so hard to have. This is a beautiful story of second chances, starting over, redemption and forgiveness. I enjoyed the love and interaction between the members of Caleb’s new family. I especially appreciated the counsel of Caleb’s new father, the town’s minister. I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

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