Things I Never Told You

Things I Never Told You

"With tenderness and skill, Beth Vogt examines the price of secrets, the weight of tragic loss, and the soul-deep poison of things left unsaid." --Lisa Wingate, NYT bestselling author of Before We Were YoursIt's been ten years since Payton Thatcher's twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, P...

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Things I Never Told You Reviews

  • Renee

    As one of four sisters, I know how siblings can push our buttons, cut us down, lift us up, extend forgiveness, sacrifice for us, give more than we could ever expect, and know us the way no one else ever could. I found all this and more in Beth Vogt’s latest book, a story of sisters dealing with life and the self-doubt, competition, guilt, bitterness, disappointment, and pain that tend to accompany “adulting.”

    Beth spills out onto the page the secrets and heartaches these sisters are hiding and l

    As one of four sisters, I know how siblings can push our buttons, cut us down, lift us up, extend forgiveness, sacrifice for us, give more than we could ever expect, and know us the way no one else ever could. I found all this and more in Beth Vogt’s latest book, a story of sisters dealing with life and the self-doubt, competition, guilt, bitterness, disappointment, and pain that tend to accompany “adulting.”

    Beth spills out onto the page the secrets and heartaches these sisters are hiding and lets us see how those feelings affect their relationships and life choices. Then events push them to crossroads where they must decide if reconciliation, peace, joy, and love are worth fighting for.

    It’s a beautiful thing when the healing begins and the sisters start to learn what being a family really is. Though there is more of this family’s story to play out, the ending of this first book in the series is uplifting and hopeful. An uplifting, satisfying read!

  • Hannah

    What a delightful novel this is! I already knew I loved Beth Vogt's romantic stories, so while I was curious about the direction she would go with a new genre, I also knew I was in for some excellent storytelling.

    In fact, this book is SO good that I am feeling myself inadequate to review it! It unfolds bit by bit like the opening of a flower as Payton confronts her past and Jillian confronts her deepest fears. The combo of Payton being told in first person and Jillian in third was unusual and v

    What a delightful novel this is! I already knew I loved Beth Vogt's romantic stories, so while I was curious about the direction she would go with a new genre, I also knew I was in for some excellent storytelling.

    In fact, this book is SO good that I am feeling myself inadequate to review it! It unfolds bit by bit like the opening of a flower as Payton confronts her past and Jillian confronts her deepest fears. The combo of Payton being told in first person and Jillian in third was unusual and very effective for their stories. I also really enjoyed Zach's portions.

    It's unusual to find a Christian book that features two MCs that aren't saved. It's even more unusual to find one that expresses a lost lifestyle and perspective with both honesty and tact. There is nothing inappropriate here, and yet it is true to life and easy to see where having a grounded faith would help fill the empty parts in their lives. This is exactly how such books should be done! Beautiful crafting of the POV here.

    The level of storytelling in this book is just so rich and beautiful. Prepare to be swept into the tale and begin living the life of the sisters.

    Thanks to the author for a free copy for review purposes.

  • Robin Hatcher

    In Things I Never Told You, Beth K. Vogt deftly explores family dynamics, the push and pull between sisters, the pain of loss, the journey of grief, the beauty of forgiveness, and so much more. I rejoiced and wept with these characters and was sorry to let them go when I reached the end. Highly recommended!

    — Robin Lee Hatcher, RITA & Christy Award-winning author

  • Cara Putman

    "Sisters can be complicated, a fact deftly and delicately highlighted by Things I Never Told You. This beautifully told story tugged me into the lives of 3 sisters separated by tragedy and time. The book is a beautiful tale of redemption and hope in the midst of darkness and fear. It is filled with characters that will stick with you long after you read the final line…and wish for just a few more.”

    — Cara Putman, Award-Winning Author of Shadowed by Grace and Imperfect Justice

  • Andrea Cox

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which was NOT required to be positive. What follows are my honest thoughts and opinions.

    This five-star, page-flying book felt very much like a soul-deep, sister-love letter to Ms. Vogt's own sisters, which enhanced the emotional aspect of this story for me. Surprisingly, I only teared up a couple of times in this maiden read. I have a feeling that will change in future readings. This is an

    FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which was NOT required to be positive. What follows are my honest thoughts and opinions.

    This five-star, page-flying book felt very much like a soul-deep, sister-love letter to Ms. Vogt's own sisters, which enhanced the emotional aspect of this story for me. Surprisingly, I only teared up a couple of times in this maiden read. I have a feeling that will change in future readings. This is an amazing and deeply emotional story.

    One thing I really enjoyed about it was how the mood reminded me of one of my favorite movies:

    . Both that movie and this book feature journeys toward accepting the realities of loss and grief. That's a journey that's crucial to our existence, because nothing lasts forever here on Earth.

    The pace of this story was super fast. I flew through over 400 pages in only three days. Three days, y'all! That's pretty epic for me and that many pages. The content of the story -- all the ups and downs, drama, misunderstandings, love, passion, and heart of the Thatcher sisters' lives -- wasn't always easy to read about, but the toughness of this story is handled with such exquisite grace and redemption and humor that I couldn't help but become completely immersed in the story world Ms. Vogt had created. Of course, her characters helped out a lot, because they were very realistic and, quite frankly, studies in human nature. I admire how Ms. Vogt was able to craft such true-to-life perspectives and draw out the inner thoughts that make familial relationships so tricky to navigate.

    Another thing that well impressed me was how Ms. Vogt chose to use two third-person POVs as well as one first-person POV. Typically, this is not something I enjoy; either do them all in third or first, but definitely pick one. However, the author voice was so unique and well established, easily threading in Ms. Vogt's trademark sense of humor, that I found myself quickly falling in love with this style of writing. I'm not saying I'll love every book with a variety of POV styles in it, but this one was definitely a winner for me.

    The perspective of a non-Christian POV character in a Christian book is something that's incredibly difficult to pull off well. This one was executed perfectly, with off-the-page sins, layers of conviction (of those sins), and the drawing of the soul toward God and Christianity. The characters were raw, real, and not always pretty. But the way they felt and expressed things not only showed where they were emotionally, but also where they were heading spiritually. It was a beautifully written journey that I am eager to reread as soon as my pre-ordered hardback copy comes in.

    Right now, this book is tied with

    as my favorite Beth Vogt book. It has the potential to boot WYWH out of that top spot, but I need to read them back-to-back in order to tell for certain which one I like best. Either way it turns out, they're both fabulous books that I love and will be rereading multiple times over the years.

    Added bonus to this story: Volleyball! I love playing and watching volleyball, and having it featured in an epic book was amazing and brought delight to my sports-loving heart.

    This is my favorite book of 2018 so far, and I fully believe it deserves to be an award-winning best-seller.

    Content:

    * alcohol

    * depression

    * death

    * drugs

    * pre-marital sex

    * cancer

    (All of these things were handled with care and grace.)

  • Melanie

    Things I Never Told You is the first book in the Thatcher Sisters series and I absolutely loved it. The story was complex and had several different storylines, but it wasn't confusing and I loved following along. I liked all the sisters and could relate to certain aspects.

    The read did get a bit emotional, which just made it even more gripping and hard to put down. There were also some sweet moments and I loved how a certain thing turned out. It was unexpected, but a lovely way for the story to

    Things I Never Told You is the first book in the Thatcher Sisters series and I absolutely loved it. The story was complex and had several different storylines, but it wasn't confusing and I loved following along. I liked all the sisters and could relate to certain aspects.

    The read did get a bit emotional, which just made it even more gripping and hard to put down. There were also some sweet moments and I loved how a certain thing turned out. It was unexpected, but a lovely way for the story to go.

    I cannot wait to read the next book when it comes out, as I still have some questions regarding the sisters. I definitely recommend Things I Never Told You. It was a phenomenal contemporary read!

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.*

  • Madison

    4.5 stars. Things I Never Told You is both heartbreaking and uplifting, a story of sisters, grief, long-held secrets, the things that pull a family apart and the steps needed to bring healing to broken relationships.

    Ten years ago, Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died. The Thatcher family coped in different ways, with Payton pulling away from her two older sisters. Now, Payton helps run an event planning business and is forced into working with her eldest sister, Johanna, to plan their

    4.5 stars. Things I Never Told You is both heartbreaking and uplifting, a story of sisters, grief, long-held secrets, the things that pull a family apart and the steps needed to bring healing to broken relationships.

    Ten years ago, Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died. The Thatcher family coped in different ways, with Payton pulling away from her two older sisters. Now, Payton helps run an event planning business and is forced into working with her eldest sister, Johanna, to plan their middle sister, Jillian’s wedding. But a shocking diagnosis leaves Jillian reeling, while the ten-year anniversary of Pepper’s death has Payton caught in a web of grief and guilt. As the Thatcher sisters face life’s challenges, present and past, they have the opportunity to reassess - both their individual life choices and aspirations, and their relationship as sisters.

    Things I Never Told You has been marketed as women’s fiction, not contemporary romance. And it does have, from the cover and synopsis to the story itself, a more introspective and reflective tone. However, there is still a hint of romance, both in Jillian’s relationship with her fiancé and with Payton’s story as she reconnects with an old classmate. However, sisterly relationships, grief, reconciliation and self-evaluation are the dominant threads of this novel.

    The chapters switch between Payton’s first-person narration to third-person from the perspectives of both Payton’s sister, Jillian, and Payton’s old classmate, Zach. It was a little disorientating as they switch, but it works to clearly delineate between Payton’s story and the perspectives of those around her. I also got Payton and Pepper, and Jillian and Johanna a bit confused at first, with their similar name groupings. Yet as the story unfolds, these four very different sisters, connected by childhood and tragedy, became endearing and distinct characters, each struggling with their own battles.

    By a few chapters in, it is clear that there is far more to the story of Things I Never Told You than first expected. Payton, as well as carrying grief over her twin’s death, also carries guilt and a secret she has kept for the past ten years. It is robbing her of a chance to embrace her life. Through frequent flashbacks to Payton’s childhood and dream conversations she holds with her sister, readers slowly piece together the truth of what transpired ten years ago and what ruptured the relationship between Payton and her two elder sisters. Exploring the past leads Payton to connect with Zach, an old classmate who was involved in the tragedy of Pepper’s death. Told alongside Payton’s story, is Jillian’s battle with cancer and the effect this has on her self-esteem, and her relationship with her fiancé. The chapter sections from Jillian’s perspective allow her story and pain to resonate - bringing a further element to this complex and interwoven novel.

    The Christian faith elements of Things I Never Told You are delicately woven into the story, yet do not become a focus of the book. Neither Payton, nor any of her living family members are Christian. It is through both Zach and Pepper that Payton begins to encounter God, and Payton is only beginning to explore her sister’s faith at the close of the book. I really hope there is to be a second Thatcher Sisters novel. Payton’s story has so much more potential, from her just-beginning faith journey to her friendship with Zach, Jillian’s battle has only just started, and Johanna didn’t get a chance to tell her story in this book. There is so much more to explore in the Thatcher sisters’ lives.

    Things I Never Told You is both uplifting and heartbreaking, and I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy stories about relationships and reconciliation.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

    Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog

  • Brittany

    This book took me on a deep, powerful, and sometimes emotionally difficult to read journey. Things I Never Told you tells the story of a family who was torn apart by tragedy. And even before that, things were not as great as they may have seemed from the outside looking in.

    It was a tale of sisters and how they related to each other. I had a lot of trouble reading about Johanna’s domineering and abrasive personality. I really loved Jillian and Geoff. Their relationship and trials kept

    This book took me on a deep, powerful, and sometimes emotionally difficult to read journey. Things I Never Told you tells the story of a family who was torn apart by tragedy. And even before that, things were not as great as they may have seemed from the outside looking in.

    It was a tale of sisters and how they related to each other. I had a lot of trouble reading about Johanna’s domineering and abrasive personality. I really loved Jillian and Geoff. Their relationship and trials kept me turning the pages.

    I felt so sad for Payton and all that she went through, both past and present. I appreciated the way the author used flashbacks and dreams to tell the story of her relationship with her deceased twin, Pepper.

    I was impressed with the author’s ability to write a realistic story with most of the characters as nonbelievers. Yet, she was able to impart the gospel message and leave the reader hopeful that, somewhere within the series, some of these characters might come to know the Lord.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

    You can read this review on my blog:

  • Staci

    Beth Vogt's first women's fiction book was very well done. Things I Never Told You is about four sisters. One of the sisters died tragically at age 16 and the remaining three each have their own issues they are working through. The author does a wonderful job of bringing to life the feelings of each of the sisters.

    Things I Never Told You is primarily about middle sister Jillian and the youngest Payton. I am super glad this is a series because it is clear oldest sister Johanna has a l

    Beth Vogt's first women's fiction book was very well done. Things I Never Told You is about four sisters. One of the sisters died tragically at age 16 and the remaining three each have their own issues they are working through. The author does a wonderful job of bringing to life the feelings of each of the sisters.

    Things I Never Told You is primarily about middle sister Jillian and the youngest Payton. I am super glad this is a series because it is clear oldest sister Johanna has a lot she is working through that wasn't brought to light in this first Thatcher Sisters Novel.

    Secondary characters were wonderful as well. I especially loved Geoff, Zach and Harper.

  • Kate Willis

    I buddy read this book with The Awesome Mikayla, and we chose it as a brand new book in common from our TBRs. It was pretty fun going into it blind because we got to share our agonies and theories together over messages. ;)

    I loved how real this book felt. As broken as they were, the sister interactions were so accurate. I connected with everyone’s emotions, and the slow, gradual character arcs were some of the best I’ve ever seen.

    I liked the value placed on respectful men (Ditch the

    I buddy read this book with The Awesome Mikayla, and we chose it as a brand new book in common from our TBRs. It was pretty fun going into it blind because we got to share our agonies and theories together over messages. ;)

    I loved how real this book felt. As broken as they were, the sister interactions were so accurate. I connected with everyone’s emotions, and the slow, gradual character arcs were some of the best I’ve ever seen.

    I liked the value placed on respectful men (Ditch the creepers! Choose the patient, loving ones!) and supportive best friends and amazing mentors. We need more of those, please. Coach Sydney was one of my favorite characters. :D

    I felt for Payton so much. I can’t imagine losing a sister, much less a twin. And holding onto shame and secrets and guilt for ten. whole. years?? *cries* (I got pretty angry with Johanna on her behalf sometimes. O.o.) I loved the bright spots in her life with volleyball and party planning, and--as weird as they were--her dream sequences were something I looked forward to. I was rooting for the Christians in her life to break through to her, and I loved how God used them despite their imperfections.

    Jillian is me. Not in all ways, but her insecurities and peacemaking and introversion and everything… I was sooo invested in her story, and I longed for her to find the Something more powerful than all the positive thoughts in the world. She and Geoff had me happy and hopeful and swooning and scared. I’m really pleased with how that whole storyline turned out. :D (And the lavender dress. And shaggy, sweet puppy. And admissions and apologies. <3 )

    Another amazing thing was how slowly and subtly the mystery was revealed. It was also really sweet to watch the sisters grow in empathy toward and understanding of each other in just the subtlest of ways.

    This was not an easy book to read by any means. Stressful family situations, mentions of underage drinking, death, suicidal thoughts, and a mental hospital… The medical details made me uncomfortable with their realism. With all the sadness and yuck, it seemed like the problems were solved too early and too easily. I expected a bigger climax and much, much more Gospel power. I don’t need every story to include a conversion, but I was hoping for at least a recognition that they couldn’t fix their lives on their own. But in a series, endings are really quite temporary, so I’m waiting to see. ;)

    Just a note, an engaged couple sleep together though they don’t take it any farther. Also, a pushy boyfriend is implied to stay over some nights and is pushing for more with some not-so-subtle comments. There’s also a side mention of a runaway husband. Because of

    Best quote: "Healing relationships take time—and it’s not just up to you to make it happen. Believe me, I know."

    Altogether, I enjoyed this contemporary sister story. (Mental note to self: look for more “women’s fiction”. It’s a cool genre.) And buddy reading made it extra amazing. :D I'm looking forward to the sequel, especially since it looks like it's about Jillian!

    Check out Mikayla's review here:

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