Wednesday, July 31

Remember Me When by Ginny Aiken

Inspired by the biblical story of Abigail in 1 Samuel, a Christian woman stands up for what is right, despite life-threatening consequences.

When Faith married her husband Roger Nolan he seemed to be an upstanding businessman, owner of a remote mercantile outside the town of Bountiful, Oregon. But Faith quickly learned the truth-that her husband is dishonest in his business practices and likes his liquor, turning mean when he indulges. When Faith discovers that Roger has yet again failed to deliver critical winter supplies to Nathan Bartlett, owner of the nearby logging camp, she takes the order up the mountain herself. Furious, Roger confronts Faith when she returns, and she is knocked unconscious. When Faith wakes, she finds Roger dead in a pool of his own blood, and she soon stands accused of murder.

Having fought in the War Between the States, Nathan has seen enough violence to last a lifetime. He has always admired Faith's quiet strength and integrity and finds it hard to believe such a gentle woman capable of harming anyone. However, Nathan begins to struggle with his instinct to protect Faith when evidence mounts against her.

As more and more people begin to think Faith is guilty, only her trust in God can give her the hope she needs to survive this trial.

Ginny Aiken, a former newspaper reporter, lives in Pennsylvania with her engineer husband. Born in Havana, Cuba, raised in Valencia and Caracas, Venezuela, she discovered books early and wrote her first novel at age fifteen while she trained with the Venezuelan Classical Ballet Company. She burned that tome when she turned a "mature" sixteen. Ginny has taught novel-writing seminars and workshops at Harrisburg (PA) Area Community College and Penn State University.

As a lover of historical and inspirational fiction, this book was exactly the kind of story that I enjoy the most.  There were definitely different elements thrown into the mix, and it's not often that the heroine in a historical fiction novel is the center of a murder investigation.

Desperate times often call for desperate measures, but through even the most difficult circumstances, Faith remained steadfast in her actions and her integrity never wavered. She had no one to defend her innocence, and the evidence seems insurmountable.

I highly recommend Remember Me When. It is a captivating tale that I enjoyed from cover to cover. 

Disclosure: Book received courtesy of Hachette Book Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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