“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 Yours
It’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, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine—as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.
But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.
Vogt (Somebody Like You) explores the bonds of sisterhood in this touching tale. Piper Thatcher has just started a profitable party-planning business in north Denver and has a handsome and devoted boyfriend. Her life appears stable from the outside, but Piper is still haunted by the events of a tragic night 10 years earlier when her identical twin, Pepper, died in a snowmobile accident. In the present, Piper must help plan for her older sister Jillian's upcoming wedding alongside oldest sister Johanna, who is skeptical of Piper's party planning abilities. To make things more complicated, Piper is visited by the ghost of her sister. Pepper's spectral appearances prod Piper into realizing and sharing the truth about the snowmobile accident, which she has kept buried for a decade. With Piper's secrets unveiled, her sisters are compelled to come forward with long-held secrets of their own. Faith elements are present, but they never dominate. Piper becomes curious about Christianity, but discovers the value of grace and forgiveness organically from the Thatcher family's struggles to overcome tragedy. Filled with flashbacks, twists, and secrets, Vogt's family drama forcefully portrays the lasting effect of brash, youthful choices.
This is an incredibly well written Woman’s Fiction book.
The characters are some of the most well developed that I have found. The personalities of the sisters are extremely varied and easy to see within their birth order. They each have problems that they are dealing with so the focus isn’t on just one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the emotional depth that they each went as they were interacting with each other. This is real life at its ugly best.