Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink – Book Review, Preview

Posted November 22, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways, Guest Post /

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Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink - Book Review, Preview

I confess that there are some things in my past that I would like to forget. Just wipe them out and pretend they never happened. And there are things in my life that are delightful that I love to pull out of my memories and mull over.

There is a lot that is said in Scripture about remembering and forgetting. I did some searching. Here is some of what I found.

Regarding others, we are told to remember to show hospitality and that it is more blessed to give than receive. We are also told to remember that we were once strangers to the family of God and that we have been forgiven and so we should also forgive.

About ourselves, we are told to remember that we will give an account to God and to do good and share.

About God, we should remember He made us, His mighty works, His benefits, His word, His faithful love that never ends, and He is coming soon.

We are also told that we should forget our complaint, our misery, and the shame of our youth. We are told to forget our past – and press on to what lies ahead.

This isn’t the end of the list. God also tells us what He remembers. He will not forget His covenant, the cry of the afflicted, the life of the poor, that we are “but dust”, our good deeds, our weakness, our work, and our love. He does not forget a single sparrow, so how much more does He remember us!

My favorite part of this, though, is what God promises to not remember!

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.

Isaiah 43:25

Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink – Book Review, Preview

Lost Christmas Memories

by Dana Mentink

Series: Gold Country Cowboys #5
Series Rating:
Published by Love Inspired Suspense
Publication Date November 7, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Western, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Christmas
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 224


A witness with amnesia

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Treacherous Trails

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Waking up in the hospital from a terrible dream of a murder, Tracy discovers that it was real. And she can’t remember any of the details. And she especially can’t remember why the handsome cowboy keeps calling her “Pockets”.

Tracy and Keegan were both protecting their hearts, yet in pretty much the opposite manner. Tracy tried to isolate herself from the world while Keegan put on a sunny face and had lots of friends – yet he never really opened up to anyone. Until her.

Lost Christmas Memories was pretty much non-stop action. I appreciated the way the author kept things moving at just the right pace. With enough suspense to keep things interesting, but not so much as to make it scary, there were a number of twists and surprises throughout the book. I’m usually pretty good at solving the crime and picking up on the little hints along the way but there were a couple of details here that I missed.

I really enjoyed this story and am sorry the series has concluded. Of course, I still have two more books to read in it, so at least there is that. Each of the books stands alone and yet includes characters from the others.


Guest Post from Dana

Writing this book was bittersweet for me. It was lovely to finally be able to tell youngest Thorn brother Keegan’s story, but I sure am sorry to say goodbye to this series! It was such fun to write about these four kinsmen and the family bonds that held them together through all manner of murder and mayhem! Here at Mentink Manor, we have recently sent a bear cub away to college for the first time. It feels like I have lost a limb now that my Boo Boo is gone! Fortunately, we will enjoy having her home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Though it won’t be a cozy country Christmas like it is for Keegan (we live in a city of 80,000 here in Northern, CA) we will be thrilled to have all our family home to celebrate together (Mama Bear, Papa Bear, two cubs, a naughty terrier, and a senior citizen box turtle!) I hope you enjoy this last installment in the Gold Country Cowboy series. I am sending along our best wishes for a blessed holiday season, from our Mentink household to yours!

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize of a copy of Lost Christmas Memories, a $50 Amazon gift card and this cute reading charms necklace!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


About Dana Mentink

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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