The first after-school sport I played was volleyball. I was in seventh grade. I’m really not sure what prompted me to do this – I had actually never played volleyball before – unless you count what we played in the swimming pool. Yeah, no.
While I would love to tell you how marvelous I was and how I singlehandedly led our team to victory, that would be an outright lie.
The coaches worked tirelessly with me on my serve. But no matter what I tried, I could not get an underhand serve over the net. They finally decided to try another approach and taught me an overhand serve. Amazingly enough, I actually was able to do this pretty well!
I never aced a serve (that I recall), and probably was more of a hindrance than an asset to the team. But I had fun and a whole lot of determination. And perhaps enough optimism to think I would get really good. So I kept playing.
Imagine my surprise when at the award banquet my coaches named me MVP for the team!! Apparently, being mediocre with a good attitude and a bit of grit made me more of an asset than I thought!
Things I Never Told You
by Beth K. Vogt
Series: Thatcher Sisters #1
Published by Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date May 8, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
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.
Includes discussion questions.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit, Netgalley for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Moments We Forget
Payton and her identical twin Pepper had excelled on the volleyball court in high school. Both adored the sport and had plans to continue playing and coaching as adults. Until the tragic accident which ended Pepper’s life at the tender age of sixteen. . .
Things I Never Told You is a powerful story that chronicles Payton’s life a decade after the death of her twin. It deals with weighty matters such as guilt, grief, fear, and forgiveness.
My favorite character was Jillian’s fiancé, Geof. His intense love for Jillian was amazing. The fact that he also had a corny sense of humor and a way of easing heavy situations didn’t hurt at all. The way he handled Jillian’s news and fears was so admirable and incredibly sweet!
I always love stories that share spiritual truths clearly and in a relatable fashion. Things I Never Told You does exactly that, as Payton is slowly drawn to a place where she questions what she knows about life and God.