The Best We’ve Been
by Beth Vogt
How can you choose what is right for you when your decision will break the heart of someone you love?
Having abandoned her childhood dream years ago, Johanna Thatcher knows what she wants from life. Discovering that her fiancé was cheating on her only convinces Johanna it’s best to maintain control and protect her heart.
Despite years of distance and friction, Johanna and her sisters, Jillian and Payton, have moved from a truce toward a fragile friendship. But then Johanna reveals she has the one thing Jillian wants most and may never have―and Johanna doesn’t want it. As Johanna wrestles with a choice that will change her
This third book in the Thatcher sisters series is quite a story. It has an intensity not found in many books. This book is all about these three sisters and their lives. Their inner struggles. Their love lives.
Mostly, I’m a reader who loves plot driven stories, action packed events, thrilling, and all of that. This book is not where you will find that. Rather, I realized as I was trying to describe the book to my daughter, there aren’t a lot of things happening in this book. (I mean, of course, the Thatcher girls’ lives, but it’s definitely not a plot-driven book)
No, this is a story about family. About sisters, about learning to love in spite of differences. Dealing with really hard things, and learning to trust God in the middle of those hard things.
In the previous books, I really didn’t like Johanna at all. But I think it’s because I didn’t understand her. This book is primarily her story, and we are shown enough of her to be able to understand her so much better. She’s got some very real hurts.
And then there’s Jillian. She had cancer and is a survivor. But, life won’t ever return to normal for her, so she’s looking to find a new normal. Her marriage is hard.
Payton is a new Christian and still learning so much about God. She wants to fit into her husband’s Christian circles, but is struggling.
At various times, I just wanted to take them and shake some sense into them. My heart ached for them and for what they were going through. I could see bits and pieces of myself in each one of them and their vulnerabilities.
It’s nice to read a book with an ending where it all ties up neatly in a perfect little bow. This is not such a book. We are shown progress, as the Thatcher sisters grow and learn, but there is still much room left for your own thoughts and assumptions, for hope, and for more growth.
If you like a story that will make you feel, and search deep within your own soul, then be sure and read this one!
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