Some memories are best forgotten…
The Wyoming Territory is rife with lawlessness and disorder, something Annie Ledbetter and her parents discover when their wagon train is robbed. Seven years later, Annie settles into her lifelong dream as a teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. When she meets handsome rancher Caleb Eliason through a humorous misunderstanding, she is quickly drawn to his kind heart and charming smile.
Former outlaw Caleb Eliason embraces his chance at a fresh start. Gone are the days of robbing stagecoaches and wagon trains. When he falls in love with the new Willow Falls teacher, he doesn’t realize they’ve met before—under much different circumstances. When his past comes to light, will it put the growing love between them at risk?
Can forgiveness and redemption heal two broken hearts or will the past keep them from sharing a future?
I enjoyed reading Forgotten Memories, set in a small Wyoming town in the late 1800’s. Annie moves away from home to a nearby town to take up a school teaching position. During the week she boards with the reverend and his family. The reverend’s eldest son, Caleb, lives on a ranch and assists with maintenance work at Annie’s school house. Annie and Caleb’s meet cute is hilarious, and it sets the foundation for their warm friendship to develop into something more.
When Caleb and Annie first meet, they feel like they’ve previously met but can’t pin down the details. The big hurdle in their romance relates to Caleb’s past, and how his actions impacted Annie and her family. I loved how the secret unfolded in the story, and appreciated seeing Caleb’s transformation in his faith journey.
Annie’s faith is also challenged, in particular her willingness to forgive past hurts. Caleb’s younger siblings were adorable, and provided many amusing moments in the story. I recommend Forgotten Memories to historical western readers who like friends-to-more romances with strong redemption and forgiveness themes.