Hello, reader friends! Join us for a quick author chat in honor of new release The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt (Thatcher Sisters book 3)!
about the author
Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind doors marked Never. The Best We’ve Been is the final book in Beth’s Thatcher Sisters series with Tyndale House Publishers, following Things I Never Told You, which won the 2019 AWSA Award for Contemporary Novel of the Year, and Moments We Forget.
Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Weddings series by Zondervan. Having authored ten contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.
An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Academy and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people.
What inspired you to write The Best We’ve Been, book three in the Thatcher Sisters series?
BV: I’ve been thinking about writing Johanna’s story from the very beginning of this series, back when I knew her story wouldn’t be fleshed out until book three. I also knew that readers weren’t going to like Johanna based on how I introduced her at first—who she was, how she treated her sisters, Jillian and Payton. But Johanna had reasons why she acted the way she did, and The Best We’ve Been is when Johanna comes center stage so that we can begin to truly understand who she is.
BE: I’m especially interested in what makes Johanna tick!
What is the role of faith in this story?
BV: Some of the spiritual truths in The Best We’ve Been are pulled from my own experiences as a new believer. And it was fun to remember that time in my life, to share those memories with my editors as I talked about what I wanted to weave into the story and why. And some of what I wove into the story—the struggle? The questions we ask God? I’ve experienced that, too.
BE: Our spiritual infancy is such a precious time!
Which of the Thatcher sisters was the most challenging to write, and why?
BV: Johanna was the most challenging to write because readers didn’t like her at first, and I understand why. I intentionally wrote her as an unlikable character. But I had to weave enough into book one, Things I Never Told, and book two, Moments We Forget, so that readers would go with me to book three, The Best We’ve Been, and hear Johanna out, so to speak.
BE: Her moment of redemption has arrived! Love it!
What is one thing you learned about yourself through writing this book?
BV: As I’ve written this series, I’ve been reminded again and again that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good.
BE: That nugget of wisdom belongs on a sign, my friend! “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be good!”
How does it feel to be wrapping up the Thatcher Sisters series? Could you tell us about some of your upcoming projects?
BV: I’ve loved writing this series. I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to tell these stories. I’ve been mulling over another women’s fiction project and the underlying theme is going to be pulled from my life. Personal. Challenging.
BE: Oooo, looking forward to that one too! Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Beth! I have to say The Thatcher Sisters series are some of the most gorgeous books I’ve ever seen! Y’all can check out some pics on Instagram!
about the book
The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt (Thatcher Sisters book 3)
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 life and her relationships with her sisters forever, the cracks in Jillian’s marriage and faith deepen. Through it all, the Thatcher sisters must decide once and for all what it means to be family.
We have an ARC copy of The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt for one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader!
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