Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller

Book: Forgotten Memories

Author: Penny Zeller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: August 30, 2022

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?


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Christian Historical Romance is one of my favorite Genres. Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller is Book 1 in the Wyoming Sunrise series. I recently had the chance to read this book and it is only the second book by Penny Zeller that I have read.

The setting of this book is the 1880s in Wyoming. Annie Ledbetter and her parents are traveling on a Wagon Train when it is robbed. The Family realizes how rough the Wyoming Territory can be. 7yrs later, Annie is so happy to be starting her dream job as a Teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. She meets a local Rancher, Caleb Eliason and the 2 become instant friends. Annie loves his Charming Smile and kind heart. Caleb is enjoying life as a Rancher and has left his previous life behind, one that included robbing wagon trains. Caleb and Annie come to the realization that they have met previously many years ago. It takes them a bit to remember exactly where, but Annie suddenly realizes Caleb is one of the Wagon Train Robbers from 7yrs ago. Caleb has fallen in LOVE with Annie and Annie has feelings of LOVE toward Caleb. Will the realization of Caleb's past hinder a Romantic Relationship between the pair? Will they choose to leave the past in the past and move forward in life?

WOW, Penny Zeller is fast becoming a favorite author. This is only the second book I have read by Penny Zeller and I am amazed once again by the storyline and writing style. I truly enjoy books that are set in Small Towns so that was a draw for me to read the book. I really LOVED the 2 main characters, Annie and Caleb. Annie has worked hard to achieve her dream of being a Teacher. Caleb enjoys his job as a Rancher and has worked hard to overcome his rough childhood and past. Caleb knows he was given a Second Chance at making his life right and he does not take that for granted. The author incorporates scripture into the book about Forgiveness. The book has some twists and turns that the reader doesn't see coming. The ending was sweet and loving. This book is one about Forgiveness, Second Chances, and Inspiration. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian Fiction and Romance. I am very much looking forward to new books in this series. FANTASTIC BOOK!

Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics.

Today Penny is the author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. Her desire is to assist and nurture women into a closer relationship with Christ.

When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.

Penny is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website, www.pennyzeller.com, her blog, www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks.


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The Inspiration Behind Forgotten Memories


I am often asked how I come up with ideas for my books.


Many different things inspire my plots. One inspiration comes from real-life stories. For instance, today our local librarian told me how her family homesteaded in our town in 1881. Of course, I had a million questions. I am also inspired by photographs, people-watching, and sometimes I will hear from readers about a story they’d like to read. I have often joked that I will need to be at least 102 to write down all the stories percolating in my mind.


The idea for Forgotten Memories came from reading about a mail-order bride named Eleanor. Eleanor answered an advertisement from a man named Louis, and after a time of written correspondence, they eventually made plans to marry. During the journey to meet her soon-to-be husband, Eleanor’s stagecoach was robbed. After obeying her request to hand Eleanor her trousseau, the robbers blew up the stagecoach and rode away with their loot.


When the time to be wed arrived, Louis recognized Eleanor immediately. Only later, when Eleanor and Louis were preparing to sign the marriage license, did Eleanor recognize him as the robber due to his voice and a discernable scar. Louis fled and rode off without a word, leaving Eleanor with a broken heart.


After reading Eleanor’s story, my imagination wandered and what-ifs filled my mind. What if something similar happened to a character who, years later, fell in love with a man who robbed her? What would happen when the truth was discovered? Was there any hope for a happily-ever-after?


Thus, Annie and Caleb’s story was born.

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To celebrate her tour, Penny is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

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