A beautiful romance story set on the gorgeous Oregon coast, Deborah Bedford’s novel Remember Me tells the tale of first love, acceptance, and moving on. Sam Tibbits is a small-town pastor, questioning God’s calling in his life. In a desperate attempt to reclaim the world he once knew, Sam travels to the beautiful Oregon coast he visited each summer of his youth, only to find memories of his first love. Bedford tells a beautiful tale of love, life, and God.
The author does an excellent job of incorporating past events of Sam and Aubrey’s history with the lives they currently lead. However, there is little involvement between the two characters. Sam Tibbits, while taking his sabbatical on the shores of Oregon, finds not only himself and his true calling, but his first love as well. Sam is a very strong character and very much a man of God. Aubrey, however, seems to be lacking in development as a character. She does not play a very large role in the story, although one might assume she would.
Remember Me is an unforgettable tale, nevertheless. It’s a story of God and love, and the choices people are forced to make in life. The ending leaves the reader with a sense of peace, having learned that we may not always get what we want, but it’s only because God is holding something better for us. For those who believe in love and second chances, Remember Me, is a wonderful novel. – Emily Day, Christian Book Previews.com
As a boy growing up in the sixties, Sam Tibbits always treasured the summer vacations he spent at Piddock Beach, exploring the sand and sea as only boys can. It was here he first met Aubrey, a local girl who became his childhood confidante…and later his first love. Over the years Aubrey grew from a fearless tomboy into a special young woman with whom Sam realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life. So when Sam discovered Aubrey's family had moved away with no forwarding address, he was crushed. He never heard from Aubrey again.
Now, years later, Sam is still single, pastoring a church and wondering if he misunderstood God's calling on his life. In an effort to reconnect with his spiritual compass, he returns to Piddock Beach, looking to regain some of the joy of his youth. What he finds is unexpected but welcome: Aubrey.
Both carry emotional baggage; both are desperate to find answers. As the two confront their abandoned friendship and make peace with their lives, can they do so without overstepping boundaries?