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    A Compelling Look at Forgiveness

    Southeast Kansas, Spring 1909. Mercy McClain was ruthlessly tormented by Aaron Firebrook as a girl. When he shows up seeking a teaching position in front of her and other school board members she is taken back to her youth and vows he shall never step foot in the classroom. Aaron has come full circle, having to overcome his own boyhood tortures, and coming to grips with finding value in himself through Christ. He has returned to Teaville to beg forgiveness from the people he wronged and hopefully provide guidance to other kids either being bullied or bullying. While he awaits the school board’s decision, he accepts temporary employment at the local orphanage, having no idea that is where Mercy McClain also works. Jimmy is a troubled young teen who consistently acts out. Aaron is asked to step in and help guide him if he can. But Jimmy is extremely difficult and causes problems throughout the story. It causes Aaron to have flashbacks of his own troubled past. The more time Mercy and Aaron spend with one another, the more they are each drawn to the person they see in front of them, each filled with kindness for others. The story takes a look at prejudice toward the poor and the women and children of the red light district. It even touches on child-hood rape which is important to note if you are sensitive to that topic. It is tastefully discussed, but heavy none-the-less. And there is some violence. It also looks at forgiveness and survival in circumstances beyond one’s control. Overall, it is a good story, just not light entertainment. Faith plays a key role as one would hope when reading a Christian novel, and I would recommend it to a friend. SERIES: TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY Book .5 = Engaging the Competition 01/2016 a novella tucked into the book: With this Ring, featuring 3 other authors. Book 1 = A Heart Most Certain 08/2016 Book 2 = A Love So True 05/2017 Book 2.5 Tied and True 01/2018 – a novella tucked into the book: Hearts Entwined, featuring 3 other authors.
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    5 stars

    A Chance at Forever takes an unlikable character and transforms him into a sweetheart of a hero. How many lives could be changed if we would pray for our enemies instead of badmouthing them? Aaron requests mercy from Mercy, who he had tormented during their childhood. It takes a while but she eventually sees that he has indeed become a new man. This book reminds me of how much I’ve changed through the years yet I don’t often give others that benefit of the doubt. This is such an entertaining and convicting book. I highly recommend it. I received a free copy of this book. The opinion is my own.
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    Sweet Romance about love and forgiveness

    I really enjoyed A Chance at Forever. This is the third book in the series. The heroine Mercy was bullied as a little girl by the hero Aaron. As an adult, and a born again Christian he attempts to ask forgiveness from Mercy and others as well. This book is well written and easy to read. I loved the message of forgiving others. I also loved the sweet romance as well. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.
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    Sweet historical romance

    The Characters: Both the main characters and the secondary characters in this story are unique and have unexpected qualities. The Romance: One thing I love about Melissa Jagears' books is that the romance stories are so unique and unexpected in how they play out. Aaron and Mercy, given their past and present struggles, have to become very vulnerable with one another in order for a relationship to work. Watching them grow brave enough to open up and trust was a joy that kept me turning pages to see what happened next. The Faith Element: Melissa always has a practical and challenging Scriptural message for readers, one the characters show organically through their struggle to learn and use the truth in everyday life. The Author's Trademarks: There is also such relatability and practical, homey flavor to Melissa's stories. No matter the book is set around the turn of the century, I can empathize with the characters' struggles, their goals, and even the world in which they operate. The conflicts are simple, but so strong and personal, a reader can't help but relate. Overall Impression: While I'm sad to see the close of a great series, it was great to revisit familiar characters and see some long, twisted threads tied up into a satisfying resolution. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean historical romance filled with hope. The way the characters learn to stand up for truth and for the ones they love is touching and rewarding for the reader. I look forward to seeing what Melissa has coming in the future! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge. My review is voluntary, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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    great themes

    Aaron Firebrook returns to Teaville hoping to make amends for his bullying ways as a child by being a teacher and influencing others for good and protecting the innocent. However, Mercy McClain, one of the girls he bullied, is a member of the school board and when Aaron comes looking for a job, she doesn't believe that Aaron has changed his ways and won't vote for him to receive the position. Aaron doesn't blame Mercy for not trusting him, but he truly wants to make amends, and while it's too much for him to expect Mercy to forgive him, he hopes he can show her that he really wants to help the children. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the themes of making amends for past wrongs, finding forgiveness, and allowing others to change. I have really enjoyed reading this series, and I liked seeing Mercy get her own story. (The books do not have to be read in order.) I read a copy via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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