Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Chance at Forever

In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for?

My thoughts: All the books in this series have been thought provoking and interesting reads, from the historical details to the character, to the moral issues they address. I thought that this book did an excellent job of taking the subject of bullying and looking at it a different way, that of a childhood bully who grew up to find grace and sets out to seek forgiveness from those he bullied. I love how Aaron took his horrible experiences that fueled his bullying to reach out to others and show them love when they weren't the most love able. It was a good reminder that, while we need to take responsibility of our actions and not lash out at others, there is usually more to the action than meets the eye.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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