A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society Book #3)

A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society Book #3)

by Melissa Jagears

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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?

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ISBN-13: 9781493412426
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Teaville Moral Society , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 249,642
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Melissa Jagears is the Carol Award-winning author of the Unexpected Brides series and the Teaville Moral Society series, a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.
Carol Award-winning author Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian historical romance into the wee hours of the night. She's the author of the Unexpected Brides series, the Teaville Moral Society series, and Love by the Letter, a free prequel ebook novella. You can learn more about Melissa, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com.

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A Chance at Forever 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
Mercy McClain joined the Teaville School Board to provide the protection for the children that she felt was lacking when she was growing up there. As the board prepares to hire a new teacher, the latest candidate reminds her of someone. Aaron Firebrook may have the last name of her childhood tormentor, but his demeanor is entirely too gentle to be the brute she dreaded seeing every day. How could it be possible? Aaron Firebrook returned to Teaville to make amends to everyone he had wronged as George. He even has a list. At the top of the list is Mercy McClain. Born with one normal arm, and a stump of the other one, Mercy was an easy target, and growing up, George took aim daily. He knows why he did it, and has NO desire to enlighten anyone on that score. All he wants is to make things right. When he realizes that the beauty on the board, is none other than Mercy, he sees the job he covets going out the window before he can do anything about it. Determined to stay in town and do what he can, Aaron takes a job as a math tutor and gardener at the town orphanage, where children taken from the soiled doves in the red light district are given homes, and the love their lives had been lacking. Reporting to work, he is stunned to discover that Mercy also works there. As she follows him around, waiting for his anger to be unleashed on a child, Mercy begins to see that maybe change is possible. The Aaron she sees patiently working with his charges, has no resemblance to the angry bully of her childhood. When things in the mansion start to disappear, and one of the older boys shows signs of delinquency, can Mercy and Aaron work together to solve the thefts, save the boy, and in the process, find mercy and forgiveness for their pasts? This series has been so strong, and this third book in the Teaville Moral Society series, poses the question, Can a particularly awful past ever be redeemed? Themes of forgiveness, trust, mercy, grace are woven throughout, and readers will be stunned by the depth of pain Aaron (George) still carries into adulthood. I know I was! Mercy had every right to hold a grudge and not live up to her name, but the depth of her faith and caring shone. In spite of her handicap, she was a light to everyone around her, and her willingness to stand up for what was right in the face of the wealth and privilege of some of the TMS members was wholly admirable. Of all the Teaville Moral Society books, this one wrung the most tears from me. If you love heart-rending reading, with a romantic bent, pick this one up. If you've read the other three books in this series, you'll definitely want to read A Chance at Forever. This historical romance, set in 1900's Kansas, has love to spare, faith to lean on, and forgiveness to set hearts free. Beautifully done, Melissa Jagears! I absolutely recommend this one!!
rkfall More than 1 year ago
A Chance at Forever is book 3 in a series by Melissa Jagears. This story is of a man named Aaron and a woman named Mercy. Their story involves restoration for past hurts. It involves orphans and hard topics like the destruction of the red-light district. Can forgiveness be had and past hurts be let go of and forgotten because what is lived in the now is worth it? This topic was interesting to me and I was drawn into it and I’m glad that I read it. This is the first book that I’ve read in this series and I felt that it stood alone well. I really look forward to reading more from her in the future! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book had a beautiful writing and compelling to read with also had a great story about romantic of love and a history of Kansas that will bring all of us to discovery of how love can be to forgiveness from the passed that both had been through and bring them together to forever love again. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”.
GlennHaggerty More than 1 year ago
A Chance at Forever is more than a sweet romance. Forgiveness, restitution, character and vice are woven into this tale and explores both the causes and the ramifications of various stripes of sexual sins. The new characters were compelling, and it was also fun to revisit characters featured in the previous novels of this series.
IHeartReads More than 1 year ago
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.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this sweet, clean story about love, restoration, and second chances. Aaron’s transformation, by the love of Christ, from a vengeful bully to a kind, loving man was interesting reading. I liked all the characters in the story and their interactions were believable. I plan on reading more from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this sweet, clean story about love, restoration, and second chances. Aaron’s transformation, by the love of Christ, from a vengeful bully to a kind, loving man was interesting reading. I liked all the characters in the story and their interactions were believable. I plan on reading more from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this sweet, clean story about love, restoration, and second chances. Aaron’s transformation, by the love of Christ, from a vengeful bully to a kind, loving man was interesting reading. I liked all the characters in the story and their interactions were believable. I plan on reading more from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
Set in Kansas in 1909, the book follows the story of Mercy, who helps run the local orphanage with her brother and sister-in-law and serves as a member of the local school board, and Aaron who has recently returned to Teaville to try to set things right with those he wronged as a bully when he was child. He has changed since he left Teaville and we meet him as he is applying for a teaching position at the local school. Mercy, one of the victims of his bullying, does not believe he has changed and does not want someone of his like to be allowed to teach. As fate would have it, while he is waiting on the decision of the school board, he finds a summer job that puts him at the orphanage as the gardener. He sees this as an opportunity to help show Mercy that he is a change man and hopefully, gain her forgiveness for the way he treated her as a child. The plot was engaging and made the book difficult to put down. The characters were easy to relate to and the type that you wanted only the best for. The story was a touching read that was well written with underlying messages of faith and forgiveness. It included a nice touch of romance and mystery, which were enjoyable and added to the appeal of the story. It was nice to watch how through self-discovery and awareness, Mercy was able to come to realize that she might be wrong that no man could ever love her or choose her as his. As the characters grew through the story, they gained new perspectives about others around them and helped show that it's never too late to turn to God and that through faith and conviction great things are possible. If you enjoy historical fiction or a simple love story, then this book is for you. A complimentary review copy was provided by the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
rubber_duckie91 More than 1 year ago
A Chance at Forever is a work of Christian historical fiction by Melissa Jagears. It is set in 1909 in a small town of Southeast Kansas. It is the story of a young woman named Mercy who’s childhood was overshadowed by the torment of a bully dead set on preventing her happiness and of Aaron, a young man who has returned to his childhood home in search of a teaching job and of forgiveness for his past as a bully. The question becomes wether these two can work through their traumatizing history to save the town’s orphanage and the orphans who reside there or are they doomed to live in it forever. I have read so many of these historical love stories that I wasn’t sure going in to this how it would be. Would I be able to read other one, or was it time for a change? And if I did get through reading it would it even begin to compare to the other wonderfully written stories I have read in the past year of reviewing for this publishing company? All these thoughts and fears turned out to be just that, fears. This book stands all on its own and will be one that I will gladly recommended in the future. This book was everything I didn’t know I wanted or needed to read and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to do so and to be able to write about it afterwards. Everything from the story line to the characters was well planned, well written, and perfectly balanced. I loved every single second of this book and found myself turning page after page unable to put it down and part from the world created by Jagears. Mercy’s character is a strong woman who has had to overcome so much in life. She has had to live her life with only one complete arm and learn to do everything independently while missing an entire piece of herself. Not only does she embrace her life as it is but she she finds peace and happiness with who she is. Unfortunately she also has to endure a lifetimes worth of bullying while in school. Her parents ultimately make the choice to move so that she can escape her childhood bully. As she becomes an adult she begins having to rely financially on her brother and sister in law since no one will hire here due to her “disability”. She feels like the rest of her life will be that way and that she has to keep them happy because no man will ever choose to be with her. Despite all of her troubles though, she remains happy and positive. She never stops working and never stops trying to become a better person. I wish that I could have only a fraction of the strength this character shows throughout this story. Aaron’s character is a young man who has returned to his childhood home where he was once the biggest bully in the school. He has come back in search of forgives or at least the chance to apologize to all of those he has wronged. He has also returned in search of a teaching job but the question becomes wether his past will get in the way of that and if his past victims will trust that he has truly changed. Despite all of the obstacles he is faced with when he returns he holds true to his newly found faith in God and never stops trying to prove that he has changed. He begins working as the gardener at the orphanage where Mercy helps take care of the kids and it becomes up to them to help save the orphanage when it falls into trouble. I truly loved this book not only for the characters and the story line but for its underlying messages of faith and forgivenss as well. It shows its never too late to ask God into our lives so that we can
gccbookworm2 More than 1 year ago
Forgiveness Melissa Jagears captures the reader in this third volume of the Teaville Moral Society series, "A Chance at Forever." Mercy McClain, along with her brother and sister-in-law, have been put in charge of the local orphanage. There she spends her days helping to take care of the children. She also is on the school board and it is here that she encounters someone from her past - her tormentor - George Aaron Firebrook. Better known in her childhood as the class bully. Now he was applying for a teacher's position. Would this be her chance to get even or would she live up to her name granting mercy? George Aaron Firebrook returns to Teaville, Kansas a changed man. However, he has his work cut out to show everyone, particular Mercy, that he is a new person. While waiting for the school board to decide on who the new teacher will be he is offered a job at the orphanage as the grounds keeper. This is a chance to prove himself and gain Mercy's forgiveness and friendship. Jagears does a great job exploring forgiveness and second chances in this latest novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BethanyHouse and was under no obligation to post a review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have thoroughly been enjoying this series and this book did not disappoint. Mercy is a wounded character, inside and out. I loved that she wasn’t perfect physically, as most heroines tend to be. She isn’t overly warm and fuzzy, honestly, but she is real. I really liked Aaron. I loved his story of redemption and how God worked in his life. I couldn’t wait for Mercy to see the man Aaron was now and not hold onto the past. I adored the other characters in this book as well, the young boys that desperately need to see the love of Jesus. Have no fear if you haven’t read that other books in this series, you can easily pick this one up and enjoy it. However, the other books in this series are excellent as well. A copy of this book was given to be by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
hadassahmae More than 1 year ago
Published by: Bethany House By: Melissa Jagears I am a writer. I like to include children and teens in my books. I like to focus on adults helping those young people. For those reasons, this book felt like something that I would write. A Chance at Forever tells the story of a young woman who is working at an orphanage and a man who starts helping out there. The past that these two share is not a good one, but they both have a love for the children in their care. What I liked: The characters are all very interesting. I feel like they stand out from the characters in other books that I have read. The story pulled me in and I wanted it to keep going on forever. Like I said, this book has children and teens in it and I liked that. This is a touching read. What I didn’t like: I just wish that this book was longer. My conclusion: Overall, I really liked this book. I give A Chance at Forever 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
This is the third installment in the Teaville Moral Society from Melissa Jagears. This book is part of an installment, but can be read as a stand alone. The author sweeps the reader back to Kansas 1909 and introduces us to Mercy McClains and Aaron Firebrook. Mercy is an interesting character. She has an obvious disability with her arm and as a result has had to overcome many things in her life. At present she is helping her brother and sister in-law run and manage a local orphanage plus she serves on the school board council. As the story opens Mercy and the school board are in search for a teacher for the upcoming year. Unfortunately for Mercy she immediately recognizes the candidate from her own school days as not only a fellow student, but also her greatest tormentor. George Aaron Firebrook has recently returned to his hometown. Aaron as he is known now has changed from the young man who left Teaville, but memories are lasting and for Aaron that is not good. His growing up years were troubled and he became known, but also lived up to being the biggest bully in town. Mercy literally holds his future in Teaville in her hands. Can she put the past behind her or will her judgement be forever overshadowed by memories? I really enjoyed this book. It is a very written story. The plot is full of twists and turns that just when you think you've figured it out another important factor surfaces, for me this is very engaging and kept me turning the pages. This book does broach the issue of school bullying, but I feel it's something that was resolved realistically. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves history or just a good, clean read. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
George Firebrook was a bully as a child. He claims to be a changed man now and is seeking employment as Aaron Firebrook. Mercy McClain who was bullied by George now works at an orphanage for children rescued from the red light district. Both of these lead protagonists are great characters. A Chance at Forever gives insight into why some bullying takes place. With God’s help, people can change! I recommend this book with an unusual storyline! I received my complimentary copy of A Chance at Forever from the author and Bethany House Publishers. This is my honest opinion.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.I was not required to give a favorable review. This was another wonderful story from Melissa. It shows that with some help people can change and that not everyone is bad but need a steady and positive influence. It may not work all of the time, but with a little love and God's help things can change. Aaron was a bully as a child but it was pretty much all he knew, because of people were happy around him he wanted them to be misarable because he was being treated badly. But when he became an adult he decided to write to each person he hurt to see what he could to fix it. But now he is trying to be an example for a orphan boy who he saw doing the same things. But with help from a lot of people plus one of the people he picked on, he finds peace, love and a new happiness.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
I really tried to like this book, and to be fair it was good at the first third of the story. I was hoping the plot would pick up, and there would be more development throughout, but it just wasn’t there. Which is unfortunate because although this type of plot has been done in so many countless novels, it still had the potential to be good. There wasn’t much to the characters in the book although Mercy seemed to have been the only interesting one and the only one with personality. The chemistry with Aaron and Mercy isn’t that great and as you progress throughout the novel it’s always back and forth with them. You feel like you’re watching a never ending tennis match between these two where they’re not doing anything to gain advantage in the game. And well, to be frank it’s pretty dry. Aaron seemed like an all right character to read about, a guy out for redemption and feels bad for his past treatment of a lot of people (he was the town bully so to speak) and although it was nice to see part of his development and him trying to redeem himself it didn’t quite work out as I had hoped, he ended up being mopey, weepy but to the point where you have to wonder if he’s suddenly become emo. True, he’s had some pretty awful things done to him in the past but his constant mood changes from feeling good about changing, to moping on past regrets got old pretty fast, and this contributed more to the never ending tennis match I mentioned in the previous paragraph. The secondary characters surrounding our main ones have each their own issues and problems and although Jimmy’s story was a good one, it just wasn’t enough to give this book justice. The plot was slow moving and dry with minor events happening in which it doesn’t make much of a difference to the story. Sad to say this book just didn’t quite cut it for me.
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this book had so much going for it! There was romance, orphans, mystery, secrets, forgiveness, and more. I enjoyed every single page of the book. Mercy and Aaron's characters captivated me right from the start, and I found myself longing to spend more time with them. If we're going to be honest, I enjoyed my time with all of the characters, even Jimmy! With a decent size cast of characters, Ms. Jagears has found a way to bring life into every single one of them in a way that makes them each stand out on their own. There is a big lesson to be learned from reading this book - people CAN change. We like to say that a leper can't change their spots, and with God's help they really can't. But WITH God's help, anything is possible, and that is proven to a T in this book. In fact, when I got to the epilogue I gasped out loud at the transformation of one specific character (who shall remain nameless to not spoil anything for you). It put a huge smile on my face, as it is something I certainly did not see coming. The thing is we all judge people by their past. To be honest, I can see myself behaving like Mercy and putting up a wall if a former bully were to see me today. It was endearing to see Aaron talking with her and the children in this book. The way he dealt with Jimmy was so sweet and patient. You would have never dreamed his background was as it was, but isn't that the same for many of us? We aren't the type of people we are today as we were in grade school, thankfully. This was a great reminder of how not to quickly place judgment on someone because of their past. Great meaning aside, this story was wonderful and fun to read. It is full of hope. Hope for the poor. Hope for the rich. And even hope for the lost. I have not yet met a book of Melissa Jagears that I did not like, and I am looking forward to seeing more from her in the future! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
AmyPutney More than 1 year ago
Finally, we get Mercy's story! I loved meeting Mercy in the first 2 books in this series, and I was so glad when I found out that Mercy's story was finally going to be told! And I loved getting to know Aaron––there's nothing better than having a hero that's flawed, but still honorable and admirable. This is no fluffy historical romance either. As with the previous books in this series, Melissa Jagears tackles a lot of touch issues such as bullying, neglect, abuse, and prostitution. But through it all is woven a thread of grace and hope for redemption. I absolutely loved this last trip to Teaville and am sad to see this series end! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Teaville Moral Society trilogy by Melissa Jaegers. It is a stand-alone novel, but readers of the first two books will get glimpses of characters from those stories. The story centers on Mercy, a young woman who has one arm and runs an orphanage with her brother and his wife, and Aaron, who bullied Mercy as a child but now has found God and new purpose in his life. I had liked Mercy when she was introduced in the last book, and while she is still a pleasant and likable character, she was not nearly as compelling as Aaron was. I preferred when the story was more focused on Aaron, and I felt that he was more well-rounded as a character. Any historical story about orphans and improving their lives is bound to be interesting to me, so this book was a good fit for me. I liked how faith was interwoven into the story, but it did get too preachy in a couple of places. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to readers of historical fiction. I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
A Chance at Forever is a beautiful and meaningful story! Mercy McClain is a unique heroine made vulnerable by her physicality as well as her past experiences. Aaron Firebrook is an admirable hero determined to right the wrongs of his past. From the reformation of Mercy and Aaron’s relationship to the children and work of the orphanage, I delighted in this tender tale of faith and forgiveness! While A Chance at Forever is the third book in the Teaville Moral Society series, it can easily be enjoyed independently of its predecessors. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"If only every day he'd spent as George could be washed away and forgotten." (7) My heart does something when I read one of Melissa Jagears' Teaville Moral Society novels. Her latest full novel, A Chance at Forever ties in beautifully the story of redemption, forgiveness and overcoming prejudices. ". . . I also know what it's like to live in an abusive situation. Where nothing you do, nothing you say, will every make someone think better of you." (94) Both Mercy and Aaron (born George) struggles daily with their past and present. Finding strength to battle the everyday injustices and reminders of their past, and the orphans at the home. It's always surprising, even in this day where stereotypes and prejudice exists, and to read about the hardships in a time where it's even more evident. The horror of Aaron's past gave him a connection and understanding to those suffering, while Mercy's own faith lies in balance with her desire to be supportive of anyone - warts and all, and to love the unlovable. ". . . being moral isn't doing what's easiest or what makes you feel comfortable, but rather, it's choosing to do right even when it hurts, when it costs, when it's difficult." (219) "Thank you. . .to my parents, who loved me even when I was unlovable." (342) A Chance at Forever is a beautiful love story of letting God lead our lives, giving our hearts to Him in faith, knowing that only with Him, our story can be used for the better. "You shouldn't let the voices of your past or present define who you are. Let God do that. And He says you're precious." (122) Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Living up to one’s name can be daunting, and Mercy McClain has felt the pressure of it, especially with the reappearance in Teaville, Kansas, of George ‘Aaron’ Firebrook. Aaron was her biggest tormentor as a youth. Mercy hasn’t seen him in over a decade. She finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage. But Aaron’s return throws many wrenches in. Unbelieving as it is, Aaron has been working to turn his life around. When he lands a job working at the same orphanage as Mercy, he finds she’s also on his mind and perhaps even on his heart. He’s got his work cut out for him and not just because of Mercy. Jimmy, a young teenager at the orphanage, is an angry, hurting, stubborn bully reminiscent of himself at that age, and he wants to redirect his path. The next story in the ‘Teaville Moral Society’ series, I thought the pace moved steadily forward. I found it interesting that the author chose a lead character who was a childhood bully. He is trying to atone for his vast misdeeds of the past, and that is admirable. Meanwhile, Mercy struggles to forgive Aaron. She knows she should, but it’s too easy to hold onto the grudge. This historical fiction novel is gripping. The only critique I have is that, with everything going on, I sometimes felt the story was too chaotic. Is that real life? Certainly. But there were too many things going on that weren’t central to the story of Mercy and Aaron. From a very difficult orphan to a fire at the lumber mill to the relationship issues between employees Sadie and Franklin to Caroline, there’s extra stuffing. The author wrote it well, but leaving a couple items out would not have detracted from the story. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Melmanro More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in the Teaville Moral Society is an excellent read. Melissa Jagears tells the story of a most unlikely couple - sweet Mercy who has gone through life with a physical restriction ( a missing limb) and Aaron who once bullied her. Is Aaron really a changed man? If he is, can Mercy actually forgive him and move ahead? An interesting cast of secondary characters as well as the reappearance of characters from the first two books make this a story to be read and enjoyed. Melissa Jagears' way of weaving in scriptural lessons without being preachy leaves the reader with much to ponder long after closing the back cover!
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
It didn’t take me more than a page or two to become totally engrossed in this story. Melissa Jagears is talented at creating interesting backdrops and authentic, layered characters. The main characters, Mercy and Aaron, were both engaging, and it didn’t take me long to warm up to them and start rooting for them. I loved seeing the growth and change in them as the story progressed. Much of the storyline concerns bullying and the effect it has on others. Aaron’s bullying of Mercy as a child made a painful past for her, and Aaron’s remorse as an adult for his bullying of others has him seeking to make it up to his victims. The tender message of forgiveness—of oneself and others—is woven through the story. I greatly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more of this author’s work. I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical Christian fiction. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.