There is nothing quite like old-fashioned and pure romance, especially
when it happens in a book that is well written featuring likeable and
charismatic characters. To Forgive, Divine by Melissa Leedom is such a
book with these qualities. Chock full of endearing characters and set in rural
Georgia, To Forgive, Divine is a Christian "Chick Lit" book that should
not be missed.
Meet Bonnie, a widowed mother of two who is a dedicated Christian. She
resides in Chandler City, GA, one of those small town type of places where you
run into people you know every day, everywhere you go. In the beginning of our
story, she has just begun to notice Jeff Wells, the pastor of Foster Road
Baptist. Jeff is also widowed with a teenage son, and has just begun to notice
Bonnie. The two of them however don't have time for anything but one special
kiss between them before it all comes crashing down. Clara Adkinson, the town
gossip, can't stand to see the two of them get together and starts spreading
nasty rumors about them. And we all know how rumors can spread like wildfire in
a small town! And unfortunately Clara manages to break the two of them up before
anything really starts. Jeff believes Clara, and quickly cuts things off with
Bonnie, who can't believe she has already fallen for him and is crushed.
Meanwhile other things are falling apart as well - a young boy who recently
joined a gang breaks into the church office; a woman who has left her cheating
husband joins the church, and is suddenly spotted all around town with Jeff;
Bonnie can't stop running into men she wants little or nothing to do with,
including a loud-mouthed, overbearing ex-flame (that she'd never gotten together
with in the first place); Clara tries to have Pastor Jeff resign from the church
because of false allegations; and Bonnie and Jeff can't stop running into each
other even when they try, and it's the last thing they want! Will this town and
congregation ever pull together? Will this group of people ever learn to forgive
each other? Find out in this heartwarming story.
To Forgive, Divine was a wonderful book and I enjoyed it immensely.
Bonnie, the main character, is a likeable woman with flaws that many can
identify with. Her situation with Jeff as well as the other characters' lives
kept me riveted to the book to see how it would all end. I also loved how the
book wasn't sickly sweet and unrealistic. It showed the ins and outs of living a
Christian life, even some of the bad things about it, such as hypocrisy and
jealousy that sometimes takes place. Melissa Leedom manages to get the message
of salvation through to her readers too in this delightful story.
Overall, I recommend To Forgive, Divine to all readers who love a
romantic and down-to-earth story that will tug at your heartstrings. People with
a Christian background will especially like it. Do you think that a true, simple
and pure love doesn't exist? Read this book - it may change your mind!
The story begins with two people who have been going
to the same church for years, one being the pastor of the church. He is a single
widower with a teenage son, and she is a widow with two young children. The
story line revolves around a romance between the two, and it revolves around the
I have to say, I was very impressed with the book because it was
a good, clean story about two people who realize they love each
One of the biggest lessons I learned from the book was about the
gossip that goes on in church. Not every church is like this, but many are.
Gossip permeates just about every congregation to some extent or another. In
this story, I learned just how gossip can almost ruin a congregation and a
community - based on how things look on the outside.
Yes, the story has a
villain, but this villain is a fine, upstanding churchgoer who is very bitter.
But does she learn her lesson in the end? Well, you will just have to read the
book to find out.
Another lesson I learned in the book is that although a
pastor is always in the public eye of his congregation, he is human too. He has
feelings just like anyone else.
It was interesting to see in this story
how this pastor dealt with the gossip in his congregation. I was absolutely
amazed at how the author made this pastor so human. In the book, the reader gets
to see the other side of a pastor's life - outside the church pulpit and outside
the church activities.
And, I also got to see a person in the book come
to know God. That was really cool. And the way this woman became saved is just
like so many others who have a life-changing experience in their salvation. The
author showed God's strength throughout the entire book, and she showed how God
changes even the hardest of hearts.
Overall, I was very impressed with
the book, and it is the type of book I like to read. Like I said before, it's a
good, clean story.
This fiction book is one that you would feel safe
about your kids picking up, and you don't have to worry about them learning
words they shouldn't hear or read, or even read about situations that they
Although this book is meant for an older audience,
like teens and older, you don't have to worry about what your kids will find in
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