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?
What I Loved: If you haven’t picked up this series, you’re really missing out! From book one, I’ve felt like this was Christian fiction at it’s finest. I’ve been entertained, encouraged, and rebuked all at the same time. Again and again, Jagears addresses the issue of how we treat those who don’t meet our standards. In A Chance at Forever, I was challenged in how I forgive and pray for those who have hurt me. I’m very grateful for her work.
Alongside the spiritual content is a sweet love story about two unlikely friends. It was easy to connect with both characters and understand their motives.
For the sensitive reader, I do want to point out that there is a brief testimony of sexual abuse. Jagears handles the situation very well and does NOT go into detail. It’s not a topic that comes up many times, but the subject is in the book. Being a sensitive reader myself, while I wish this character, and those real people this person represents, never had to experience that, I never felt as if I needed to put the book or was disappointed about its inclusion.
Rating and Recommendation: I give it 5 stars and highly recommend this entire series to those who enjoy Historical Christian fiction or fiction with a purpose.
~ I received a copy from Bethany House. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.