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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?

©2018 Melissa Jagears (P)2018 Recorded Books

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A Chance of Forgiveness

This is such a beautifully written book. I feel these characters so deeply. Aaron is trying to apologize, asking for forgiveness, and make amends with those he tormented in his youth. Some have turned him away, others have forgiven him. Then there's Mercy. He bullied her so badly, he made her miserable. He could not stand to see her happy. Mercy does not want to believe that he has changed. Aaron gets a job working as the gardener at the Lowes orphanage where Mercy lives and works, she watches him, closely. She sees the change in him but can she believe it? Can she truly trust the man he says he has become? “Unforgiveness only kept their ugly past smoldering when she could let it turn to ash and blow away. Why was she holding on to the misery?” Secrets and a disobedient, disrespectful orphan are causing trouble at the orphanage. Mercy and Aaron deal with both. I won't give any spoilers though. There are some surprising twists, turns, and consequences. I found the entire book to be very satisfying. It has stayed with me long after I turned the last page. This book can easily be read as a stand-alone story but I do recommend the entire series for a more in-depth reading experience. It has been such a pleasure to read this series. Melissa Jagears has become a go-to author for me. I will read whatever she writes and know that I will like it. Stephanie Cozart does a wonderful job with the narration.

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