Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society) by Melissa Jagears

I love a good series.  I can honestly say that some books get better and better as the series progresses and this is one of them.  
When I got my copy I was so excited.  The cover is gorgeous!  I just admired it for awhile and then dived into another great book by Melissa Jagears. 

From the back: "Heartwarming and sweet . . . compelling . . ."--RT Book Reviews on A Love So True 

Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his 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 the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphans?

"The third book in Jagears' Teaville Moral Society series is a delightful addition with its wonderful message about God's promises for the future and the closure of one's past. . . . The characters are complex, and their struggles are realistic and believable, as are the details of the early 1890s time period. The romance is sweet and lovely, and Jagears knows how to pull heartstrings. If you are a historical inspirational romance reader, this is a fantastic read in an enjoyable series."--RT Book Reviews

Ok, let's start with the fact that this author home schools three kids and still manages to write amazing stories.  I home school and am lucky I can match socks most days.  This impresses me just as much as the story does. 

These books can stand alone, but I think you should read them all.  Characters from previous books pop in and it just makes it a richer experience if you have read the past ones.  

It's hard to pull off a repentant bad boy, but Melissa Jagears does a good job.  Aaron is a likable character and realistic.  I found myself cheering him on in the story and enjoying his path as he tries to make things right. 

Mercy was a bit difficult for me to like, but the reality is, she was bullied and the way she responded to Aaron is realistic and people can react that way.  She was hurt and that can impact you.  

This is a rich story and typical of the author's style the characters are realistically portrayed and sensitive topics are discussed.  We live in a fallen world and bad things happen.  I love the way they are dealt with in the story.  

With great characters, good major and minor story lines, and just a really great book I have enjoyed this series.  So pick up your copy today and dive into a great read.  Happy Reading!  

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