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?
A touching story!
A Chance at Forever is the third book in the Teaville Moral Society series by Melissa Jagears. Though it contains several characters who were introduced in the previous two novels in the series, A Chance at Forever tells its own unique story. Because it is so well-written and engaging, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Chance at Forever, and I sincerely look forward to reading other novels written by the talented Ms. Jagears.
I adore historical fiction, and A Chance at Forever exceeded my expectations. I found this novel to be utterly compelling and inspiring. The characters were vulnerable and complex, possessing a thoughtful believability that made them truly relatable and unforgettable. Their struggles, insecurities, fears, and beliefs were authentic and moving. As I read, I developed a deep, emotional connection to the characters and their desperate search for truth, grace, forgiveness, and compassion despite the heartaches and trials that they endured.
A Chance at Forever is a story of hope, second chances, and new beginnings. The threads of redemption and restoration that are woven throughout this novel have stitched a lasting seam in my thoughts and on my heart. From the first page to the last, this novel was relevant, tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
A Story You Won’t Want to Miss
G. Aaron Firebrook returns to Teaville in hopes of finding a teaching job, as well as making amends for his past behaviors. In his school days, Aaron was known as the school bully. He was relentless in who he targeted and how he bullied them. But, Aaron is no longer that school yard bully. He has turned his life around and is now applying for a teacher position in the same place where he had been a student. By dropping “George” from his name and now going by Aaron, he hopes no one will make the connection. Unfortunately, the first person to recognize him is Mercy McClain.
Mercy recognizes Aaron as the boy who tormented her in school. Because of her partial arm, one of his names for her was “Stumpy.” Mercy couldn’t fathom why Aaron would be back, and as a teacher. There was no way she would allow him to be given a teaching job, because there was no way that Aaron, aka George the bully, had changed. Or had he?
With A Chance At Forever, author Melissa Jagears has skillfully handled the topic of bullying and entwined it with forgiveness, love, and some twists and turns that will keep you turning pages making it a story you definitely won’t want to miss.
Mercy was horribly bullied as a child by Aaron.
Many years later he’s comes back to Teaville.
WOW! When she recognized him she was steaming mad. He loves the Lord and is so remorseful of his past. She still feels the pain of being bullied by him and there’s no way he has changed his life around. So the war begins, he’s trying to prove he’s different, she keep a very close eye on him and is positively sure he hasn’t changed. SO GOOD!
I loved reading how Mercy and Aaron interacted with each other. It’s funny, sad, mysterious, horrible situations, selfss acts of courage, finding grace and forgiveness from God and each other. Forgiving themselves the courage to stand up for people that all others look down on. It kept my attention and hated for it to end.
I give “A Chance at Forever” 5 stars and readers you’ll love this book I received a copy from Bethany House and the opinions are my own and I wasn’t compensated for my review.