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A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

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about the book

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

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?

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my thoughts

Bullies: they’re everywhere… schoolyards, workplaces, sometimes even homes.

Mercy McClain has endured years of taunts, teasing, and being brushed aside. I admire her for pushing through those trials and becoming an advocate for children from all walks of life despite her lingering insecurities. Mercy displays great courage and learns important lessons in compassion, forgiveness, and self-worth.

Aaron Firebrook wants to atone for his past behavior and make a positive impact on his community. Years after the fact, he is paying the consequences for bullying his classmates. Aaron’s new-found patience and determination to be a better man are pretty much irresistibly attractive, former bully or not!

Why do bullies behave the way they do and can they be reformed? Often abusers are also victims of abuse but bullying others won’t heal those wounds and there’s only One who can. This story gently touches on those unspoken hurts while wooing readers with a precious tale of forgiveness, compassion, and romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Melissa Jagears

Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night.

She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides series and Teaville Moral Society series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try.

You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online on her website.

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What are your thoughts on a former bully for a hero?

10 thoughts on “A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears”

  1. Enjoyed your review. Sounds like a relevant story for today. I think featuring a former bully is a good thing. God can redeem a bully and it’s good to show that a broken individual can become a better person through Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.


  2. Great review Beth!
    I enjoyed reading the first two books of the Teaville Moral Society series & have A Chance at Forever on my TBR list.


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