“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?”
It was a pleasure to read the third installment in the Teaville books. Mercy isn’t a character we knew much about from the previous books, but I enjoyed getting to know her through this story. We get to see more of the going’s on at the orphanage, and I really enjoy the principles behind the books of reaching out to the needy in the unsavory parts of town.
Aaron was such a sweet guy, and some might say ‘ too good to be true’ but I personally have observed the work the Lord does in lives that at one time were rough and have been through a lot so I don’t think that the character she gives him is unrealistic. His backstory is not pleasant, and because of this I would caution younger readers. Though no details are ever gone into, I would still recommend this for a more mature audience. It was also enjoyable to see characters from the previous books and follow their continuing stories. There was just one couple that I really did NOT enjoy. Ugh! But I guess that’s only natural.
I enjoyed seeing the spiritual growth of both Aaron and Mercy. Really solid truths and principles throughout.
There was of course plenty of romantic feelings as one would expect, so those that are particular about that type of thing may be duly warned. 🙂
As I mentioned previously, much of the story revolves around brothels and other such unsavory topics but it is always handled completely appropriately and is only incidental to the story.
This was a sweet story and I’m giving 4 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.