Releasing March 11th
How long would you wait to be with the one that you love? How much of yourself would you hide in order to keep them? Brooks knows the moment he meets Vivian that he will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means leaving her. Running from his past, he spends the next decade trying to forget the shattered heart that he left behind. Is there any betrayal worth the cost? Are there some sins that cannot be forgiven? After a lifetime of rebuilding the walls guarding her heart, Vivian confronts the harsh reality that some fortresses are not meant to stand. Winding through a gray fog of disappointment and deceit, she must conquer her deepest fears to accept the love she believes she is too unworthy to have. As the paths of these two battered hearts cross once more, together they seek redemption for their sins. However, when the secrets of their pasts come knocking on their door, forgiveness and love will be tested, and they will be forced to answer the question: “When the lies run out, will the truth finally set you free?” Forgive Us Our Trespasses is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a second chance romance with sweet love scenes and cute humor to keep the pages turning.
Forgive us our Trespasses follow the path of Vivian, a young woman who has had to deal with heartbreak at every turn. When Vivian is 5 years old she makes a vow to herself to never let someone hurt her again after her father is murdered. When she enters college she is a very reserved. She doesn’t trust easily and doesn’t want anything to do with someone who has the potential to hurt her. When she meets Brooks Ryan she knows that he is everything she doesn’t want to need. Brooks is gorgeous and he knows it. He uses girls to get what he wants then never looks back, until he meets Vivian and everything changes. He gets his sex life back on the straight and narrow, but is it enough for Vivian? What will happen when Brooks uncovers a secret that he knows will destroy everything that he and Vivian have built together? When Brooks deceives Vivian, he walks away from her and leaves her in his best friend’s hands. Hoping upon hope that Will can heal what he has shattered. When fate steps in and Vivian and Brooks meet up again later in life will she be able to forgive all the hurt that Brooks put her through?
I really liked this book. I can understand why Vivian was so reserved. I can say that the plot line follows a different path that I had originally thought. It was really good, and unexpected. The author seemed a little skittish in the first half of the novel but totally blew me away in the second half. There is a scene where the dialogue between Grace, Emma, and Blake made me laugh so hard I thought I was going to soil myself. My husband thought I was crazy because I was laughing but had tears pouring down my cheeks. The humor that those three brought to the book really moved this from a 4 to a 5 star review for me. The only thing I would have liked to have seen in the book was an epilogue to let us know where the couple was a few years down the road.
Meet the author of Forgive Us Our Trespasses, M.L. Steinbrunn:
Colorado native M.L. Steinbrunn is new to the professional literary community, but has been in love with the world of fictional characters and plot twists since she was a child. Writing short stories and reading anything she could get her hands on, it could be argued that her hobby borders on an obsession. She works full-time as a middle school and high school educator and coach in rural Colorado where she and her husband are raising their three young children. Through education she has enjoyed guiding others on their paths and helping students build their stories. After countless evenings of discussing story ideas, it was her husband who encouraged her to follow her own path and publish her first novel. She is currently working on her debut romance novel Forgive Us Our Trespasses, which is will be released in March of 2014. It will be the first in a series of intertwined stand-alone novels. In her free time M.L. enjoys travelling, Amazon one-clicking, watching movies, chauffeuring her children to their one and half million activities, and people watching. She would like to add a big thank you to everyone that has been overwhelmingly supportive of this incredibly scary yet exciting journey. Where to find me…
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