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?
This is the 3rd book in the Teaville Moral Society series by Melissa Jagears. Melissa Jagears always writes characters with depth and relatable flaws. I always find myself immersed in these books due to how realistic these characters seem. I loved Aaron right from the start! He was my favorite character in this book. I really loved that we got to see his brokenness because of his past, but also the tremendous growth his character had undergone. He was grace in the midst of suspicion, doubts, and hurtful reminders of his past. The lengths that Aaron went through to make amends for the actions in his past were astounding. Aaron is my fave for sure! Mercy was harder for me to connect with. I recognize that she was guarded because of past hurts and skeptical in order to protect herself and the orphans she cared for, however I wanted her to be more kind and lighten up a little bit. I think she was admirable because she was strong and capable despite her physical obstacles and being orphaned at a young age. There was a bit of an underlying mystery going on within this story that comes to light in the last chapters and it added a bit of intrigue and some suspense to the already tense situation at the orphanage. Definitely a little twist I didn’t see coming! I don’t want to give any spoilers, but the book wrapped up in an unexpected yet satisfying way! I love epilogues at the end of books that give a glimpse of characters and how their lives look as time has progressed. I enjoyed this book and think it was a great addition to this series.
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*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.