Melissa Jagears. A Chance at Forever. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2018.
This week’s novel wraps up another beloved series released by Bethany House Publishers. As always, I’ll be curious to see what Ms. Jagears comes up with next!
Ms. Jagears concludes her Teaville Moral Society series with A Chance at Forever. Mercy McClain, her brother, and sister-in-law have recently been put in charge of Teaville’s orphanage. After fighting for a spot as the only female on the local school board, Mercy comes face-to-face with her childhood tormentor, who is looking for a teaching position. Without Mercy’s support, Aaron Firebrook faces an uncertain future until the next board meeting, even as he returns to his hometown in the hopes of finding forgiveness for his past as a notorious bully. As Mercy and Aaron are thrown together to help the town’s orphans, they must put aside their past encounters with one another to finally discover the adults they have become.
Fans of Ms. Jagears’ Teaville Moral Society series will enjoy the chance to revisit the town and its quirky, yet ever-philanthropic characters. Mercy and Aaron’s story offers a unique and fitting conclusion to this tale of forgiveness and second chances.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading A Chance at Forever. While I had some hesitations with several of the other books in the series, I found this novel to be significantly stronger and well-developed. Ms. Jagears’ writing style continues to grow and mature throughout the series, which makes for a better story overall. I also felt that this book had a less forced focus on the philanthropic work of the orphanage, resulting in a somewhat lighter storyline. However, Ms. Jagears managed to maintain a firm grasp on her Christian focus throughout the series, regardless of which characters or situations she focused on in her books. After seeing Ms. Jagears develop the Teaville Moral Society books, I am very curious to see what she comes up with next!
Fans of Ms. Jagears’ work, especially her Teaville Moral Society series, will definitely want to read A Chance at Forever. Additionally, readers who appreciate Christian historical fiction with a strong faith-based element may also find this novel to be a worthwhile read.
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