About the book:
Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his 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 the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.
Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphans?
This was another wonderful story in the Teaville Moral Society series! I loved that the characters were so real, with flaws and hang-ups such as Mercy having a physical disability because she's missing part of an arm and also having been bullied by Aaron and other kids so she has some insecurities. Aaron is trying to make up for all of the mean things he's done to Mercy and others over the years while trying to deal with the reason he was acting that way to begin with. I loved to see how much Aaron had changed and all the ways he was trying to be a better man. Mercy was inspirational, too, as she didn't let her lack of an arm keep her from doing anything she set her mind to. They both had a strong faith and put it into practice as they took care of orphans and put other's needs ahead of their own. I loved the secondary characters, too, as it was fun to see people from the previous books and to meet the interesting orphans, especially the stubborn Jimmy. This story worked well as a stand-alone. There were some sweet romantic moments. It really made me think about bullies and why they might be acting out. It might make a huge difference to love them and pray for them because it might be just what they need. Maybe they feel no one cares and how you treat them could make all the difference. I highly recommend this sweet story!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.