Forgiven (This #3)
By J. B. McGee / Published 5/16/13
MIND. BODY. SOUL. FOREVER.
Everyone has a past…good or bad, they are always there. They lurk and linger in the shadows, sometimes reappearing at the most inconvenient times.
Gabby and Bradley thought that their pasts would remain dormant, that happiness was theirs for the taking. Still the strongest of relationships can be rocked by the ugliness from a previous life, even if it seems to be a world away. The fact remains an ugly past is never distant. It taints everything it touches, drives permanent rifts between loved ones, and sometimes can ruin everything. Gabby and Bradley must find the only way to battle the past. Forgiveness becomes a light through the darkness, a guide for the lost, and hope for the hopeless. With forgiveness comes bright, new beginnings.
I’ve always wondered after reading Mending and Conspiring about the title “Forgiven” for book 3. What was Bradley asking forgiveness for? Come to find out it wasn’t about Bradley after all. It mostly involved Gabby and her past. What she had been through when she was younger was horrendous and I can understand how she locked it down into her subconscious mind. Now I completely understand why she was always portrayed as being vulnerable and introverted. Despite her horrid past, she was able to find it in her to “forgive”. In the end she gained so much MORE happiness than she ever could have ever imagined.
“None of us deserve the good things that come our way. It’s by grace, love and forgiveness that any of us experience joy.” -GG
Bradley, Bradley, Bradley. Another one of my book bf’s that I’ve missed. It was so nice to reconnect with him again. He still is the honorable, patient, caring and generous , ever-loving and passionate man who I’ve come to love since the very beginning. He’s just perfect but not unbelievably perfect. He still had his faults but his actions were somewhat justifiable in the story. It was as if his main goal in life was to protect his love from experiencing unnecessary pain. As their story progresses, you can definitely see how their relationship has grown and develop.
“Gabby, you have my mind, my body, my soul and you are my heart….”
Multiple POV’s of almost all of characters involved are in this book. Some might say that this could get confusing but the way the segments are written it wasn’t. I loved that we get to know what each character was thinking in each separate situation because even though Bradley and Gabby were the main focus there were multiple side stories going on as well.
“Never lose Faith. Always have hope. Love for Always.” – Corinthians 13
As the series progresses, you definitely see how the author has grown into the fluidity of her writing. I truly love this series, not only did it open my eyes to my hometown but gave me a love story that is unique and one that I would never forget. If you are looking for something leaning towards the emotional romance, this series is unquestionably the one for you.
My choice for Gabby was always Selena. And like in my Broken/Mending review. I always thought of Ashton as Bradley.
What I am looking forward to in book 4&5?
I know that Veronica and Ian’s story is going to be even more emotional and gut wrenching compared to Gabby and Bradley’s story. I can not imagine how much pain they are experiencing after …. I just hope that they will get through this together.
With Sam… decisions, decisions! I’m leaning towards the second guy and that is really going to be horrible for the first guy. I look forward to her getting to the point of forgiving as well.
I hope that we get to read more about Gabby and Bradley and them starting a family of their own.