REVIEW: FORGIVE ME, BY SUSAN LEWIS

In prison, Archie Colbrook spends his time writing letters. Letters addressed to a person against whom he committed terrible, nameless harm. Archie knows he doesn’t deserve forgiveness. Yes, he didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and sure, he was only following orders. But does that matter? He still did it.

In a small coastal town of Northern England, Claudia Winters hopes to feel safe for the first time in years after fleeing from her abusive husband with her mother and daughter. Their new life is supposed to be a fresh start. But Claudia knows the past won’t stay hidden for long—and she can’t help but feel that someone is watching her. And that something terrible is about to happen.

Linked by one irrevocable act of violence, Archie and Claudia’s lives intertwine. Claudia can’t overlook what Archie did to her family—but is forgiveness the only way to truly move on?

Tense, emotional, and gripping, Susan Lewis’s latest novel is a spellbinding story of family and the power of forgiveness.
 
 
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Forgive Me opens as a mother, daughter, and granddaughter escape the cruel and abusive treatment of a man, just as he is imprisoned. Their best hope is to start over, out of his reach, long before he is released from confinement. They change their identities and location, hoping to begin anew.

In their new community, they find friends, new jobs, and start over.

But when they feel that someone is following them, the intensity escalates, turning the peaceful existence upside down. Just when they need it, the special project offers the opportunity to heal. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching them transform their lives, and I liked how they accomplished it. A 4.5 star read.
 
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