Forgiveness by Jean Brashear
Harlequin SuperRomance #1267 - April 2005
I am aware of the usual critical flaws in this book, ie. rushed romance at the end, and what some may say is too much focus on Ria's despair, or too depressing subject matter. For me, none of that distracts at all from the beautiful story told. Ms. Brashear, from the very first pages, had a grip on my emotions. The first scenes are of Ria struggling with her deathbed promise to her best friend and then as they approach the door for that first knock, her reassurances to her son, that the people who live there will love him very much. And then Ria prays to herself Please, oh, please ... Mother, don't punish him for my sins. Okay, that's on page 11, and it made me reach for the tissue box and let me say that the box was rarely far away for the remainder of the book! If you're in the mood for a good cry, this is definitely the book to read. There were scenes so poignant that I wanted to openly weep; so deeply did this author reach me. As far as the romance between Sandor and Ria, it is a sweet one. It was shadowed considerably by Ria's story but I didn't find that disappointing as this was more a story of healing than a love story. This is one book I won't be forgetting anytime soon.