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This Series #3
By: J.B. McGee
Published: May 16, 2013
Source: Literati Literature Lovers
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.
My Take on this Journey
Forgiven, by J.B. McGee, is the third book in the This series. It is the continuing story of Gabby Gerhart and Bradley Banks. This novel is told from multiple perspectives. This made it more understandable, learning each of the main players feelings of what was going on in their minds. The story opens with Gabby and Bradley waking up from their, nightmare of a new obstacle, in their paths. Veronica and Ian, (two important players from book #2) come to visit with the news that either Bradley or Ian is the father of Veronica's baby. Veronica is almost due to have her baby, and Bradley takes on the responsibility of being there for her and her baby during the months before her delivery. Gabby is accepting of the situation, though at times, feels a bit of jealousy. Especially knowing that Veronica has had sex with Bradley, and she as of yet, is saving herself for her wedding night to Bradley. Bradley is very good as assuaging her fears, explaining that there time together will be both of their firsts, since he was not in love with Veronica.
In the interim, the abusive, alcoholic father, (that has reformed himself) that deserted Gabby, and Sam, (her older sister) at the age of 5 is back in the picture. Bradley has had Gabby's father investigated. He tells Sam, but they decide to keep the news from Gabby, since she can't remember her past anyway. There is a colossal misunderstanding, and the information is blasted out of Bradley's mouth during an argument. Without realizing the Pandora's Box that he has opened, the obstacles start mounting against them, and also with Gabby's relationship with her sister, Sam.
This novel was very good. The loving, caring, person that Bradley is, shines through his character. Though at times, I felt he was a bit of a Svengali, and when he didn't get his way, he was quick to punish Gabby. Bradley could be a great romantic, and bring Gabby pleasure in many ways, though they never consummated their sexual encounters, because of a promise Gabby made to her mother, now deceased.
Gabby is a strong character, though she tries to please everyone. At times, I felt she finally would show her stubborn side to prove a point, and it was necessary. Forgiven is a story of sadness, pain, hurt, redemption, love, and forgiveness. Gabby gains what she wants most in life, and that is a united family. I felt the chemistry throughout the book, but was a bit disappointed with the final consummation of their marriage. The setting was there, and it started out wonderfully, but after all the build up to the crescendo, it lacked the electricity that I found in the previous encounters throughout the novel. This was a great book, fast paced, spot on prose, well rounded characters who grew and changed with time. This is a book that you will laugh, cry, and swoon over. Forgiven is a lesson is rejuvenating the heart, and learning to give second chances. I thought there were great messages in this novel, with triumph of the spirit.
I give Forgiven, by J.B. McGee, 4 sad, longing, forgiving, loving and triumphant stars!
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About The Author:
J.B. McGee was born and raised in Aiken, South Carolina. After graduating from South Aiken High School, she toured Europe as a member of the 1999 International Bands of America Tour, playing the clarinet. While attending Converse College, an all- girls school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, she visited Charleston often. It quickly became one of her favorite vacation spots. She met her husband, Chad, during Christmas break her freshman year, and they married in 2001 and she moved back to her home town.
In 2005, the couple welcomed their first son, Noah. J.B. finished her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 2006. During her time studying children's literature, a professor had encouraged her to become a writer.
In 2007, she welcomed their second child, Jonah, and she became a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. In 2009, the found out their two children and J.B. have Mitochondrial Disease. In 2011, a diagnosis also was given to Chad. Please take a moment and learn more about Mitochondrial Disease. Awareness is key to this disease that has no cure or treatments.
J.B. McGee and her family now reside in Buford, Georgia, to be closer to their children's medical team. After a passion for reading had been re-ignited, J.B. decided to finally give writing a shot. Broken (This Series), is her first book and first series.
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