Journey to Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something that does not come easy for young Jenny Hinson. As a young girl she had to struggle to survive not only for her but for her family as well. Her father physically abused her making her grow up fast. Unlike other girls who attended dances and meeting gentlemen she was running the farm supporting her family. Since sales are low she goes to live with her aunt for a while to send money to her family. From Chicory Valley to Chicago she enters a world so different from what she was born to. In Chicago there is electricity, a luxury that has not come into Chicory yet, but there’s also Austin Grant. Here is a guy who every time she sees him is doing something wrong. She knows he is up to something but when he asks for help for the poor people of South Pekin she knows she has to help. The people of South Pekin lost their homes due to a tornado disaster. The closer she is with Austin the feeling of love starts blooming stronger between them. She knows though before she can trust Austin she must find her father and somehow let go of the past. Can she do it?
Austin Grant led a wild life in his early years but now he has redeemed himself. Everybody knows it except one person, Jenny Hinson. She is everything he has searched for in his life. He knows that she is the one for him yet every time he tries to get near her she has a look of fear in her. Austin knows she is a passionate woman but not sure what keeps pulling her away from him. He knows with God anything is possible but getting Jenny to understand that they belong to one another is getting hard for him. The people of South Pekin need him but he knows Jenny needs him more. Can his love help her overcome whatever fear she has in her?
Journey to Forgiveness is a tale of two people who come together, Jenny and Austin and of course the hope the families of South Pekin have in them. It is touching that Austin goes out of his way to help these people. I loved that Austin, a gentle soul himself, will do anything he can to help these people who are strangers to him. Jenny is unlike any heroine I have read and comes out strong in this book. She had to grow up fast never learning to be young and carefree. With Austin she starts to act like a young woman in love something she has never been able to feel before in her life. Laurean Brooks did a beautiful job in this book and can’t wait for more from this talented author.

Book Blurb for Journey to Forgiveness

When Jenny Hinson's abusive father deserts the family, the responsibility of the family's Tennessee farm falls to Jenny and her mother. Four years later, in 1938, boll weevils infest the cotton crop, plunging the Hinsons into dire financial straits and Jenny takes the train north to find work. Electricity has yet to reach rural Chicory Valley. But, not only is the young woman introduced to it in its tapped form in Chicago, but also encounters a few jolts along the way when she challenges the infuriating Austin Grant over a luggage mishap. Sparks fly outside the Kankakee train station when Jenny discovers her missing vanity case under Austin's arm. She immediately labels him a thief. And after Austin coaxes money from her aunt's congregation, Jenny determines to find enough evidence to expose him and his nefarious deeds. Why did Austin pull money from the mission strong box and stuff a sizable roll into his pocket? Wasn't this just the proof Jenny needed? Then why was she reluctant to report the theft? And why did her heart race at every encounter with the notorious Austin? Jenny's personal convictions would never allow a relationship where trust was blatantly missing. Can Jenny muster enough courage to ask Austin the tough questions that will ultimately make or break their relationship? Can she forgive her father's brutality? Find out as you follow Jenny's struggles in "Journey To Forgiveness."


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2009 4.00