In The Forgiving Hour, Robin Lee Hatcher has penned a gripping, riveting novel of betrayal and forgiveness, and the consequences of sin as far reaching as ripples in a stream.
Claire Porter is content with her life as a housewife and mother. In her comfortable home in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by tulips and daffodils, her 12 year old son, Dakota, and a handsome husband, what more could she ask for? Although not a Christian, Claire prides herself in being a good, loyal wife who doesn't nag her husband, even if he does occasionally come home late and is temperamental at times. She is simply glad this handsome man chose her to be his life-long partner—until that fateful day she ventures into a dark pizza parlor and her near perfect life is turned upside down forever.
Now years later, Claire's grown son brings home his fiancée, Sara Jennings, who by a cruel twist of fate just happens to have been instrumental in the disintegration of her marriage. Claire's bitterness and lack of forgiveness towards Sara threaten to destroy Dakota's newfound happiness and that of his lovely fiancée; and a new love that is blooming in her own life as well. But surely no one would expect Claire to forgive this home-wrecker…not even God. Or would He…?
This book was absolutely amazing to say the least and I devoured it in two nights! I literally had a hard time putting it down as this spellbinding, powerful story played out, and I experienced a gamut of emotions throughout. I was impressed at how well the author intertwined Claire's and Sara's point of view so that the reader could sympathize and understand both of these extraordinary women. And yes, surprising as it may seem, Sara was extraordinary! This is a compelling story of broken relationships, redemption, and the healing power of God's love that will melt the reader's heart; revealing how we, too, can be transformed and set free by the power of forgiveness.