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Book Review-Forgiving by LaVryle Spencer

by | Nov 16, 2016 | Book Reviews | 13 comments

Book Review-Forgiving by LaVryle Spencer

Book Review-Forgiving by LaVryle SpencerForgiving by LaVyrle Spencer
Published by Jove on February 1st 1992
Genres: Historical Romance, American West
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 0515108030

There's a place in every heart for forgiving....
She came to Deadwood, a rough and tumble western town, with an ambitious dream of starting a newspaper. But her journey had another purpose--to find her sister and mend the family tie that was severed years ago, when Addie left home with a hardened heart--and without an explanation.
The thought of this headstrong woman turning his town upside down riled Marshal Campbell to no end. But there was something about Sarah that the lawman found irresistible. Inside, he longed to treat her like a lady. But outside, he'd keep up his ornery image--and give her a rocky welcome to town...
Two strong-willed souls, Sarah and Noah would discover the timeless beauty of love--when the heart learns to take back the past and start again...


forgivingDeadwood, is a town that is rough western town, with only a few women to speak of. Sarah has arrived searching for her sister and with plans to start her own newspaper. She is startled by all the attention she gets from the men in town, and not her intention starts a altercation and the local sheriff in town put her in “jail” of sorts. Marshall Noah Campbell has no need for another troublemaker, and this strange and independent woman who seeks trouble wherever she goes. Sarah won’t let Noah tell her what she should and shouldn’t do. But she is also on a mission to save her sister. Her sister Addie, ran away from home and along the way became a prostitute. Sarah barely recognizes her bitter younger sister who was once full of life. But Addie has some painful memories of the past that drove her away from home. Robert has been in love with Addie for years and has come to Deadwood to fight for her. Soon these two couples will have to build trust and fight to hold onto the love they have found…

Plot & Story Line

Forgiving is a wonderful and poignant romance that I couldn’t put down. I read this book many years ago, and I have been looking for it for ages. And when I saw it at Half Price Books, I snatched it up and started reading it right away. And it was just as good as I remembered. Forgiving is a story about two couples where neither of them have a easy road to happy ever after. Our first couple Noah and Sarah. Now at first these two fight like cats and dogs, not wanting to admit the attraction they feel for each other. Once they resolve “certain” differences they have, they start to develop a deeper connection. But right when life seems to be falling into place for Noah and Sarah, a ugly secret from Sarah’s past will test them in a very brutal way and their love will be tested. As for our other couple Robert and Addie have a tough battle at the beginning. Addie has a very tough shield that is hard to crack. But Robert refuses to give up on the girl he has never stopped loving. A  woman now, who is hurting and doesn’t believe in forgiveness or redemption.

This is a powerfully written story, and LaVryle Spencer is a talented writer that writes a compelling story about two couples that are intertwined with each other. This is a story that will battle with your emotions, but has some fun and sweet moments to enjoy. I lovc the good feels this story reveals to the reader.

I’ve come to admire you for dozens of reasons. You’re bright, and hardworking, and plucky and you fight for what you believe in. Churches, Schools, Boardwalks, stopping an epidemic of smallpox, even closing the brothels. I know you’re going to doubt my honesty once I leave you, but it’s true. Even when I was locking you up in the mine, I thought you were one of the spunkiest beings I’d ever met. Spunky and fearless. Since then you’ve shown me I was right. You changed something between us.

The Cover

Simple and pretty!!! The Stepback I love even more, such a cozy christmas scene, and I love that it shows the two couples.

Overall View

Forgiving is timeless tale of redemption and the true power of love and healing. A TRUE PLEASURE TO INDULGE IN!


About LaVryle Spencer

LaVyrle Spencer is an American best-selling author of contemporary and historical romance novels. She has successfully published a number of books, with several of them made into movies. Twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers, and Spencer was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.

Spencer is known for creating realistic characters and stories that focus on families rather than only the relationship between a man and woman. These "ordinary" men and women are warm and vulnerable and are always portrayed sympathetically.[1] Her heroines tend to be a mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft–heartedness who must overcome some sort of adversity, such as pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one, and then undergo a catharsis. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in difficult times.

In the 1980s and 1990s Spencer wrote 12 New York Times Bestsellers. Her books have been sold to book clubs worldwide, and have been published around the world. Condensed versions of many of her novels have appeared in Reader's Digest and Good Housekeeping.

She retired from writing in 1997.

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  1. Quinn's Book Nook

    As you know, Western romances aren’t my thing, but I’m so glad you enjoyed this one.

  2. Blodeuedd

    I have never tried her books

  3. LilyElement

    Oooh sounds like I need to try this one!

  4. Ann Lorz

    I’ve never tried her even though at one time everyone around read her. Not sure why I didn’t give her a try. Nice review!

  5. Sophia Rose

    Oh neat that you found it. I’ve not read any of her books, but I’m always open to western historical romance. I like the description of these separate couples and the theme of forgiveness.

  6. Lorna

    Back when she was writing, she was my favorite author. When she retired I remember being upset! I can’t remember this one as well as some but my favorite by her was The Gamble, a historical romance. If you haven’t tried it you really should 🙂 Wonderful review!

    • Lover Of Romance

      Oh yes, I bet many were upset when she retired because so many love her books!!! I will have to pick up The Gamble.

  7. Lola

    This one sound s very good and I like the sound of the focus being on two couples! Neat that you found this one again and could re-read it. That other picture you included looks great and it’s nice how it shows the Christmas feel and the two couples!

    • Lover Of Romance

      Yes, it was different and fun to see the development of two couples. Very well balanced and loved the Christmas theme that the author uses in this one.

    • Lover Of Romance

      oh I haven’t read that one, but I will see if I can find it at my local library!! Glad you love this author too. I highly recommend you try this one if you like her writing!! Thanks for stopping by.


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