Bonnie Callaway has been raising her kids and living her life within herself since her husband’s death two years ago. Although she attends church functions and even serves on a board with the attractive Pastor Jeff Wells, Bonnie has never even considered going back into the dating world again.
Jeff Wells is also single after having lost his wife to cancer. When he ends up alone at a church board meeting with Bonnie Callaway, he finds himself attracted to the shy, pretty single mother and asks her out on a date. Unfortunately, the two are spotted by the snide busybody Clara Adkinson, who has been trying to set Jeff up with her daughter for years. Before Jeff and Bonnie can get together for their first date, Clara ruins it by passing along a rumor and threatening Jeff’s position as pastor.
Bonnie is disappointed and confused when Jeff suddenly loses interest in her and finally resigns herself to living her life alone. Jeff isn’t about to give up so easily, though, and is determined to get to the bottom of Clara’s story. But Bonnie has already been so hurt by Jeff’s rejection that she may not be able to trust him again. Will she continue to live her life in isolation, or will she be able to forgive the pastor and let him into her life?
To Forgive, Divine by Melissa Lea Leedom is an inspirational novel that tells the heartwarming story of two good people who have been unlucky in life and are given a second chance. Both main characters are easy to like and readers will find themselves rooting for them to be happy. Unfortunately, the book tends to have an Us (Christians) versus Them (everyone else) feel to it that didn’t sit well with me. However, the strong plotline and sympathetic characters are enough to overcome this and make this a decent, light-hearted inspirational romance.