Review: Forgive Us Our Trespasses by M.L. Steinbrunn

Posted March 19, 2015 by Tina in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Forgive Us Our Trespasses by M.L. SteinbrunnForgive Us Our Trespasses by M.L. Steinbrunn
Published by M.L. Steinbrunn on March 10th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 278
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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How long would you wait to be with the one that you love? How much of yourself would you hide in order to keep them? Brooks knows the moment he meets Vivian that he will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means leaving her. Running from his past, he spends the next decade trying to forget the shattered heart that he left behind. Is there any betrayal worth the cost? Are there some sins that cannot be forgiven? After a lifetime of rebuilding the walls guarding her heart, Vivian confronts the harsh reality that some fortresses are not meant to stand. Winding through a gray fog of disappointment and deceit, she must conquer her deepest fears to accept the love she believes she is too unworthy to have. As the paths of these two battered hearts cross once more, together they seek redemption for their sins. However, when the secrets of their pasts come knocking on their door, forgiveness and love will be tested, and they will be forced to answer the question: "When the lies run out, will the truth finally set you free?" Forgive Us Our Trespasses is an adult contemporary novel and is not intended for younger readers due to mature content.

I was provided a copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Forgive us our trespasses what a title right? The prologue draws you in; leaving you wondering just how does this title fit into the story. The story begins with Vivian reliving the moment her life changed forever…the death of her father. We then fast forward and meet Vivian in college trying desperately to get away from the small town she grew up in. She was tired of being “that girl whose father was killed, the whispers, the pity she wanted to break free and start all over. College was about to give her that fresh start. We meet her roommates Jen, Carly and Campbell. We get to know a little about each one such as Jen is the potty mouth and will have your back no matter what, Carly is the emotional friend and Campbell is more of the tell it like it is friend. The kind of friends you need by your side when the going gets tough and believe me for Vivian the going gets tough a lot. Vivian has always been closed off since her father’s passing. That is until she locks eyes with Brooks. Brooks is a total womanizer who’s only concern about getting sex. That is until he meets the beautiful red head named Vivian. But unlike every other girl on campus Vivian won’t give Brooks the time of day because she knows boy like him have heartbreak written all over them. Instead Vivian hangs out with Will (Brooks’ roommate). Brooks changes his womanizing ways to win Vivian’s heart. The chemistry between Vivian and Will is electrifying and neither one can deny they feel something for one another. Eventually they end up together.
For a class project they have to write a paper over something that has changed them and Vivian decides to write about her father’s murder, her mother won’t answer her questions leaving to investigate on her know. Brooks offers to go with her to find out more and then begins to act
weird. Then it happens, Vivian knocks on the door and another girl opens up getting dressed.
Heartbroken. Betrayed. Lied to. Vivian never hears from Brooks again, leaving what ifs and unanswered questions to always be in the back of her mind. And it leaves the reader with the same questions.

We ended up skipping ten years later…literally one minute Brooks cheats on her and then we’ve skipped to ten years later. Vivian is now a teacher and has two kids Blake and Emma and get this she’s married to WILL. I personally did not like the ten-year hop. I was left wondering what happened in those ten years. I would’ve had liked to have seen Will and Vivian’s relationship blossom. I really didn’t feel the chemistry between them like I did between Vivian and Brooks. I kept wondering if this was going to turn into a love triangle a Vivian-Brooks-Will, and whom would she pick in the end. I was thinking Brooks since the title is “Forgive us our trespasses” but my theory was wrong!!!

Vivian ends up a widow…like can this poor girl catch a break. And once again, she is getting pitted, becoming the woman “whose husband died” and being treated like glass. She decides its time to move away so she moves with her sister to Denver. A fresh start. With her upcoming college reunion she realizes she faces her biggest fear seeing Brooks again. And sure enough he’s there and this time he isn’t running but could he ever tell her the truth about the secret he was holding from her all those years ago? Will forgiveness set you free?

Overall, I loved how the title played into the story. It really fit the story perfectly. I thought the author had good supporting characters. I loved how they help Vivian go through everything in life. I thought the story was original because there was no real love triangle for
once. I would’ve liked more of an emotional and physical connection between Brooks and Vivian, I wanted to feel their passion. But really, Vivian is an extremely strong character. I don’t always grant forgiveness but I loved how beautiful and forgiving Vivian was. She was what really made this book so wonderful. I did think the end was a bit abrupt like the author felt she needed to end it right there and then. Besides that I really enjoyed reading this book and I’ll be checking out the rest of
the series.

Tina

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