The Forgiving Jar is book two in the Prayer Jar series. Book one, The Hope Jar, is good to read first to fully know what has happened but this one could still be read as a stand-alone.
The main theme of course is forgiveness. Two of the main characters, Michelle and Sarah, both have issues from their pasts that need addressing. It eats at both of them, especially Sarah. She is hard-nosed against Michelle and holds tons of resentment towards her. It makes Sarah a very unpleasant person to be around. Both young women are trying to co-exist in the Lapp household while Sarah makes it difficult for Michelle. Michelle spent four months living with the Lapps pretending to be Sarah, their granddaughter whom they had never met. Michelle took steps to finally ask forgiveness and turn her life around but Sarah was unrelenting although her grandparents accepted Michelle’s acknowledgment. They are both trying to find their way and what is meant for them to do.
The jars the two girls had found were filled with slips of paper that had scripture and wise words written on them. This gave them encouragement and food for thought.
It took me a while to warm up to Sarah. Michelle was quicker to confront her past and make things right. All the characters were written as people I’d like to spend time with, very realistic.
It also involves two young men so yes there is some romance included. The enjoyment I found was in reading and discovering how the relationships between all the characters progressed. I’m looking forward to August when book three is released, The Healing Jar.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.