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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!!, October 2, 1999
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This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Hardcover)
This book was such an easy, can't put down read. I loved how the story is told from more than one perspective. This is the first book I have read by Robin Lee Hatcher, it won't be the last. It was a great example of what Christ can do in our lives if we let Him. I rank this book up there with Francine Rivers' "The Atonement Child".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great emotional romance, July 4, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Hardcover)
Twelve years ago, Claire Porter thought her entire life was over when she learned that her husband Dave was having an affair with a college student. Following their divorce, Claire started over by changing back to her maiden name of Conway. Claire now feels pretty good about her accomplishments though she remains bitter towards Dave. She has raised a wonderful son Dakota, enjoys her work, and finally even has a significant other. When twenty-four years old Dakota informs her that he is engaged to marry the woman he loves, Claire realizes that he is six years older than she was when she married. However, she worries about how easy a relationship can disintegrate. Still, she looks forward to meeting Dakota's fiancee even as she wonders if thirty-one years old Sara Jennings is too old for her "little" six foot plus boy.
When Dakota introduces Claire to Sara, all hell breaks loose. Sara turns out to be the other woman who destroyed Claire's marriage. Dave deceived Sara into thinking he was single. She ended their relationship when she learned he was married. However, that appears to have been too late as Claire and Sara yank on the affection of Dakota.
Award winning historical romance writer Robin Lee Hatcher successfully switches forums to provide readers with a spectacular contemporary romance. The inspirational story line centers on how a loving relationship allows individuals to forgive mistakes. The motives of the lead triangle seem genuine and constantly pull at the soul of the audience. Readers will feel emotionally exhausted yet fulfilled by the spectacular relationship drama, THE FORGIVING HOUR, that will hatch a whole new batch of fans for this talented writer.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE TALE!, October 2, 2000
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Janet Bly "author and co-author of more than ... (Winchester, ID United States, http://www.blybooks.com) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Hardcover)
When I realized early on what the theme of the story line would be--a young man falling in love with his father's former lover--I thought, "This is not going to work! I'm not going to like this!" But, the author works through this tragic story and makes it finally believable and doable. Every word of every chapter is needed to make the story complete and realize all the stages of love and forgiveness in the face of cruel betrayal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best out there!, May 17, 2004
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Paperback)
Of the books I've read in the Christian fiction genre, this is one of the best. I was utterly impressed with the author's ability to write a STORY...something many authors are missing in this time. I love the slight hint of suspense, the inspiring words, the real emotions/reactions, and he overall healing that each character experienced. There weren't too many plots in this one, but the stories were wover together with great care.
I appreciate this author's style--I stepped out on a limb with this one and I wanted to stay there after I'd finished. Pick this one up soon!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story, March 5, 2004
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Paperback)
Claire Conway has finally made a life for herself twelve years after being divorced. After years of hardship she has a job she loves, a comfortable home, and a man who is interested in her. Although she has mixed feelings when her son, Dakota announces he is engaged, she is anxious to meet his fiancee, Sara Jennings, a woman seven years her son's elder.
Claire welcomes Sara into her home but when Sara spies a photograph a nightmare begins. For Claire and Sara discover that Sara was the "other woman" who broke up Claire's marriage. Claire had only seen her once and didn't know her name; at his mother's urging due to the intense bitterness she has for his father, Dakota had legally changed his first name to his middle name and his last name to Claire's maiden name so Sara had no clue Dakota was related to her former lover, Dave Porter.
Even though Sara had broken up with Dave as soon as she discovered he was married, the damage was already done. She felt used and was reluctant to give her heart to any man, dropping out of college and moving to Denver, away from the memories.
Twelve years later, Sara completes her degree and moves home to Boise. Dakota has known her family for some time as they go to his church. Claire doesn't share Dakota's Christian beliefs and, in fact, is kind of embarrassed by them. She continues to believe that the break-up of her marriage was the worse thing in her life and has admonished Dakota to never speak of his father -- a promise he has kept to his mother.
Can Dakota and Sara's relationship survive the revelation that she had an affair with his father? Will Claire be able to overcome her hatred? Will any of these people find the happiness they deserve?
Robin Lee Hatcher makes the move from historical romance to Christian contemporary romance with this inspirational story of love and forgiveness that readers will find difficult to put down once they've started. It is difficult to put into words just how powerful this story is. Suffice to say it will be a keeper. Readers will want to buy one for themselves and others for gifts for others. Brava, Ms. Hatcher!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Prime Example of When a Writer Shares Her Heart, April 10, 2001
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Hardcover)
I love a book that beats the passion of the author's heart. The Forgiving Hour is such a novel. Robin Lee Hatcher has a way of reaching down into the reader's soul. This book tells a tale of a forgiving grace that stems straight from the heart of Jesus Christ. You won't be disappointed. Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspirational, May 22, 1999
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This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Paperback)
This is an uplifting story, beautifully told. It takes a painful experience that's all-too-common in our society and proves that God is bigger and greater and can make all things work out for good. This book is a refreshment from the dark images seen on the news each night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly An Unforgettable Read!, March 8, 2014
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Kindle Edition)
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful message on forgiveness, June 10, 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Hardcover)
God spoke to me through this book. I have struggled with forgiveness for years - not with an unfaithful spouse but with other family members. The message is real, and it made me understand exactly what forgiveness is in God's terms. It is a wonderful, wonderful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Fiction has a new star!, April 15, 2000
This review is from: The Forgiving Hour (Hardcover)
From the first page, THE FORGIVING HOUR gripped my heart and never let go. The ending is more than satisfying, more than merely happy--it's triumphant! Hatcher's seasoned writing skills shine through--so does her heart for God and his grace.
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