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After years of bitterness and anger over her ex-husband's betrayal, Claire Conway's life finally seems to be on track. She has raised a fine son, Dakota. Her work is going well, and for the first time in years she finds herself attracted to a man once again!

Then Dakota brings home his fiancée, Sara Jennings, and everything falls apart. For Sara turns out to be the same woman Claire's husband had an affair with twelve years before. Forgiving Sara seems impossible. Yet only in that hour of forgiveness can the three of them be truly set free.

Filled with real-life issues like bitterness and self-protection interwoven with a beautifully written story of one woman's search for peace, The Forging Hour dramatically illustrates the power of supernatural healing and how transforms lives when we allow God to work in our hearts.

About the Author

A past president of Romance Writers of America, Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of more than 30 historical and contempory novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Heart of Romance Readers’ Choice Award for Best Historical, a Career Achievement Award for Americana Romance from Romantic Times, and the Favorite Historical Author Award from Affaire de Coeur. She is also a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and workshops around the country. For her efforts on behalf of literacy, Laubach Literacy International named their romance award “The Robin.” In those rare moments when she isn’t working on a new book, Robin and her husband, Jerry, like to escape to their cabin in the mountains of Idaho. Readers may visit her at website <http://www.robinleehatcher.com>.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578562775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578562770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 2, 1999
Format: 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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By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: 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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Difficult to imagine the scenario in this story. Your worst nightmare !when Claire realizes her husband of 8 years has been cheating on her, that was bad enough but when he left her for a younger woman that was unthinkable. Then later when her son Dakota , brings his fiancé Sara -home, they realize Sara was the other woman that had had the affair with Dakotas father. Could anything be worse? Forgiving her!! The hardest thing you'll ever have to do. Great writing
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I liked the book, and the subject. It is very strongly religious, if anyone doesn't like a preachy book, then steer clear. The characters were strong and real, I love the way that she brought it all about in the end. The ending was good and satisfying.
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I chose this book because of the subject of forgiveness but I had no idea of how raw and emotional this book would be for me. Ms. Hatcher totally reaches in and pulls out every mean thought and hatred that we have held against someone or have been a recipient of and with gentleness and candor teaches all of us a very valuable lesson. I loved it.

None of us can live absolutely be free of these thoughts and actions especially when anger and bitterness have been our closest friends for years. What we can pull from this though are the tools to rid us of them with God's help and prayer. I would urge you to read this book and put yourself into the lives of these characters, especially Claire. I did and although I knew how it would end the lessons I learned along the way are well worth it.

Bravo, Ms. Hatcher-I look forward to reading more.
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Oh wow. What a beautiful, thought provoking story of redemption and forgiveness for all of us. I love how scripture and the voice of the Holy Spirit was woven magically through this story. If I could this story would get a higher rating than 5 stars. Excellent pacing, well written. Robin Lee Hatcher outdid herself.
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Robin Lee Hatcher has once again hit home with the many truths of God's unending love. Claire must travel a journey that leaves her many choices... To be a victim full of hatred, or embrace a loving God that offers complete healthy and forgiveness. A story that is lived by many. Definitely worth the read!
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Powerful and moving! I loved the characters! The story was engrossing and beautiful. I have experienced the joy that comes from letting go if the past and forgiving and this book describes it so beautifully!
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