“Trail to Forgiveness” by author Cheri Swalwell is the third book in her Contemporary Christian “The Redemption of Green Pines” series. I have read and enjoyed the other two, but this one is by far my favorite of the three. It is a powerful story that really moved me.
This is the story of Youth Pastor Jace, a widower with children still struggling to life a normal life. It is also the story of Holly, a Youth Ministry volunteer. Holly has loved the children for years and wants nothing more than to help them through this harrowing time. There are so many secondary characters and storylines, too.
The book immediately caught my attention from the beginning. It had so much action and mystery. I was invested in the story and the lives of the characters. With real life trials and consequences, this is a story which could happen to one of our friends. The Christian life is not white-washed but portrayed in realistic scenarios with well rounded, lifelike characters. God is glorified throughout the story and many questions are answered.
I love author Swalwell’s easy, storytelling style. Her fiction and non-fiction flow easily at a smooth pace. This book did as well. Modern issues are tackled with eyes wide opened. I appreciated that things that confront people in today’s world are brought to light through Christian eyes. Some of these unsavory actions are heartbreaking and have stayed with me long after finishing the book.
After reading this novel, I wanted to be a better person and to help others more. Lessons on forgiveness, trust, love, redemption, and bullying are broached with emotional resolution. These characters became like friends as took the journey with them. I think this would make an enlightening group study or book club choice.
There is mystery, light romance, drama, and family situations in this poignant, faith filled book. If you like family series, this one is perfect for you. I would recommend reading the books in order because the story builds. This book gets a 5 star rating and a high recommendation from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.
About the Book
Book: Trail to Forgiveness
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: March 9, 2021
Even though he knew most of the pictures and accusations were planted, and false, people’s perceptions of what happened is what would decide Jace’s fate, not the facts themselves.
When it comes to dating, Holly has never settled…and she’s not going to start now with something as important as marriage. Jace lives with the weight of failing his wife, Simone, and refuses to repeat history. So, when Holly and Jace tentatively move toward a dating relationship, they know it won’t be as easy the second time around.
Rumors and lies about an affair spread in the church which could jeopardize Jace’s career and their reputations. In the midst of their own problems, they discover an even bigger threat trying to destroy the youth group.
What happens when evil is allowed to spread unchecked? It takes the skills of an undercover cop to reveal the sinister plot seeking to gain control of the entire church.
Will Holly and Jace find God’s trail to forgiveness…or are some actions deemed unforgiveable?
If you like wholesome fiction with a faith-filled message, step out with Trail to Forgiveness, Book 3 of The Redemption of Green Pines series today…to find out if Jace’s career and their love can survive.
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About the Author
Cheri Swalwell is a Christ follower who thoroughly enjoys her calling to be a wife, mother, writer and speaker, in that order. Cheri loves to encourage people through her fiction series and many nonfiction books including devotionals, Bible studies, and compilation books. For a full list of books visit www.cheriswalwell.com. If you want to sign up to her newsletter to stay updated on all the latest news, you will also receive a free gift as her way of saying thanks for joining! To read one of her many articles on life from a Christian perspective, visit her blog at http://www.cheriswalwell.com. She loves to interact with her readers, so send her an email at clSwalwell99@gmail.com. You can “like” her on Facebook as well here or join Heart Speaks with Cheri Swalwell, a private Facebook group where we encourage each other and share life together.
More from Cheri
Journey Back Home, Book 2 in The Redemption of Green Pines, was supposed to be a stand alone book. When I finished writing it, I realized there was so much more to the community of Green Pines, and also so much more to Holly. Who was Holly? Why was she able to help Jace through his grief? What brought her to Green Pines?
As a result, I wrote a prequel to Journey Back Home, sharing with readers Holly’s story which became Book 1, Adventure’s Invitation. That book shares the backstory of Holly and her family and I highly recommend reading it. It will make Trail to Forgiveness, Book 3 in The Redemption of Green Pines, that much more meaningful when you get to spend more time with Holly’s family!
Trail to Forgiveness picks up literally two hours after Journey Back Home ends. God unfolded the storyline as I was writing it. While Jace and Holly are busy dealing with false rumors and a church that wants to fire him, Noah and his friends are dealing with members of the youth group who are out to get them too. Thankfully, though, Officer Dave, now a new believer, sticks around and helps Jace and Paul uncover what’s happening. It’s not what you think … but worse!
Also in Trail to Forgiveness, we get to discover more about the foursome who works for Holly, former youth group members of Jace: Addie, her best friend Wynn, Zane and his sidekick Owen. Not only are there secrets circulating in the youth group, but Wynn has some strong secrets of her own.
Pre-order Book 4, Road to Freedom, to discover what secrets Wynn’s been hiding from Holly, her mentor, as well as her friends. Is Zane hiding something from Wynn also?
There is so much more to discover about the community of Green Pines. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I do!
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