Friday, March 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Forgive Us Our Trespasses by M.L. Steinbrunn

Title: Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Author: M.L. Steinbrunn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 11, 2014

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.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses is a book about lost love and redemption. The story begins in a college town outside of Denver and focuses on Vivian and her three roommates. Freshman year is exciting with new people, classes and of course the cute guys. After settling in for a movie night, Vivian, Jen, Cam and Carly fall asleep in their living room watching chick flicks. Waking groggily in the middle of the night and making it back to their beds, they are startled to find two guys sleeping, more like passed out in their beds. Their screams arouse the lost guys, Brooks and Will, and with apologies, they struggle to stand and make it back to their own dorm room next door. This is how the foursome of friends quickly became six.
Brooks is immediately drawn to Vivian. Her shyness and her resistance to his charms intrigues him. He needs to know more about this beautiful girl who doesn’t realize how stunning, inside and out she really is. Vivian is on guard. Brooks is a playboy who is looking for a challenge and if she gives in to her desires, her heart will surely be broken and she can’t allow that to happen. Slowly, becoming friends first, he wears her down and they become a couple.
When Brooks makes a difficult choice and breaks Vivian’s heart, she turns to Will to put the pieces of her heart back together. Brooks dis-enrolls from the college and disappears. The five friends continue at the school and graduate, building their lives with careers and kids. Years later, a tragedy brings Vivian back to Denver where she once again tries to put her life back together. The challenge this time in piecing her life together is that she also has two young children. A chance encounter brings Vivian back into Brooks’s life and this time he is not letting her go. Can two hearts still hurting become whole again? Can you forgive someone who broke your heart even if they can’t forgive themselves? This is a great story, switching points of view, which I love. You get both sides of the story and have a little more sympathy for poor Brooks. The author will take you through a variety of emotion expressed brilliantly by interesting characters and a great story line keep that pages turning.A beautiful story about love, loss and finally redemption.
Review by Karen Lee

Colorado native M.L. Steinbrunn is new to the professional literary community, but has been in love with the world of fictional characters and plot twists since she was a child. Writing short stories and reading anything she could get her hands on, it could be argued that her hobby borders on an obsession.

She works full-time as a middle school and high school educator and coach in rural Colorado where she and her husband are raising their three young children. Through education she has enjoyed guiding others on their paths and helping students build their stories. After countless evenings of discussing story ideas, it was her husband who encouraged her to follow her own path and publish her first novel.

She is currently working on her debut romance novel Forgive Us Our Trespasses, which is will be released in March of 2014. It will be the first in a series of intertwined stand-alone novels.

In her free time M.L. enjoys travelling, Amazon one-clicking, watching movies, chauffeuring her children to their one and half million activities, and people watching.

She would like to add a big thank you to everyone that has been overwhelmingly supportive of this incredibly scary yet exciting journey.

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