Forgiving Sean picks up where Drawing Marissa leaves off. Hawke wants to marry Marissa but there is still so much emotional stuff that she has to deal with she turns him down. In her heart-of-hearts she's afraid that Hawke will leave her just like Sean did. Hawke knows he needs to give God time to work in her heart. But then Sean's brother, Phillip, tells them that Sean is coming home for a weekend. Sean wants to talk to Marissa, come clean with a secret he's been keeping, apologize for leaving her and perhaps win back her affection. Hawke knows the secret that Sean is keeping and decides he needs to tell Marissa before Sean does. Hawke is secure in his love with Marissa but she and Sean do share a history. Will Marissa deal with the pain of Sean's leaving and now his return, put it behind her to gain a chance of true love with Hawke. Or will it all be too much for her to bear.
Great sequel. The book kept me engaged for the whole story and at times I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. You could read this as a stand alone but I highly recommend you read Drawing Marissa first for a more complete story. Looking forward to reading Book 3 in the Chatham Series, Hawke's Tale due out in 2010.