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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Blog Tour/Review - Forgive us our Trespasses by M.L. Steinbrunn (#Giveaway)

Blog Tour - Review by Carol

Rated 4 out of 5 Stars

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.


Review by Carol

Book – Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Author – M.L. Steinbrunn
Publication Date – March 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance, New Adult
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary copy given by Author in exchange for an honest review


This was a good read and I found myself sniffling a few times…..but the story was kinda predictable.  Now that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it because I fell in love with Will and Brooks….well – Brooks I did, then I didn’t, then I did, then I didn’t….you get the jist of it.

I liked how this book was first told while the characters were in college up to the climatic event between Vivian and Brooks – then we start out 10 years later and pick up with Vivian’s life. 

The author did a great job of pulling the reader in to experience the ups and downs of each character.  Even the secondary characters add so much seasoning to the book and I’m hoping that each one of them may get their own story!


When Vivian was 5 years old, her father was murdered and she has a very hard time building relationships and trusting others.  That is until she meets Brooks….well not so much at first – she believes him to be a womanizing man-whore but is intrigued nonetheless.  Brooks sees something special in Vivian and vows to change his ways in order to settle down and get the girl.


Just as Viv and Brooks are in the happiest times of their lives and their relationship is going strong, Brooks finds out a secret that will destroy Viv’s feelings towards him.  He breaks her heart thinking this will be the only way to keep her safe.

When we meet Viv again it’s 10 years later and the story begins…..


This was such a sweet and heart wrenching story – I found myself crying – then laughing – then screaming.  If you want to exercise your emotions, then this is definitely a story for you.

Meet The Author

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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