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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.
“It is in this moment that I become the master of emotional avoidance. I vow never to get too close to people, to love people, because opening yourself up to others creates weakness. That weakness is what gets you hurt.”

In this book we meet Vivian who lost her father at a young age and lost trust in men. She goes to college, and meets Brooks who is a playboy. And being such the stud he is, he immediately falls for her and becomes a changed man. I seriously couldn’t believe how much he changed that quickly. I get the whole insta-love thing, I do. I have had that. I have read about it and believed it. Brooks just made me keep thinking, I hope he brought extra tampons. He was seriously that ridiculous to me.

I also hated the choices that Vivian made. I feel like she settled eventually and I just couldn’t feel for her at all. I did enjoy the secondary characters in the book, including Jen her best friend.

“My stomach begins to flutter, and I don’t want to even think about the carnival ride in my panties. Damn you, vagina! You have betrayed me, too. Traitor.”

There are a lot of other reasons I just couldn’t connect with either of the main characters but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. For me, this book just really dragged on and I found it hard to stay focused. While there were some really funny lines to break up the monotony for me, I just couldn’t get into it. I did enjoy the ending a lot more than the beginning of the book though and that raised the rating for me.


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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