An honest and thought-provoking story you won't want to end : Rachel is intelligent, cultured and charming, but things are not as well as they seem. Brought down by rumour and innuendo she reaches a new low in her life, but when Richard supports her, all is well, until Richard volunteers to fight in South Africa and leaves Rachel under a cloud.
However, once in South Africa, the veneer of adventure is quickly dispelled when he is drawn into the murky world of counter espionage and misadventure.
As one sobering experience is followed by another he begins to realise the true value of what he has left behind. Meanwhile... while patiently waiting at home, Rachel has a frightening experience of her own...
REVIEW: A really great read. Read it twice and didn't want it to end...Di Devine
REVIEW: Forgiven is a well written and edited story. It is well constructed and interesting; the time frame and location fascinating... Books Go Social (Dublin, Ireland)
REVIEW: Geoff Lawson's novel drew me in from the start. The story is well researched and the author is familiar with his surroundings. The cover is a visual statement of the era he has chosen to write about. The story is well written and appears to be professionally edited. He has used simple but good descriptive language and has crafted each scene with outstanding skill. The romantic thread that is woven in and out of the story had kept me turning the pages as it combined with the intricacies of lives that crossed. The story itself is told through the eyes of a young NZ farmer who loves a young woman and runs off to war in South Africa to prove his worth, and eventually emerges with a greater understanding of his own life and the lives of others.
Nicole O'connor, reviewer, Wellington.
REVIEW: Lawson has created a readable romantic fiction set in colonial NZ and his historical facts are, for me, his greatest strength. The main characters are strongly portrayed & give a good insight into the struggles of the time, plus room for romance. I enjoyed the book. Easy to read and delightful. I recommend a look - Jenny Doherty
REVIEW: Forgiven is a satisfying and welcome read. It felt to be a historically accurate coming of age romance in wartime. The authors characters are well devoloped, his research impressive and his writing style kept you in the scene and relating to the characters. Well Done - Rick, Phoenix Arizona.
REVIEW: I've read FORGIVEN and thoroughly enjoyed the story. It had a little bit of everything in there to appeal to a wide audience... history, romance, local knowledge. Well done Geoff Lawson - Marie Nicolle.
REVIEW: A well written story. I was so immersed with the characters and the story that I felt like I was living the real thing during that time... Rob Mullions
REVIEW: It's nice to read works that embrace NZ. Forgiven also gives an interesting insight into the Boer War and is an intrical part of a fascinating love story. It is an easy and very enjoyable read. I read it over a weekend and enjoyed it immensly - Warrick.
Review: The grief of war is well etched out in the entire book, yet the comment of the old woman who had lost her only son, yet could not blame the English for they had lost sons too, made me teary-eyed. Anyone who wants to read a serious, thought provoking novel should offer Forgiven a chance. - Maria Lion