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Forgiving Natalie

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Convicted felon Natalie Jones once gave her heart to Gage Merona. Now her heart belongs to eight-year-old Dash, the son Gage doesn’t know about. Determined to face the criminal charges against her, Natalie moves Dash across the country to meet his father for the first time.

Although Dash is Natalie’s whole world, her plan for redemption involves the heartbreaking task of le
Kindle Edition, 401 pages
Published 2017 by KNFBooks
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R.J. Rodda
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is no saccharine sweet Christian romance. Despite maintaining a relatively light touch throughout, it deals with crime, addiction and punishment.

I really liked how the man male character was such a handsome, wealthy, great guy with one leg. Only having one leg did not hold him back at all and the matter was treated with a commendable matter-of-factness.

This story is filled with well-rounded characters. No one is perfect. Forgiveness is needed on more than one side. Real mistakes are made a
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Forgiving Natalie unfolds with a timeline in 2007 and 2017. I find this approach to be an interesting way to share details of the past.

Main character Natalie has made mistakes in her past due to dependency on pain pills.

The novel kept my interest and brought to light some things about incarceration I hadn't considered before.

My gratitude to the author for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had an unusual premise to begin with and while I likely would not have picked it up on my own because of the paper weight and cover style, I am thrilled I did for book club.

There are not many books that address addictions, especially high functioning addictions and the issues that a family might face with it, from the addicts point of view, especially in CF.

I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to the discussion.
angie massengill
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First I'm not going to retell the story in my review... this was a brake ur heart put it back together kinda book. I love how this book show even though our lives don't turn out like we thought God has a plan for us. I highly recommend this book.
Forgiving Natalie
By: Kristin Noel Fischer

This novel jerked at my heartstrings as I listened. So many issues were involved because of individual choices. I found myself in tears several times, and rooting for the protagonists to succussed all the way thru. I would like to hear of a sequel to this book.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Rebecca Rush made every bit of the story touch the heart.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntar
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unforgetable
I loved this book. It deals with disabilities, drug addiction, lost love, divorce, raising a child, legal issues, dreams, family responsibilities and family issues. All of these things woven into a very entertaining emotional story.
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Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written story that gripped me from the very beginning and the characters were so well fleshed out that I felt like I was sitting in a room watching as the story unfolded! What a profound story for forgiveness!

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's a quick read and one that keeps you wanting to turn the pages to find out what happens. It also gives great insight into how easily any of us can get addicted to drugs, alcohol etc.
carol price
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emotional read. Real emotions. I really liked the character of Natalie's little son. Now the mother in law, she's another story!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good, well developed, likable characters. I was emotionally engaged and dreading the time to turn herself in. Well done!
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Forgiving Natalie is by Kristen Noel Fischer. This is a compelling read. You simply cannot put it down once you get into it. You experience a wide range of emotions as you read. You laugh, you cry, you get angry, you get sad, you feel hatred, you feel love, and you feel the love of a Mother for her child. You never know what lies around the next page as the action changes so fast. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Kristen throws in another twist. It is a haunting read as you remem ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will suck you in and make you feel all the feelings. On the first page, we learn that Natalie’s life is clearly in chaos since she’s San Francisco to introduce her son Dash to his father (Gage) before she turns herself into jail in Chicago. The story then alternates between present day 2017 San Francisco and 2006 Chicago when Natalie and Gage first meet. Natalie is an ER nurse and one night Gage, her former high school crush who is everything dreamy and a war hero ...more
Patricia Bradley
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The USAToday review was absolutely correct when it said once you've read Forgiving Natalie, the reader will want to read all of Kristin Fischer's other books--I've already downloaded Anna's Courage and will be getting her other books. Forgiving Natalie is a feel-good book even though you can see disaster looming throughout the story. Fischer is a good writer who quickly draws the reader into the story. Her characters are well-drawn--Gage is swoon-worthy and the man every woman wants to marry. Na ...more
Alexa Bourne
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kristin Noel Fischer never fails to make me sigh with content when I finish one of her books. Forgiving Natalie is no exception. I admit I wasn't sure I'd like reading a book that went back and forth between 2007 and 2017 but Kristin made it easy to read. I do wish I'd learned a bit more about the criminal charges Natalie faced earlier on, but that didn't stop me from searching ways during my workday to sneak in another few pages. The book kept me engaged and hooked from the beginning. The roman ...more
G. K. Malathi
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm genuinely puzzled by the rating and reviews for this book.It has a great storyline but the way the book unfolds just made me dashing into dielema that if I should complete it or not and yup I did not, the absence of chemistry between the H and h, the style of writing did not make me feel like I was being pulled inside the book, I merely felt like I was just looking at it. I just knew after the 100th page I can't finish it, the writing did not resonate any sort of emotional pull from me. It's ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Natalie is involved in a severe accident and becomes addicted to pain killers. As a nurse in an ER ward she has easy access, is caught stealing and convicted to 6 years prison. Her husband Gage divorces her at that point. Unbeknowst to him she has his son and is never given the date to voluntarily appear to serve her sentence so she doesn't go. It is now 7 years later and she takes Dash to meet his father as the first step to turning herself in.
Becky Pierce
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing story. We all make mistakes, yet it is in how we handle those mistakes that true character shines through. This was a great story that had me laugh and cry. I could not put the book down as I had to see how it ended, and I can say I was pleasantly surprised with the ending. This also shows that if you want to change, you can. It is not easy, but it can happen.
Kim Paulus
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story!

Loved this story! Love, forgiveness and true friendship is shown throughout the book. This is a story that will touch each readers heart. Can be read by all audiences.
Denzel L Struchen
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

An inspired story, of redemption. You he er know what one thing will rock your world , either for good or bad. Follow along as tragedy, and triumph collides. Watch what happens when you let go and let God take control.
Cindi Garrett
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

This book was excellent. It mirrors issues that many people are struggling with today. It also shows if we turn to our Heavenly Father and ask for His help our life can change miraculously! Loved this story!
Sharlene Rodewald
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book about forgiveness

I enjoyed t
Reading this book. It showed that oftentimes others forgive us more easily than we forgive ourselves. Even though we can do crazy and sometimes illegal things God still is at work to draw us close to Him.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put it down

I loved this book! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that I wanted to stay up late because I couldn’t put it down. Loved the characters and flow of the book. Definitely an author I will follow.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Truly an excellent read. Very moving. I cried and I sympathized with Natalie. I really got sucked into the story. I highly recommend this clean, Christian romance. My first time reading this author’s work and I was impressed. I read it all in one sitting as, once started, I couldn’t put it down.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, I had trouble putting it down... The author kept you guessing as to why Natalie was headed to prison. The use of flashbacks and different first person narratives was well done.
Donna Bagby
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forgiving Natalie

Good story, even though it started out slow. This is a positive story of how circumstances and not the system can change a person. It is definitely a story about forgiveness and the unconditional love of a mother towards vher child..
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent summer reading

Entertaining story line. Believable characters. Just wish you hadn't killed off the Grandpa... But still an enjoyable read and one I will recommend to my reading friends.
Melaine Young
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting reading from each character's viewpoint throughout the book. It was easy to follow the switching back and forth between current years and prior years.
Susan Kearns
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was the second book I have read by this author. I, thoroughly, enjoyed the story line. I read it in one day. I love that the author didn't have to use profanity to write a good book.
Laura Hervey
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fischer has written a beautiful story of one woman's struggle to face the consequences of her past as she hopes against hope that the one person she hurt the most will forgive her.

Readers of romance and women's fiction will enjoy this honest portrayal of a courageous woman.
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Kristin Noel Fischer writes stories that combine uplifting women’s fiction with inspirational romance. Her books focus on overcoming tragedy through faith, family, friendship, love, and laughter. Readers enjoy her realistic characters and hope-filled endings.

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