ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she’s from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which!
I have been waiting a year to read this book. I absolutely loved the first book. You can read my review here. But, sometimes second books can be disappointing.
I am very happy to say that was not true of Finding Mercy. I. Love. This. Book.
The writing is so good and the constant plot twists are unexpected. Mercy and Elijah are great characters. I remember in the first book how I adored the romance between Mercy and Rand…but as this book moved along I wondered what would happen if Mercy fell for Elijah? Hmmmm?
Again, we are dealing with the issue of Mercy’s identify and I loved the lessons I learned from this. Mercy still doesn’t remember her past but people are telling her who she used to be and want her to be that way again. Some things aren’t very nice.
I realize I have dealt with this myself. I am made new in Christ but there are times when my past tries to remind me of who I used to be. I have a choice, I can either move forward in my new identify or I can go back to my past and my old, lost self, who I didn’t like all that much.
Mercy has the same choice to make. Who will she choose?
Now, this is the second book in the series and I kept asking myself could you read this as a stand-alone? Yes, you could but I think the book is so much richer for what I learned in the first book. I think some things will be confusing if you don’t read the first one and you might find yourself frustrated. I recommend reading the first book, you won’t be sorry. It was amazing.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.