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Review and Giveaway: Finding Mercy October 20, 2014

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Finding Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
by
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

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.

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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!

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Finding Mercy, go HERE.

 

 

My Thoughts:

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.

Grab a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment to win a copy by October 26th at 5:00 p.m. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.

 

Review and Giveaway: Traces of Mercy November 4, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:57 am
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Traces of Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2013)
by
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley

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.

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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

From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.

At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Traces of Mercy, go
HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have to tell you an interesting story….I didn’t sign-up to review this book because I didn’t think I would really like it, but somehow I got put on the list by accident and received it. So I figured God wanted me to Traces of Mercy so I did.

I am SOOOOO glad I got put on the list because I loved it.

Yes, this book had everything I look for in a good read. My heart twisting over the romance, strong characters, a great plot and excellent writing.

I was surprised that by the end of the first chapter you know Mercy’s secret….sort of. As you read you realize you really don’t know that much about her. Why was she living the life she was before she lost her memory? And what happens when she falls in love? Wonder if she’s married to someone else?

This book really deals with identity. Don’t we all have those moments when we wonder who we really are? Apart from Christ we’ll never know the answer.

Mercy doesn’t know who she was, but she knows who she is now. She struggles to embrace the happiness that is offered her. Then her past comes back to haunt her, someone who remembers who she used to be. I have dealt with that in my own life. People who knew me before I knew who I was in Christ. They don’t know the changes that have occurred and think I am the same selfish person I once was.

It’s in those moments we have a choice to make, know who we are now or go back to the person we used to be. Mercy must make the same decision. Which will she choose?

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, Deeper Shopping or Books-A-Million.

Leave a comment by November 10th at 5:00 pm to be entered in the drawing to win your own copy. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.