“Finding Mercy” by Cindy Kelly and Michael Landon, Jr, book review
Mercy just wants to go home. If only she could remember where home was, and for that matter, who she is? After awaking in the hospital following an injury during battle, Mercy, a name she has been going by, does not remember anything. In her search for her identity, she does discover many things about both sides involved in The War, but she is unsure which side she was on.
Following a trial and acquittal, she is trying to go home, but is unsure who to trust. Captain Hale is assigned to escort her over the border, and really wants to help her. Yet, she does not want to trust him, so escapes and sets out on her own. During her travels she becomes ill and stumbles upon a nearly deserted fort for shelter. The soldiers left to guard it try to take advantage of her, but Captain Hale arrives just in time. While locked in a storage room Mercy has the first glimpse of her memory returning, she recognizes a painting.
This painting leads her to locate her home and family. While the family seems to be glad to see her, there is an undercurrent of mistrust and anger. With the help of Captain Hale, some of the former slaves and God, Mercy is able to learn to love and trust again.
I enjoyed this book. I had read the 1st in the series, but could not remember all the details. However, the authors were good to refresh my memory without rehashing the entire first book. Great read for historical fiction lovers especially Civil War buffs.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
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!