Monday, November 4, 2013

Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley - REVEIEWED

About the Book: (from David C. Cook)
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 a perfect read for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

My Thoughts:
The truth can be a terribly painful thing to face – but God will wants us to face it,” she said. – Deirdre to Rand.

Traces of Mercy captures the deep truth that no one stands on earth without the shadow of a past lingering in their wake.   But what if that past – no matter how good or bad – has been erased from your mind, and only your enemy remembers – an enemy that you can’t recognize.   In the wake of the Civil War everyone was trying to regain some type of normalcy, because they had all lost so much.  Mercy wakes in a hospital recovering from wounds that reach into her mind and soul and leave her empty.  Left with the nuns of the Little Sisters of Hope convent, she begins to learn of a faith that reaches beyond both past and present and creates a clean and new heart.

It is into that heart Rand Prescott walks into out of pure curiosity.  He finds reasons to stay in her company, because Mercy is unlike anyone he has ever met.  Mercy echoes his feelings, and at one point, commits her heart to paper and writes in her journal, “I’m admitting to you, my dear journal, is simply that I’m willing to live without my memory – so I can live with Rand.”

But the truth – of everything past and present – does come to light through a most unusual way, and the results devastate many lives.  The journey Mercy must walk leads to both heartache and ultimately to true freedom.  You will not BELIEVE the twists and turns in this novel!! This is not a neat and tidy romance, nor is it an historical thriller.  This novel touches the deep and tender places of grace and – yes Mercy – in unbelievable ways and leaves you precariously off-balance in preparation for the next novel in the series!

Traces of Mercy if the first of the Mercy Medallion Trilogy.  (you will love the touching story behind the Medallion!!) Your heart will be deeply touched and profoundly changed as this story unfolds!! A MOST EXCELLENT READ!!! 

About the Authors:

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 an author and screenwriter who worked with Landon on the Love Comes Softly television film and co-wrote the novel The Silent Gift with Landon.

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