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Mercy's Refuge Kindle Edition
Inspired by William Bradford's 'Of Plymouth Plantation’, Mercy's Refuge is a sweeping historical novel of romance and adventure in the year 1620. Mercy McCrea, orphaned as a child and raised by her aging grandparents, lives in poverty. The only thing keeping her and her family from starvation is to work as a kitchen servant for a rich nobleman.
When catastrophe strikes and Mercy’s life is in danger, she flees England for her uncle’s farm in Holland. There she meets Caleb, a carpenter, and finds refuge among the Separatists who fled the wrath of the English King. Beginning in Ipswich, a North Sea port town in Suffolk, England, the novel takes the reader on a voyage across the English Channel to Holland, and then aboard the Mayflower.
When Mercy and Caleb face the dangers of the sea, their faith and love for each other is strengthened by the strong bonds of a people whose courage forged a nation.
One of the reigning queens of descriptive imagery and masterful storytelling, Rita Gerlach, has set the bar high.~ Diana Flowers, reviewer.
The Historical Novel Society Book Reviews, February 2021 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08J8HF7W4
- Publisher : Dusk to Dawn Books (September 15, 2020)
- Publication date : September 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 864 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #512,073 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My first questions were why would a young adolescent woman be willing to leave England and travel to Holland then on to America? Would she meet the love of her life in the New World? Alternatively, would she accept a marriage contract of convenience only to assure a place of safety and plenty of food for survival? Mercy has nothing to offer a man other than her ability to cook well, her character of kindness, and faith in God and her beauty. Characteristics that seemed common to her and often seen in Separatist women. Was it possible for a man to come her way that complimented her Separatist values or will she engage with a man she thought with time she could persuade to align with her deeply held faith? Yet deep within her, she wanted a love who totally loved and accepted her for who she was. Would she accomplish her goals or settle for something less?
Gerlach skillfully entertains and eloquently shows how the main character follows her faith to get her through many struggles and challenges. This story reminds me of the scripture of He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High God shall live and dwell under the shadow of the Almighty God for He is our refuge and stronghold that we trust in. God may not protect us from the consequences of our choices but he will be with us as we go through challenges, as well as, grant us reprieve along the way to remind us God is near us and we are never alone especially when we doubt our choice was His Divine will for our lives.
Mercy’s Refuge is a great read for the high school or college level History or English classroom, as well as book clubs who enjoy discussing historical facts in the context of Christian faith.
Disclaimer: I am under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Ipswich, England 1620 to the New World aboard the Mayflower.
Mercy McCrea and Caleb Treymayne find themselves on a journey they would not have envisioned in this gripping story. Rita Gerlach has written a story that brings to life the events of 1620 England, Holland and ultimately the New World via the Mayflower. Along with the Separatists, Mercy and Caleb face the dangers of the sea, their faith is tested and love strengthened in ways that they would not have expected. The descriptions aboard the Mayflower are so vivid that I could almost smell the salt from the sea, feel the wind and waves lashing at the ship and experience every aspect of the sea crossing to the New World. The amount of research is evident in each aspect of the story, captivating and transporting me into the midst of the characters as history comes alive on each page.
I enjoyed reading the authors’ notes and extras included in the book and the historical facts woven within the characters lives and the story-line. I especially enjoyed reading the list of actual Separatists, Masters and the crew aboard the Mayflower; a great way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower. This is my favorite book so far by Rita Gerlach.
I don’t want to give any spoilers. Highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the Separatists and their trials, faith and voyage of the Mayflower all while being completely drawn into the fictional world of Caleb and Mercy.
This needs to be in every historical fiction lovers TBR.
I’m ready to read it all over again!