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Traces of Mercy: A Novel (Mercy Medallion Series) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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Landon and Kelley, creators of the television film Love Comes Softly, have written another novel (after The Silent Gift) rich in drama, emotion, mystery and romance. The tale opens on a Civil War battlefield, moves to a convent near St. Louis and then to the cottage—a well-appointed lakeside home—of the wealthy Prescott family. At the center of this drama is Mercy, a woman who remembers nothing of her past and, clearly, her many secrets. She finds solace with a group of nuns, but when Rand Prescott visits the convent, her life takes another unexpected turn. Questions loom: what is the significance of the medallion Mercy wears? Will she and Rand find happiness? Will the mysterious soldier who seems to recognize Mercy help her finally recover her memory? Romance readers will enjoy the theatrics of this tale and will eagerly await the next book in the Mercy Medallion Trilogy. (Oct.)
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This story begins with a gripping scene that sets a tone for the rest of the book—one of faith, love, fierce loyalty, riveting conflict, and one of the most breathtaking examples of mercy I’ve ever read.
A beginning full of twists gives us an intriguing heroine who can’t remember who she is. She must discover her identity and past without the help of memories, a name, or anyone who knows her. One of the beauties of this story is that we discover who Mercy is right alongside her and you can’t help but root for her. But with time, Mercy isn’t sure she wants to know. Between wanting to know why she was found wearing men’s clothing, and hoping her mysterious past would not to interfere with her new-found joy, Mercy’s finds herself living her own personal “Civil War.”
This story flows like an action/adventure/romance film with a number of well-rounded, compelling characters in its cast including a wise, big-hearted nun and a fiercely loyal servant boy.
Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War St. Louis, Missouri, we feel the aftermath and sad irony that a “civilized society just came through a bloody war because a way of life was threatened.” The lingering national unrest and mistrust sets the background for this story as Mercy seeks the answers she needs and the love she dares to hope for.
This heart-tugging story is part of an ongoing story, the first in a three-part trilogy. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the Mercy Medallion Trilogy.
I stayed up way too late reading into the night because I didn't want to put it down.
Characters were well developed and believable. The reader is able to both see them and experience what they would be feeling. It's exciting, sweet and clean all rolled into one.
The only thing I did not like is the ending sets up for the next book. I personally like books to be complete in and of themselves. I understand to gain an audience and to keep readers coming back but it's just a personal pet peeve. (I don't like tv show cliffhangers either and that is what this is like.)
I rarely give 5 stars as I have to be willing to read the book again and other books by these authors in addition to some of my other must haves. This one gets those rarely given 5 stars.