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Written by two storytellers, Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley is for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance. At the Civil War’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone... Read More

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Written by two storytellers, Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley is for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

At the Civil 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.

Product Details
Page Count: 352 
Released: 10/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
  • UPC: 9780781408691
  • Volumes/Discs: 0
  • Pages: 0
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"

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Great Story by Deanna on 11/11/2013

Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon, Jr. & Cindy Kelley is a great story and I was hooked from the first paragraph. At the beginning of the book a young sniper for the Confederate Army has just killed his one hundred and fourteenth Union soldier. He shoots at an officer in the Union Army but when the smoke clears the officer is riding away with a young soldier lying across his saddle. In an effort to get into position to finish the killing of the Union Officer, he comes upon the officer talking with his dying brother. Then the story jumps to a doctor’s office in St. Louis, where a young girl is being treated by the doctor but she is suffering from amnesia and can tell the doctor absolutely nothing about her past. After she recovers, he takes her to the home of the nuns in the area where she is given a home, and the name of Mercy because of a medallion she is wearing. The story gets even more interesting when two handsome men appear in the story. One is a well to do Union sympathizer and the other is a former Union officer and both have feelings for Mercy.

The authors did an excellent job is writing a story that kept me guessing from the beginning to the end. There is a great deal of suspense and mystery and many twists and turns in the plotline but at the end of the story everything comes together with a satisfactory ending. All the characters were so well developed that they came alive for me and some I loved but others I really did not care for. The fight scene at the beginning of the book was so well done that I could almost smell the smoke from all the guns and cannons. I especially liked the way the authors wove the love of God throughout the story. I was a little disappointed in the way that the story ended. I love series but I also like for each book to be a stand alone story but I guess I can wait for the second book of this series to find out what happens to Mercy.

I highly recommend this book to all who love a good Christian historical romance that takes place in the nineteenth century during the Civil War Era.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Traces of Mercy, an excellant read by Tina on 10/20/2013

Traces Of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley*****

It is the end of the Civil War when a young “man” is found and taken to the local doctor. While the doctor treats “him” he finds that “he” is a she. Which brings many questions to the doctor. When she wakes up in a doctor's office she learns that she is suffering from a bad accident and a wound in the leg from a gun shot. While talking with the doctor she finds that she does not know what happened nor does she know where she lives or even her own name. The doctor is intrigued as this is the first actual case of amnesia Dr. Abe Johnson has seen or treated. After a couple weeks and her memory still has not returned Dr. Johnson takes her to a nearby convent, the Little Sisters of Hope. His hope is that Mother Helena will take her in until she gets her memory back. While there Mother Helena gives her the name Mercy because of a silver medallion she was wearing. It seems that Mercy must learn how to dress as a lady-instead of dressing as a man would-as well as how to speak, act and do all the things a lady does.

Rand Prescott, a rich young eligible bachelor meets Mercy and is captivated by her. As time goes by they fall in love and plan to marry even though Mercy still can't remember who she is or where she came from. However, a chance meeting at her engagement party could change everything. It seems that Captain Elijah Hale may know Mercy which means that he could tell her about her past. But what will he tell her? Once she learns what Captain Hale knows about her, she panics as it is not what she expected but is terrible news. He threatens to tell Rand if she does not tell him herself. What will Rand do when he learns of her supposed past? Will he still love her, want to marry her or hate her and send her away? If not, what should she do, where should she go? So many unanswered questions.

I enjoy reading good clean fiction about the Civil War and Traces of Mercy is all that and a captivating story. Filled with faith, hope, love and forgiveness woven throughout, add romance, some history, mystery and characters that capture your heart for a fantastic story. From the beginning of the book there are unexpected twists and turns in the story which kept me up late reading to find out what is coming next. There are surprising discoveries along the way, some good and not so good. I was not expecting the ending, which left many unanswered questions. I certainly hope there will be another book to tie up the questions. An excellent read.

~~~I received this book from bookfun.org and David C. Cook in return for my honest opinion~~~
~~Posted review on Bookfun.org, DeeperShopping.com, Goodreads.com, BarnsandNoble.com, Christianbook.com, Family Christian.com and Amazon.com~~

…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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