Reviews ~ Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a great story set during the Civil War or mostly after the war and the lingering hard feelings the war left on the people of the North and South.
Mercy, an amnesiac, was stuck between wanting to know her past and then trying to create a future. However, a chance meeting during the war reappeared in her life and, well, you’ll have to read to see.
The story takes us through the feelings of the people and we are set in St. Louis with sights on the war’s ending. Lincoln was murdered at the theatre, many people were dead, brothers pitted against brothers, and Johnson’s not really withholding up the new changes. Things are a mess and we get to read all about it, but in a very subtle way. All of that is perfectly placed in the story as part of the scenery while things are going on with the main characters.
There are many characters in the story and they were all well done. I love Mercy and her warring with her past and present and possible future. She’s good at heart but not sure where she belongs. Rand has a lot to deal with.
So the only downfall is I had no idea this was going to be part of a series when I requested it on Netgalley. Otherwise, I would have waited, and for good cause, because it ended in a very tense place. This doesn’t take away from the book at all, just something I wish I would have known.
From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes the first book in an exciting historical romance series 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 perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.