A hauntingly beautiful finale: "Cherished Mercy" by Tracie Peterson

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about the book....

As Oregon Territory teeters on the brink of armed conflict, one woman strives for peace.

Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers want the tribes removed from the land completely, one way or another.

At the request of family friend Eletta Browning, who is experiencing a difficult pregnancy, Mercy travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. At the Browning Mission, she meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam. Despite her attempts to befriend him, Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps her at arm's length. Why is he so intent on pushing her away?

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the combustion point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam will have to rely on their faith in God and on each other in order to make it out alive.

my review....

Be prepared to part with a few tears as you dive into Tracie Peterson's latest book, "Cherished Mercy". Although each of the "Heart of the Frontier" books has delivered up a moving read, I found the final novel in the series to be the most emotionally stirring novel yet, such that I was dashing a few tears from my eyes as I read through the final pages of the book. Themes of forgiveness, love, and new beginnings are woven into the book in a way that is inspiring. Mercy truly lives up to her name as she again encounters hardship beyond what anyone should have to, feeling torn between what white settlers want and what the natives are experiencing. I didn't expect quite so much suspense as I found in this novel, but let me tell you that Mercy's experiences will have you clinging to the pages and devouring the chapters as fast as you can to see how things will turn out. The novel is not a romance per se, but the relationship that brews between Mercy and Adam is often fun to behold, bringing some light-hearted moments to what otherwise can be a sobering read. 

"Cherish Mercy" is historical fiction at its finest, and I am certain that you are going to enjoy this hauntingly beautiful finale to the "Heart of the Frontier" series. Although the ending is wonderful indeed, you will also be left with the sober reminder that humanity has the capacity for great evil. It is such a world as this that needs the mercy that God offers, and Mercy Flannigan emulated this in the best possible way. I award this book and indeed the entire series a high rating and 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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