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Review: Mercy’s Rain

Cindy K. Sproles - Mercy's RainTitle: Mercy’s Rain

Author: Cindy K. Sproles

Series:

Pages: 264

ISBN: 978-0-8254-4361-9

Genre: Fiction, Christian

Short Book Description:

When your life is built around a father’s wrath, how can you trust in the love of Father God?

Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won’t stand her ground to save Mercy either.

The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor’s unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.

Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn’t realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.

Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy’s path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it–and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.

Mercy’s Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.

My Thoughts:

At first it was a little hard for me to get into the story but, the more I read the more captivated I became. I couldn’t help but pity Mercy as the chapters took me through her life.

The book was really well written even though I did find a few mistakes as I read. I really loved the storyline and how it brought out that no matter what our position in life or our line of work is, there are always people who are good and bad, that no one is perfect.

Mercy’s Rain has taught me quite a bit while I was reading and gave me quite a few things to ponder. Though I have to say my favorite line in the book was said by Samuel

“Gentleness comes when gentleness is given.”

That line is so true in everything; if we don’t give then we don’t receive.

I hope to read more books by Cindy as they come out. I would also recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a historical novel but, I have to say it is a little darker than most Christian novels.

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Kregal Publications”. 

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Review: The First Principle

Marissa Shrock - The First PrincipleTitle: The First Principle

Author: Marissa Shrock

Series:

Pages: 240

ISBN: 978-0-8254-4357-2

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Christian, Futuristic

Short Book Description:

In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same–until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she’s sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn’t long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion–or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother’s chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn’t ready to face.

Marissa Shrock’s debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independence–and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God’s lead.

My Thoughts:

This has got to be my new favorite futuristic novel. I have actually never read a futuristic novel that is Biblically based. The Christian values and beliefs that were intertwined throughout the book were something that I really enjoyed.

This book really touched on what could happen to Christians around the world when the end times come to pass. It really made me think about if I was ready for end times and if I would be willing and strong enough to stand for what I believe in.

The only thing I really didn’t like about the book was the ending. It gets stopped at quite the cliff hanger. I’m hoping like crazy that there will be a sequel coming out. The way this book had me hooked has me looking forward to more books that Marissa Shrock will publish.

Very touching and heartfelt, I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Review: The Abbot’s Agreement

Mel Starr - The Abbot's Agreement (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #7)Title: The Abbot’s Agreement

Author: Mel Starr

Series: The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #1

Pages: 252

ISBN: 978-1-78264-109-4

Genre: Fiction

Short Book Description:

A new and disturbing puzzle for the medieval surgeon-turned-sleuth

Master Hugh de Singleton is making his way toward Oxford when he discovers the corpse of a young Benedictine not half a mile from the nearby abbey.

The abbey’s novice master confirms the boy’s identity; it is John, one of three novices. He had gone missing four days previous, and yet his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death—the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh’s sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him.

With realistic medical procedures of the period, droll medieval wit, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion, the seventh in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton will delight medieval history and crime fiction fans alike.

My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to reading this book when I got the email asking if I wanted to review it. Sad to say I couldn’t make it past the second chapter. Maybe it was because I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, I have no idea. I just couldn’t get into the book.

Though what I did read was really well written, it wasn’t really my style.

Master Hugh is on his way to purchase a bible and discovers the body of a murdered Benedictine. He is asked to lead the investigation on finding the killer.

Maybe one day I’ll start the series from the beginning and hopefully enjoy this book more, but, as of right now this book is on the unread-and get-rid-of list.

Other books in this series

  1. The Unquiet Bones (April 2009)
  2. A Corpse at St. Andrews Chapel (March 2010)
  3. A Trail of Ink (March 2011)
  4. Unhallowed Ground (December 2011)
  5. The Tainted Coins (December 2012)
  6. Rest Not in Peace (October 2013)

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Review: Emissary

Thomas Locke - Emissary (Legends of the Realm #1)Title: Emissary

Author: Thomas Locke

Series: Legends of the Realm #1

Pages: 400

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2385-9

Genre: FICT, Fiction, Fantasy

Short Book Description:

With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny–or his doom.

Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden–or face annihilation.

As Hyam’s mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he–and the realm–will have a future.

In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams. 

But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.

Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land–isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.

But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.

This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.

My Thoughts:

Ever since I knew that I getting this book in the mail, I was looking forward to reading it. Once I started reading though, I couldn’t put it down. My anticipation was very well rewarded as I was not disappointed in the least.

Hyam was a really likable character and the more you got to know him the more interesting he became. His struggles were what drew me to him, he went through so much in his short life, yet he never gave up and became stronger in the end.

This is one series I can’t wait to get the rest of the books from as they come out. This first book was really well written and the plot was extremely captivating.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves the fantasy world but wants clean books to read.

Other books in this series:

The Captive (Ebook Shorts)(November 2014)

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“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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