Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cherished Mercy: Review and Giveaway
It's been a while since we talked books - so let's do so today! It seems that during the school year, Christian historical fiction is my favorite and just the relaxing thing I need at the end of a busy day. I typically read a lot more non-fiction in the summer when my brain has more margin and capacity!
I've long admitted that the main way I choose books at the library is by looking at the spine and seeing who the publisher is. It is getting a little bit harder to do that with publishers changing their style a little but still - it is a real thing for me.
My number one favorite publisher for Christian fiction is Bethany House. If that spine has Bethany House on it, the chances are I'm going to enjoy reading it. I don't worry about a book I pick up from Bethany House and have never been disappointed. And I wrote and told them that!
In the process, I stumbled upon how to get on their email list for books available for review each month! It is hard to get a book as I've had several months come and go where I didn't get my request in quickly enough to be able to receive a book but this month I finally got my first one.
I received Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson. This is book three in the Heart of the Frontier series. I'd read Treasured Grace in March of this year so it was fun to come back to this series.
The book is set in the Pacific Northwest at a time when Native Americans are being pursued by the US government and either captured or killed in an effort to reclaim the land they are using and relocating many to reservations. It is hard to read about how we as Americans treated the native people who were here before we were.
Mercy is one of three sisters, with Grace and Hope being older. Each book of the series focuses on one of the three sisters. Mercy leaves the family farmland to help a friend in need who is on bedrest during her pregnancy. Her adventures include helping with their home and daughter Faith, teaching school in the mission for the local tribe of Native Americans and living out the meaning of her name with beauty and peace. And, yes, there is a bit of romance involved!
Many Christian historical fiction books may be pronounced "predictable" and perhaps they are but I find that reassuring and comforting in many ways. Enough of life around us is unpredictable and hard and it is great to read a story which includes a lot of hard truths yet some of the predictable qualities that we can count on. At the end of a busy day and as someone who struggles with bad dreams anyway, I can't really handle too much mystery or intensity in a before-bed read!
I like that this book is historical. It is a great way to continue to flesh out or enhance my learning on a certain time period but without being a heavy or heady text book. It is real life and the characters are immersed in living through the time period they are placed in.
I loved that the main characters in this book are ones who are filled with character and virtue.I'm especially partial to books where there is a really godly character that influences another for eternal good. I want to fill my mind and heart with good and true and pure things and seeing these character qualities fleshed out are good reminders to me.
Tracie Peterson has written many books that I've enjoyed before and I also enjoyed In the Shadow of Denali earlier this year.
I've finished the book and want to pass it on to one of you! If you would like to be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment with what you are reading right now! And please include a way to reach you if you win! I can only ship within the Continental US. Entries will be accepted until Friday, September 29, 2017 at noon EST.
A bonus recommendation is A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White. She is also a Bethany House author and I've so enjoyed all of her books but I think this one is my favorite!
**Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for sharing an honest review. The giveaway is not sponsored by Bethany House.
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