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 plot line 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.