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Monday, November 2, 2009

Understanding Mercy by Janelle Ashley

Understanding Mercy by Janelle Ashley
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full (328 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Wisteria

After the devastation of the Revolutionary War, Mercy Creed and Addison Berkeley's lives continue to intertwine, but her secrets and preconceived ideas keep pushing them apart. Mercy listens to gossip and believes Addison is an arrogant, greedy, and terrifying man, while she believes her father's accountant Ian Magregor is a humble, giving, and wonderful man. However, things are not always as they seem.

Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Hancock and many other historic figures join Mercy and Addison on their journey toward understanding each other and more importantly toward understanding the mercy of God

Mercy is a young woman who loves her family and respects the Lord. Addison is an orphan who turned his life into a dream. Mercy finds herself attracted to Addison even though the rumors of his rakish behavior flourish. Something inside Addison aches to make Mercy his, but he doesn’t know why.

A truly inspiring story about family, friendship and the pains of love, heartache and forgiveness, Ms Ashley has woven a tale that warmed my heart and made me smile. Exceptional attention to details brought the story to life with vivid images dancing across my mind as I read.

Inspirational characters who dealt with real problems and faced them, overcame them and learned to give thanks for the simple pleasures life offers and to look to Him for the strength to move forward when things are cloudy.

I was genuinely pleased by this story and would read it again in a heartbeat. I have no doubt anyone I recommend this book to will find it equally heartwarming and fulfilling to the very last word. I am looking forward to reading more from Ms Ashley in the future.