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Thursday, October 28, 2010

For Mercy's Sake by Carol A. Spradling

For Mercy's Sake by Carol A. Spradling
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (292 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Widowed Anna Sinclair is stunned when life long friend Daniel Mercy asks for her hand at the funeral of her deceased husband. Destitute and expecting, she’s in no position to turn him down.

Married in secret to the woman he’s always loved, Daniel Mercy ineffectively skirts Charleston's town gossips. Glares and whispers are easy to evade, until Daniel is accused of murdering Anna’s late husband.

When Anna is kidnapped, she discovers the one secret Daniel has hidden from her.

Friction, fire, a funeral, and foreclosure force Anna Sinclair into a situation that fuels the gossip of Charleston. Ignorant of her dead husband Seth’s clandestine dealings, she has a multitude of things to come to terms with, even the possibility of being blackmailed by Seth’s dissipated co-conspirator, Alexander Glass. Daniel Mercy, her life-long friend and secret love since her childhood, is with her supporting and loving every step of the way.

Daniel Mercy is a hero to love. He is patient, loyal, honest, and takes responsibilities seriously — maybe too seriously. No one can doubt his love for Anna. His focus is always for her well-being and happiness even if it is at the expense of his own. However, his flaw of not being able to see his supposed-friend’s duplicity threatens his shipping business and the well-being of his family. His trusting nature puts much at risk.

An intriguing cast of supporting characters makes for great reading. The winsome Grandma Pen with her wisdom and humor never loses sight of the goal, but she does cause much ado at times. She is a sweetie that makes one chuckle.

Camille and Genevieve, supposed-friends of Anna, lead double lives that augment the intrigue and conflicts. They are secondary characters that play unique roles that bring twists and turns to the plot. Camille’s brother, Alexander Glass, is the major antagonist that has a cruel streak that touches everyone’s lives. His greed and horrible deeds create some intense situations. How his machinations are overcome makes heart-pounding reading.

Carol A. Spradling is a terrific storyteller. She weaves foreshadowing clues, secret dealings, mystery, and suspense in with a beautiful love story. She kept me reading in a hurry. The ways she pulls everything together to defeat the bad guys is amazing.

Thoroughly enjoyable!