Caroline Langston is an investigator for the Labor Commission and often goes undercover as an employee of the company or factory she is investigating in order to determine the working conditions. She reports her findings and based on these findings, changes or charges might be brought against an owner. She is sent to the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory to complete an investigation started by another agent who met an untimely death. She is also supposed to look into this agent's death to see if it was really an accident as reported or if it was murder. She strikes up a friendship with another worker, Ollie Moore and begins to feel more for him than friendship, but when her investigation is done, she will be going home to Nebraska, leaving Kansas and going to the next job. Caroline also meets three poor children and takes them under her wing. She knows what it is like to be poor, beaten and afraid as she was such as a child. She promotes education for children instead of working in a factory, which puts her in opposition with Ollie. Can they overcome their differences to find love?
Ollie Moore or Oliver Dinsmore is working undercover at his father's factory to see what improvements he can make and learn the business better for when he takes over from his father. No one knows he is undercover except his father. He offers to help Caroline or Carrie as she is known at the factory in her investigation. He sees her determination, spunk and bravery as well as her faith put to the test. Ollie believes in God, but doesn't have a personal relationship with Him. As he spends more time with Carrie, he longs to find out who God is and how he can know Him better. Ollie also knows Carrie is the only one for him, but his parents want him to marry someone from his own social class. Can Ollie learn to trust the One who controls everything? Can he learn that prayers are answered and the value of prayer?
Caroline is such a model of Christian compassion, generosity and selflessness. She inspires me to be a better Christian toward the people around me. She had such wonderful mentors in Noble and Annamarie. Even though they are now old, they still mentor and guide Caroline and others; they didn't retire. Even when Caroline realizes her true purpose in crossing paths with Ollie, she is disappointed, but rejoices with the opportunity God gives her as well. This was just an inspiring, hope-filled story along with some romance that is uplifting to read. I plan to read more of this author's works and hope other readers will read this one and pass it along to a friend.
When I'm in the mood for a compelling historical romance I know I can always count on one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books. Echoes of Mercy continues her streak of great fiction. She once again brings us a story about a strong female in a non-typical role.
Caroline Lang is an investigator for the Labor Commission. Her heart is for seeing children get an education rather than being forced into labor while they are young. Her mentor and father figure, Noble, has asked her to go investigate the suspicious death of a colleague while undercover at the Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas. Even though she'd rather take some well deserved time off she says yes.
Once she is in Sinclair she interviews for a job at the factory with the sleazy Gordon Hightower. She gets the job as a toter and soon meets the dashingly handsome Ollie Moore. Unbeknownst to anyone at the factory Ollie is really Oliver Dinsmore, son and heir, to the factory. Ollie is there to find out about how the factory works from the inside.
The story proceeds with several unexpected twists and turns that leave Caroline and Ollie seeing to the care of three orphans. The caring of the children draw the two together, but the situation at the factory puts barriers up that seem insurmountable.
One of the things I like about Kim's novels is her clear message of faith. I always come away from one of her books feeling not only entertained but inspired and uplifted. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a clear gospel message interspersed within an intriguing plot.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a good read. There is just something inherently interesting in a historical fiction with the main character being a spy. It's new and different.
The characters were well developed. I felt like they were real people really living somewhere, and I was just watching their lives. It had an interesting plot and was very engaging. That said, I didn't like it as much as I liked Sawyer's What Once Was Lost.
I got this free from Multnomah Publishing for the purpose of this review, which is my honest opinion.
Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book "Echoes Of Mercy" published by Waterbrook Press takes us into the life of Caroline Lang.
From the back cover: Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employeesâ€”the child workers. Caroline's fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as "Ollie Moore," he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
A Chocolates Factory and a suspicious accident. An investigator for the Labor Commission, Caroline, goes undercover to find out who did it and why. Oliver is also undercover trying to learn about the family company from the bottom up. Both of them collide over child labor and, specifically, three children. Of course there is the element of mystery regarding the accident and the death and that will keep you guessing however the real focus is on child labor before the Child Labor Laws were passed. I knew some of the problems I just didn't know the full extent of it. Wow, it was terrible. Ms. Sawyer has given us history and social issues all wrapped up in a mystery adventure. Well done! This is also a great romance. Caroline and Oliver are just perfect for one another and it is great fun to go through their relationship with them. Get ready for a very interesting read that will keep you flipping pages.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employeesâ€”the child workers."
As always, there is more to the book than just the snipet description on the back of the book. Caroline Lang is a young woman who is part of the Labor Commission who goes undercover to research labor in American corporations. When a death of a fellow agent occurs, Caroline is called into investigate, the death and complete the work of the previous agent.
While there, she becomes friends with one of the workers, and befriends a young girl, and encourages her to go to school, rather than work in the factories, because she believes education is much more important.
All in all, I did enjoy the book, although the area where the kids run off I found a bit too much. I understand the purpose in the outcome of the book, but as I read it, I kept wondering_why?
Typically I do not like multiple voices in a book, because I'm always have to look up and make sure I'm reading the correct person. This one actually seemed to flow pretty well, and I didn't get too confused.
I'd keep this book to reread, if anything, to see the details I missed the first time around in my eagerness to find out the end result of the story.
Note: I was provided with a free paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by the Blogging For Books review program. I was not further compensated for reviewing this product and all thoughts and sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.