Heart Of Mercy, Tennessee Dreams Series #1   -     By: Sharlene MacLaren
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Heart Of Mercy, Tennessee Dreams Series #1

Whitaker House Publishers / 2014 / Paperback

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Mercy Evans has known a great deal of heartache and hardship in her twenty-six years. She lost her mother at a young age and was only sixteen when her father was killed in a brawl sparked by a family feud spanning several generations. Yet Mercy never doubts the presence and provision of her heavenly Father. When a house fire claims the lives of her two best friends, leaving their two young sons as orphans, Mercy offers to be their guardian. It seems simple enough, until the judge mandates that the boys be placed with a married couple.

Samuel Connors is a man adrift. Despite the success of the blacksmith business he inherited from his father, he senses a void unaffected by material rewards. His mother keeps nagging him to find a wife, but the only woman who comes to mind is Mercy Evans. What would she want to do with the man whose father is now serving a life sentence for the murder of hers?

Mercy is determined to do whatever it takes to win custody of the Watson boys. But marry a mortal enemy of the Evans family? God alone can give her the heart to go through with it.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.75 (inches)
ISBN: USA
ISBN-13: 9781603749633
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Series: Tennessee Dreams

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  1. sunny island breezes
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 22, 2014
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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It started as a pleasant evening and ended in heartbreak. Mercy takes in the young orphaned sons of her best friends, but has to fight to keep them since the judge has decided they need to have a married couple as their guardians.

    Sam is a man still living with his mother, who is constantly whining and trying to manipulate him. He has to escape, but isn't sure how to go about it.

    The judge finally agrees to give Mercy thirty days to find a husband if she wants to keep the boys. She's desperate enough to advertise for a husband. Sam is desperate enough to answer that ad.

    It sounds like a good thing all around except for the feud between their families. It's a real Hatfield and McCoy type feud. The problem is no one quite knows why it's still going on after all these years.

    Are these two willing to go through all the grief that will be heaped on them from both sides? It will take some real determination to put themselves in that position.

    Thank you, Ms MacLaren. I'm looking forward to more Tennessee Dreams.

    ***A special thank you to Cathy Hickling for providing a review copy.***
  2. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful beginning to a series!
    February 11, 2014
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I fell in love with Sharlene MacLaren's writing back when she wrote the Little Hickman Creek series. It was a wonderful trilogy and while I have enjoyed her other books, I think she may have found the mystery that made the Little Hickman Creek series so whimsical and fun. In book #1 of this series we meet Mercy as she goes through a horrible tragedy - losing her best friend and her friend's husband in a house fire and leaving behind two young boys. She is determined to step in and raise her friend's sons but the judge doesn't believe that a single woman is the right person to raise two young boys. So she has a month to get married so they can have two parents, or she will lose the right to raise them. Hilarity ensues as she tries to find the right man in the small town without many choices. But in her desperation to save the boys will she make the wrong decision?

    And what about the guardian angel that saved the boys from the fire in the first place? It's a Hatfield/McCoys scenario between Mercy's family and Samuel Conners' family. That would never work and they both know it, so Mercy keeps looking for love in all the wrong places.

    I am loving the start of the Tennessee Dreams series and can't wait to see where Sharlene MacLaren will take them from here!
  3. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Living in 1800's Tennessee
    January 29, 2014
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So sad all this hate and feuding between families, and in the end, they can't remember why. Decades go by and things get worse, but the hearts of two people joined together for convenience. When Samuel Connor enters a burning house, and saves the lives of two young boys, Joseph and John Roy, their lives and his become entwined with Mercy Evans.

    Can you imagine being so desperate that you need to marry within thirty days, and your not even dating. That is what the judge did to Mercy. The old thing about woman not being capable without a man? Anyway feuding family members are against a union of Marcy and Samuel...a marriage of convenience??

    Some cruel things happen, in the name of keeping on with the feud, but to hurt innocent children...ugh! Seems both Mercy and Samuel have grown up without much parental love. They instinctively seem to do better with children, than either experienced themselves.

    Be ready for a great experience of a small town living in late 1800's Paris, Tennessee. I loved my visit here and can't wait for the next book in this series.

    I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
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