Hidden Mercies, Hidden Mercies Series #2
This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.
Claire Shetler is a 44 year old widowed Amish midwife raising six children on her own; two of them are her nieces. Claire is a hard worker and she has passed that quality down to the kids. They all willingly pitch in to make money for the family in their own way. Her oldest son Matthew is now married and lives next door, with his wife Grace and her grandmother Elizabeth. Claire is having trouble accepting the fact that she has an Englisher for a daughter-in-law, especially since Grace wants to continue working as a nurse and not stay at home. It doesnÃ¢ÂÂt seem too difficult to me since Grace saved Claire and her unborn childÃ¢ÂÂs life in the first book of the series, An Uncommom Grace; you can read how Grace and Matthew met that book.
Englisher Tom Miller is a US Marine Captain. He travelled to Mt. Hope, Ohio to make amends to Claire and his own father for the pain he caused them 27 years before. But when he arrives, no one recognizes him since he looks and sounds different due to an injury.
While in Mt. Hope Tom discovers forgiveness from other people and God himself. Tom has to decide if he is going to stay in Mt. Hope or reenlist. Tom canÃ¢ÂÂt be English and be with the woman he loves and he canÃ¢ÂÂt once again be Amish and in the armed forces.
A few subplots are going on in the book. ClaireÃ¢ÂÂs twin sister Rose is having problems with her husband. Matthew and Grace are having a difficult time as newlyweds. Also, TomÃ¢ÂÂs father has failing health. They are all interwoven nicely into Claire and TomÃ¢ÂÂs storyline.
I first met Claire, Matthew, Grace and Elizabeth in Uncommon Grace. I liked them in that story and I like them even more now that IÃ¢ÂÂve read Hidden Mercies. I was surprised to learn a few things about Claire that werenÃ¢ÂÂt in the first book of the series. The characters seem like real people that would be nice to have as friends and neighbours.
Serena Miller is an author that can show GodÃ¢ÂÂs love for us through the characters in her stories. If you donÃ¢ÂÂt know about GodÃ¢ÂÂs forgiveness offered to you before you read Hidden Mercies you will have an understanding after you read the story.
I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.
October 15, 2013
ANOTHER award-winning read from Serena Miller!
Ms. Miller is fast becoming known as a fantastic writer who loves the Lord and shares His love in her stories as she brings her characters to life. She hooks you on that first page and doesn't let you go until the end! This book is another example of her excellence.
July 2, 2013
Definitely a Page Turner - Hidden Mercies
Claire's wedding day is met with tragedy when the groom is accidently killed only hours before the wedding. Claire eventually marries and her husband dies leaving her with children to raise. Tobias Miller was injured in Afganistan and had reconstructed surgery. No one recognizes him as the banned young man. He now goes by the name of Tom. He rents a small room from Claire. I've only read a couple of Serena Miller's books but she is one of the best authors I've found lately. She's definitely an author I have added to my favorite's list. Now I have to see about purchasing more books by her. This book was definitely a page turner and the only reason I didn't finish it in one sitting, I had to go to sleep. Loved the book.
May 2, 2013
A wonderful story of redemption
Claire Shetler was preparing for her wedding day when news of her fiancÃÂ©Ã¢ÂÂs accidental death changes her life forever. Unable to live with his fatherÃ¢ÂÂs grief and anger after accidentally killing his brother, Tom Miller joins the Marines. Twenty-seven years later, he returns to find Claire is an Amish widow raising her brotherÃ¢ÂÂs children and discovers that his brother had a son raised by Claire and her late husband.
Serena B. MillerÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂHidden MerciesÃ¢ÂÂ is a heart-tugging story that fills you with hope. I am not a fan of Amish fiction, but this one was definitely different. It was a story of heartbreak, but it was also a story of how God works in our lives. When something undesirable happens, God has a plan of redemption.
Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself. Tom Miller must learn to forgive himself in order to regain the relationships he left behind. If so, the pain of the past can bring forth hope for the future.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books, as part of its Book Review Blogger Program. 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 CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
April 17, 2013