Road to Mercy took me a while to pick up. Every time I'd think about starting this book, it seemed like such a heavy topic so I would lay it aside. I prefer historical romance, as well. But when I finally decided to read it, I was so glad! The heroine, Bethany, suffers from a rupture of her carotid artery. My best friend suffered from a subarachnoid hemorrhage a few years ago so I was instantly drawn in to this story. I related to what the heroine was going through in her recovery. Bethany is married to Josh, A Christian musician who travels a lot. They have a great relationship but the trials they go through cause much stress. They each have decisions to make, secrets that need to be told, and a faith that will be tested until the end. This book is about forgiveness and faith. I believe it's a great debut novel by Kathy Harris!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion.
Once you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down. It is a compelling read.
The story begins with a Prologue, and I felt like I have read this part before? As we travel on we get to almost the end of the book before the pieces fall into place.
The theme of this story is about forgiveness, whether it is forgiving oneself...as Bethany has been unable to do. Or as in Josh forgiving Bethany and then himself.
We deal with a lot of uncertain happenings. Will Beth survive long enough to salvage her relationship with Josh? Will the baby make it. Then there is Josh's Christian Rock Star status. Will he find out who has been stealing from him, and will he be able to forgive?
This is a really great read, and I recommend you taking the time to read it.
I received this book through Pump Your Book Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
I find in life that sometimes despite our abilities to leave our pasts behind, sometimes it's not possible. Sometimes that past comes calling again, but we have a choice as to whether to open the door and deal with it or keep the door close and hope it stops knocking. In the debut novel, The Road to Mercy, by Kathy Harris, the readers are in for a journey that will outline what it really means to trust in God and learn to walk by faith, faith defined as believing in things we don't see. In each circumstance that the main characters are challenged with, Josh and Bethany Harrison, are tested in a wide variety of ways. The faith will come into question and will at times be doubted in some areas, and whole-heartily accepted in other ways.
The book begs the reader to ask their own question of where their life of faith stands. When hard times or unexpected circumstances come upon us, will we fall apart or fall on our knees. This book is perfect for these hard times we have all fallen upon lately, with job losses, health issues, financial strains, marriage problems, and more, I find if we don't have faith as our foundation, we will fall apart. We will look to fix things ourselves and at times will come up far too short. We must in fact, put our trust in God, because storms will come in each of our lives, our faith will be tested to points of breaking us sometimes, but it's how we weather our storms that makes us stronger and better prepared to deal with what happens next.
In The Road to Mercy, the reader gets to also know what true mercy is. Mercy is when we completely deserve punishment for something we have done wrong, but are instead given a clean slate, a new start, we get what we did not expect in return. I found myself wondering as I read along with Beth's health issue of being on the brink of death and learning she is pregnant, what decision I would make if I were in the same situation. While the well-meaning Dr. Ben Abrams tries to convince Beth and Josh that terminating her pregnancy is the best option, Beth and Josh choose to trust that God can handle the issue and will accept whatever consequences happen by their decision. Sounds like stuff that happens in real life all the time. Josh and Beth also find that dealing with the health issues and the pregnancy that it places them under tremendous personal stress of their own, each wondering if they are doing the right thing, which at times places them at odds with one another. Yet deep within the past are some secrets that may undermine their faith and completely destroy them. You'll have to read the book to see how this all plays out but trust me, it's well worth the search!
I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and Abingdon Press for my honest opinion and love that Kathy Harris chose this as a debut novel to write. In this tough times, we need books like this one to remind us of the cost of maintaining our faith. It may not be an easy road to walk but it will be one that pays off unexpectedly in ways we never imagined for our good in the end. For that reason I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Kathy Harris in her new book, "The Road to Mercy" published by Abingdon Press takes us into the lives of Ben Abrams and Josh and Bethany Harrison.
From the back cover: Tragedy, love and secrets meet on a journey of faith
Dr. Ben Abrams, rescued as an infant from a fiery crash that killed his family, turned his adversities into success but lost his heritage of faith. Fifty years later Josh and Bethany Harrison face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth's carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death, even as she's pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Abrams urges her to abort the baby to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and continue the pregnancy.
During the next few months, Josh, a contemporary Christian singer, struggles with his faith while Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.
"The Road to Mercy" is a drama that explores real life events in a fictional setting. What sets it apart are the outstanding characters that Ms. Harris brings to life. Dr. Ben Abrams and Josh and Bethany Harrison are individuals who we may know from work or who live down the street that is how real they are. When they go through their pain and suffering we go through with them. God said we would have trials but that He would give us the victory so when these three experience their victory we let out our victory yell that will rival anything heard at a sports stadium. "The Road to Mercy" provides encouragement to keep working through our problems with God's help. Kathy Harris knows how to tell a story and she has given us an amazingly beautiful story of how God can take our hurts and turn the bad into things that are good. I liked this book and look forward to more stories from Kathy Harris.
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