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After surviving the Whitman Massacre as a child, Mercy Flanagan prays for peace between the never-ending battle with the native people and the settlers in the Oregon Territory. She travels to Rouge River Valley to help Eletta Browning, a long time family friend. She finds Eletta’s brother-in-law attractive, but he extremely focussed on his ministry to local tribes. Tension continues to escalate and Mercy along with Adam must rely on their faith to get through these difficult times.
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Heart of the Frontier
Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help.
At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm's length.
When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I have adored this entire series, but I think this one might just be my favorite!January 3, 2018Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5For as long as I can remember I have loved western stories. Probably came after my introduction to the Louis L'Amor novels that may have jump started my love of the simple life but also a very difficult and hostile life as well. I have been honored to read all of the novels in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series and her final one in the series is Cherished Mercy. Each of the novels have introduced the reader to the Flanagan sisters and the last one is the youngest Mercy. She has been working with her sister Grace at helping women during childbirth and also learning about herbal medicines that can help whatever ails most people on the frontier.
Just as she is about to come into her own, a family friend writes that his wife, Eletta is not doing well while expecting their first baby in March. They have asked if Mercy can come to stay with them and help with the birthing of the baby. Mercy fears the recent Rogue River Indians after just barely surviving her own Indian attack and being held hostage for over a month, during the Whitman Massacre has matured her and changed her. She now understands the Indian people a bit more, and has given them the benefit of the doubt since not all Indians are ruthless killers. These people merely want to exist but now it seems that the government has hired on a militia to kill any and all Indians they see, so for Mercy's family it feels like she would be well enough to go.
She believes God will watch over her and protect her as she heads to Gold Beach, Oregon to aid in any way she can to help Eletta get better. Her husband Isaac and herself were responsible for helping all three sisters make it to the west during the Oregon trail and she now feels God is calling her to help. She just doesn't expect to fall in love with Adam Browning, the younger brother of Isaac. She isn't looking for love and that is good, because Adam doesn't believe Mercy will be able to hack it in the rudimentary lodgings and working so closely with the Indian population near them. He believes once she arrives, she will be begging to head home. He isn't at all prepared for what she brings with her when she arrives at their homestead. Lots of gumption and grit for sure on both sides.
I received Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson compliments of NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group. I have read to many of Tracies's novel and they just welcome the reader on it. It's like a great friend, that you can curl up with her books and sit by the fire and lose yourself in the story. I have wanted to know what Mercy would turn up like after reading about her throughout all the novels up to this one and LOVE that she has a bit of sass about her. She isn't willing to put up with any man who thinks she needs someone to complete her and this is where it gets interesting so that you have to finish it before doing anything else. She's a spit fire for sure, but has she met her match? Pick this one up to find out. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and western romance lovers will want to pick up the entire series and carve out some time to enjoy each of them.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5HISTORICAL NOVEL OF COURAGE AND FAITH!December 7, 2017MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read the 1st book in this series and now this one (the 3rd). They can be read as a standalones. I am waiting on book number 2 now. While a very young girl Mercy Flanagan had lived through the Whitman Massacre. I was in awe that after being part of such a horrific experience and losing her parents, that she would want to return to the area. Their dear family friend Eletta Browning was expecting and needed care and help with their young daughter. Her willingness to go was three fold: bored with her life in Oregon City, she wants to spread her wings, her desire to help the Browning family, and deep love of and desire to minister the Tututni Indians. She wanted to share God with them but also promote peace between them and the white man. Her sisters are concerned if she will be safe but are assured no harm will come to her. They concede with trepidation as this is their baby sister.
She travels to the Rogue Valley Mission. There she also meets Adam, a strong influence and Christian leader at the mission. Both have no desire to marry. Mercys has no interest in finding a spouse and Adam has hurts from the past that have built walls toward any romantic involvement. Both are caught off guard when find themselves strongly attracted to each other. They deny it to themselves and try to explain it away but their hearts wont listen.
Problems do arise and to the point and their lives are in danger. Mercys strength and courage amazed me. It was an eye opener to see all she had to do to perform even simple tasks. I guess living with so many conveniences now I expected her to be complaining about all the work! Hardship was a way of life. The Brownings, Adam and Mercys reliance on God was deep. He was the first One they turned to whether the need be large or small. If something was lacking they had to find a way to supply it; if there was danger there was 911 to call. It made me think how much we rely on all we have available rather than crying out to God first. The story is suspenseful, exciting, and filled with so many examples of godly character. I truly enjoyed this book as I do all of Ms. Petersons.
I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Leona J. Atkinson--Leonas Lines5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ReadNovember 25, 2017Leona J. Atkinson--Leonas LinesQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0My Review of Cherished Mercy a book by Tracie Peterson published by Bethany House
I recommend this book to those of you who enjoy reading frontier stories filled with faith, values, adventure, historical fact and romance , for it has all that and more.
The setting is in the Oregon Territory in the year 1855.
For those of you who know your US History you will know this was a time of much conflict between the US Army and the Native Americans.
This book tells the story of Mercy Flanagan who had traveled West with her family to find land and build homes.
Mercy, who as a child endured the Massacre at the Whitman Mission as a child, is now grown. She is a young woman and lives in Oregon City, Oregon with her two sisters who are married with children. Mercy has yet to marry and so is contacted for help by a family friend who lives in the Rogue River Valley at a Mission. The Mission ministers to the Rogue River Indians who live in the area, especially the Tututni tribe.
This family friend is having a difficult pregnancy because her health is poor and she needs help to care for her husband, child and Mission duties.
Mercy is understandably hesitant to go given her previous experience with the events at the Whitman Mission, but as she and her sisters pray about it, she decides it is the will of God that she go.
The first chapter in this book seemed very slow reading as it was describing all the necessary background to what one needed to know in order to grasp what was to come, but Chapters 2 thru 26 are much different!
You will find it hard to stop reading as each chapter will challenge you to find out what is going to happen next! This book is a very enjoyable read that will touch all of your emotions.
Leona J. Atkinson--www.leonajatkinson.com
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Brave and StrongNovember 7, 2017kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was a pleasure to read Book 3 of the Heart of the Frontier series, Cherished Mercy. Mercy, the youngest of three sisters who had traveled to Oregon Territory together in the mid-1800s, has always been a dear, but now readers get to know her on a deeper level. She is just as talented, resourceful, and hardworking as her sisters, and she is especially kind and big-hearted. She is not afraid to speak her mind when necessary. I loved how brave and strong she was in the midst of danger.
Historical fiction fans will enjoy this novel. Having read the other books in the series made this one more endearing to me, but it does stand alone-the background information is there.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Yvette K.4 Stars Out Of 5Excellent conclusion to a wonderful Historical Fiction trilogyNovember 5, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This final entry to Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier trilogy focuses on the youngest of the Flanagan sisters, Mercy, as she journeys to help a family friend through a difficult pregnancy.
Having survived being a hostage following the Whitman Massacre when she was twelve, the decision to join Eletta and Isaac Browning at their mission in the Rogue River valley is not made easily. Conflicts between whites and the local tribes are escalating, and this becomes one of the central focuses of the story. As with the second book in the series, the depiction of historical events personalized through the experience of her characters is where Peterson's writing excels. When the conflict, driven by government policies and the excuse it gave individuals, comes to the Tututni people of the Browning's mission the reader experiences the horror of the situation from Mercy's perspective.
While the romance within this story is at times both fun and sweet, it is not the main focus and that serves the story well. More than the romance, it is the scene where Mercy feels led to share the message of salvation with the Tututni people stands out in my memory of the story.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy inspirational historical fiction based on real historical events.
I voluntarily received a finished copy for review from Bethany House's blogger program. All opinions expressed are my own.
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