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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good ending to the series.May 29, 2018alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Cherished Mercy
Cherished Mercy is the third book in the Heart of the frontier series.
Trained in herbal medicine and as a mid-wife,Mercy Flanagan knows that God has a plan for her life beyond marrying and raising a family. After being months of faithful in prayer about this matter, God opens a door for her. A letter arrives from a longtime friend asking her to come to a place called Rogue River Valley to help deliver her baby. It is there she meets Adam Browning who takes one look at Mercy and believes that she will be begging to return home by the weeks end. But there is more to Mercy than meets the eye.
Up front I have to say that this was my least favorite in the series. While I really liked Mercy' overall story, I found her naive. She was just way to trusting, even to those that were intent on harm, always wanting to see the good in everyone.
Adam and Mercy didn't seem an obvious love match, but somehow they seem to make it work by the end of the book. The story I had trouble with. The plot I enjoyed, learning about frontier life, the Native American's and their lives, I felt that the story could have wrapped itself up very nicely about three fourths of the way through. The last fourth of the book I felt was really unnecessary. In fact I skimmed through that last part of it.
I really enjoyed getting to know Mercy and her sisters and as always, Ms Peterson bring a book filled with flawed Christian characters, God's love and forgiveness and of course conversations about Jesus and salvation.
I would recommend this book, or even the series to anyone, whether they are a Christian believer or not.
Fizzy Pop5 Stars Out Of 5Mercy, despite her tender age at the beginning of this trilogy, has become quite the firecracker.April 6, 2018Fizzy PopQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5If you have read my other reviews of the books in the Heart of the Frontier series ('Treasured Grace' and 'Beloved Hope') you'll notice that my review of each book was a bit more positive then the previous. Perhaps because I grew to know the characters better with each addition. Perhaps because the story line and the plot grew on me more. Perhaps . . . Who knows, probably both those things and a myriad more I can't think of right now. I should try to remember to refrain from writing when I'm tired, but then I might never write! It's been seven years since the attack on the Whitman Mission. Seven years of healing and growing and maturing. Those hard topics still rise to the surface from time to time for the girls. This time we get to see Mercy, now 20, find her way in the world.
Mercy, despite her tender age at the beginning of this trilogy, has become quite the firecracker. She's full of passion about what she believes is right and isn't afraid to set anyone who crosses her on their ear. She's also full of compassion and yes even mercy. Despite having lived through the Whitman massacre herself she has compassion and love for the natives of the region. She has a servant's heart that understands that not all things are black and white, despite the common outlook that differs from her's. It's hard to believe she was once a child of 12, small for her age, that was protected by her sisters. Especially as she finds herself again embroiled in an Indian uprising and again being held hostage (of sorts) in a half-constructed fort with a man she barely knows (yet loves! don't get me started, OK I'll start in a minute) and her sister's child. She's not being protected by her sister's this time, she's protecting. She's protecting a child (Faith) and her friends and her love and her ideals.
Insta-love is like the plague of books for me. So many authors use it as a catalyst to get a story off the ground quickly and often it's not done well and leaves me dissatisfied and frustrated. It's rare for 'love at first sight' or even love in a matter of weeks to be legitimate and lasting. That being said, this book, while frustrating, didn't totally turn me off. Perhaps it was all the danger and craziness that went along with the insta-love. Perhaps it was the fact that, at least for Mercy, she already knew about Adam and who he was. Perhaps it was the fact that she got tired of waiting for him to step up and admit he had feelings and she proposed to him! I told ya she was a firecracker. Regardless, Mercy was the perfect ending to this trilogy. However, I'm not convinced that she's the best ending. Faith has a story to tell. Faith has been a silent, mostly unseen, part of this journey from near the beginning. There needs to be just one more book. The book of Faith.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Tina Hoover4 Stars Out Of 5Frontier LIfeMarch 12, 2018Tina HooverQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The book is good, but it starts off as if it were a part of something else. I would say it's NOT a stand alone book. But, as you read on, it seems to give you all of the main points from the other two books in this series.
It's set in 1850s, Oregon frontier. Homesteading and indian massacres are normal.
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.