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    Echoes of Mercy: A Novel - eBook
    Kim Vogel Sawyer
    WaterBrook / 2014 / ePub
    $9.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 36 Reviews
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  1. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely Historical Fiction
    March 3, 2014
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Echoes of Mercy.
    Echoes of Mercy takes place in the early 1900′s in Sinclair, Kansas and deals with some pressing issues for its time. Child labor, the discrepancy in pay for women and children compared to men, workplace safety, and the differences that existed between the classes in society.

    This was a really enjoyable book. The characters are very well-written and interesting to read about. Ollie and Carrie are attracted to each other, but both are working undercover in the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory and don't feel that they can fully reveal their true selves to each other. This alone brings a lot of tension to their relationship. Speaking of their relationship, it is a sweet one that develops softly throughout the story, but is fully satisfying in its growth.

    I enjoyed the side characters and felt that they were well-written also. I felt intense dislike for the foreman, frustration with Letta and her brothers for some of their actions, and really enjoyed Noble and Annamarie. All of these characters really made for a well rounded story.

    The author did a great job making me feel that I was really back in this time, working in the factory. I felt that I could truly "see" it and all of the busyness of the workers shuffling about in their activity. There was a good mystery throughout the book that the heroine was trying to discover the answer to, growth of certain characters as they learned to trust in God, and a satisfying conclusion. A lovely piece of historical fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Original Undercover Boss
    February 28, 2014
    Favorite Christian Books
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Echoes of Mercy.
    There are so many good things about this book; the story, the characters and the lessons that were taught. Carrie Lang has strong feelings and she's not afraid to let people know what they are, especially when it comes to children working in factories instead of learning in school. It doesn't take long for her to butt heads with not only her new boss, but the factory's newest janitor, Ollie Moore. The chemistry between Carrie and Ollie was fun to watch as they both fight the growing attraction. I think my favorite character, was Keisha, the restaurant owner. She was full of life and was secure in who she was so she wasn't afraid to call things the way they were.

    This is another strong story by an excellent author. The primary storyline is Carries attempt to determine the cause of a co-worker's death. However, the author weaves not only some romance and suspense into the story but redemption and self worth. I also loved the storyline with Lank, it was a joy to watch where the author took him in this story.

    The author not only gives an entertaining story but she gives us good reminders about life and what things are truly important. I look forward to reading more from this author.

    Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book, I was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
  3. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Story!
    February 26, 2014
    Phebe S
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Echoes of Mercy.
    This is the first book i have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so at first glance I didn't know what to expect, but it was a great book! Excellent plot. Thrilling storyline, an amazing writing style, not to mention great morals! so if you ever have the chance and need something to read. pick up this book, you won't be disappointed.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Sweet Book Review
    February 25, 2014
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Echoes of Mercy.
    What could be better than a good book with chocolate? Maybe a book about chocolate!

    At Dinsmore's World Famous Chocolate Factory, everything is not as it seems. The mysterious death of an inspector working undercover. A janitor exploring the business he will inherit from the inside out. A manager set on exploiting the man who took him from nothing and made him something. A young woman, sent to finish the inspector's job and discover if the accident that killed him was truly an accident who has a heart to see that children go to school instead of spending long hours working. As the worlds of these characters collide, they discover that God's mercy and justice are ever present.

    Kim Vogel Sawyer's Echoes of Mercy is a very good read and will keep you wondering as to what will happen next. So, grab a box of chocolates and enjoy!

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for this review.
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent and thought-provoking plot
    February 23, 2014
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Echoes of Mercy.
    Ollie Moore, the day janitor at Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolate Factor finds himself attracted to the new toter, Carrie Lang. But he knows Carrie isn't someone his parents will approve of. After all, he's not really janitor Ollie Moore. He's Oliver Fulton Dinsmore, son of the owner of the chocolate factor, working in disguise to investigate working practices at the factory, and the factory manager, Gordon Hightower.

    Carrie isn't who she seems, either. She's an undercover investigator for the Labor Commission, working to ascertain whether the recent death at the factory was an accident or something more sinister, and with a personal mission to end child labour (sorry. New Zealand spelling coming through here). Carrie is attracted by Ollie, but suspects there is more to him than meets the eye—he might look like a common factory worker, but he doesn't always sound like one.

    I have enjoyed the previous books I've read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Echoes of Mercy was no different. She combines interesting and likeable characters with a historical romance plot that manages to exceed my expectations in the way she weaves in issues of the day, in this case, child labour. Yet this theme is a natural outflowing of the story and never seems forced, and she gives weight to the arguments both for and against child labour: economic necessity vs. human compassion.

    The story also includes a subtle but solid Christian element, best evidenced for me with this quote:

    "Jesus tells us in the eleventh chapter of Matthew, verse twenty-eight, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest'. He'll honor the promise, but you must do your part in laying down the burden."

    We live in a world where so many of us are so very busy, yet we are not always prepared to lay that burden at the cross. Hmm _

    Overall, I highly recommend Echoes of Mercy as a good story with a thought-provoking yet unobtrusive theme.

    Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books for providing a free ebook for review.
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