liked the mythical parts of the book. Loved that a Christian book could also include a little magic and mythical aspects. Beth was attacked by a wolf and gained healing powers. She was able to heal animals. I loved this part of book, this was the main part of the book I enjoyed the most.
While this book might not be for some. If you like supernatural, mythical books with a christian flair this is for you! Thanks for making a book from this genre also a christian book.
thank you booksneeze for allowing me to review House of Mercy.
"House of Mercy" by Erin Healy is her best book yet! (And I really enjoyed reading the other three.) The cover itself demands the book be read, then, once the chain of events begins to unfold, you'll just have to know how it masterfully ends. If you choose to read this book, don't stop at the end. Continue to read Healy's following author's note which includes her personal testimony about what was going on in her own life as she wrote the book.
As the story opens, Beth, trying to help someone she cares about, makes one serious error in judgment followed by another even more serious. The consequences of her actions spiral unimaginably out of her control. As she prays for mercy, God promises to give it. Even so, Beth can't predict or dictate God's means of answering her prayers for healing and restoration for her family. She can only trust that God will do, in His own way, what is best for all.
Thomas Nelson Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I'm happy to recommend it to fans of supernatural thrillers full of mystery, emotion, and intrigue.
House of Mercy is one of those books where I became so absorbed in the character's lives, so worked up over the unjust treatment Beth received (especially from her brother), that I could barely sit still while reading it due to my desire to reach down into its pages and make people behave! Erin Healy is a fabulous author, seeming to effortlessly combine a unique, fast-paced plot with suspense and elements of the supernatural. She excels at creating characters who pulse with life, who are set down in situations that immediately draw upon your sympathies and have you rooting for them to succeed. Beth is a character who broke my heart after she finds herself in dire circumstances, suffering from a horrible mistake with far-reaching consequences. However, not only was Beth a well-developed character, but the rest of the cast of characters who star in this novel were equally well-fleshed out (and I must say that the villain is ever so creepy, mostly due to her normal and respectable exterior caging the mind of a delusional killer!). What I loved most about this story is Erin's portrayal of God's mercy, and the profound truth that God is good. I love where Beth is asked "Why do you follow such a God?" and answers "because I believe he is good. Not because he gives me what I want, but just because he is. He doesn't owe me any other explanation". That, indeed, is truth to live by. The conclusion is true-to-life, providing resolution while reminding that in reality not everything works out perfectly, and while the story doesn't leave you hanging per se, I for one would love to see Beth return in a future novel.
There's so much to like here, from the excellent characters and the enjoyable plot, to the miracles and the unique role of the wolf, to the faith that has been woven into the book's pages. I award this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and Rick Roberson of B & B Media Group.
College-aged Beth aspires to being a veterinarian. She seems to knows intuitively how to help hurting animals. And sometimes she has a special gift as she sees a healing that goes beyond what is naturally possible. Beth anticipates returning to her family farm, a cattle ranch in southern Colorado that has been in the family for five generations.
But she makes a devastating mistake that might cause her family to lose the farm altogether. Her actions alienate her from her older brother and even her mother. Her father sticks by her, until the unthinkable happens.
There might be a way for Beth to prevent further destruction for her family. She must find the one man who might be able to help. When Beth's brother claims he sold her truck, Beth sets out to find him - on horseback, across treacherous mountains.
On her journey she again encounters the mysterious wolf - the wolf who was at the center of her devastating mistake. As she follows the leading of that wolf, she finds much more than she was looking for.
Erin has once again created an intriguing novel. As is her style, there is a theme of the supernatural that follows parallel to the plot. And she has portrayed Beth well as she struggles with the concept of miracles, why they sometimes happen and sometimes don't. There is also the strong theme of forgiveness and reconciliation as Beth's family must deal with decisions made long ago.
The strength of the book, I think, is how it deals with trusting in God when He does not always do what we think He should. Beth encounters people who have not been healed. One character, feeling she has been wronged by God because He has not healed her, asks Beth, "Why do you follow such a God?" Beth answers swiftly. "Because I believe he is good. Not because he gives me what I want, but just because he is. He doesn't owe me any other explanation." (325)
This novel will challenge you to follow God because He is. Beth finds out that God does not always give us what we want. She learns that He has something much better for us in His plans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
House of Mercy, by Erin Healy, teaches the reader to extend mercy to those around them, even if it is undeserved, just as God extends mercy toward us when we do not deserve it.
Beth Borzoi begins the story with a huge mistake, stealing a valuable saddle. She has good intentions, thinking the saddle could be sold to aid some friends, but she complicates matters by taking a joy ride on a horse that does not belong to her, a horse that must be put down when she has an accident on it. With her family's land in jeopardy due to a law suit, her father's death in the middle of it all, her mother's and brother's anger, Beth sets off on horseback to find her grandfather, a man she has never met. She follows a wolf, Mercy, toward her grandfather's home, going through several hazardous situations in the process.
This story was difficult for me in the beginning. As I continued to read, however, the myriad of story lines began to come together to make more sense. I was never quite sure of the role of the wolf, if he was real or spiritual, and felt like everything was left hanging at the end.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was well-written, and I would recommend it to those that have enjoyed Erin Healy's books in the past.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.