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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review of The Mercy

                                                                         The Mercy
Beverly Lewis
Bethany House
ISBN 9780764206016

   Two Amish sisters, Hen and Rose, are both looking for a new beginning. Hen is caring for her injured husband who has lost his sight in an accident. Hen left the Amish community in order to marry her English husband. She decided she wanted to return to her plain life so her husband is planning on a divorce. Despite this, Hen willingly takes care of him during his recovery. Will they be able to face this together or will a divorce be inevitable?
   Rose is looking for a second chance at love. The young man she gave her heart to has left the community probably never to return. She is introduced to a young man who is interested in her; but he has not been baptised yet and is not staying true to his Amish faith. What will Rose decide for her future?  Can she marry someone else when her heart belongs to a forbidden love?
   This is the third book in the Rose Trilogy. The first is The Thorn and the second is The Judgment. As always, Beverly Lewis writes a wonderful story of love, faith and community. She brings to life the fact that the Amish community, not unlike any other, has its share of problems that have to be faced on a daily basis. They struggle with difficult decisions just as we do. They realize that just because they believe in the Lord, this does not exempt them from the day to day struggles that we all face. The biggest difference is the fact that they try and follow the teachings of their faith.
   The storyline is quite good and flows smoothly. Hen and Rose both face their problems head on and ask the almighty to guide them on the right path. This does not keep their life from being full of difficult decisions. The one to grow the most in this story is Brandon, Hen's husband. He finds out what it means to develop a relationship with the almighty and he discovers what is most important in his life and what he needs to do to achieve it.
   I highly recommend this book to lovers of Amish fiction or to anyone who just enjoys a good clean Christian story.
   I wish to thank Bethany House for providing me with a copy to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.

I give The Mercy 4 out of 5 stars

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