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Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer
The back of the book:
Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
My honest opinions:
Note: I know I’ve recently posted about not reading romances, but this one is completely clean. In fact there is no hand holding or anything else. Likewise, there was an actual plot to the book, including the struggles of child labor, discussions on God and the power of prayer, and three recently orphaned children longing for someone to love them.
I’d rate this book a solid 5 out of 5.
I read it between two evenings. The first night, I read the first 75 pages or so, and was skeptical of whether I was actually going to enjoy it- I had been eager to review it, but was having a hard time getting into it with the run on sentences, the redundancy, and the way that the main character had a little too much of what they call a “servant’s heart”.
But the rest of the book was just as wonderful as I was expecting. I really liked the way you get to know each of the characters and the detective work thrown in. Especially if you are into historical fiction (we’re talking Kansas in 1904 in this case) you will love this novel!
Also, the author, Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information."
I can recommend it to everyone and anyone, and specifically to those that are into historical fiction and/or struggling with prayer. If you are interested, you can read a sample of the book here as well as purchase the book from Amazon in both Paperback and the Kindle Edition.