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Traces of Mercy: A Novel (Mercy Medallion Trilogy) by [Landon Jr., Michael, Kelley, Cindy]
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From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.
 
At the war’s end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.
 
Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

About the Author

Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include "One More Sunrise" co-written with Tracie Peterson.Cindy Kelley is an author and screenwriter who worked with Landon on the "Love Comes Softly" television film and co-wrote the novel "The Silent Gift" with Landon.
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2087 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFLSSLS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danger, suspense, mystery, romance, religion, war ... whatever you want is packed into this novel. Who is this girl who has been in an accident and eventually brought to the Covent for help? Suffering from amnesia, she doesn't even remember her name. Because of this, Grace (name given to her) is reluctant to get on with her life. However, she falls in love with Rand and plans are made for an upper class wedding. Then someone informs her that she had fought in a war and was on the enemy's side. What would her fiancee think? She didn't know if this was true or not. One thing was certain - she was an exceptional shooter. I will let the mystery unravel before you. It's an exciting ride, so let the author lead you through the tangled web and discover what transpires.
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I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next. I found the storyline unique and compelling.
While a good part of the story involves religion, it was not really a major theme. I am not a religious person and do not read christian books, I would not put this book in that category.
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By Kathryn svendsen TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 1 2013
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Traces of Mercy is the first book in the Mercy Medallion Trilogy. I found this book to be an enjoyable read. The book grabs you right from the start. It is part mystery, clean romance and historical fiction.

This book has some subtle Christian overtones to it (it has been classified as part of the Christian genre) but is a story that non-Christians will still enjoy. It is by no means a “religious” novel.

Mercy seems to be a sweet young woman who wouldn’t knowingly hurt anyone, and who doesn’t know anything about her past. However, we are aware that she was a sniper for the confederate army, but she does not discover this until later in the book. Why she was a sniper remains a mystery. The character with amnesia we see being developed does not seem like the kind of person that would kill over a hundred people as a sniper. I was very surprised that she was contemplating (and almost carried out) a murder. It isn’t very clear the reasons why she attempts this crime other than to say that she needed to complete her mission. The only problem with that is, she does not actually remember being a sniper but because she was told she was one. The personality change after she is told this portion of her past is confusing, as she almost seems to have two different personalities. I think in part it is because of the amnesia, and the person she was before the amnesia may very well be very different from the person she became after the amnesia.

We don’t find out who Mercy is by the end of the novel, and to top it off, she had disappeared from her companions….the perfect starting place for the sequel.

I am looking forward to the second book in this series. I gave the book 3 stars.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. A free product does not influence my review. All thoughts are my own.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb67750) out of 5 stars What A Great Read! Sept. 30 2013
By Leslie Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a snob when it comes to books. I could not put this book down and I know when a book is good when I want my husband to fall asleep early so I can keep reading! The characters were beautifully written and the storyline imaginative and captivating. I can't wait to see a movie made on this novel and I'm more excited for the next one in the book series. This is a great read and it is for all ages; I can't wait for my girls to read it! It had romance, adventure, love, grief, and hope for better things to come. Thank you Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley for beautiful enriching literature! Now get going on the next novel!!
37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca3c594) out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected it to be Feb. 1 2014
By Gina Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
MY REVIEW

The story is gripping. I was into it by the end of the first page. However...

Sticklers for Civil War era history won't be satisfied, because there isn't much history in it. It also revolves around a young woman who has lost her memory. Great premise.

She remembers how to speak very proper English, but she has not clue what fork to use at a fancy dinner. She is comfortable in homespun clothes, but almost as comfortable in fancy clothes. You get numerous clues to how she was raised, but there are also numerous contradictions to that raising. Quite confusing, but still compelling.

Then you read about her falling in love with a man... with few real reasons why she fell in love with him. He is in love because she's the most beautiful thing he's ever seen. The character is written to be superficial and that part of the story works very well.

I also like how various characters are developed and they act and react to situations in tune with how they are developed. This is very good, and fairly rare these days, too. But...

This woman called Mercy by the nuns she lives with is a very stupid woman. I hate stupid women. She is developed as a person who is intelligent, full of humor, loves horses and has a way with them that surpasses any other handler, and she is person savvy. She understands what motivates people, why they act in certain ways, and seems to accurately predict reactions of other characters in the book. Then she does something so incredibly stupid that I was sorry I read to the very end (for that is where this thing happens).

This is the first in a series. At the end of this book she still has no memory of where she came from or why she had the uniform of a Confederate sergeant on when she was found quite senseless. But, she's headed off to find her roots at the end of the book. Good luck with that, little Mercy. The South is huge. It is torn up with reformation, carpet baggers, and scallywags. She had no clue where to start looking, but she's determined to do it by riding through a Union state with bounty hunters on her trail.

So beware if you purchase this book. In fact, don't even read the last chapter because it makes no sense with a Union captain deserting his post to try to find a stupid female. The authors should have stopped the book before the last chapter. I'm thinking I won't read the next one. I have no patience for lack of historical research, no patience for lack of adherence to the most simple laws and rules of the land and organizations, and no patience for orchestrated tension designed to make the reader want to buy the next book, but instead makes me want to run the other way.

2 out of 5 stars: Good writing, bad plotting at the end. This is a perfect example how a bad ending can ruin a great reading experience.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e789138) out of 5 stars Traces Of Mercy Oct. 4 2013
By GlacierHeart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley, authors of The Silent Gift and creators of the hit television film Love Comes Softly, comes an exciting historical romance set in post-Civil War, and filled with suspense and faith-building values.

At the war's end, a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. Waking with amnesia, she takes the name Mercy and wants more than anything to find out the truth of her past. But then a handsome stranger arrives, who may hold the key to everything she has forgotten. What he knows could devastate her future, and even end her life.

Written by two proven storytellers, Traces of Mercy is perfect for anyone who loves historical fiction, prairie-based tales, or just a good romance.

My Review:

The mysterious circumstances surrounding Mercy's past made for an excellent story. Found bloodied and wearing men's clothing, she has no idea who she is, where she's going, or who she knows. She is a sweet young woman, with a wonderful disposition and good heart. My fascination just grew when it was revealed what she used to do for a living - so completely opposite of the kind of woman she is when she wakes up.

While I found that the story flowed smoothly after a while, the first seven chapters were all action and minimal description. I actually enjoyed this because I have been known to fall asleep reading wordy descriptions and ultimately, that discourages me from reading the rest of the book. This novel is part mystery, part romance, and part historical fiction. The novel ended with some more mysterious disappearing and definitely left me wanting more!

This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca4de28) out of 5 stars Great story with lots of plot twists! Oct. 11 2013
By Britt98 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This was such a great book! I loved it! The authors just drop you right into the action from the beginning. It kept my attention throughout and was a take on Civil War related matters that I had not read about before.

This story follows a woman as she tries to adjust to life as she suffers with amnesia. It was quite the journey to read her story and I must admit that I was taken by surprise a few times in this book. The main character takes the name "Mercy" from a medallion that she has on her person when she awakens with amnesia. Watching her develop relationships and fall in love throughout the book and then seeing her make some bad decisions is heartbreaking! There is danger, betrayal, romance and a cliff-hanger ending that had me saying, "There better be another book coming after this one or I am going to be one mad reader!" That is when I examined the binding and saw that it is, in fact, part of a trilogy. I am so happy to know this and will anxiously await the future books in this series. Well done!

I received a copy of Traces of Mercy through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca3c96c) out of 5 stars No ending unless you buy two more books. July 15 2014
By Loree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So disappointing. This was a well written book with interesting characters and an usual and well-developed plot. Loved reading it right up until the ending.......oh wait, there is no ending. Want to sell the next book? Well, it won't be to me. I find this marketing ploy offensive. Spin offs are fine, but leaving me hanging until the next installment, not good. Since this is a trilogy, I assume that means you have to buy two more books to finish the story.