Monday, October 20, 2014

Finding Mercy



Title:  Finding Mercy (Mercy Medallion Series)
Author:  Michael Landon, Jr & Cindy Kelley
Pages:  416
Year:  2014
Publisher:  David C. Cook
The novel that introduces the audience to the characters and story line was released in 2013 and titled, Traces of Mercy.  Set during the Civil War, a young woman poses as a Confederate soldier until wounded and carried to a local doctor where her secret is discovered.  When she wakes up, her memory is completely wiped out and her life begins at the exact moment of waking up.  Nothing she does jiggles her memory and when she is staying in the care of nuns they name her Mercy.  Mercy’s adventures begin to expound in this second novel, Finding Mercy, picking up where Traces of Mercy ended.
It was hard to wait another full year to see how the authors were going to either wrap up the story or share another installment.  The tension begins to really climb when Mercy along with her companion Elijah find out her true home, name and family.  Since Mercy still cannot remember anything, what brings family problems to a boil is that Mercy’s heart has changed along with her viewpoints on slavery.
These kinds of novels are so enjoyable because they take historical events, people or places and set them in various situations.  Women disguising themselves as men in order to serve in the Civil War wasn’t new to me, but the fact women were in prison during the war was revealing.  After the novel, the authors include historical information that brings further clarity to those who lived at that particular time.
To see how far someone would go to help another is compelling more so when it is during a time in our history when slaves were viewed as less than human.  Using this backdrop, the authors show us how God reaches out to bring people close to His heart.  Once again I could read the desperation people lived with as food supplies diminished and how hard it was to bring comfort and hope even after the fighting was over.  Well-crafted, exciting, captivating and adventurous are words that make these novels a must read for one and all!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Finding Mercy
David C. Cook (October 1, 2014)
by
Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley


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. 
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Cindy Kelley is the co-author of the novel The Silent Gift, and Traces of Mercy. Her career as a screenwriter with long-time writing partner, Michael Landon, Jr., began with the adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic story, The Velveteen Rabbit, which had a theatrical release. Several television movies followed, most notably Love Comes Softly, (based on Janette Oke’s novel) which won a CAMIE Award and the Epiphany Prize for Movie Guide’s most inspirational television movie of 2003. Cindy and her husband, Jim, make their home in the Southwest; have three adorable grandchildren and four big dogs who rule the house.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she's from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which!

If you'd like to read the first chapter of Finding Mercy, go HERE.


Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Movie Review


Title:  Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me
Link:  http://glencampbellmovie.com/faith/
Year:  2014
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Glen Campbell and his family share a very transparent journey that brings both laughter and tears as he declined with Alzheimer’s.  For a year, the family shares his final tour without covering up even the tough times.  Friends and fans share their memories of this man along with how Glen impacted their lives.
While it was amazing to see this man do his singing and playing as he always had, it was hard to watch Glen decline to a place where he had to stop.  There were pictures of family and friends along with videos that Glen would watch and then ask questions as to who the people were.  When he toured, he had to have a teleprompter because he couldn’t recall the lyrics, but he sure could play that guitar like nobody I have ever heard before.
The reason Glen along with his family did this was to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s, but also to show all who are impacted by watching their loved one’s journey.  For me, it helped to comfort me as I listened to the family share their joys and sorrows about times living with Glen because this last year it is become familiar territory for me.  Glen was also able to gain the attention of those in government to help attain funding to finding a cure so hopefully sometime in the future it will be a distant memory.
I know it may be hard for many to go and see the movie; it was bitter sweet for me as I just lost my Dad to this disease.  Yet, may we all show the same faith and courage as the Campbell family did to face it head on so at the end of the journey there aren’t any regrets.  Glen has impacted many lives by his songs and talent, maybe even his past troubles.  I think this film will be what many remember about him most because he laughed, joked, sang, traveled and said farewell with a heart of love.
Thanks Glen for all you shared.  God Bless you on your journey home to Him.
My rating is 5 stars.
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Guest Review of "Afloat" by Erin Healy


Title:  Afloat
Author:  Erin Healy
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Vance Nolan is the project manager for Eagle’s Talon, a new condominium community for the wealthy.  The condos are built in a new construction technique and float on water.  Vance has had some difficulties in his teenage years, but as he matured physically, he also matured spiritually with the help of his good friend Zeke.  Vance will soon face the toughest challenge of his life when disaster strikes at the jobsite.
Danielle Clement is a young widow and executive assistant to Tony Dean, the money behind Eagle’s Talon.  Her relationship with Tony has become more than professional recently.  She likes the security his money brings for herself and her young son.  She feels the only way she can earn this money is by letting Tony into her bed.  She knows she doesn’t love him, but what does it hurt to pretend?  As catastrophe after catastrophe strikes her life, she begins to see what kind of man Tony and Vance really are, as well as what kind of woman she is.  She doesn’t like that picture, but what can she do about it?  She sees herself as always being dependent on a man.  Can she find the strength to speak up for herself and stand on her own?  What does Vance have that gives him strength that so draws Danielle to him?
I thought the author did a good job of giving her characters plausible personalities and emotions.  I could find something about each character that I could relate to, which made the story more real to me.  While I didn’t like some of the characters, it was mostly because I could see their negative aspects partially in myself.  I really liked the characters of Zeke and Vance.  Both were strong men of God with a love for God first, then a sacrificial love for others.  This was an interesting story and different from a lot of books I read in that there was a lot of action at the beginning, but then most of the focus was on how the characters interacted with each other.  I look forward to reading more books from this author and hope that readers will make time to enjoy her works.
My rating is 4 stars.

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