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House of Mercy

Title:  House of Mercy
Author:  Erin Healy
Pages:  384
Year:  2012
Publishers:  Thomas Nelson
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                As I was beginning this book, like all other books I read, I was wondering what the point of the story is.  What is it that an author is trying to communicate to his/her audience?  We readers, reviewers or bloggers are part of that audience and we are as varied in our opinions as authors are when they write a story.  Have you read about a particular event in history in a novel by one author, and then found another author who wrote fiction based on the same event, but the stories are vastly different?  The more authors I am getting to know and books I am reading, the more my eyes are opened to the variety of stories published.
                House of Mercy is a novel that actually captured my attention by the picture of a horse running free at the beginning of a new day.  As the story begins we find a family running a nonprofit ranch for the glory of God.  The name of the ranch is the Blazing B, which has been in the family for five generations.  Abel is the father of three children with his wife Rose.  Were there other children?  The men working on the ranch seem to Beth to have been there since she was born.  Her older brother, Levi, dislikes her immensely as well as the way his father runs the ranch.  Levi wants it to be profitable instead of working long hours for what he considers nonsense reasons.  Beth’s younger brother, Danny, is tenderhearted like their Dad and is closer to Beth than Levi.
                Thoroughbred horses are being boarded temporarily at a nearby ranch.  Beth takes a saddle from a ranch hand so a family can try and save their horse by selling the silver on the saddle.  There is a gift of healing that runs in Beth, but where did the gift come from?  Roses’ dad returns to her life, yet you wouldn’t believe how it comes to be!  Many will read this well-told story and get out of it different ideas or themes, liking the fictional story or not.  I came away with an understanding of the God who knows my name for real.  Through all that the characters experience, one theme presents itself strongly:   God knows us well.  His goodness comes in ways we may never understand or be able to explain.  Our ways of “fixing” wrongs in our lives aren’t necessarily His.  Why?  I believe as the author paints the picture through this novel that His ways include more than we will ever comprehend.
                What will grab your heart and mind as you read it?  Well, the only way to answer that question is to read this for yourself and find out!
My rating is 4 ½ stars.

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