Review of Traces of Mercy!

Title:  Trace of Mercy (Mercy Medallion Trilogy #1)
Author:  Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley
Pages:  344
Year:  2013
Publisher:  David C. Cook
Mercy has a secret…too bad she doesn’t know what it is!  She is the victim of amnesia and has no memory beyond waking up in a doctor’s office.  She can’t even remember her name and settles for being named after a medallion she is wearing when she is brought to the doctor from the scene of a horse and wagon accident.  She was dressed as a man and had her hair cut short in a man’s style, so the doctor assumes she had been passing herself off as a man.  Mercy remembers nothing of this or anything else from her past.
After she has recovered, the doctor takes her to live with some nuns and she meets Rand Prescott, the wealthiest bachelor in St. Louis.  In the summer of 1865, she and Rand begin to realize their love for each other.  She, at first, avoids making a commitment to him due to her not knowing her past.  Rand always gets what he wants and he wants to marry Mercy, so she acquiesces to his wishes.  She loves Rand and soon dedicates herself to enjoying being in love.
Then, someone from her past makes himself known to her and tells her about some portions of her past.  What should she do now?  Rand and his family were staunch supporters of the Union.  She has a southern accent.  In the past, did she really have sympathy for the Confederate cause?  She still can’t remember, but feels as if this stranger is telling her the truth.  She makes a decision that will change her life as well as the lives of others.  She is caught in her lies and must pay the consequences in full.
The only criticism I have of this book is that it ended!  I am anxiously awaiting the continuation of Mercy’s story in the next book.  The characters were well-developed and readers can easily identify with their emotions.  I read this story in a day because it was so engrossing I couldn’t put it down.  I enjoy reading fictional historical stories with the Civil War as the backdrop.  This story has a unique plot and I’m ready to read the second book in the trilogy, so bring it on!  Kudos to the authors for their wonderful writing and captivating story!
My rating is 5 stars.
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  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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