About the Book
The First Book in The Medallion Series
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 new historical romance series 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.
4 out of 5 (stars)
The first few pages of this read were quite intriguing, and the way the first and second scenes played out and ended, made me laugh so hard. Imagine my surprise when I finally discovered who the first mentioned character was. It certainly was an interesting way to open the story.
Through each swiped page (kindle anyone?), you couldn’t miss that Mercy was a very feisty young woman, despite the loss of her memory. This side of her was what made the story so interesting. Unfortunately, with her temper, it didn’t always bid well for her.
Rand was charming, but I wouldn’t say I found him more intriguing than any averagely developed male lead character. And I must say that at some point in the story, he disappointed me. I expected him to handle his discovery of Mercy’s true identity a lot better than he did. I could understand his anger and disappointment, especially with the way things appeared, and I get that true romance stories always work themselves out and end in happily ever after, but I just couldn’t help but be disappointed. I found his actions rash. Certainly put a dent in his character in my opinion, even though somewhere along the story, he most likely found redemption.
I found Captain Eli intriguing in the first few pages of the book, and he even gained my sympathy, somewhat, and I hoped for some much more for him than the story offered. But as I read further, I couldn’t understand his motive for pushing Mercy into the corner that he did, only to have him decide to heroically save her again. His character had me confused on this. I also liked his noble heart, especially when he had it set on achieving something.
Other characters that made my list and offered flavor to this story were Mother Helena and Oona. Their wisdom and gentleness helped make Mercy’s life more bearable at a time she needed them most. I didn’t like Deidre much for most part of the story. I constantly suspected jealousy towards Mercy in her. But finally admitting her faults and weaknesses helped me see her in a different light and even persuaded me to sympathize with her, a little.
The theme of the story was strewn all over it, obvious even from the first pages of the book—showing mercy and offering forgiveness. Mercy had serious anger issues that clearly stemmed from her past, despite her memory loss. This anger led her into the trouble that almost destroyed her. But again, God found her, and mercy spoke for her. She in turn, had to learn to forgive and offer mercy to those who had hurt her.
Overall, it was a very engaging read.
About the Authors
Michael Landon Jr. was born on June 20, 1964 in Encino, California, USA as Michael Graham Landon. He is a producer and director, known for Love Comes Softly (2003), Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) and Love’s Abiding Joy (2006). He has been married to Sharee Gregory since December 19, 1987. They have three children.
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