Echoes of Mercy: A Novel - eBook
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employeesÃ¢ÂÂthe child workers. CarolineÃ¢ÂÂs fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as Ã¢ÂÂOllie Moore,Ã¢ÂÂ he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
As always, Sawyer delivers a story that is all things to everyone; exciting, romantic, suspenseful, heart-stopping, intriguing, and passionate in the cause Caroline and Oliver are trying to fight for. The chocolate factory was amazing to read about; (who doesn't love chocolate?!) and seeing what factories used to be like back in the infancy of mass production was quite educational.
The story moved along at a good pace, and with the backbone of the story being truth, lies, and secrets hidden - and it is a recipe for success. (Slight pun intended here.) Something interesting that caught my eye was the fact that Oliver and Caroline were on opposite sides of what they felt was a moral issue, and how even the strongest objections can be overcome by love. A wonderful novel about doing what's right no matter what the cost.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
February 12, 2014
This is the first book i have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so at first glance I didn't know what to expect, but it was a great book! Excellent plot. Thrilling storyline, an amazing writing style, not to mention great morals! so if you ever have the chance and need something to read. pick up this book, you won't be disappointed.
February 26, 2014
A Sweet Book Review
What could be better than a good book with chocolate? Maybe a book about chocolate!
At DinsmoreÃ¢ÂÂs World Famous Chocolate Factory, everything is not as it seems. The mysterious death of an inspector working undercover. A janitor exploring the business he will inherit from the inside out. A manager set on exploiting the man who took him from nothing and made him something. A young woman, sent to finish the inspectorÃ¢ÂÂs job and discover if the accident that killed him was truly an accident who has a heart to see that children go to school instead of spending long hours working. As the worlds of these characters collide, they discover that GodÃ¢ÂÂs mercy and justice are ever present.
Kim Vogel SawyerÃ¢ÂÂs Echoes of Mercy is a very good read and will keep you wondering as to what will happen next. So, grab a box of chocolates and enjoy!
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for this review.
February 25, 2014
Excellent and thought-provoking plot
Ollie Moore, the day janitor at DinsmoreÃ¢ÂÂs World-Famous Chocolate Factor finds himself attracted to the new toter, Carrie Lang. But he knows Carrie isnÃ¢ÂÂt someone his parents will approve of. After all, heÃ¢ÂÂs not really janitor Ollie Moore. HeÃ¢ÂÂs Oliver Fulton Dinsmore, son of the owner of the chocolate factor, working in disguise to investigate working practices at the factory, and the factory manager, Gordon Hightower.
Carrie isnÃ¢ÂÂt who she seems, either. SheÃ¢ÂÂs an undercover investigator for the Labor Commission, working to ascertain whether the recent death at the factory was an accident or something more sinister, and with a personal mission to end child labour (sorry. New Zealand spelling coming through here). Carrie is attracted by Ollie, but suspects there is more to him than meets the eyeÃ¢ÂÂhe might look like a common factory worker, but he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt always sound like one.
I have enjoyed the previous books IÃ¢ÂÂve read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Echoes of Mercy was no different. She combines interesting and likeable characters with a historical romance plot that manages to exceed my expectations in the way she weaves in issues of the day, in this case, child labour. Yet this theme is a natural outflowing of the story and never seems forced, and she gives weight to the arguments both for and against child labour: economic necessity vs. human compassion.
The story also includes a subtle but solid Christian element, best evidenced for me with this quote:
Ã¢ÂÂJesus tells us in the eleventh chapter of Matthew, verse twenty-eight, Ã¢ÂÂCome unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you restÃ¢ÂÂ. HeÃ¢ÂÂll honor the promise, but you must do your part in laying down the burden.Ã¢ÂÂ
We live in a world where so many of us are so very busy, yet we are not always prepared to lay that burden at the cross. Hmm Ã¢ÂÂ¦
Overall, I highly recommend Echoes of Mercy as a good story with a thought-provoking yet unobtrusive theme.
Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books for providing a free ebook for review.
February 23, 2014