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HomeSchool Mom of 4The Hot Dry DesertAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love It!October 21, 2017HomeSchool Mom of 4The Hot Dry DesertAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Echoes of Mercy was the first book I've read by popular historical Christian fiction author Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I was hooked from the first page. I absolutely loved this book, devoured it in a few days, and can't wait to read more from this wonderful author! Admittedly, there are many books I'm not able to get into, but this was not one of them. I like a strong lead female in the books I read, someone with passion for life, real personality, and just enough flaws to seem real. Caroline, the lady in this book, is the kind of girl I'd like to be friends with. I really liked her, enjoyed "spending time" with her, and got into her story. The man in her life was equally likeable and was a very round character--not afraid to admit when he was wrong, and willing to become the kind of man God created him to be. And the bad guy! The bad guy was such a villain--a very dastardly sort of fellow. The book had such a wide variety of very different types of characters that it made the read very interesting.
In the book, Caroline is an undercover agent during the 1900's. She's got a questionable past and it's interesting learning her story throughout the pages of the book. The story isn't too predictable, and has enough twists and turns to keep the reader wondering how exactly some of the problems in the story are going to be resolved. I loved it and definitely will read more from this author!
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 14, 2014lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Caroline Langston is an investigator for the Labor Commission and often goes undercover as an employee of the company or factory she is investigating in order to determine the working conditions. She reports her findings and based on these findings, changes or charges might be brought against an owner. She is sent to the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory to complete an investigation started by another agent who met an untimely death. She is also supposed to look into this agent's death to see if it was really an accident as reported or if it was murder. She strikes up a friendship with another worker, Ollie Moore and begins to feel more for him than friendship, but when her investigation is done, she will be going home to Nebraska, leaving Kansas and going to the next job. Caroline also meets three poor children and takes them under her wing. She knows what it is like to be poor, beaten and afraid as she was such as a child. She promotes education for children instead of working in a factory, which puts her in opposition with Ollie. Can they overcome their differences to find love?
Ollie Moore or Oliver Dinsmore is working undercover at his father's factory to see what improvements he can make and learn the business better for when he takes over from his father. No one knows he is undercover except his father. He offers to help Caroline or Carrie as she is known at the factory in her investigation. He sees her determination, spunk and bravery as well as her faith put to the test. Ollie believes in God, but doesn't have a personal relationship with Him. As he spends more time with Carrie, he longs to find out who God is and how he can know Him better. Ollie also knows Carrie is the only one for him, but his parents want him to marry someone from his own social class. Can Ollie learn to trust the One who controls everything? Can he learn that prayers are answered and the value of prayer?
Caroline is such a model of Christian compassion, generosity and selflessness. She inspires me to be a better Christian toward the people around me. She had such wonderful mentors in Noble and Annamarie. Even though they are now old, they still mentor and guide Caroline and others; they didn't retire. Even when Caroline realizes her true purpose in crossing paths with Ollie, she is disappointed, but rejoices with the opportunity God gives her as well. This was just an inspiring, hope-filled story along with some romance that is uplifting to read. I plan to read more of this author's works and hope other readers will read this one and pass it along to a friend.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5June 12, 2014FitzysmomWhen I'm in the mood for a compelling historical romance I know I can always count on one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books. Echoes of Mercy continues her streak of great fiction. She once again brings us a story about a strong female in a non-typical role.
Caroline Lang is an investigator for the Labor Commission. Her heart is for seeing children get an education rather than being forced into labor while they are young. Her mentor and father figure, Noble, has asked her to go investigate the suspicious death of a colleague while undercover at the Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas. Even though she'd rather take some well deserved time off she says yes.
Once she is in Sinclair she interviews for a job at the factory with the sleazy Gordon Hightower. She gets the job as a toter and soon meets the dashingly handsome Ollie Moore. Unbeknownst to anyone at the factory Ollie is really Oliver Dinsmore, son and heir, to the factory. Ollie is there to find out about how the factory works from the inside.
The story proceeds with several unexpected twists and turns that leave Caroline and Ollie seeing to the care of three orphans. The caring of the children draw the two together, but the situation at the factory puts barriers up that seem insurmountable.
One of the things I like about Kim's novels is her clear message of faith. I always come away from one of her books feeling not only entertained but inspired and uplifted. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a clear gospel message interspersed within an intriguing plot.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
BookwormAge: Under 18Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Touching StoryMay 12, 2014BookwormAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a good read. There is just something inherently interesting in a historical fiction with the main character being a spy. It's new and different.
The characters were well developed. I felt like they were real people really living somewhere, and I was just watching their lives. It had an interesting plot and was very engaging. That said, I didn't like it as much as I liked Sawyer's What Once Was Lost.
I got this free from Multnomah Publishing for the purpose of this review, which is my honest opinion.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5History, Mystery, Child Labor and RomanceApril 30, 2014VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book "Echoes Of Mercy" published by Waterbrook Press takes us into the life of Caroline Lang.
From the back cover: Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
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¢â¬âthe child workers. Caroline's 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 "Ollie Moore," 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?
A Chocolates Factory and a suspicious accident. An investigator for the Labor Commission, Caroline, goes undercover to find out who did it and why. Oliver is also undercover trying to learn about the family company from the bottom up. Both of them collide over child labor and, specifically, three children. Of course there is the element of mystery regarding the accident and the death and that will keep you guessing however the real focus is on child labor before the Child Labor Laws were passed. I knew some of the problems I just didn't know the full extent of it. Wow, it was terrible. Ms. Sawyer has given us history and social issues all wrapped up in a mystery adventure. Well done! This is also a great romance. Caroline and Oliver are just perfect for one another and it is great fun to go through their relationship with them. Get ready for a very interesting read that will keep you flipping pages.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."