Echoes of Mercy is a Christian romance with intrigue, suspense, and a really nasty villain. Caroline, our heroine, is an undercover agent for the Labor Commission. Her mission is to investigate the mysterious death of a fellow agent at the Dinsmore candy factory. She is distracted from her investigation by the handsome and mysterious janitor, Ollie Moore. She tries to ignore her feelings for him, but he keeps popping up everywhere. Another distraction is the family of orphans that have come to depend on her, and all of her questions and snooping have aroused the suspicions of the slimy factory manager, Gordon.
I thought the main plot of Echoes of Mercy was interesting. Caroline and Ollie had to put their heads together to figure out what had happened to the previous agent. Lots of sparks flew between them, and they had good chemistry. I did feel like there were too many subplots that distracted from the main characters and their budding romance. I also felt like there were too many characters to really get to know any of them very well. I did like the bad guy. He was very creepy.
Overall, this was a fun story that I think fans of Christian romance will enjoy very much. If you like Jannette Oke, or similar authors, you would enjoy Echoes of Mercy.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for free for the purpose of review.
ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in Sinclair, Kansas. Ms. Sawyer delivers every time wth her thought-provoking tales of romance, love, faith, struggle, healing and forgiveness.
Meet Caroline, Lang, investigator for the Labor Commission, Oliver Dinsmore(Ollie Moore), heir to the Dinsmore Candy Dynasty.
Becoming fast friends, both are hiding secrets, and their identities. Caroline is at Dinsmore to investigate the youngest employees,the child workers at the plant, Oliver poses as a common worker, he wishes to learn all he can before he takes over for his father.
ECHOES OF MERCY will not only capture your heart, but will also have you turning pages long into the night as you learn the fate to list cast of characters. Filled with desperation, struggles, secrets, child workers, and the plight of child workers during the 1900's.
Ms. Sawyer is an amazing storyteller whose stories flows seamlessly, are thought provoking and compassionate. A sweet romance! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Kim Vogel Sawyer again offers up a light mystery set in a historical romance. Carrie or Caroline Lang has worked with the Labor Commission for sometime. She prides herself in her investigations skills and is proud of the work she does to help the children in factories. She is a strong believer of education and letting children be children. As a member of the Labor Commission, Carrie goes undercover to factories to see how the conditions are for the people and children working. Ollie Moore, or Oliver Dinsmore is an educated man who wants to see how his father's business runs before he takes over things himself. Knowing he would get special treatment and not see the full picture if he showed up as the heir, disguised himself and started working in his father's candy factory as a janitor. It is here at his father's factory, he runs into Carrie, a girl working as a toter of candy. As he starts to get to know Carrie, he realizes, this girl isn't like most women who work in the factory. She is educated and carries herself with decorum.
As Carrie and Ollie get to know each other, they discover that their ideas on how a company should be run differ greatly and cause strife between them, but when they both set their sights on investigating the manager, Hightower, they see how they can help each other.
In the beginning of the 1900's, it was tough to be a kid. I cringe a little when I read a story of a child having to work at such a young age. I had to cheer on Carrie and her desire to help kids and see that they get an education. Carrie had a good heart and wasn't timid when it came to fighting for the little guy. Ollie grew on me in the story. As began to see things for himself and not as he has been taught.
I felt the story get a little side tracked when Carrie is introduced to and then volunteered to care for three siblings. The story veered more toward their lives and how to help them, but in the end, the kids had a part that was important to the story.
It was sweet story.
Thank you to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Echoes of Mercy takes place in the early 1900Ã¢â¬Â²s in Sinclair, Kansas and deals with some pressing issues for its time. Child labor, the discrepancy in pay for women and children compared to men, workplace safety, and the differences that existed between the classes in society.
This was a really enjoyable book. The characters are very well-written and interesting to read about. Ollie and Carrie are attracted to each other, but both are working undercover in the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory and don't feel that they can fully reveal their true selves to each other. This alone brings a lot of tension to their relationship. Speaking of their relationship, it is a sweet one that develops softly throughout the story, but is fully satisfying in its growth.
I enjoyed the side characters and felt that they were well-written also. I felt intense dislike for the foreman, frustration with Letta and her brothers for some of their actions, and really enjoyed Noble and Annamarie. All of these characters really made for a well rounded story.
The author did a great job making me feel that I was really back in this time, working in the factory. I felt that I could truly "see" it and all of the busyness of the workers shuffling about in their activity. There was a good mystery throughout the book that the heroine was trying to discover the answer to, growth of certain characters as they learned to trust in God, and a satisfying conclusion. A lovely piece of historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.