There are so many good things about this book; the story, the characters and the lessons that were taught. Carrie Lang has strong feelings and she's not afraid to let people know what they are, especially when it comes to children working in factories instead of learning in school. It doesn't take long for her to butt heads with not only her new boss, but the factory's newest janitor, Ollie Moore. The chemistry between Carrie and Ollie was fun to watch as they both fight the growing attraction. I think my favorite character, was Keisha, the restaurant owner. She was full of life and was secure in who she was so she wasn't afraid to call things the way they were.
This is another strong story by an excellent author. The primary storyline is Carries attempt to determine the cause of a co-worker's death. However, the author weaves not only some romance and suspense into the story but redemption and self worth. I also loved the storyline with Lank, it was a joy to watch where the author took him in this story.
The author not only gives an entertaining story but she gives us good reminders about life and what things are truly important. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book, I was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
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.
What could be better than a good book with chocolate? Maybe a book about chocolate!
At Dinsmore's 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 inspector's 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 God's mercy and justice are ever present.
Kim Vogel Sawyer's 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.
Ollie Moore, the day janitor at Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolate Factor finds himself attracted to the new toter, Carrie Lang. But he knows Carrie isn't someone his parents will approve of. After all, he's not really janitor Ollie Moore. He's 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 isn't who she seems, either. She's 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¢â¬âhe might look like a common factory worker, but he doesn't always sound like one.
I have enjoyed the previous books I've 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:
"Jesus tells us in the eleventh chapter of Matthew, verse twenty-eight, Ã¢â¬ËCome unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest'. He'll honor the promise, but you must do your part in laying down the burden."
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 _
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.
Echoes of Mercy is set in 1904 Sinclair, Kansas. Investigator Caroline Lang ua sent to go undercover at the Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolate Factory to investigate an accident.
Oliver Dinsmore who is the factory owner's son, is also undercover in his father's factory to see how things are run before he takes it over.
He goes under the name of Ollie Moore and soon meets up with Carrie Lang and they become friends when trying to find a way to help three needy children. But he has no idea what she is hiding and her true identity. They are both faced with lying to each other about their backgrounds. What will happen to these two when their secrets are revealed?
It's a story about truth, lies and secrets. Overall, it was an excellent book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy Christian mystery or romance novels.
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program for my free copy which I received in exchange for an honest review.