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Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr., and Cindy Kelley (Mercy Medallion #1)

landon_jr_tracesFrom the director and screenwriters who brought Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly to life comes this exciting, original series set in Reconstruction-era St. Louis. Christened “Mercy” after the medallion she was found wearing, a young woman awakens from a bad accident with no memory of her true name or her past, only a yearning to discover the truth. Mercy begins to build a new life for herself as a local bachelor pursues her. Mercy is hesitant to commit lest any dark secrets emerge from a past she’s forgotten. A chance encounter with a stranger from her old life now threatens to unravel all of her dreams.

More than a name, mercy is the underlying theme, with examples of times when we show kindness to those in need to the rarer occasions when we must show mercy to our enemies. Mother Helena is a wonderful Christ-like example in the book. Her wisdom and daily reliance on God are a costly perfume that permeates the lives of those around her and provides an absentee parental role in Mercy’s life. Anyone who loves Christian fiction, westerns or a post-Civil War historical read will enjoy this new book from writing team Landon and Kelley.

This review first appeared in the November 2013 issue of Historical Novel Review. I was provided with a copy of this book for the purposes of a review.

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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