A Little Prayer And A Lot Of Patience
Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson is a delightful Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Heart Of The Frontier series but can be read as a stand-alone as the previous two books are incorporated in the story. I would recommend reading the previous two books first as they will help in the reader’s understanding of character development and why some characters behave as they do.
This series has followed three sisters through the real life Whitman Mission massacre (1847) to this novel opening in 1855. This book is Mercy’s story. The reader has seen her develop from a twelve year old to a young woman, still tender hearted but tough when she has to be. She is, as her name suggests, full of mercy. She realises that a heart full of hate is not productive, nor what God wants.
There are characters driven by hate and greed. Cherished Mercy has its focus on the Native Americans. Greed, ignorance and fear have driven many to hate. Vigilantes, sponsored by the government, show themselves to be blood thirsty murderers, content on lining their pockets rather than showing compassion to women, children and the elderly. Very few seem to be looking to God.
There are good people. “He doesn’t let hatred control his actions, but seeks to do God’s will.” Hearts and motives of a few are pure.
The novel is about roots and heritage. No one can be blamed for the sins of their parents. We are all a unique and new creation under God.
Faith is another theme. “Faith isn’t faith unless it’s tested.” When life is hard, we see where values lie.
Prayer is important. “Ain’t never known anything that wasn’t made better by prayer.” When no other option is available, we can always pray and be sure that God hears us. “Prayer had been her refuge.”
Family is precious – the blood family and the family of God.
This Heart Of The Frontier series has been fabulous. I have read the three books back to back for maximum enjoyment. It has been wonderful getting to know the sisters Grace, Hope and Mercy. To see their responses and watch their characters grow. I ‘felt’ a connection to them all.
Tracie Peterson is a marvellous and talented writer. Treat yourself today and buy all three Heart Of The Frontier novels. Settle back, forget the chores, and be transported to another time and place. Enjoy. I certainly did.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.