Mercy's Rain by Cindy K. Sproles is one of the best books I have read in a while. I started it at night which was a mistake, because I literally did not sleep at all! I could not put the book down! It grabbed at my heart strings from the get go and even after it was finished I couldn't stop thinking about it. There is only a handful of books that have moved me to tears and this one made the list.
The author penned this novel in such a way that I could feel the heartbreak and pain that the main character experienced. Some books make you feel as if you are watching a story unfold from the sidelines, but not this book. I felt so connected to the story and the characters that it was as if I was actually experiencing it first hand. Also, if you have read many of my reviews you would know that I am not a big fan of books written from the first person narrative. Mercy's Rain was written from that point of view, but it did not effect my love for this story.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won't stand her ground to save Mercy either.
The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor's unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.
Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn't realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.
Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy's path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it--and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.
Mercy's Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.
You can find out more about the author Cindy Sproles and see what other books she has available at cindysproles.com.
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregal Publications in exchange for my review.