10 February 2014

Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Find chapter one of Echoes of Mercy here.
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Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed. 
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees – the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education. 

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?

As my first Kim Vogel Sawyer novel, Echoes of Mercy left me thoroughly impressed. Not only did the setting of turn-of-the-century factory life keep me enthralled, but the characters felt engaging and authentic. I especially enjoyed the unexpected variety in character perspectives Sawyer uses. So often authors simply focus on the two romantic interests to tell the story, but Sawyer allows more characters to contribute to the telling of the story. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in historical inspirational romance. I am very grateful I received a copy of this novel from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, with the opportunity to read and honestly review it.

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