I won this book in a First Reads giveaway, thank you to the authors/publisher for my free copy.
3 1/2 stars
civil war is over. People everywhere are trying to rebuild their lives.
This proves more difficult for some than others. For in order to
rebuild your life you need to know who you are, where you've been and
where you are going. And those are questions that one young woman,
Mercy, just cant answer...
'Traces Of Mercy' is a story of a young
woman endeavoring to claim her life back after an accident erases all
traces of her memory. All she knows is that she knows nothing.
Should she put her life on hold until her memory returns or put the past behind her and start again? A new name, a new love, a new future...
I'm a little torn with this one...
beginning is exciting and very "un-put-down-able", the book really
sucks you in and I love that in a story. Also, nothing is predictable,
many things surprised me; again, that's a good thing.
moves into the nun's orphanage things kind of slow down and I got a
little bored, not mindnumbingly bored, I still kept reading, but it
wasn't holding my fascination like the beginning did.The nuns did their
little bit of sermonizing (which I suppose was to be expected~ but there
was no "instant conversion" which I really hate in a book so I carried
on and I'm glad I did).
At this point we are introduced to the handsome hero. Handsome UNION hero. Mercy is SOUTHERN. Even so,
things seem a little TOO perfect and I was beginning to
yawn...UNTIL...enter SECOND Union hero. Who recognizes someone...
book would have been 4 star but the ending left me wanting more
answers. To my knowledge there is no sequel and I wanted at least an
epilogue to see what happens but the reader is left suspended. I'm not a
fan of that. I don't have to have everything wrapped up in a bow but I
do like a bit more closure. So that would have been nice.
DO LIKE that this book has unexpected twists and turns and that the
characters are real with real issues , hatreds and imperfections.
Great storytelling! I would definitely read more from these authors.
* I just read on another
person's review that this is the first of a trilogy so I'm sure more
answers are discovered as the books carry on. I'm tempted to raise my
rating to 4 but knowing there's a sequel doesn't change the fact that
this one ended rather disappointingly. After all, I don't have the
second book, do I? I have the first book. Providing I have the money and
I find the other books in the series I will definitely want to carry on
with the story.
Violence: some wartime shooting, nothing descriptive
Preachiness: a little (a few of the characters are nuns)
My rating: G