Traces of Mercy begins at the end of the civil war. A sharp shooter for the South has been knocking off the enemy time after time. The shooter getting ready to finish the job, watches two brother’s last moment together as the younger brother has been shot and dies in the older’s arms. The shooter in a moment of mercy, spares the older brother’s life and as the shooter retreats is shot. That is the prelude to this story. Then the first chapter begins with a young lady who has no memory ends up in a doctor’s office with a gun shot wound and dressed as a man. The woman with no memory is led to a convent and ironically given the name Mercy by the Mother Superior. Mercy helps out at convent and meets the most eligible bachelor in town and sparks begin to fly.
This historical fiction book tells an enjoyable tale of mystery and romance. This page turner, through Mercy’s journal, allows the reader to learn how the character is trying to deal with her amnesia. The climax comes when Mercy has a decision to make that will impact her future. Mr. Landon and Ms. Kelley show their storytelling ability by evoking empathy for Mercy and frustration when she makes a decision that stresses her relationship. The characters and their relationships are well written evoking empathy with the reader. Readers will be left in anticipation for the sequel and wanting to find out more about Mercy’s story.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, David C. Cook