Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart’s cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of –Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help.
At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm’s length.
When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive. -from the publisher
This title is the third in the Heart of the Frontier series. Although it can be read as a standalone, readers will appreciate the characters and storyline more having read the other titles in the series. The character of Mercy is a strong character and written so the reader can empathize with Mercy’s love of the native people, yet her hesitancy of the situation she finds herself among. An additional storyline is Mercy’s sister, Hope, who was raped while being held captive during the Whitman Mission Massacre gave up the daughter as a result. She comes back to this situation during the conclusion of this beautiful story. Fans of Tracie Peterson’s historical fiction offerings will fall in throughly enjoy this fast read.
I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley and the publisher, Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.