Monday, September 25, 2017




Cherished Mercy
By: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House 
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction 
Pages: 320
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Christian Book, Life Way, and Bethany House (It is available at most stores that sell books)
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)

The Inspiring Conclusion to Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier Series
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.

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I don't even know how to start this review, this book was probably my favorite out of the entire series! Well, maybe not I really did like the first book but this is still one of the best books in the series!! Just like how the other two books were about Mercy's older sisters, Hope and Grace, this one is about Mercy. Oh my goodness I don't even know where to start because this book was sooooooooooo GOOD!!!!! Okay maybe I'll start with what this book is about. Warning if you have not read the first two books in this series I recommend not reading this review because there are spoilers but not a lot so if you still want to read it go on ahead! (The spoilers are about the first two books.)

So in the first book Grace, Hope, and Mercy met Eletta and Isaac while they were traveling along the Oregon Trial to get to the Whitman Mission. Eletta and her husband continued on and they started their own mission a few hundred miles away. The reason why Grace was not at the mission when the Cayuse Indians attacked was because she was helping take care of Eletta because she was super sick. So Grace, Alex, and Sam Two Moons were not at the mission when it was attacked. They were able to go back and help persuade the Cayuse to release the women and children that they held captive. 

After two years Hope was just starting to finally show progress of healing from what happened when a lawyer came and asked her to come and testify for the trial against the guilty Cayuse Indians. After the trial and the guilty Cayuse were hanged, Hope started to fall for Lance and the rest of the second book was about how she and Lance had to lean on God in order to heal from their past. But nothing had prepared Hope for five years later when her sister asked her to take her daughter Faith, who was conceived during the attack of the Cayuse on the Whitman Mission. 

Now that I have recapped very briefly the last two books now let me tell you about the third and finally book of the Heart of The Frontier series. Mercy Flanagan was twenty and surrounded by her sister and brother-in-law's kids. Even though she was twenty, she was unmarried she wasn't even courting someone. No one in Oregon City seemed to catch her attention. She had been praying to God to show her what she needed to do next. Grace and Eletta had been exchanging letters and in one Eletta had mentioned Mercy coming out to her because she was very sick because she was pregnant. It was a miracle that she got pregnant because Eletta and Isaac had been trying forever and that is why they decided to take in Faith because they really wanted a child and Hope was not ready to be a mom yet nor did she really want the child. Against her sisters protests because there were a few Indian attacks Mercy embarked on a voyage South to Rogue river. Once there she meets the handsome Adam Browning. (Eletta's brother-in-law) In the beginning he was closed off and distanced because he didn't want to lose his heart to her as he had back in Boston to the young Lizzy. But as time went on he started to lose his heart to her and there was nothing he could do about but little did he know that she had lost her heart to him also. When Mercy finally thought that everything was settling down between the natives and the Militia, the Militia came and attacked the Rogue River indians and killed most of the people there, Mercy was able to save 13 of the natives, 10 children and 3 adults. This part brought me to tears because of how we treated the natives thinking that they weren't even humans and that they were beasts without souls! I was in tears because of that and because of a few plot twists which I did not expect at all!! Mercy, Faith, Adam, and Eletta were able to escape and they went to the nearest fort and settled there for a while and then more indian attacks happened and they had to escape across the river to stay safe. They were only safe for a few hours possible days before the indians came and attacked them on that side. The men, women, and children were stuck in a large cabin all together for a few months. During that time Mercy and Adam confessed their love in the most I cannot explain way. (If you want to figure out...READ THE BOOK!) After they were released they went and lived with a reverend in a city about a day away from Oregon city. After ten days Uncle Edward arrived to take Mercy, Faith and Adam with him back to Oregon city. Once there Hope and Faith were reunited and Adam and Mercy, who had gotten married before they went to go live with the reverend, decided even after all the attacks, that they were called to go to the reservations and help the government settle the indians in because they were doing a very poor job with it. It was so sweet to see the reuniting of the three sisters. I wish that me and my sisters were like that with each other!! 

Okay now for the reasons why I loved this book:

1. The romance, oh how I loved the love that Mercy and Adam had. It just so sweet and loving. Everything about their relationship was amazing!

2. The character development in this was amazing!! 

3. Faith. Faith was such a sweet kind little girl who had grown up thinking that her mom and dad were her real mom and dad but later finding out that Hope really was her mom. She was so optimistic through all the attacks and stayed optimistic even after she found out about Hope. She has a special place in my heart now and forever. 

4. It was so well written!! 

5. Can I just say that Tracie Peterson has yet again reminded why I love her so much!!! 

6. This book really opened up my eyes to what had happened during the 19th century with the Indians and the White men. It makes me really sad that this had to really happened! 

7. All the scripture and faith is just amazing! Some people don't like reading books that have a lot of scripture and faith in the book but I LOVE books like this! 

8. Overall this book is just purely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I highly recommended this book series to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*


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