The Mercy is the last book in The Rose Trilogy from Beverly Lewis. As always, she draws you into the daily life, concerns, and family ties as if you were sitting in the Amish kitchen yourself.
The Mercy opens in winter, not only in the actual season, but also in a dark period of Hen's life and marriage. Her marriage to Brandon, an Englisher, is falling apart at the same time he is is in a terrible car accident that leaves him blind. He returns to Hen's Amish family's home during his recuperation. While there, he strikes up a friendship with Aaron, an Amish preacher who is under a silencing ban. Can Aaron help Brandon 'see the light?' Will Hen and Brandon be able to reconcile their differences - both personally and religiously?
Meanwhile, Hen's younger sister Rose is yearning for a beau and a family of her own, but she keeps running into brick walls. Her first love leaves the Amish order for the world - wanting to go to college and experience everything that he feels had been denied him. Her second courtship solidifies her vow to God and His ways. We walk alongside her through her emotional ups-and-downs. How I could relate to her feelings and desires.
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I love how Beverly Lewis intertwines the Amish faith and beliefs with the characters and storyline. After reading her books, I feel as though I know a little bit more about their lifestyle and faith. This book was another great example of what true repentance looks like and the importance of keeping your vows made to God.
I wasn't able to read the first two books in The Rose Trilogy, but I had no problem following the storyline or the characters. I look forward to reading the first two books soon - Book 1 The Thorn and Book 2 The Judgment.
Thank you, Beverly, for another wonderful book!
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I received this complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.