Mercy’s Rain by Cindy K. Sproles

Book description:

Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won’t stand her ground to save Mercy either.

The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor’s unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.

Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn’t realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.

Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy’s path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it–and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.

Mercy’s Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.

My review:

This is one of the best novels I’ve read in the last couple of months.  I couldn’t put it down and finished it within four hours of when it arrived in the mail.  It isn’t always the case that the book lives up to the description on the back, but this is one that does.

It is a rare book that keeps me guessing to the end and equally as rare to find one where the subplots and secondary characters are as interesting as the main ones.  Again, Sproles delivers.  I also think she does a great job of describing life in the mountains.  I could easily imagine the setting, the challenges of survival, as well as the sense of community among the people of the Wadalow Mountain.

The message and lessons in the book is also rewarding.  I loved the testimony of Samuel, Terrance, and Isabella as they loved Melody with their actions and demonstrated how to love and care for people, as well and being a living testimony for God’s love in the face of Melody’s despair and pain.  It is a reminder of how we should all minister to the least of us.

This book delivers it all.  I think this book would appeal to many people, but be aware that some scenes of the abuse Mercy suffered or witnessed at the hands of her father are difficult to read.  I can’t wait to read another book by Sproles.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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