Friday, March 13, 2015

Mercy’s Rain: An Appalachian Novel by Cindy K. Sproles (Book Review)

Mercy’s Rain: An Appalachian Novel

by Cindy K. Sproles

(received in exchange for an honest review)

Mercy's Rain

Genre- Fiction / Christian

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 263

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4361-9

Mercy Roller has not known mercy in her young life.  She was married and widowed when she was thirteen.  She was a mother and childless when she was fifteen.  All of this was under the authority of her father, the Pastor.

Her whole community was under his control and nobody was spared his “righteous” actions.  Mercy decided she had had enough after a man died because of her father.  She took action against her father, she killed him.

She left home and found that God’s love is not evil.  Will she be able to accept that and be happy?  Will she ever see her mother again?  

Read an excerpt.

About the Author-

Cindy K. Sproles currently lives with her family in East Tennessee.  She writes devotions and is a teacher/speaker and different conferences.

My thoughts-

I had a hard time reading the first part of Mercy’s Rain, because of Mercy’s father, the Pastor.  He was so abusive to her and the rest of their community in Tennessee.  I did not want to read of all the ways he abused all of them.  After she killed her father and left the community, the book was much easier to read.

I really enjoyed reading about her new life with Samuel (a preacher), Terrance, and Isabella.  It was living with them that helped show her how God is good and merciful to those who worship him.  She was a blessing to them and they were a blessing to her.  She was even able to be a blessing to her mother, even though her mother had a hard time accepting her. 

Sproles is an excellent writer.  I could feel Mercy’s joys and pains as I read the book.  I could also see what it was like to live in the Appalachian Mountains during the late 1890’s.

I think that many of you would enjoy this book.  I know I did.

(I really enjoyed the cover.  The old cabin with its chimney was spectacular.)     

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Mercy’s Rain, by Cindy K. Sproles, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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