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  • Posted September 7, 2014

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    Recently, I had the chance to read a complimentary review copy o

    Recently, I had the chance to read a complimentary review copy of Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The book is set in Kansas in the fall of 1904. Caroline goes undercover as a laborer at Dinsmore Chocolate Facotry in Sinclair, Kansas to investigate a suspicious accident and to find out about how they treat child workers. She had a rough childhood, so she is particularly compassionate about children being allowed to pursue education and be kids. As she applies for the role, she meets a young girl whose father is forcing her to find a job. She offers to help and forms a connection with Letta and eventually her family. She also meets and finds herself falling for Ollie Moore, who is also working undercover at the factory.

    I enjoyed reading the story and getting to know Carrie, Ollie, Letta and the other characters in the story. By alternating the vantage point of the story, the author was able to develop the characters by both sharing their own thoughts and observations and by sharing the thoughts and observations of the others. I like that this approach to the storyline allows the reader to really get to know the characters and their history, in a short time frame.

    The book drew me in and kept me wanting to continue to read, even when it was time to go to sleep or put dinner on the table. I found myself wanting to find out how the relationships would evolve and if/how each characters secrets would be revealed to the others.

    This was the second book that I read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

    When I'm in the mood for a compelling historical romance I know

    When I'm in the mood for a compelling historical romance I know I can always count on one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books. Echoes of Mercy continues her streak of great fiction. She once again brings us a story about a strong female in a non-typical role.

    Caroline Lang is an investigator for the Labor Commission. Her heart is for seeing children get an education rather than being forced into labor while they are young. Her mentor and father figure, Noble, has asked her to go investigate the suspicious death of a colleague while undercover at the Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas. Even though she'd rather take some well deserved time off she says yes.

    Once she is in Sinclair she interviews for a job at the factory with the sleazy Gordon Hightower. She gets the job as a toter and soon meets the dashingly handsome Ollie Moore. Unbeknownst to anyone at the factory Ollie is really Oliver Dinsmore, son and heir, to the factory. Ollie is there to find out about how the factory works from the inside.

    The story proceeds with several unexpected twists and turns that leave Caroline and Ollie seeing to the care of three orphans. The caring of the children draw the two together, but the situation at the factory puts barriers up that seem insurmountable. 

    One of the things I like about Kim's novels is her clear message of faith. I always come away from one of her books feeling not only entertained but inspired and uplifted. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a clear gospel message interspersed within an intriguing plot.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

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    ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting inspirat

    ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in Sinclair, Kansas. Ms. Sawyer delivers every time wth her thought-provoking tales of romance, love, faith, struggle, healing and forgiveness.

    Meet Caroline, Lang, investigator for the Labor Commission, Oliver Dinsmore(Ollie Moore), heir to the Dinsmore Candy Dynasty.
    Becoming fast friends, both are hiding secrets, and their identities. Caroline is at Dinsmore to investigate the youngest employees,the child workers at the plant, Oliver poses as a common worker, he wishes to learn all he can before he takes over for his father.

    ECHOES OF MERCY will not only capture your heart, but will also have you turning pages long into the night as you learn the fate to list cast of characters. Filled with desperation, struggles, secrets, child workers, and the plight of child workers during the 1900's.

    Ms. Sawyer is an amazing storyteller whose stories flows seamlessly, are thought provoking and compassionate. A sweet romance! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Echoes of Mercy takes place in the early 1900¿s in Sinclair, Kan

    Echoes of Mercy takes place in the early 1900′s in Sinclair, Kansas and deals with some pressing issues for its time. Child labor, the discrepancy in pay for women and children compared to men, workplace safety, and the differences that existed between the classes in society.

    This was a really enjoyable book. The characters are very well-written and interesting to read about. Ollie and Carrie are attracted to each other, but both are working undercover in the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory and don’t feel that they can fully reveal their true selves to each other. This alone brings a lot of tension to their relationship. Speaking of their relationship, it is a sweet one that develops softly throughout the story, but is fully satisfying in its growth.

    I enjoyed the side characters and felt that they were well-written also. I felt intense dislike for the foreman, frustration with Letta and her brothers for some of their actions, and really enjoyed Noble and Annamarie. All of these characters really made for a well rounded story.

    The author did a great job making me feel that I was really back in this time, working in the factory. I felt that I could truly “see” it and all of the busyness of the workers shuffling about in their activity. There was a good mystery throughout the book that the heroine was trying to discover the answer to, growth of certain characters as they learned to trust in God, and a satisfying conclusion. A lovely piece of historical fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Nice read!!!!

    I enjoyed this book and its characters! A sweet story that had some mystery, romance, and history! Discussion questions were also very good and brought up lively discussiin in my bookclub! Definitely worth the read!

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

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    This book was fantastic. I was hooked from the very first page.

    This book was fantastic. I was hooked from the very first page. Kim Vogel Sawyer is an excellent writer. The plot was fast-paced and exciting. I loved that both Caroline and Oliver were under cover, trying to uncover things at the chocolate factory. I loved that the setting was in chocolate factory, as well. I am a HUGE fan of chocolate, so this book made me crave some! The romance between "Ollie" and "Carrie" was sweet (no pun intended, hehe). It wasn't the main focus of the book, and that was fine. The insights on child labor back in that time period was also interesting.

    The author does a wonderful job of creating depth in each character and explaining what has made them the way they are. Caroline Lang (aka Carrie) has gone through a lot in her life. She detests child labor, and for a good reason. Throughout the book, we see her struggling to overcome the emotional turmoil her past wrought on her and we can rejoice with her when she finally does! Oliver Dinsmore (aka Ollie) is the heir to the Dinsmore Chocolate factory. He's lived a live of priviledge and wealth. I love that he was humble enough to go undercover as a janitor to do research that would allow him to be a better owner when he took the reins. Throughout the story, we see his compassion and rejoice with him when he comes to know the Lord on a more personal level.

    Here, we come to my favorite part of the story: the message. From overcoming our past and learning to trust in God completely, to the gift of mercy, grace, and salvation, this story has it all. It took me over half of the book to realize the significance of the title Echoes of Mercy. Mercy, by definition, is an act of kindness, compassion, or favor. Throughout the story, we see "echoes" of mercy shown especially to Caroline. Once I realized the significance of the title, I loved it even more!

    *I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program for this review.*

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  • Posted January 30, 2014

    Pros:  I loved the mystery of this book.  Caroline has to do a l

    Pros:  I loved the mystery of this book.  Caroline has to do a little spying, which will get your pulse up at several points in the book.  The way the book is written, the reader comes to love all the characters...except Hightower, the supervisor.  Oh, gosh, I hated him!! But all books must have an antagonist, and Hightower is definitely the one in Echoes of Mercy.  Another thing I enjoyed about this book was the point of view--we switch from Caroline to Ollie to Hightower to Letta (a girl Caroline takes care of).  I may mention this a lot in my reviews, but I do enjoy the change of perspective.  I also enjoyed a kind of side story about Letta and her two brothers, who are at-rick children being taken care of by Caroline.  Overall, the book was very thrilling and a great read!

    Cons: I don't see how the title, "Echoes of Mercy", relates to the book.  I tried, but didn't see it.  That may just be me, though.

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