Echoes of Mercy: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
 
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an ...
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Overview

Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
 
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.   
 
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Echoes of Mercy

“Kim Sawyer knows what her readers expect and delivers it in Echoes of Mercy, a story you won’t soon forget with characters who grab your heart and a plot that keeps the pages turning.”
—Martha Rogers, author of Love Stays True in The Homeward Journey series

“Best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer pens an exceptional and utterly compelling story that shines a light on the appalling practices of child labor in the early 1900s. Her characters are richly drawn and heartbreakingly human. Echoes of Mercy is one of those novels readers won’t soon forget. I highly recommend it.”
—Nancy Mehl, author of the Road to Kingdom series

“In Echoes of Mercy, Kim Vogel Sawyer reveals the plight of working-class children and blends it with the perfect romance teeming with conflict and sprinkled with sweetness. As always with Ms. Sawyer’s work, the believable characters add reality to the strong, unique story line, and I found myself reluctant to put the book down. I was drawn in quickly and was held throughout the entire story. This is one I guarantee you’ll enjoy.”
—Miralee Ferrell, award-winning author of the historical-romance series Love Blossoms in Oregon

Praise for Kim Vogel Sawyer

“Award-winning author Sawyer continues to craft engaging historical love stories brimming with characters who are bold in their faith.”
—Booklist

“Sawyer treats readers to love stories that speak to the heart.”
—Romantic Times

“Winsome characters, an interesting premise, and a heavenly match made on earth…fans of inspirational romance novels will not be disappointed.”
—Historical Novel Review

“Yet another entertaining novel that compels one page to turn as quickly as the one before.”
—CBA Retailers + Resources

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307731289
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 81,786
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print and have garnered awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their four feline companions.
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Late September 1904—Lincoln, Nebraska
Caroline

Caroline Lang slapped the thick packet of meticulously handwritten notes onto the center of Noble’s leather desk blotter and then flopped into the nearest chair. The spindled legs slid on the glossy oak floor, raising a high-pitched complaint. Instead of apologizing for the scratches her carelessness had surely created—Noble was the most persnickety perfectionist she’d ever known—she said, “There you are. A completed report on accommodations for the sugar beet harvesters. I earned my week’s leave with that one.” She grimaced at her purple-stained fingertips. “If I never see another beet, it will be too soon.”

Noble had the gall to chuckle. “Oh, now, Caroline, you didn’t like beets before I sent you to Omaha. You’ve always said they stink when they’re cooking.”

“They do.” She nodded emphatically, causing several escaping tendrils from her simple bun to bounce on her shoulders. “And they don’t have to be cooked to stink. You ought to smell them when they’re just sitting in a bin in the sun.” Wearily she pushed to her feet. “I intend to spend my week of leave sleeping. You know where to find me if you have any questions about the report, but I’m sure you’ll find it concise. I was trained by the best, after all.” She aimed a fond grin at her friend and mentor.

Noble set the leather-bound packet aside without peeking in it. “You know I trust you, Caroline.”

His simple comment warmed her, and she gave him another smile as she turned toward the door.

“And since I trust you…”

Something in his tone stilled her hand, which hovered midway to the polished brass doorknob. She glanced over her shoulder and caught him stroking his beard, his familiar sign of worry. She returned to the chair, seating herself carefully this time. “What is it?” Fear struck, making her mouth go dry. “Has something happened to Annamarie?” She prayed Noble’s sweet, frail wife hadn’t met with harm while she’d been away on an assignment. She loved Annamarie almost as much as Noble did.

“Annamarie is fine.”

Relief slumped Caroline’s shoulders. “Oh, thank heaven…”

“But, unfortunately, I lost an investigator.” Noble’s face pinched into creases of sorrow. “A fine man—Harmon Bratcher. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.”

“Oh no…” As an investigator for the Labor Commission, Caroline knew they could meet danger. Sometimes entering workplaces to openly explore, other times posing as workers to observe the business practices on the sly, their presence was rarely welcomed and occasionally threatened. Even the required travel held various hazards. Each time she set out, Noble prayed over her for her safety. She depended on him and Annamarie praying her through the investigations. So far she’d always come back unscathed. Tired, yes, but unscathed.

Her heart ached for poor Mr. Bratcher, for his family, and for Noble, who felt accountable for his agents.

Caroline rounded the desk and bent down to wrap her arms around Noble’s shoulders and press her cheek to his. His thick white beard tickled her jaw, but she didn’t pull away. He needed the comfort, and she needed to offer it. He patted her wrists in a silent thank-you. “It has been difficult, I confess. I considered him a good friend.”

Although Caroline couldn’t claim Bratcher as a friend, she’d met him and admired his strong stance on changing the laws concerning the age of workers in the United States. The coalition to end child labor had lost a strong proponent with his untimely passing. She shifted to perch on the edge of Noble’s desk, leaving one hand on his broad shoulder in a gesture of comfort. “What happened?”

“According to the ruling from law enforcement officials, he broke his neck when he fell into an elevator shaft.”

Such a horrific way to end one’s life. But mixed with the horror, she experienced a niggle of wariness. “You don’t believe the ruling, do you?”

Noble pinned her with a steady look. “I suppose it could be true. Accidents happen, especially in factories. But the week before he fell, I received a telegram from Harmon saying he intended to sneak into the factory on Sunday—the only day no workers were on duty—to retrieve questionable bookkeeping records he’d glimpsed the week before. But he died before he could submit any other information. There were no documents on his body. So I can only surmise he fell into the shaft before he laid claim to the records, or—”

“Or someone took them from him,” she finished.

Noble nodded somberly. He caught her hand. “Caroline, I know you just returned from an investigation. You’re tired and have rightfully earned your week of rest. But there’s an opening at the factory where Harmon died.”

Caroline stiffened, anticipating his next request.

“The opening is for a toter, a job generally given to women.” His fingers tightened on her hand. “You’re my only female agent. Would you go to Sinclair, apply for the position, and use it to look into Harmon’s death? I’d need to send you out on this evening’s train.”

The entire journey home she’d anticipated a lengthy soak in a hot bath followed by days of lying on her comfortable feather mattress in a state of languor. The thought of departing that evening without even a few hours of rest made her want to groan. But how could she deny Noble when he’d done so much for her? Noble went on. “Of course, we can’t make investigating Harmon’s death your official reason for being there. We’d be overstepping our bounds with the local authorities. So, as far as the commission is concerned, you’d be there to finish Harmon’s report on the factory’s safety features…or the lack thereof. Harmon sent several messages about his findings. He was especially concerned about the number of underage workers at the factory, but he died before submitting a full report.”

Caroline gave a start, her pulse speeding into a gallop. “Underage workers?”

Noble’s lips formed a grim line. “According to Harmon, this factory seems to have a disproportionate number of child workers.”

Her tiredness melted in light of this new information. The opportunity to further her personal battle to end child labor and to put Noble’s worries to rest concerning Bratcher’s death proved too tempting to resist. “I’ll go.”

The relief in Noble’s face compensated for the loss of her hot bath and days of lazy recuperation. “Bless you, Caroline. There’s no one else I would trust with this mission.”

His confidence in her both touched and terrified her. After all, one investigator had already died in the factory. Go with me, dear Lord. She drew in a deep breath and vowed, “I won’t let you down, Noble. I promise.”
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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 July 30, 2014

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    A must read! Caroline Lang is a private investigator assigned t

    A must read!

    Caroline Lang is a private investigator assigned to investigate suspicions of murder and illegal child labor among other crimes at chocolate factory. In order do so she goes undercover as a worker.   Unbeknownst to her Ollie Moore the janitor at the factory is also doing some undercover on his own. He is actually Oliver Dinsmore the son and heir of the factory.  As things start coming to light they decide to combine their efforts to uncover the deceit and illegal goings on in the factory.

    Caroline had never given much thought to having a husband much less children until she met Ollie Moore and felt she could trust him with her life and her heart. 

    The author has written a who done it mystery that will have your skin crawling and have you  watching over your shoulder while you read this book.  It may not be hard to guess who the villian is in the story,  it was getting the proof to convict the guilty party. 

    I found it surprising anyone could find romance under such circumstances. The author shows us how God works miracles with the gift of love. This book will be a keeper for my personal library. 

    I highly recommend this book. 

    I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

    Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah/Blogging for Books for an honest review.

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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 April 30, 2014

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    Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book ¿Echoes Of Mercy¿ published by

    Kim Vogel Sawyer in her new book “Echoes Of Mercy” published by Waterbrook Press takes us into the life of Caroline Lang.




    From the back cover:  Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed. 




    When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.




    Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?




    A Chocolates Factory and a suspicious accident.  An investigator for the Labor Commission, Caroline, goes undercover to find out who did it and why.  Oliver is also undercover trying to learn about the family company from the bottom  up.  Both of them collide over child labor and, specifically, three children.  Of course there is the element of mystery regarding the accident and the death and that will keep you guessing however the real focus is on child labor before the Child Labor Laws were passed.  I knew some of the problems I just didn’t know the full extent of it.  Wow, it was terrible.  Ms. Sawyer has given us history and social issues all wrapped up in a mystery adventure.  Well done!  This is also a great romance.  Caroline and Oliver are just perfect for one another and it is great fun to go through their relationship with them.  Get ready for a very interesting read that will keep you flipping pages.




    Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from WaterBrook Press.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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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

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

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

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    After an incident involving a fellow investigator, Caroline Lang

    After an incident involving a fellow investigator, Caroline Lang is sent to the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas to do some investigation of her own. Undercover as “Carrie”, she takes on a job at the factory in hopes she can uncover the truth about what really happened while at the same time checking on how the factory treats the children that work there. While working she meets Ollie Moore, whose real name is Oliver Dinsmore – heir to the chocolate factory. The two become fast friends while helping three children in need and even start to fall for one another, but things change fast when they discover each other’s secrets.




    This book had me at chocolate….haha.  I also really enjoy reading books by Kim Vogel Sawyer; her stories are well written and very entertaining. Not long ago I’d have turned my nose up at historical fiction becauseI found it to be boring and hard to relate to, but authors like Vogel Sawyer and others have changed my mind. This book was very interesting and fun to read.  The characters were easy to relate to and the writing really makes the reader feel like they’re a part of the story.  I found it very easy to craft the town of Sinclair in my imagination given the descriptions and interactions between characters. The only bad thing about this book was the fact that it made me crave chocolate even more than I usually do. :)




    Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own.

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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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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    I have a sticker my grandmother gave me years ago when I was a k

    I have a sticker my grandmother gave me years ago when I was a kid. It says "If I had to live my life over, I'd live it over a chocolate factory." That said... you can imagine one of the things that drew me to this book. CHOCOLATE!! Combine that with a mystery and you have my attention.  This book is well written, and will keep your attention. I had never read Kim Sawyer before so I really enjoyed indulging in a new authors writing. I will certainly be reading more of her books.  Back this one though... Carrie is an 'undercover' agent attempting to discover whether the previous agent was murdered. While working at the factory she discovers another somewhat 'undercover' agent. The plot thickens as they both discover interesting oddities about each other, while trying to hide their true identities.  I really appreciate the way Kim incorporated faith in God as an important part of her story.  She gives a clear plan of salvation discreetly intertwined in the pages of her book.  I also really enjoyed the bit of history on child labor and laws of the day as well as those individuals who tried to fight for those children forced to work to help their families or because their families did not care about their education.  Great book! Recommended reading!
    I received this book from publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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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 21, 2014

    What a delightful book! My favorite part of it? The setting. A c

    What a delightful book! My favorite part of it? The setting. A chocolate factory is a primary factor in the story, and let me tell you – chocolate factories are awesome, and this one is no exception. Just reading about it made my mouth water more than once! This was such a sweet story (and not just because of all the chocolate) and it’s sure to touch your heart like it touched mine. Caroline was a heroine to love, and I certainly could identify with her. Ollie too was a dear, quite a lovable hero. My only problem with him was his name: Ollie is Oliver Hardy in Laurel and Hardy to me and I could never quite take this Ollie seriously. ;) The mystery was absolutely awesome and can I just say again – I really loved the setting. This one is staying on my keeper shelf!
    **Blogging for Books sent me this book in return for my honest review. I wasn’t paid in any other way, nor was I required to post positively. All opinions are my own.**

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    An undercover agent.  An son disguised as a worker.  And underag

    An undercover agent.  An son disguised as a worker.  And underage children working in the factory.   Wow, this book was full of people hiding, in disguise, being someone they aren’t, or hiding in the dark!
    Caroline Lang goes undercover to the Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolates Factory to  follow up  on a tip that underage children are being hired.   Ollie Moore is heir to the candy factory, but is undercover himself.  He’s trying to learn all he can about the family business.  She cares about Child Labor, he doesn’t.  However, a common enemy unites anyone, and someone is damaging the factory.   Along the way, Ollie finds that God never left him, but has been waiting for him to run back home.

    I liked this book, but I thought the villain was overdone.  He was always stalking the women, and it got to be creepy.  It was also a slightly predictable plot line, that was hard to get into.

    I’ll give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    I am repeating myself when I say that this book is my new favori

    I am repeating myself when I say that this book is my new favorite of Kim's books. I can claim that I have read each one she has written and also own them. I love Kim's writing and am thrilled to see a small change in her style, adding Historical. I feel that this book is an exceptional example of her writing.
    I love and have always loved the way Kim describes each scene where the story takes place with such descriptive words. I always feel with her stories that I can walk right into the book and be a part of the story myself. I also love the way she weaves the characters faith or lack of into the story, and to be able to read about these characters growing in faith no matter what goes on in their lives is such an inspiration.
    Caroline Lang is on her way to the Dinsmoor World Famous Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas to investigate how a man was killed and why there are so many children working there. She just has to get this job, just to be able to be in the factory so she can see what's going on. As she accepts the job she gets drawn into many more people's lives that she ever intended to.
    Her adventures, if you can call them that because some are dangerous, set in motion events involving Ollie Moore. A man who is infuriating at times and can read her like a book at others. Ollie has his own agenda for being in the factory working close to where Caroline is.
    One has strong faith, one has almost none. One came from a moneyed family, the other from a life of abandonment and hard labor. Can these two ever see eye to eye, or even be in the same room together?
    I would greatly recommend this book to all who love Christian Fiction and Kim's writing. If you haven't tried it yet, please do, you will be pleasantly surprised.
    I received this book from the publisher an author and this is my honest opinion

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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 February 5, 2014

    Kim Vogel Sawyer is a name that never disappoints.  In this volu

    Kim Vogel Sawyer is a name that never disappoints.  In this volume, she takes us back to the early 1900's and the issue of child labor in factories. One undercover operative placed in Dinsmore's World-Favorite Chocolate Factory has died a suspicious death as he investigates cheap child labor. Enter Caroline, the new, feisty, and determined clandestine worker who needs to uncover how the original operative died as well as the unfair treatment the children may suffer in the factory. Caroline finds a questionable ally in a janitor, Ollie Moore, who is also more than he seems. As she begins to lose her heart, she questions whether she can trust him with her quest to make things more equitable for the children, especially three she has grown close to and will do most anything to protect. Soon she is in a race to protect her job, "her" children, and even her life. Who does  she dare trust?

    Sawyer does a great job showing how hurts from the past can make us better or bitter. She also shows us that hanging onto hurts of the past can unnecessarily cripple even the best of hearts, affecting others in our lives. We must choose to let God in that area of our lives and let Him heal the pain, so we can move past it. Another great lesson Sawyer shows is the need to depend on others,  and to allow them to help us in the hard times.Sometimes we and others in our lives suffer unnecessarily because we try to do things on our own. And who can miss the lesson that we all have great value, although sometimes our value is hidden to others, waiting for the right moment to appear, for our particular skills and abilities to be needed. Bravo, Kim!!

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

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    Kim has another winner with this book! Caroline (Carrie) Lang a

    Kim has another winner with this book!

    Caroline (Carrie) Lang and Ollie Moore are both working undercover at Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolates Factory in Sinclair, Kansas. Carrie is investigating the hiring and treatment of children as she tries to find out about the suspicious death of a previous investigator assigned there. Ollie is actually Oliver Dinsmore and the heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty and his father wants him to find out everything he can about the buisness before he takes over. The two have different views about child labor and without telling each other why they are really there, their suspicions about the other are rising.




    I think the story started out kind of slow but it didn't take long to speed up and soon I was pouring full steam ahead into this book. Kim did a good job of pulling you in gradually and by the end you're telling yourself, "I'm getting close, I'm getting close, I'm getting close to figuring it out!" She also pulls at your heartstrings when you read about Caroline's childhood and how it ties into why she is an investigator. This is another one of Kim's books that you will love if you like a little mystery along with some heart tugging issues going on.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BloggingforBooks book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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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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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    Echoes of Mercy is set in 1904 Sinclair, Kansas. Investigator Ca

    Echoes of Mercy is set in 1904 Sinclair, Kansas. Investigator Caroline Lang (Carrie Lang) is sent to go undercover at the Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolate Factory to investigate an accident. Oliver Dinsmore (Ollie Moore), the factory owner's son also goes undercover to find out the ways of the business. Caroline and Oliver become friends when they try to find a way to help three needy children. What will happen to these two when their secrets are revealed?
    I found this page turner to be interesting, entertaining and well written. I absolutely loved it! Kim Vogel Sawyer always write such unique stories. This one has got to be one of my favorites that she has written. I believe this will be one of my top picks for 2014. It is that good! Highly recommended. Would give it 10 stars if possible.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    As a Kim Vogel Sawyer fan, I've truly enjoyed all of her books.

    As a Kim Vogel Sawyer fan, I've truly enjoyed all of her books. But I must say ECHOES OF MERCY is her very best book yet, in my opinion. Stepping back in history to the early 1900s, I felt I was really there in a thriving candy factory viewing the employees at work. The characters really came alive for me, and the hint of mystery, romance, and heart-tugging scenes kept me turning pages. I cannot recommend this book highly enough---I LOVED it!

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  • Posted January 22, 2014

    What a lovely book. I had the great honor to read an advance cop

    What a lovely book. I had the great honor to read an advance copy of this book. Thank you Kim!!

    The book centers around Caroline Lang. She is an investigator for the Labor Commission. She is sent to work at Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolate Factory. To find out what truly happened with an accident surrounding another investigators death and for the underage child workers. 30% of the workers are children ages 11-15. Caroline wants to change those laws. But soon finds out there are those that stand in the way of her purpose.

    We now have Oliver Dinsmore who is also undercover. Before he takes over the factory he wanted to work from the inside to find better ways to run the plant. So he goes in under the name of Ollie Moore. He soon meets up with Carrie Lang and falls for her. But he has no idea what she is hiding and her true identity. They are both faced with lying to each other about their backgrounds. Will they get past the lies and make a life for themselves?

    Then we have Gordon Hightower. The factory's manager, Hiring Agent, and Accountant. He is a brute of a man, who uses his status in the company to advantage. He mistreats the employees and even is accused of touching the girls and stealing kisses. No one says a thing for fear of being fired. What else is Gordon doing behind closed doors? 

    Carrie also came to love 3 rascals, Letta, Lank, and Lesley. Who also have a big part of the story. These 3 children are something special and you will soon start to love them too. Another great character is Keshia the owner of a diner. She has great food and even greater heart. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have.

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