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Hidden Mercies: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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At seventeen, Tobias Miller smashed his cousin’s car into a tree, killing his brother only four hours before he was scheduled to marry Claire Shetler. Unable to live with his father’s bottomless grief and anger, Tobias left the Amish church and ran away to join the Marines. Twenty-seven years later, Tobias, now called Tom, returns to Mt. Hope, Ohio, a wounded, decorated Marine helicopter pilot, and rents an apartment over Claire’s workshop.

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Hidden Mercies: A Novel

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Overview

At seventeen, Tobias Miller smashed his cousin’s car into a tree, killing his brother only four hours before he was scheduled to marry Claire Shetler. Unable to live with his father’s bottomless grief and anger, Tobias left the Amish church and ran away to join the Marines. Twenty-seven years later, Tobias, now called Tom, returns to Mt. Hope, Ohio, a wounded, decorated Marine helicopter pilot, and rents an apartment over Claire’s workshop.

A widowed Amish midwife, Claire is struggling to support her family. When Tom rents her room she does not recognize the disfigured soldier as the boy she once knew. She only sees the money as a godsend, though she is nervous about having a strange man so close by. Claire never dreams that she will end up falling in love with a battle-scarred soldier.

As Claire and Tom fight their way through the traumas of the past, they discover the tender mercies God has hidden along the way—including a loving father who has been praying for his prodigal son to come home and a God who makes all things new.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451660364
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 41,273
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Prior to writing novels, Serena Miller wrote for many periodicals, including Woman’s World, Guideposts, Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, and The Detroit Free Press Magazine. She has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community.
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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    Is is possible that your child could do something so horrible


    Is is possible that your child could do something so horrible that you couldn't find it in your heart to forgive them? Is it possible to honestly hate your own child?

    After twenty seven years, Tom Miller is returning home. He is finally willing to face those he has hurt beyond belief and he only hopes that they can find it in their hearts to forgive him as well. Twenty seven years ago, things between his family and the girl he grew up loving from afar were forever changed. His brother Matthew was supposed to wake up that morning and marry Claire, but instead he was offering the opportunity to ride a new thoroughbred horse that their friend Henry owned. Knowing there wasn't a horse that Matthew couldn't ride, this was a dream come true. Only when combined with the effects of drinking and following a bit too closely in the predawn hours, the accident that killed Matthew would be something he would carry with him the rest of his life.

    Claire had finally moved on after learning that she was pregnant with Matthew's child just days after she was supposed to marry Matthew. How was she supposed to know that God had different plans for her than marrying the man, she though she would. Now that she is now 44, she has lived a fulfilled life as a wife and mother to Abraham, a man she married strictly out of convenience to give her son Levi, father to teach him what he needed to know to become a man. Now that she is a widow and raising her own children as well as her brother's orphan daughters, she finds that being a midwife and running a small store is enough to keep their heads above water.

    When Tom returns home, he finds that after serving in Afghanistan, that due to his injuries sustained when a suicide bomber blew up in front of him, no one recognizes him. The scars to his face and the change in his voice from the attack give him a chance to talk with Claire and his own father to see if he can find a way to truly seek forgiveness in their hearts. Yet Tom soon learns that it might be best if he remained unknown to them when he finds that they both bear hard feelings towards the man they wished might never have come back.

    I received Hidden Mercies by Serena B. Miller compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Publishers for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. Being a huge lover of Amish Fiction and having read An Uncommon Grace, I was looking forward to reading Hidden Mercies to pick up Claire's story. While it's not necessary to read An Uncommon Grace to gain a full understanding of this novel, once you read the story of Claire and Levi, you will want to go back to revisit Claire's story from the beginning. This is truly a story about the freedom that forgiveness really brings, not so much for the person we are forgiving but for us. There is such a power in letting go of bitterness, hard feelings and accepting that no matter how often we fail in life, God is always willing to extend us the mercy of His love and true forgiveness. This is a beautiful example of that in Hidden Mercies, and one I highly recommend with a 5 out of 5 stars.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Great amish read!!!

    I just got done reading this book and i thought it was wonderful. I have never read this author before but i am looking forward to reading more of her books!
    If you like amish romance give this book a chance
    It is worth it!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

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    I enjoyed this book very much!  I loved Claire.  She has faced h

    I enjoyed this book very much!  I loved Claire.  She has faced horrible tragedies in her life, but she rose above the situations, making the best in each instance.  Tom was an admirable man, and once he learned that forgiving himself was the only way to move forward, he became even more likable.  This story will keep you hanging on to the very end. I enjoyed the ending of this book, it had me guessing until the end.  A great story, written beautifully!  Serena has shown that her writing skills are superb, she can keep me loving her Amish stories and her historical ones also.  An author to add to your library. 
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was provided for this review.  
    352 pages US $15.00 4.5 stars

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    An amazing book, that I didn't want to end. The first book in th

    An amazing book, that I didn't want to end. The first book in this series was An Uncommon Grace, this story is a continuation. That being said, you can read this as a stand alone, but Serena B. Miller is such an awesome author, you don't want to miss it.
    We are now following Claire Shetler, whom we met previously, when her husband was brutally murdered, and Grace, now Levi's wife, saved her life. Grace also saved two year old Daniel.
    Joining Claire's family also are her two nieces, Mandy and Amy. That makes for a busy life for any woman. Claire is also a dedicated Midwife, and is trying to support her family by doing that.
    Returning after twenty seven years is Tom Miller, he has been badly injured in Afghanistan. He is a decorated Marine Helicopter pilot. He had a different name when he lived in this Ohio Amish Community, and he doesn't know how he will be received.
    We find a great deal of compassion on all sides, and some very surprising happenings. There is a bit of Romance, and young ones getting into trouble, also Satan taking advantage of a faithful man's weakness...not unusual. Will this community be able to give forgiveness?
    Your in for a really great read, and you won't be able to put this one down!

    I received this book from Howard Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I appreciate the excellent story with moral values and clean language. The story kept my interest from beginning to end. It was hard to lay it down to accomplish the work that needed doing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Amish with a twist

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its characters and story. It is not your usual Amish book. God's love is seen through these characters and forgiveness is the lesson that is taught. I am anxious to read more from Serena Miller.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I know that everyone who reads this book will love it as much as I did. It shows that we can do things that a lot of people think that they cannot do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Very Enjoyable

    This was my first foray into Amish romances, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well written, the culture explained to a satisfactory level without being pushy or condemning towards others. A good insight into the different values, allowing the reader to become engaged with the people and the plot. Definitely a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    A nice change!!

    Enjoy a sweet, gentle romance. Find love where you'd least expect it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    highly recomended -

    the Amish culture/religion is fascinating to me all of a sudden. I have read many books, this was anoher good romance novel, but also informative in the way of life, ups and downs, and how all religions should be respected.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2014

    Excellent!!!

    This is my second Serena B. Miller book. She is an excellent story teller. Hidden Mercies is a wonderful book, perfect it doesn't get any better. I highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Wonderful

    This was a sweet touching story of love and forgiveness!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Could not stop reading this book!

    Loved this book! Started reading it, and was hard to stop. would highly recommend it! My new favorite!

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