Sisters of Mercy Flats

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From noted author Lori Copeland (more than 3 million books in print) comes a romantic new story of God's faithfulness when hope seems lost.

The three wily and beautiful McDougal sisters can swindle a man faster than it takes to lasso a calf. But their luck is running out, and they're about to be hauled off to jail. When the wagon carrying them falls under attack, each sister is picked up by a different man. Unfortunately for Abigail, she's grabbed by a twit of a shoe salesman, ...

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Overview

From noted author Lori Copeland (more than 3 million books in print) comes a romantic new story of God's faithfulness when hope seems lost.

The three wily and beautiful McDougal sisters can swindle a man faster than it takes to lasso a calf. But their luck is running out, and they're about to be hauled off to jail. When the wagon carrying them falls under attack, each sister is picked up by a different man. Unfortunately for Abigail, she's grabbed by a twit of a shoe salesman, Mr. Hershall Digman. She steals his horse and rides off to the nearest town, not giving him another thought...until she discovers those secret papers in his saddlebags. Could Mr. Digman be a Confederate spy?

As if to prove it, the man who comes storming after her is no shoe salesman, but a handsome captain who wants his papers back...at any cost. And Abigail wants a ride back home. Together they embark on his mission, determined not to trust each other...or the God who won't seem to let them go.

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The wily McDougal sisters are one step away from jail for swindling when the wagon they're riding in is attacked and Abigail is seized by a shoe salesman named Hershall Digman. After stealing his horse, she discovers a stash of papers in his saddlebag that indicate he might be a Confederate spy. Tracking Abigail is a handsome captain who is determined to get those papers back. VERDICT Copeland, who is known for her detailed, heartwarming historical romances, misses the mark here. The plot is marginal at best and her flatly drawn protagonists are cardboard characters. Since it is likely there will be two more stories featuring each of Abigail's sisters, Copeland will do well to fix these issues. Readers will be better served with Copeland's "Dakota Diaries" series or Tracie Peterson's books.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594154690
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/5/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance.
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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Abigail, Amelia and Anne-Marie, three feisty, beautiful sisters,

    Abigail, Amelia and Anne-Marie, three feisty, beautiful sisters, are hauled off to jail while dressed as nuns. Add a numbskull of a shoe salesman, Mr. Hershall Digman, and things just get crazy. While being rescued, Amelia steals a horse, discovers secret papers in a saddlebag, and finds herself in a few precarious predicaments (the shoe salesman turns out to actually be a handsome captain). Through it all though, she grows in faith, responsibility, love, and maturity.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
    For a shorter book, this story definitely offered a lot! While giggling in the beginning with the hilarious, outrageous heroine, I was intrigued to watch Amelia grow as the story took on a more serious tone. Romance, war, forgiveness and struggles all played a part in this novel which I enjoyed as much as the humor, courage, spunk and sassiness. As the story moves along, it was also heartening to experience the growth in faith along with Amelia and her Rebel captain/ shoe salesman. I would love to see a continuing story of the other two rescued sisters in much the same way!!

    RATING:
    5 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Sisters of Mercy Flats from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

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    Abigail McDougal and her sisters, Amelia and Anne-Marie, were ra

    Abigail McDougal and her sisters, Amelia and Anne-Marie, were raised by the sisters at the Mission San Miguel after their parents passed away. Mischief was never far behind them and, when they grew to be young ladies, their mischief turned to more serious offenses--scamming the wealthy to support the Mission. Now their crimes have caught up with them. On the way to prison in a jail wagon they are attacked by the Comanche but, just when they think it's the end, they are rescued by three men. In order to save their live they separate and Abigail finds herself with the insufferable Hershall Digman, shoe salesman extraordinaire. Hershall's bumbling, idiotic ways infuriate Abigail and tempers flare. But is Hershall really what he seems or is he in disguise just like Abigail in her Nun's Habit? When Abigail steals his horse so she can return to Mercy Flats to meet her sisters she discovers confidential papers to be delivered to the confederate army. To her surprise Hershall Digman isn't as idiotics as she thought. He's an undercover spy for the confederate army!


    Hershall Digman, aka Barrett Drake, has never met a more infuriating woman. Now she has the papers he is supposed to deliver to General Smith in order to stop and attack. The only solution-- take Abigail with him to deliver the message and then return her to Mercy Flats to meet her sisters. As they set out to complete their separate missions together, what was once an act of one tolerating the other has now bloomed into a mutual admiration and maybe... love. Abigail has already given her heart to Barrett but the memory of his late wife still haunts him. Will he finally realize he can't live without her?


    Lori Copeland has such a way of spinning a story. Sisters of Mercy Flats drew me in from the very first paragraph and I eagerly awaited the turn of every page. I loved the whole concept of Abigail and her sisters using disguises to scam money from unsuspecting wealthy patrons and as nuns no less. Who doesn't trust a nun? The best part, for me, was the constant tension and bickering between Abigail and Barrett. I laughed out loud at "Hershall's" actions as a bumbling shoe salesman and Abigail's reaction. They wanted to throttle each other and it made for some really great scenes. The story didn't get any less captivating once the bickering stopped and the romance started, maybe more so. It left me smiling and feeling satisfied and I am eager to read the next two books in this series. If you love Historical romance with humor sprinkled in, you'll love this book. I highly recommend it!

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone and I receive no monetary compensation.

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

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    I can┬┐t wait to join these sisters in Mercy Flats again soon as

    I can’t wait to join these sisters in Mercy Flats again soon as possible! I was hooked from the first two pages when the Sisters hoodwinked a cattle rancher into buying steer that weren’t actually theirs to sell, and did it while masquerading as nuns! Classic! After being separated from her sisters during the attack on their wagon, Abigail must tolerate her rescuer until she either convinces him to help her get back to Mercy Flats or steals his horse to attempt it alone. Turns out, “tolerating” him may not be such a chore after all!

    Mr. Digman was really a God-fearing confederate spy that must get a message to one of the companies who may be in trouble and Abigail was now along for the ride. Their relationships starts off a little rocky but they soon find a match in each other, even though they fight it until the very end. This was a sweet story with lots of laughs at Abigail’s antics, and cheers for everything they make it through. I really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to hearing how the other two sisters fared with their respective rescuers!

    Rating: 4

    HEAT Rating: Sweet

    Reviewed By: Daysie W.

    Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

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    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite Lori Copeland

    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

    Lori Copeland has become a very popular Christian fiction author and after reading her latest novel, Sisters of Mercy Flats, it is easy to see why as this book is funny, fast-moving, and one that will have you glued to the pages all the way to end! The three McDougal sisters find that their luck has run out as they are being sent off to jail. However, each of the sisters is rescued by a different man. Abigail has never been alone and apart from her sisters, and she finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer; however, she decides she cannot take much more of being with him. After riding off without Hershall, she discovers that he is not whom he claimed and seemed to be but she cannot get rid of him. 

    Sisters of Mercy Flats is such an entertaining story, but also a sweet romance as well. Lori Copeland does an excellent job writing this story and the antics of the three sisters, especially Abigail as she is the main focus of the book. I am hoping that the other two McDougal sisters, Amelia and Anne-Marie, will have their stories told in their own books as well. Lori does such a great job with writing dialogue between the characters and I felt as if I was involved in their conversations and found myself laughing out loud on occasion throughout the book. Sisters of Mercy Flats is a fun, sweet book that you will not want to miss!

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    Wow! Sisters of Mercy Flats is a must read for all Christian b

    Wow! Sisters of Mercy Flats is a must read for all Christian book fans who love lots of humor to go with a great romance. I loved every page of this book. The adventures starts on page one and just keep getting better. I dare you not to laugh out loud as the story progresses. Just wait until you meet Hershal E. Digman. Thank you Lori for all the smiles and laugh out loud moments I enjoyed. I am having a hard time waiting for the other McDougal sisters stories. I would give this book a 10, but the book sellers only go up to a 5, so...
    I give this a 5+++++ out of 5 stars. lol

    I received this book from Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for this review.

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

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    Great Read From what I have read Lori Copeland did not start ou

    Great Read

    From what I have read Lori Copeland did not start out as a Christian Romance writer. This book was originally published under the title Promise me Today back in 1992. I believe this book has been edited to meet the Inspirational Romance(clean) requirements. I very much enjoyed this book. This book is about Abigail McDougal. The book opens with her and her two sisters dressing up as nuns playing female robin hoods. They are caught and are heading to trial when the prison wagon is attacked. Three men come to the rescue and each woman is quickly picked up by each of the three men. Abigail finds herself saved by a shoe salesman who she fears may not even be able to start a campfire! But soon she finds he may not be what he appears.




    What I liked: This book was funny as well as heartwarming. Abigail was a little rough around the edges at first but as I got deeper into the story I really started to like her. Mr. Digman is funny at first but as his character matures we learn a lot more about him and he is quite likeable. The plot was enjoyable and I liked how the ending left the reader hanging just a little. The original series had three books one for each sister and I bet there will be a rerelease of those books as well. I am looking forward to them.




    What I did not like: Not much. I had no real complaints about this book. A drawback some may not like is the fact the original book was not a Christian book and the story was rewritten to make it a Inspirational Romance.




         Overall I loved this book and was sad to see the last page come. I am looking forward to the next two books and hope they will be released over the next year. I highly recommend adding this book to your reading list!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Funny,funny funny. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the

    Funny,funny funny. I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the other two sisters' stories. Write faster Lori! 5 stars for this one...

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

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    Lori Copeland in her new book, "Sisters of Mercy Flats"

    Lori Copeland in her new book, "Sisters of Mercy Flats" Book One in the Sisters of Mercy Flats series published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Abigail McDougal.




    From the Back Cover: "But then you came along..."




    The three wily and beautiful McDougal sisters can swindle a man faster than it takes to lasso a calf. But their luck is running out, and they're about to be hauled off to jail. When the wagon carrying them falls under attack, each sister is picked up by a different man. Unfortunately for Abigail, she's grabbed by a twit of a shoe salesman, Mr. Hershall Digman. She steals his horse and rides off to the nearest town, not giving him another thought...until she discovers those secret papers in his saddlebags. Could such a dandy really be a Confederate spy?




    As if to prove it, the man who comes storming after her is no shoe salesman, but a handsome Rebel captain who wants his papers back...at any cost. And Abigail wants a ride back home. Will the two of them ever resolve their differences? And will they ever learn to trust in the God who won't seem to let them go?




    What a great way to start a series. Three sisters, who are con artists, are finally arrested and in a prison wagon dressed as nuns when the wagon is attacked by Indians. At the sound of the attack three men gallop to the rescue and each man takes a different sister. This time the focus is on Abigail. Seems her rescuer is not what he appears to be and she stole his horse with important papers in the saddlebags. Now she has to team up with him to finish his mission and try to keep them both alive. Historical fiction that takes place during The Civil War. "Sisters of Mercy Flats" is a romance but it is much, much more. Ms. Copeland explores the theme of deceit and what damage it can do. "Sisters of Mercy Flats" is all about relationships and that is what makes this book a winner. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next book in this series.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review. 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 May 30, 2013

    Sisters of Mercy Flats by Lori Copeland was a great read and pro

    Sisters of Mercy Flats by Lori Copeland was a great read and provided me with several good laughs and the author’s descriptions of all the action taking place provided lots of good, clean entertainment.

    The three beautiful McDougal sisters, Anne-Marie, Amelia, and Abigail, can unscrupulously separate a man from his money as quick as a wink and then have no regrets about their actions. Their justification is that they give half the money to the mission where they grew up as orphans. The sisters, dressed as nuns, pull one too many swindles and find themselves in an enclosed wagon on the way to jail. A band of Indians attack the wagon and in the ruckus, the wagon plunges down a ravine. Three men on horseback come from three different directions at the sound of the attack and when they climb to the bottom of the ravine they are surprised to see three nuns in the jail wagon. At the sound of more Indian warriors approaching, Anne-Marie is grabbed by a Crow Indian, Amelia is rescued by a man named Morgan Hale and poor Abigail is left at the mercy of Mr. Hershall Digman, an awkward and seemingly incompetent shoe salesman who seems to spend most of his time trying to keep his bowler hat from blowing away. When they stop for the night, Abigail steals his horse and rides to the nearest town where she finds secret papers in Digman’s saddlebags and her first thought is that he is a Confederate spy. The man who comes riding after Abigail is definitely not a clumsy shoe salesman but a handsome Army Captain and he will do just about anything to get his papers back. Abigail just wants a ride home but she has to team up with the captain so that he can carry out his mission. They have absolutely no trust in each other and neither trusts God any longer, feeling that He has abandoned them.

    Since historical western romance is one of my favorite genre of book, I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this book. There was quite a bit of suspense in the story and at many times the action going on was frightening. The romance in the story was partly one-sided and was on again off again but was a most enjoyable addition to the story. The dialogue, plot, characters, and scenes were so well developed that I was living the story right along with Abigail. I found the story to be most inspiring for even when everything seemed lost for Abigail and the captain, God’s faithfulness was ever present.

    I would recommend this book to everyone who likes historical fiction that takes place in the west and has the added interest of it being set during the Civil War and also contains a good romance story as well. The book was not written as a comedy but I had some great laughs at the antics of the three sisters and the bumbling shoe salesman. I hope that the author writes two or at least one more book to let us know what happened to the other two sisters, Anne-Marie and Amelia.

    I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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