Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier Series #3)

Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier Series #3)

by Tracie Peterson

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Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier Series #3) by Tracie Peterson

The Inspiring Conclusion to Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier Series

Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help.

At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm's length.

When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764213298
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Heart of the Frontier Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 140,600
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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CHAPTER 1

October 1855

Oregon City, Oregon Territory

Push, Hope. You have to push," Grace commanded.

Mercy Flanagan wiped her sister's forehead as she labored to give birth to her baby. After ten hours of intense pain, Hope had clearly weakened.

Looking to their eldest sister, Grace, Mercy grimaced. "I thought you said second babies come faster." Hope had given birth two years earlier without a lengthy labor, and they had all presumed she would do the same again.

"They usually do, but the one thing you must remember about babies is that no two births are ever identical. They are as different as the babies being born." Grace turned her attention back to Hope and the unborn child. "Your baby is almost here.

Now give me a big push. Bear down with all your strength."

"I haven't ... got any ... strength ... left," Hope replied, falling back against the pillow.

"Mercy, when I tell you, I want you to help Hope sit up. Support her shoulders and push her forward." Hope grimaced and cried out. Grace nodded at Mercy. "Now."

It wasn't easy, but Mercy managed to slip in behind Hope and raise her up at the same time.

"Push, Hope. The baby is coming now."

Mercy felt Hope tense as she did her best to obey. Grace took hold of the baby's head as it emerged and then rotated the baby as the shoulders emerged. After that, the infant slid easily from Hope's body.

"It's another boy," Mercy whispered against Hope's ear.

"A boy? Truly? Sean will have a little brother."

"This farm is going to be overrun with children if you and Grace keep having babies," Mercy teased. Already she was aunt to Grace's two children, Gabe and Nancy, and there would be a third in the spring. Now Hope had brought another boy to join her two-year-old son, Sean.

Grace cut the cord, then lifted the baby by his heels and smacked him on the bottom. He started to cry almost immediately.

Mercy smiled and brushed back Hope's damp hair. "He's got a great set of lungs."

"That he does," Grace agreed. "Mercy, I want you to care for him. Hope, you're not quite done yet, as you well know."

Birthing was hard work, but so too the aftermath. Mercy had been present at the delivery of all but one of her sisters' babies and would no doubt help in Grace's third in March. She came from a long line of women who practiced healing arts and midwifery. Mercy had never thought herself all that interested in learning such a craft, but over the past few years, she had found it more and more appealing, and Grace had patiently taught her all she could.

Mercy took the towel-wrapped infant from Grace even as Hope called out. "I want to see him."

The baby cried even louder — if that was possible. "Let me make him presentable first."

"He's more than fine just the way he is," Hope replied. "Please."

Without waiting for Grace's approval, Mercy took him to Hope. There was no hesitation as Hope reached for him. She pulled him close and pushed back the towel to examine every inch of him.

"He's beautiful," she said, a sob breaking from her throat.

"He is," Grace agreed, "but you have to let Mercy tend to him. There are things that must be done to ensure his health."

Taking the baby in her arms, Mercy smiled down at her nephew. "What are you going to call him?"

"Edward, after Uncle Edward," Hope murmured. "And Flanagan for our maiden name. Edward Flanagan Kenner."

Mercy nodded. "Hello, Edward." She frowned. "That seems like much too formal a name for a baby. I'm going to call him Eddie."

"Lance will like that. He has a good friend named Eddie."

The baby began to calm. He looked up at Mercy with eyes the color of sapphires — eyes like his mother's. "Come, Eddie, let's clean you up."

"Uncle Edward will be touched you chose to call him that," Grace said.

"Well, we named the first one Sean Howard after both our fathers, so I thought it only right. Uncle Edward did so much to help us after we came to Oregon City," Hope replied.

Mercy nodded and began to wash the baby. "Indeed he did."

Eddie didn't care for the procedure at all and began to kick up a storm. "Gracious, I think he's going to have your temperament, Hope." She glanced over her shoulder with a smile, then turned her attention back to the infant. "I will soon be done, Master Kenner, and then you will feel so cozy with warm clothes and a blanket."

Mercy continued her tender care, using generous portions of vinegar water, as she had done with other newborns. Her mother and grandmother had been firm believers in the multiple curative powers of vinegar, and it was something they had handed down to their daughters.

Once she had Eddie properly bathed, Mercy put an herbal salve on the stub of umbilical cord, then secured a band around it. After this she diapered and dressed him.

"There you are, little man," she said, lifting him carefully.

She wrapped a blanket around him, lest the damp autumn air cause him to catch a chill. The baby calmed and looked up at her, his blue eyes open fully. "You really are quite handsome."

She took him to Hope and lowered him into his mother's arms.

"He's finally ready to be with you."

"And I'm finished as well," Grace declared. "So you may invite Lance to come meet his new son." She rose and began collecting the bloody towels and afterbirth pan.

Mercy smiled. She loved bringing in the father almost as much as caring for the newborns. She left her sisters and went downstairs to find Lance. It wasn't hard to locate him. He sat with Sean on the floor of the living room, playing with wooden blocks. At the sight of Mercy, however, he jumped to his feet.

"Is she all right? Is the baby all right?"

"They're both fine." Mercy gave his arm a pat. "You may go see her now, and your new son."

Lance grinned. "Another boy?" He looked down at little Sean, who was doing his best to stack one block atop three others.

"You hear that, Sean? You have a baby brother."

"Brudder," Sean repeated, but his mind was clearly on his task.

"Go on now. I'll stay with Sean." Mercy didn't have to tell him twice. Lance all but ran from the room. No doubt he'd take the stairs two at a time.

She knelt down beside the handsome little boy and brushed back his brown curls. "Would you like to eat?" Her own stomach felt empty, and she knew it was well past lunchtime.

Sean abandoned his blocks and threw himself into Mercy's arms. "Eat now, pease."

She laughed and got to her feet, shifting Sean to her hip.

"Well, since you are so polite, I think we can arrange that. Let's see what your mama has in the kitchen."

Lance and Hope had continued to live on the Armistead Farm, as it was called. The house and outbuildings surrounding it belonged to Grace and Alex, but both were keen to keep their family close. After marrying, Hope and Lance had taken up residence in the small log house where they had all lived before Grace and Alex built their larger farmhouse. Mercy had always been grateful that Alex cared for her and Hope as if they were his own sisters. It had saved both of them from having to seek out husbands before they were ready. Far too often Mercy had seen her friends marry young, and not always happily. Her former best friend, Beth Cranston, had married the preacher's son, Toby Masterson, at the tender age of fifteen. This had happened after Mercy refused him. Toby had begged Mercy to marry him so that he could claim additional acreage in the Donation Land Claim Act. Mercy had turned him down, and in that one move, lost her two dearest friends. It hadn't been easy to bear.

"But that was five years ago," she reminded herself.

Sean grabbed her dress collar and began pulling it toward his mouth. Mercy laughed and pried it away from him. "Dresses aren't for eating, Sean."

Balancing him on her hip, Mercy found the bread and butter.

There would no doubt be jam as well. The sisters had canned over two hundred pints of apple, berry, and pear jams and jellies that summer. Opening the cupboard, she found an open jar of apple jam.

"Here we go. This ought to be good for a start." She put the food on the table and went back to retrieve a knife.

"I want some bread," Sean declared.

"I know you do." Mercy settled herself at the table with Sean on her lap. "That's why I'm making this piece just for you."

She paused to give him a quick peck on the cheek, then went back to her task.

Once the bread was properly slathered in butter and jam, Mercy cut it into quarters and handed one to Sean.

"What do you say?"

"Fank you."

She chuckled. "Close enough."

Sean quickly devoured his piece of bread and held his hand out for more. "Pease."

"With a sweet face like yours, how can I refuse?" Mercy handed him another quarter.

"Where is everybody?" Alex called from the front of the house.

"Sean and I are in the kitchen, having some bread and jam."

Mercy heard the patter of feet running across the room and knew she'd soon have two more mouths to feed.

"Mercy!" nearly five-year-old Gabe declared. He barreled into her and wrapped his arms around her. Luckily it wasn't the side on which she held Sean. Even so, the younger boy wasn't happy at having his eating interrupted and gave Gabe a sticky-fingered push.

"Go away!" he commanded.

Gabe raised his head and stuck out his tongue. Sean countered by imitating his cousin. Mercy shook her head while Alex laughed.

"Do you see those naughty boys, Nancy?" he asked his daughter.

The beautiful little girl shook her head, making her long dark hair sway against her back. "No."

This only made Alex laugh harder. "She likes saying no. I remember when Gabe went through that for a time."

Mercy laughed. "I imagine all children do. Is it all right if I give them some bread and jam?"

"Of course." Alex put Nancy on one of the chairs while Gabe climbed up on his own. "So do we have a new arrival finally?"

"Yes. Another boy. They've named him after Uncle Edward, but I'm calling him Eddie. Edward sounds far too stuffy." She fixed two more pieces of bread and cut them in fours as she had with Sean's.

"That ought to please Edward and Lance." Alex helped Nancy with her bread while Gabe stuffed an entire quarter into his mouth at once.

Seeing this, Sean tried to follow suit, but Mercy was ready for him. "No, you don't. Gabe's mouth is bigger than yours.

Stop trying to copy him."

"As for you," Alex said, fixing Gabe with a disapproving look, "no more stuffing big pieces of food in your mouth. Be a gentleman. Take a bite and swallow before you take another."

"Can I chew it?" Gabe asked quite seriously.

Mercy put her hand to her mouth to contain her laughter while Alex rolled his eyes. "Of course you can. I want you to chew it before you swallow it."

Gabe smiled and went back to his bread. From his smug expression, Mercy wasn't entirely sure the question had been innocent.

"I didn't know you were here," Grace said, coming into the kitchen.

Alex turned from the table and pulled her into his arms.

"How are you two doing?" He put his hand to her slightly rounded abdomen.

"We're very tired. I need a hot bath and a nap."

"We could all use a nap," Alex said, kissing her forehead.

"These hooligans have been up since five."

"Good thing it's a Sunday. We may have missed services, but we won't miss an afternoon of rest." Grace yawned.

"I apologize for not giving them something more appropriate to eat." Mercy got to her feet and placed Sean on the chair so he could finish eating.

"It's not a problem," Grace said. "I have stew at home for all of us. It only needs to be heated."

"I've already put it on the stove," Alex interjected. "I figured as long as it was taking to deliver this baby, you'd need some sustenance."

Grace smiled. "That was very thoughtful." She turned to Mercy. "Why don't you bring Sean, and we'll all eat at our house?"

"That sounds good. I'm hoping for a nap myself."

Grace nodded. "Alex, would you mind going upstairs and letting Lance and Hope know that Sean is with us? Oh, and tell Lance I'll fix them a tray if he wants to come get it."

Alex placed another kiss on her forehead as Grace yawned again. "I just hope you can stay awake long enough to eat."

He started to go upstairs, then paused. "I nearly forgot." He pulled a letter out of his coat pocket. "Jed Drury brought this letter. Said he picked it up on Friday with his own mail and thought to bring it over, but then forgot until today. When he saw we weren't at church, he decided to stop by the farm on his way home."

"Who's it from?" Grace asked, taking the missive in hand.

"Oh, it's from Eletta. I'm so glad. I haven't heard from her in so long. I was beginning to worry." She ripped open the letter then began to read. "Oh my! She's expecting a baby! Isaac must be beyond joyful." She continued to read and began to frown.

"What's wrong?" Mercy asked.

"She's been very ill. Her condition doesn't agree with her, and she's been unable to keep food down. She thought it would pass after the first few months, but she's still suffering and only able to eat or drink a tiny bit."

"When is the baby due?" Alex asked.

"The same month as ours — March." She read aloud, "'I know that you and Hope are both busy with your own children, but I wonder if Mercy might come and help me. I know you will worry because of the Rogue River troubles, but I assure you our people in the immediate area are not up in arms.'"

Mercy knew that the Rogue River Indians were at war with the whites. Having lived through captivity at the Whitman Mission in November of '47, she was apprehensive about putting herself in harm's way again. The Whitman Massacre had resulted in most of the men being murdered and over fifty women and children being held hostage for a month. Mercy and Hope had been among their number. The women had been treated abominably by the Cayuse Indian men. Hope had managed to protect Mercy from being molested. Mercy had been twelve years old, and other girls that age had been abused, but given her petite stature, Mercy looked much younger and was thus saved from harm. At least for the most part.

She still had to live through the nightmare of having people she cared about cut down and violently murdered. She lived through the wailing and sorrow of the women and children who were held captive alongside her. She had come through the entire affair scarred, but not defeated. Her mainstays had been Hope and God. She had studied the Bible and prayed so much during that time that her spiritual life had grown by leaps and bounds.

"'... and as I said, the fault is mostly on the part of the white men.'"

Mercy realized she'd missed part of the letter. "I'm afraid I wasn't paying attention. What is the fault of the white men?"

Grace looked up from the letter. "Eletta says there have been many attacks along the Rogue River. Some of the worst were far inland, over the mountains from where they live. She said that the militia has adopted a plan of extermination. They intend to kill every Indian who puts up any kind of fight."

"I don't understand. A fight about what?"

"About being removed from the region and sent to live on a reserved area of land elsewhere. The government apparently is rounding up the various tribes and forcing them to relocate to a place southwest of here along the coast."

"What else does she say?" Mercy motioned to the letter. "Go ahead and read. I'm paying attention."

Grace nodded. "'There is a terrible spirit of hatred here for the Indian people, but I wouldn't ask Mercy to come if I feared her to be in danger. Being white, she won't be harmed by those who are bent on murder. The native people are mostly taking to the hills and mountains and doing their best to avoid being captured or killed. Our people here at the mission have been peaceful throughout the time we've been here, so the government has not worried themselves yet with their removal. However, sadly, I know that this will be the order of things. If Mercy can come, please try to arrange for her to be in Port Orford by the first of November. Isaac has plans to be there at that time, and he can bring her back to our mission. He will be there for a week, and if she doesn't come in that time, then we will know she was unable to join us.'"

"That's all she has to say," Grace said, lowering the letter, "besides a few words about their mission work." She looked at Mercy. "I can't possibly ask you to do this, and frankly I'm surprised that Eletta would. She knows what you went through. All I can figure is that she must be very sick."

(Continues…)



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Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
If you have read my other reviews of the books in the Heart of the Frontier series (‘Treasured Grace‘ and ‘Beloved Hope‘) you’ll notice that my review of each book was a bit more positive then the previous. Perhaps because I grew to know the characters better with each addition. Perhaps because the story line and the plot grew on me more. Perhaps . . . Who knows, probably both those things and a myriad more I can’t think of right now. I should try to remember to refrain from writing when I’m tired, but then I might never write! It’s been seven years since the attack on the Whitman Mission. Seven years of healing and growing and maturing. Those hard topics still rise to the surface from time to time for the girls. This time we get to see Mercy, now 20, find her way in the world. Mercy, despite her tender age at the beginning of this trilogy, has become quite the firecracker. She’s full of passion about what she believes is right and isn’t afraid to set anyone who crosses her on their ear. She’s also full of compassion and yes even mercy. Despite having lived through the Whitman massacre herself she has compassion and love for the natives of the region. She has a servant’s heart that understands that not all things are black and white, despite the common outlook that differs from her’s. It’s hard to believe she was once a child of 12, small for her age, that was protected by her sisters. Especially as she finds herself again embroiled in an Indian uprising and again being held hostage (of sorts) in a half-constructed fort with a man she barely knows (yet loves! don’t get me started, OK I’ll start in a minute) and her sister’s child. She’s not being protected by her sister’s this time, she’s protecting. She’s protecting a child (Faith) and her friends and her love and her ideals. Insta-love is like the plague of books for me. So many authors use it as a catalyst to get a story off the ground quickly and often it’s not done well and leaves me dissatisfied and frustrated. It’s rare for ‘love at first sight’ or even love in a matter of weeks to be legitimate and lasting. That being said, this book, while frustrating, didn’t totally turn me off. Perhaps it was all the danger and craziness that went along with the insta-love. Perhaps it was the fact that, at least for Mercy, she already knew about Adam and who he was. Perhaps it was the fact that she got tired of waiting for him to step up and admit he had feelings and she proposed to him! I told ya she was a firecracker. Regardless, Mercy was the perfect ending to this trilogy. However, I’m not convinced that she’s the best ending. Faith has a story to tell. Faith has been a silent, mostly unseen, part of this journey from near the beginning. There needs to be just one more book. The book of Faith. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
For as long as I can remember I have loved western stories. Probably came after my introduction to the Louis L'Amor novels that may have jump started my love of the simple life but also a very difficult and hostile life as well. I have been honored to read all of the novels in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series and her final one in the series is Cherished Mercy. Each of the novels have introduced the reader to the Flanagan sisters and the last one is the youngest Mercy. She has been working with her sister Grace at helping women during childbirth and also learning about herbal medicines that can help whatever ails most people on the frontier. Just as she is about to come into her own, a family friend writes that his wife, Eletta is not doing well while expecting their first baby in March. They have asked if Mercy can come to stay with them and help with the birthing of the baby. Mercy fears the recent Rogue River Indians after just barely surviving her own Indian attack and being held hostage for over a month, during the Whitman Massacre has matured her and changed her. She now understands the Indian people a bit more, and has given them the benefit of the doubt since not all Indians are ruthless killers. These people merely want to exist but now it seems that the government has hired on a militia to kill any and all Indians they see, so for Mercy's family it feels like she would be well enough to go. She believes God will watch over her and protect her as she heads to Gold Beach, Oregon to aid in any way she can to help Eletta get better. Her husband Isaac and herself were responsible for helping all three sisters make it to the west during the Oregon trail and she now feels God is calling her to help. She just doesn't expect to fall in love with Adam Browning, the younger brother of Isaac. She isn't looking for love and that is good, because Adam doesn't believe Mercy will be able to hack it in the rudimentary lodgings and working so closely with the Indian population near them. He believes once she arrives, she will be begging to head home. He isn't at all prepared for what she brings with her when she arrives at their homestead. Lots of gumption and grit for sure on both sides. I received Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson compliments of NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group. I have read to many of Tracies's novel and they just welcome the reader on it. It's like a great friend, that you can curl up with her books and sit by the fire and lose yourself in the story. I have wanted to know what Mercy would turn up like after reading about her throughout all the novels up to this one and LOVE that she has a bit of sass about her. She isn't willing to put up with any man who thinks she needs someone to complete her and this is where it gets interesting so that you have to finish it before doing anything else. She's a spit fire for sure, but has she met her match? Pick this one up to find out. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and western romance lovers will want to pick up the entire series and carve out some time to enjoy each of them.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I have read the 1st book in this series and now this one (the 3rd). They can be read as a standalones. I am waiting on book number 2 now. While a very young girl Mercy Flanagan had lived through the Whitman Massacre. I was in awe that after being part of such a horrific experience and losing her parents, that she would want to return to the area. Their dear family friend Eletta Browning was expecting and needed care and help with their young daughter. Her willingness to go was three fold: bored with her life in Oregon City, she wants to spread her wings, her desire to help the Browning family, and deep love of and desire to minister the Tututni Indians. She wanted to share God with them but also promote peace between them and the white man. Her sisters are concerned if she will be safe but are assured no harm will come to her. They concede with trepidation as this is their baby sister. She travels to the Rogue Valley Mission. There she also meets Adam, a strong influence and Christian leader at the mission. Both have no desire to marry. Mercy’s has no interest in finding a spouse and Adam has hurts from the past that have built walls toward any romantic involvement. Both are caught off guard when find themselves strongly attracted to each other. They deny it to themselves and try to explain it away but their hearts won’t listen. Problems do arise and to the point and their lives are in danger. Mercy’s strength and courage amazed me. It was an eye opener to see all she had to do to perform even simple tasks. I guess living with so many conveniences now I expected her to be complaining about all the work! Hardship was a way of life. The Brownings, Adam and Mercy’s reliance on God was deep. He was the first One they turned to whether the need be large or small. If something was lacking they had to find a way to supply it; if there was danger there was 911 to call. It made me think how much we rely on all we have available rather than crying out to God first. The story is suspenseful, exciting, and filled with so many examples of godly character. I truly enjoyed this book as I do all of Ms. Peterson’s. I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Leonas_Lines More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Cherished Mercy” a book by Tracie Peterson published by Bethany House I recommend this book to those of you who enjoy reading frontier stories filled with faith, values, adventure, historical fact and romance , for it has all that and more. The setting is in the Oregon Territory in the year 1855. For those of you who know your US History you will know this was a time of much conflict between the US Army and the Native Americans. This book tells the story of Mercy Flanagan who had traveled West with her family to find land and build homes. Mercy, who as a child endured the Massacre at the Whitman Mission as a child, is now grown. She is a young woman and lives in Oregon City, Oregon with her two sisters who are married with children. Mercy has yet to marry and so is contacted for help by a family friend who lives in the Rogue River Valley at a Mission. The Mission ministers to the Rogue River Indians who live in the area, especially the Tututni tribe. This family friend is having a difficult pregnancy because her health is poor and she needs help to care for her husband, child and Mission duties. Mercy is understandably hesitant to go given her previous experience with the events at the Whitman Mission, but as she and her sisters pray about it, she decides it is God’s will that she go. The first chapter in this book seemed very slow reading as it was describing all the necessary background to what one needed to know in order to grasp what was to come, but Chapters 2 thru 26 are much different! You will find it hard to stop reading as each chapter will challenge you to find out what is going to happen next! This book is a very enjoyable read that will touch all of your emotions. “Cherished Mercy” is Book #3 in the “Heart of the Frontier” series. Book #1 is “Treasured Grace” Book #2 is “Beloved Hope” Visit Tracie Peterson’s Website at: http://traciepetersonbooks.com/ –Leona J. Atkinson
Kathae More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to read Book 3 of the Heart of the Frontier series, Cherished Mercy. Mercy, the youngest of three sisters who had traveled to Oregon Territory together in the mid-1800s, has always been a dear, but now readers get to know her on a deeper level. She is just as talented, resourceful, and hardworking as her sisters, and she is especially kind and big-hearted. She is not afraid to speak her mind when necessary. I loved how brave and strong she was in the midst of danger. Historical fiction fans will enjoy this novel. Having read the other books in the series made this one more endearing to me, but it does stand alone-the background information is there. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read with had to many twists and turn inside of the story hard to put it down or walk away from this book. The story of Mercy Flnagan family, friend and all the people she know have to be facing of fear, love and fighting with all the decision they had making in the difficult time in their life with have to reply on their faith in God and on each other that can be make it alive. I highly recommend everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”. Tracie Peterson’s love for history and research fuels the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of over hundred novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was a beautiful writing and compelling to read with had to many twists and turn inside of the story hard to put it down or walk away from this book. The story of Mercy Flnagan family, friend and all the people she know have to be facing of fear, love and fighting with all the decision they had making in the difficult time in their life with have to reply on their faith in God and on each other that can be make it alive. I highly recommend everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”. Tracie Peterson’s love for history and research fuels the bestselling stories she writes. She is the author of over hundred novels and the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award. Tracie and her family live in Montana.
rubber_duckie91 More than 1 year ago
“She sighed and smiled. ‘I’m happier than I could have ever thought possible. I found my place. I finally know what God wants me to do, and nothing has ever felt so right.’ Cherished Mercy is a book of historical fiction written by Tracie Peterson and is the third book in her Heart of the Frontier series. The story is set in the Oregon territory during 1855 with the white settlers waring with the native tribes over land control. It is a beautiful tale of a young girl named Mercy Flanagan, who despite already surviving a traumatic experience at a mission as a child, agrees to leave her family behind to help a Eletta Browning, a family friend, through her complicated pregnancy at another mission. While there she is forced to overcoming being homesick and face the experiences of her past all over again while relying on her faith in God and the help of Adam, a stranger turned friend. Eletta and Adam’s lives are on the line and they will be tested on if they can make it out alive without it changing who they are. I absolutely loved this book! I picked it up to start when our power went out and was up till after one in the morning finishing it because i was so entangled in the story I couldn’t seem to put it down. Peterson weaves together a breathtaking tale of friendship, love, and overcoming adversities. It has been quite a while since I have cried this much during a book. I fell in love with every single character in this book, their stores captured my heart and soul and made me feel at one with the story Peterson was telling. My heart wept for joy at the success and triumphs of the characters and my broke into pieces when things turned bad and the characters were hurting. Mercy has her strength tested both mentally and physically while her faith in God and those around her is put to the test. Her character is so unbelievably strong in how she handles every things that is thrown her way and the fact that she does it with grace, love, and understanding is even more amazing.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
“I’ll definitely be praying. Ain’t never known anything that wasn’t made better by prayer.” -Uncle Edward Cherished Mercy, book three in the Heart of the Frontier series, focuses on Mercy Flanagan, the youngest of the three Flanagan sisters whom we met in the previous two books of the series. The sisters survived the Whitman Massacre and settled with their uncle Edward in Oregon City. The year is now 1855 and Hope and Grace Flanagan are married with children and busy lives. Mercy lives with Grace and Alex and keeps busy helping her older sisters. This story focuses on Mercy’s quest to help the family friends, Isaac and Eletta, missionaries to the Indians along the Oregon frontier. Mercy goes to the mission with an open mind and heart to do her part. Upon arriving, she comes face to face with Adam Browning, Isaac’s brother. Adam carries a grudge against her before she ever arrives because of his own personal history and his unwillingness to see beyond it. Mercy’s arrival brings a far different person than Adam expected. The story encompasses so many characters that will touch the reader’s heart. This third story blends family, friends, and shared histories together in a very touching way. Sad in many ways, poignant in others, and inspiring all the way through, Cherished Mercy will engage your attention all the way through! A thoroughly enjoyable and emotional story and a fitting end to a great series! I think this series was one of Tracie Peterson’s finest. If you haven’t read books one and two, take the time to read those stories as well. This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own. ****
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Cherished Mercy is such a cherish-able story. You have Incredible Mercy who has already gone through so very much in her life - has decided to move on from her past - which is so unreal - and move from the mission so was in that saved her before and is now living in - to another one - and there met Adam - the Minister - Mercy's heart and prayers are for the Natives and the Missionaries and the peoples to get along - she prays for that heartily. Now that she is in a new Mission something serious happens and it blows the mind - you cannot believe it - and I cannot share it with you - though I would love to - you know I would.........this book is authentic, full of love, raith, enjoyment and so much panache the author put in throughout the book. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
Emme_Faith_Church More than 1 year ago
Thoughts… I love historical fiction. I find that Tracie does a great job with her research and I love all the settings she’s chosen to do. I have gotten to know and love all the characters. Each time I read each book I learn to love the characters and continue to read about their journeys. The main guys. I like each and every one of them and each time I think I like the new guy better than the first. It’s probably just because she writes each so well that I think the current one is the best. I think Mercy is my favorite of all the girls. In my mind she has just the right blend of kindness, spunk, and strength to be a lovable heroine. Each of them has had unique struggles and while I think Hope’s is the most difficult—I love Mercy the most. Good wrap up. This book wraps the series up well showing us where all the characters have their endings and giving us a bit of happiness to go around. The awkward moments. They were so funny. I could totally see things like that happening to me. One thing I didn’t like. I know I have mentioned before that in each one of her books in this series I feel she gives too much information in regards to the romantic thoughts in her characters’ minds. I know it may seem difficult to show it without those thoughts–but I’m pretty sure that the reader could guess it just based on the way the characters are acting. Meeting Faith. My only quibble is that there isn’t a book on Faith. I mean, her name is perfect for another book, right? That said I DO actually understand the choice for this to be a trilogy. I think it’s a good stopping point, as I said. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts here expressed are strictly my own. A positive review was not required.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Cherished Mercy is the third and final book in the Heart of the Frontier series written by Tracie Peterson. Though out this series we have followed the Flanagan sisters as they made their way to the Oregon Territory. The older two sisters have married and started their families but Mercy has yet to find the man for her. Mercy receives a request from a friend, Eletta, to travel to the Browning Mission in the Rogue River Valley. Eletta is having problems with her pregnancy and has taken to her bed. Mercy helps with Eletta's home and young adopted daughter, Faith, as well as helps Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, teach the Indian children. The government is trying to take all the Indians to a reservation and has hired men to help. Some of the men take it upon themselves to kill the Indians instead. Browning Mission is attacked and the white people are forced to flee. Eletta's husband was killed prior to the attack and Eletta passes away when they reach the new town. It is now up to Mercy and Adam to take care of Faith. This is such a good series, it should be read in order as the three sisters are the focal point in each story. This series covers some tough topics, such as racism, greed, war and rape. This book is a reminder the importance of prayer, showing mercy to others and keeping our faith even in the worst of times. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to envision the fear of the white man's attack at Browning Mission as well and the Indian's retaliation and the hunger at Fort Miner. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based on the settling of our country. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. This is my honest review.
Ratgirl24 More than 1 year ago
I love Tracie Peterson and have read many of her novels; I was looking forward to reading “Cherished Mercy”, which is the third and final book in her Heart of the Frontier series. She tackles lots of tough issues including the treatment of natives by the government, murder, rape, racism and adoption. The book begins with Mercy Flanagan receiving a letter from a family friend requesting that she come to her aid as she is having a difficult pregnancy and could use her assistance as a healer, housekeeper, and baby sitter. Mercy struggles with the decision. She wants to help her friend, but does not want to leave her family. To travel to her friend, Eletta, would mean traveling to an area in Oregon where the native people are clashing with the white people who are invading their land. Some natives are peaceful, but many are not. Not only is this frightening, but Mercy also has a history with Native Americans. She survived the Whitman Massacre and was taken captive along with her sisters as a child. They were treated horribly and abused, but all survived. However, the vivid memories haunt Mercy as does her sister’s child… a child that was adopted by Eletta at birth. Mercy chooses to assist her friend, Eletta. Along the way she meets many natives and Adam, Eletta’s Brother-In-Law. The local tribe seems friendly enough, but rumors or massacres are running rampant. Will there be peace in the Rogue River Valley? If so, will Mercy survive it? “Cherished Mercy” was a great read and an excellent reminder of how important prayer is in our daily lives. It also reminds us that “faith isn’t faith unless it’s tested” and God always has a plan! The book is a reminder of how important peace is and that we must fight for it. I have not read the first two books in the series, but that in no way lessened my enjoyment. The author gave just enough tidbits about the first two so that everything made sense. She also researched the well and gave excellent descriptions of life in that era and the Oregon area. Release Publication Date: September 5, 2017 Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Western, Frontier, Historical Cover: Perfect Source: I received this book for free from the publisher, Bethany House, in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book! Rating: 4.5 stars
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
Mercy Flanigan was aptly named. Her ability to show mercy to others amazes those around her, but she realizes that when you embrace bitterness and grudges there isn’t room for the things you’d rather embrace. A lesson we can all benefit from. Mercy is the youngest of the three Flanigan sisters, and the main character in this third and final installment of the Heart of the Frontier series. To truly appreciate her story, the reader would greatly benefit from having read the series in sequence. The sisters’ travels along the Oregon Trail and the presence of two of them at the Whitman Mission Massacre lead up to Mercy’s finding herself in the middle of the Rogue River War as the year 1855 draws to a close. Tracie Peterson’s storytelling skills are backed up by her diligent research when placing her characters in true historical events. As part of Mercy’s story, readers will meet seven-year-old Faith Browning whose parents and uncle are missionaries among the Tututni. Faith is a precocious child who learned to read at the age of two. Unfortunately, the life she knew among a loving family and supportive community spins into chaos with the increased volatility between an army and volunteer militia supported by a government that favored extermination of Oregon’s native population and the Rogue River Indian tribes. Faith proves herself to be a strong young lady, remaining faithful to her Lord and to her family’s instruction. Readers will hope that Faith may make an appearance in a future Peterson series. Fans of historical fiction and romantic fiction alike will enjoy Cherished Mercy and the Heart of the Frontier series. I am appreciative of NetGalley and Bethany House for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.