Mercy at Midnight

Mercy at Midnight

by Sylvia Bambola


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Mercy at Midnight by Sylvia Bambola

Three people-three Divine appointments

Cynthia Wells, an undercover reporter with a dark secret and in search of a story, finds more than she bargains for, including a love she never expected.

Jonathan Holms, pastor of affluent Christ Church, is stunned when God directs him to a mission where he must come to grips with a killer and his own difficult past.

Stubby White was never anything and he was sure he'd never be anything, not with all the bad breaks he's had. But at the Beacon Mission, when he finds the promise of a new life, he must decide whether to dwell in the past or break from it.

All three are thrown together by converging circumstances involving danger and a mysterious killer who seems bent on destroying them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989970754
Publisher: Heritage Publishing House
Publication date: 07/08/2016
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Sylvia Bambola is the award winning author of eight novels. Her novel, Rebekah's Treasure, won the 2014 Readers Favorite Bronze Award for Christian Historical Fiction and the 2015 Book of the Year Award, Christian Small Press Association, for Historical Fiction. The Salt Covenants was the 2015 Readers Favorite Bronze Award winner for Christina Historical Fiction. She has two grown children, and teaches women's Bible studies.

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Mercy at Midnight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
Mercy at Midnight delves into the gritty world of homelessness, drug use and gang violence. The ugliness of all of that is pitted against the redemptive power of Christ. Undercover reporter, Cynthia Wells, smells a story. Two homeless men were found murdered in very similar circumstances and both have ties to a local men's shelter. When a closed shelter reopens, can she convince the pastor who runs the place that, not only is she homeless, but she's looking for work? As she snoops around, what happens when the wrong people catch wind of her curiosity? Jonathan Holms is the pastor of the largest church in the city. He's doing a great work for God there so he's stunned when God asks him to give up his megachurch to go minister to the homeless. He's never been more sure of a call in his life, but is he up to the challenge? His faith in Jesus is strong but as danger stalks the residents of his shelter, can his prayers protect those he's coming to love like family? Stubby White has been homeless so long he doesn't remember when he was a contributing member of society. A tragedy years ago turned his life upside down and sent him on a downward spiral that included alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. When he steps foot into Jonathan's mission, he feels safe for the first time in forever. A few days in, he's given the job of caretaker and he begins taking steps out of the abyss. Can he maintain the change his life undergoes or will he return to the life he knows best? Wow! This book had so much rich truth in it. Believing in the face of incredible hardship, faith even when and maybe especially when life has continually beaten them down - these are repeatedly brought out and seeing these things is what makes the skeptical Cynthia start to question her own belief system. Fair warning, this book starts pretty slow. It took me a long time to "get into it" but once I did, it was a thriller! Readers who love faith-filled suspense will enjoy Mercy at Midnight. I can definitely recommend it!
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I am ashamed to admit, I got this book last year. It took me forever to pick it up and read it. I am not really sure why. Maybe it was the cover. For some reason it just didn't grab me like I expected it to. But wait.... God's timing is also perfect and I believe this was His time for me. Lately I have been reading alot about prayer. And interestingly enough the last two books I have read have had characters that were very strong prayer warriors and had an amazing prayer life. This was one of them. Jonathan Holms is a pastor who is practiced in listening to God, as well as talking to Him. It inspired me, when I read how much time he spent on his needs, and how he went to God and prayed about everything, and even when he really didn't like the answer, he listened and followed through with what he believed God was telling him to do. I need that more in my own life. Another character that I fell in love with was Stubby. I could just picture him so well, maybe because I know a few Stubby's in my life. He felt hopeless, lost, and confused. He really didn't think anyone or at least almost any one cared about him. But something happens and Stubby is not himself anymore. The story is beautiful and moving. Oh and Jonathan's Aunt Adel, she worries and frets over him, and does her best to trust God. She is such a sweet heart, and once again, she is also a prayer warrior with a few things to learn. And Miss Emily, you can't help but love her and through her the people she loves, and the God she loves. She shines, brightly, but its Jesus in her that is shining. And as always there are those you don't like, several of them that pop up throughout the book. But they make the story more appealing, more interesting, and more true to life. And the only thing I really was disappointed in was the ending. Oh it wasn't bad, I just wanted more. I sure hope Ms Sylvia is considering maybe a sequel to this one, there are plenty of characters to work with. This story could be reality, maybe that is what drew me in. The characters come to life. They have real struggles, real problems, real situations. They also offer real solutions, real help and hope. I know this book would be a blessing to many!! I am so glad I finally took the time to read it. It was so worth it. Once I got started it was hard to put it down. I wish I had better words to convey the message in this book and the value of the words the author wrote. Just read it! Thank you Sylvia for sending me a copy of this book through The Book Club Network. I wasn't asked to write a positive review. All opinions were my own.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Mercy at Midnight by Sylvia Bambola is a richly detailed, fast-paced novel with twists and turns in every chapter. It is a story of God's mercy, grace, hope and unconditional love with elements of mystery and romance thrown in. The story has 3 primary characters that ultimately join together to solve a mystery. Each one is on a path to find something that is missing in their lives and The Beacon Mission for homeless people is the place that brings them together. Jonathan is a pastor. He's following God's directive - reopen a mission to minister to the homeless - even though he doesn't like or understand it. Cynthia is a reporter. She's trying to fill a void in her life and finds herself at the mission in search of a story she knows needs to be told. Stubby is a homeless drug addicted man. His life is in danger because of something that someone thinks he knows and is determined to find out at any cost. He winds up at the mission because he's seeking a way out of his seemingly hopeless situation. I loved this book! It was so good that I hated to put it down. I give it 5 stars. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author. She's going on my list of favorites. I received a copy of the book from Heritage Publishing House through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
I had read several of Sylvia Bambola’s books and was anxious to begin reading her romantic suspense novel, Mercy At Midnight. May I saw with emphasis, I was not disappointed! Once I began reading the book, I could hardly lay it down. This novel concentrates on three main characters whose lives are excellently interwoven throughout the book. Cynthia Wells is an investigative reporter known to her public by excellent revealing articles. She has a hunch there is more to the three deaths in the poor side of town and talks her boss into letting her go undercover in this dangerous territory. Jonathan Holms has been a pastor of Christ Church that has a prestigious congregation. The Holy Spirit is beginning to work in people’s lives under his spiritual leadership, but he feels a tug in his spirit from God that there is more He has in store for him, but what? He resigns from the church, and God talks him into a journey to serve Him in the poor side of town. Stubby White is a drug addict who is homeless living from one social security check to the other. His two best friends have been killed. Will he face death, also? Is there hope for him? This novel takes you inside the homeless community and makes you think about your reactions when you see someone panhandling on the street. God loves each soul and has a purpose for all who ask for forgiveness and live for Him. I loved this book and recommend it for anyone wanting to read a thrilling spiritual novel! I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Mercy at Midnight by Sylvia Bambola is a stand-alone title that delivers suspense and danger—sure to keep the reader engaged and entertained. The author blends mystery with a message of hope and redemption. The plot centers around the plight of the homeless and the dejected souls who turn to drugs and gangs as a means of survival or escape. The novel tells the story of a single pastor of a large, wealthy church who hears the direction from God to serve in the lowliest of places and finds great reward and satisfaction in doing so. He encounters danger and enemies in this new pursuit. The story also focuses on the life of a young woman, an undercover reporter, who has never forgotten a past tragedy nor has she found forgiveness. In search of a story, she finds her way to the homeless mission where the pastor is serving, and she, too, stirs up enemies and danger. Their story intersects with that of a special homeless man, who is given a second chance at life and redemption. All three lives are changed for the better. The three are thrown into the center of peril and face an enemy who seeks to destroy them. I highly recommend this excellent novel with a well-crafted plot and fascinating and complex characters. It will not only entertain the reader but also will inspire one to examine values and priorities and reflect upon ways to improve lives of others less fortunate. A great novel, not to be missed. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Mercy at Midnight by Sylvia Bambola is a wonderful story of redemption and restoration. A diehard reporter, the dregs of society, a pastor with a heart for God's work, and a story of broken lives will pull you into a suspense-filled and action-packed read. Cynthia is a reporter on a mission to find a Pulitzer worthy story and yet it is as an invisible homeless person that she finds acceptance. Jonathan, pastor of a church just on the verge of revival and yet just an ordinary servant of God, finds himself wondering where is God leading him now. Really, God, a homeless shelter? Stubby is a homeless drug addict, a man who has been bound by his past, but then, who doesn't have a past? Bambola has taken these disparate characters and woven their lives together into a captivating tale of suspense, murder and deceit, brokenness and forgiveness and, in the end, mercy. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
I've become quite the fan of Bambola's novels since first discovering her a couple years ago, but I have to say this was not one of my favorites. Don't get me wrong though, there's still a decent, heartfelt story here... it just happened to not move me quite as deeply as some of her other works. The plot felt like it had a slower pace than her previous books. There are still moments of action but they are much more spaced out and there was a lot of jumping around between scenes here that I found a bit jarring to read. The characters, while good and life-like... there was just something there that felt underdeveloped to me... couldn't quite pinpoint what it was exactly, these characters just didn't linger in my memory the way some of her past characters have. I think I most liked the sweet, grateful spirit of Effie and the warmth and wisdom of Miss Emily. I also liked that the humor of Jonathan's Aunt Adel gave a balance of lightness to some of the heavier themes in the novel. You gotta love a character who refuses to accept defeat, only answering with that knowing, smirky, "We shall see what we shall see..." I wasn't sure what to make of Stubby in the beginning but he came to really grow on me with his gentle ways and child-like spirit. Perhaps one of the toughest characters for me to pin down was the cop, Steve, Cynthia's "friends with benefits" fella. Some moments he was a huge, testosterone pumped douche wagon around her... other times he seemed like he genuinely wanted to do right by her. Just left me confused as to what to think about him. Bambola tries to write in a little almost-romance between Cynthia and Jonathan, but it doesn't necessarily play a pivotal role in the storyline. The bond between them also struck me as a little lukewarm when compared to how Bambola has written her couples in the past. To see what I mean, I'd recommend checking out her historical fiction pieces, The Salt Covenants or The Daughters of Jim Farrell. I can't say if it was intentional or not, as Bambola doesn't say anything about this in her afterword, but I did notice some similarities between the backstory of Pastor Jonathan and that of St. Francis of Assisi. Like St. Francis, Jonathan comes from a wealthy family, but driven by a spiritual calling that refuses to be silenced, chooses to leave a respectable position in the community to take up work with the homeless. Not everyone understands or approves of his chosen path. At one point, Jonathan is even told flat out that one can pity the swine without getting in the pen and becoming one of them... something very similar to what St. Francis' father told him when St Francis continually gave up earthly possessions to humble himself. Bambola is much more heavy-handed with the religious aspects in this novel than in some of her past works. This could either turn off more secular readers or, if said reader is finding themselves increasingly curious about theology, this novel might be instead a beginning bit of food for thought. Either way, it proves to be a nicely balanced piece of social commentary on love, acceptance, and empathy (particularly with the less fortunate in mind) blended with a decent murder mystery / crime fiction. I personally may be more drawn to Bambola's historical fiction pieces but I'll certainly never turn down a chance to check out her modern fiction as well! FTC & Heritage Publishing House kindly provided me with a complimentary co
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Mercy at MidnightI know that if you have read my other entries you know that Sylvia Bambola is one of my favorite authors. This is a little different setting than others that I have read by her. This is set in today's time. In Mercy At Midnight we are introduced to three different characters, then we are mesmerized by how their lives intersect and the consequences from their meeting. First we have Cynthia Wells. She is a reporter who, while looking for a story, comes across so much more. We then have Jonathan Holms. He is a pastor at a large church. God sends him to come to terms with a killer and the connection to him. Finally, we have Stubby White. This is a man who cannot seem to help but have one bad turn after another. He turns to the mission where he has to decide which road to go down, the road to Gjod or the road he has the most experience with. I always have a hard time putting books down by this author and this is no exception. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books filled with suspense. I was given this book by the author, Heritage Publishing House and in exchange for my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
My family and I visited San Francisco two summers ago and we got a close-up look at the homeless situation there which is very prevalent and life changing. From the beginning pages of Mercy at Midnight, I was transported back to the sights and sounds we experienced, when I was forever changed. I saw the faces and the people for who they were… people. I was touched then and this book brought it all back to the forefront. Even though this was fiction, it was written so true to life. It’s impactful, emotional, and filled with hope. If you like suspenseful fiction with a redemptive storyline, you will want to read Mercy at Midnight. I loved it and would recommend it to all my friends. "I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review."
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Mercy At Midnight, by Sylvia Bambola, is a story that deals with the subjects of addictions and homelessness as well as crime gangs. Jonathan Holms has left his position as pastor for affluent Christ Church to follow God’s call in his life. He reopens Beacon Mission, a closed homeless shelter and works with the clients and other staff who enter the doors. Cynthia Wells is a reporter who will do what ever it takes to get a story. She has decided to go undercover to try to connect deaths that have taken part in that area of the city. Just as she enters the area she is approached by a gang and is robbed. When she contacts the police dressed as a dirty homeless woman, they do nothing to help her. They send her to the homeless shelter. At the shelter she is offered a job and takes it to use as a cover to get information. Stubby White was just starting a career when a young girl was killed in an accident and he was blamed for her death. His life spiraled out of control. He is a friend to both of the men who are killed. He also ends up at the shelter and is offered a job. Effie is a young mother who has fled her husband with her young daughter and ends up at the shelter. When she finds it impossible to find work with having to care for her daughter, Jonathan also offers her a job. She is in charge of a day care center at the shelter. While at the shelter Cynthia and Stubby are both attacked. Jonathan begins to suspect the shelter is not what he believes it to be. This is a wonderful Christian suspense story. It also has the cute story line running through it of Jonathan’s aunt having to deal with her church’s gossiping busy body. Especially when it comes to Jonathan’s romance. Several characters in the story have strong faith in the Lord, while Cynthia does not. It takes almost to the end of the story to see that God is watching over her. I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have written an honest review.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
Mercy at Midnight, by Silvia Bambola, is a thriller blending mystery and suspense with a dash of humor and romance. The setting is skid row the subject matter are the homeless and the plights that challenge them to overcome their circumstances. The three primary characters include a reporter, a preacher, and a homeless man. Cynthia Wells, is a 30 year old newspaper reporter who goes undercover for a story. Jonathan Holmes, is a young interim pastor at a large, wealthy church, who finds himself called by God to minister to the homeless. Finally, Stubby White, is an elderly, arthritic, drug abusing homeless man. Ms. Bambola does a remarkable job intertwining the lives of these characters together while demonstrating the redemptive power of Christ. I’ve never read a book by Bambola that I did not thoroughly enjoy, and Mercy at Midnight is no exception. This story is a captivating page turner with lovable and complex characters. I highly recommend this book and others written by her. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Molly Edwards for Readers' Favorite I was a little skeptical starting this book, as I haven't read a book like this in quite some time. I had never heard of the author and the plot line, while interesting, didn't quite seem up my alley. But, sitting down and taking the time to read through this book, I quickly became hooked and fell in love with the characters and the author's work. When I read a Christian fiction novel, I don't like it to be preachy. I love to learn more about the characters and the lessons they learn in life than the preachy aspect of many Christian novels out there. Sylvia Bambola did not create a preachy novel at all in Mercy at Midnight. She filled this book with characters that grip you, a plot line that is completely filled with twists, turns and powerful lessons, and an ending that will have you ready for more work by this talented lady. That's the kind of Christian novel I love and would read over and over again. Stubby, Jonathan and Cynthia were all wonderful characters. Each one found a special place in my heart. Reading their stories, and following their walks of faith in life, really opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking. Stubby's character was my favorite and I felt his emotions to the core of my being. It takes a lot of talent from an author to do that for me! Watching Cynthia come to terms with her past, and her present really was a great experience. And Pastor Jonathan. Bless him, I loved his character, too! His choices in life haven't always been the easiest, but he fully relies on his faith in and love of God, and prevails! Ms. Bambola is definitely an author I won't soon forget! The characters she creates are chiseled perfectly, the unexpected twists she adds to the plot to keep the readers hooked are amazing, and her writing style is unique. I definitely enjoyed this book and look forward to recommending it to other book lovers everywhere! Well done, Ms. Bambola!