The Edge of Mercy

The Edge of Mercy

by Heidi Chiavaroli


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ISBN-13: 9781733577908
Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 239,378
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. She is an ACFW Carol Award winner and a Christy finalist. Both her debut novel, "Freedom's Ring" and her sophomore novel, "The Hidden Side" are Romantic Times Top Picks. "Freedom's Ring" was also a BOOKLIST Top Ten Romance Debut. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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Praise for Heidi Chiavaroli


The Edge of Mercy novel

Historical Note

The Legend of Abram's Rock

Note To Reader

Also by Heidi Chiavaroli


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The Edge of Mercy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
BBulow 6 days ago
The Edge of Mercy was a breath of fresh air for me. I loved the deep, introspective look at both Sarah in the present day and Elizabeth in the past. At the same time, this story is raw, vulnerable, and deeply emotional. Sarah’s marriage to Matt is on the brink of failure. Her feelings are so poignantly painted in this story. Her emotion is palpable; her reactions feel so genuine. While some of the story literally made me angry, I was also deeply impacted by the theme of sacrificial love, which is a theme that stretches across time to connect Sarah to Elizabeth’s story in the 17th Century. The historical tale is equally as compelling. Usually I’m a bit more engaged in the historical setting, but in this story, both past and present held my attention. This story made me feel deeply; it truly captured my heart in a way that not every story does. Chiavaroli takes her characters through what seems to be bleak end to something stronger, more resilient, and more real than what was there before. This is truly one of those situations that my words seem inadequate. This story is about marriage, yes, but mostly it’s about two women in two different times who realize what it means to love without condition, to love without asking for anything back. It's about what happens when you've come to the end of yourself and anything you can do, and what that means about the One who created you. "I think sometimes we might not recognize hope until we've been in the darkness." This is Chiavaroli’s third release, and I am already impatient for her next book. Start with any of her three novels, you can’t go wrong. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review, positive or otherwise, and this review is my honest opinion.
LoriP123 7 days ago
I absolutely loved this story by Heidi Chiavaroli! It leaves you emotionally raw with its story lines that pull at your heartstrings. At the end of each chapter you are left wanting more and aren't disappointed with each new chapter. Two women living hundreds of years apart are living lives where they are facing devastating events that ultimately can destroy all they hold close to their hearts, but with these events come love, forgiveness, strength and growth and a way to grab hold to what is most important. I'm really looking forward to reading more books in the future by Heidi Chiavaroli! I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I just love historical romance so when I discover a new author whose storytelling grips me from page one, it's a wonderful treat! The lives of two women, Sarah and Elizabeth, who lived over 300 years apart, intersect through an old journal in this riveting time slip novel. Modern day, Sarah, discovers a kinship with Elizabeth through faith, shared suffering, and emotional heartbreak. Chiavaroli captured me early in the story with her beautiful prose that flow beautifully on the page and characters that wove themselves deep into my heart. At its core, The Edge of Mercy is a story of forgiveness and hope, and offers a heart-wrenching glimpse of the tough landscape one must navigate when called to love unconditionally. I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
JeanneAC 10 days ago
This is an amazing story. I struggle to write a review that will do it justice. I've loved Heidi Chiavaroli's stories since her very first book. Author Heidi Chiavaroli writes themes that you can identify with and stories that tug at your heart. The Edge of Mercy involves two women, 300 years apart both of whom have to deal with difficult situations and the the author deftly deals with the raw emotions of love, forgiveness, and mercy. I love stories where you simply have no idea how it's going to end. The Edge of Mercy was just that kind of story for me. If you like time-slip novels that deal with real issues, and give you hope, this story is for you! I loved it and highly recommend you get a copy of The Edge of Mercy.
ARS8 10 days ago
This is the second book I have read by author Chiavaroli and what I have learned is that she can take really bad and desperate situations and infuse a lot of hope in them. This one is my favorite, though at times this is not an easy read. This is a novel about a woman, Sarah, who is navigating new waters as her husband of 17 years has asked for a break. This is a devastating blow as she thought their marriage, maybe a bit routine, was doing well. Not only that but he has asked that he take their 16 year old son with him for the summer so they can work together on the landscaping jobs. In the midst of all of this, Sarah’s neighbor’s dying wish is for Sarah to find her daughter and give her Elizabeth’s story. Elizabeth is the neighbor’s ancestor and she lived and wrote a journal about her time around King Phillip’s War in 1675. This story shows a young woman who does not want to marry whom her sick father has chosen and instead finds herself caught between two men, Abram a Native American and Caleb her father’s chosen husband for her. As we go through Sarah’s life and we read along with her about Elizabeth’s, both stories take unexpected turns and revelations that are brought into the light that end up rocking both women’s worlds. This was a very emotional read and I was pulled into both women’s struggles, hoping for the best for them yet wondering as they did how can they ever go back to normal? The answer is that they can’t and this story takes the reader on the journey with them revealing some really important truths about unconditional love, what forgiveness looks like, and undeserved mercy. I like how the author ended the stories, especially the contemporary one. I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
annelr 10 days ago
The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli is a compelling time-slip novel. Not having read this author before, I was not sure quite what to expect but having heard good things about her previous two books, I was looking forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed how the two stories are skillfully intertwined throughout the book--Sarah's contemporary life in the midst of a struggling marriage and Elizabeth's life 300 some years prior as she faces what she fears will be a loveless marriage. The writing style is graceful and flows smoothly and the dialog flows well without seeming forced. The characters are vividly portrayed, their emotions and actions are realistic and relatable, their flaws and faults are there along with their strengths and humanity. Her neighbor thought Sarah had the heart of a warrior, yet Sarah just wanted to be loved, cherished, to be enough. Would she be able to fight through the challenges life has thrown at her? The author has not shied away from gritty subjects as she tackles with finesse death, the hardships of a colonial war, a marriage in shambles, a midlife crisis, and the pull of extramarital relationships. Is there hope for a marriage if one can't believe in love? Can the past be put behind to enable one to move forward? It was hard to put the book down wanting to see how things would work out for both Sarah and her 17th Century journal companion, Elizabeth. The Edge of Mercy is a story of finding hope when we are at our weakest and even heart-broken, of recognizing that God's grace is sufficient and does not run dry. It is a poignant story about the beauty of a love that has the power to conquer painful disappointments and heartache. If you love stories that touch your emotions and linger a while in your soul, this book is not to be missed. I read a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 11 days ago
The Edge of Mercy, by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a bit deceptive in its cover art. All right…a lot deceptive. The cover art implies a Regency or Victorian-era setting. However, instead the book is predominately contemporary, with the journal entries of a Puritan woman running throughout. So, it took me a little bit to reconcile my expectation of the book from the cover with the actual content. However, I must say this book exceeded my exceptions by a large margin. I wasn’t quite sure what to think with the opening pages. I was worried about the writing style, and confused about the setting. It only took twenty pages, though, for me to get swept up in the story of Sarah, Matt, and Kyle. I wasn’t expecting this to be a Christian book, but it is. And it’s actually really well done. Chiavaroli deftly describes the relationship between Sarah and Matt and it’s easy to see where things are falling apart. What I liked best was how Sarah feels realistic, seesawing between anger at Matt and guilt about her own actions, so that it paints a clear picture that the crumbling marriage is in large part due to failure on both ends. I also really liked how even though Matt went further than Sarah in terms of rebellion and breaking down the ties between them, it’s clear that Sarah did things that were equally as damaging (if different in action). There’s blame placed on both sides, and Chiavaroli handles it with nuance and skill. I’m not sure how I feel about the subplot. To be honest, Elizabeth Baker’s journal entries were the least exciting part of the book. I practically shuddered when I discovered that the journals were about Elizabeth’s relationship with a native. It’s such a romanticized, overdone stereotype. I must admit, though, that I was pleasantly surprised when things took a different direction, even though I was already checked out in terms of enjoyment of that particular story. I found myself rushing through the journal entries to get back to the story I was actually interested in. Misleading/terrible cover art aside, I really enjoyed The Edge of Mercy. It was much better than I expected it would be, and I was way more invested than I thought I would be. Chiavaroli manages to avoid many of the pitfalls of Christian novels and produces a compelling, emotional story of a failing marriage and the effort Sarah puts in pulling it back together. The ending is, perhaps, a bit rushed—I felt that Matt’s turnaround was too abrupt and wasn’t explained very well—but I had trouble putting the book down, which is one of the highest praises I can ever give a book. Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
Nicnac63 11 days ago
Oh how I love a well-crafted story. Oh how I love a time-slip novel with compelling characters. Oh how I love books revealing important messages of hope, love and faith. The Edge of Mercy is such a book. This is one of those stories that makes me want to rush through, yet I force myself to slow down so I can savor each nuance. The opening scene captures my attention and emotions swiftly. Sarah has a softness about her that stands out to me, and her emotions feel raw and authentic. I enjoy Elizabeth’s story as well but connect more closely to Sarah. Redemption. Restoration. Faith. Forgiveness. Powerful, emotional, and enlightening themes. Love it! #TheEdgeOfMercy #HeidiChiavaroli Author: Heidi Chiavaroli Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers Pages: 300 First Line: I slipped the two rings off my finger to cradle them in my palm. Source: I received an advanced review copy (ARC) from the publisher with no obligation to post a positive review.
Mauri 12 days ago
Like all of the books by Heidi Chiavaroli that I have read, THE EDGE OF MERCY is sometimes difficult to read, but oh, so important and rewarding for the wisdom and spiritual nuggets it imparts. Sarah has been married seventeen years to her high school sweetheart, Matt. They have a sixteen year old son, Kyle. Sarah is surprised and devastated when Matt tells her he has rented a cottage in another town and will be spending the summer there doing a large job for his landscaping business. Kyle will spend the summer working and living with him. Matt wants a break from their marriage. Around the same time, their elderly neighbor, Barb, has a heart attack. Before she passes, she entreats Sarah to transcribe a journal of her ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, and then contact her estranged daughter. As Sarah reads the journal, written in 1675-76, she gleans much wisdom and hope that helps her with her situation with Matt. Having gone through marital discord of my own, I could relate to Sarah and thought her character was written with authenticity. Issues of infidelity, forgiveness, depth and different forms of love, and discovering the One solid rock are explored with sensitivity. I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the author. All thoughts are my own.
Kristina-S 12 days ago
This book was hard for me to put down! I loved that the main character, a modern wife and nurse, learned so much from a colonial woman, and I appreciated the author's wisdom on marriage, agape love, and God. Her portrayal of love in every aspect of our lives was fresh and truthful. I highly recommend this novel to those who love both modern fiction and historical novels.
KaileyBechtel 12 days ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! Heidi Chiavaroli doesn’t shy away from hard topics and I praise her for that! She does this with so much grace! Her books are so deep and raw. This book touched my heart. I truly felt Sarah’s pain and heartbreak! I really loved the message of hope that shone through the darkness. This is one book that I know I will read again! Definitely one of the best books of 2019! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
BrendaLee 12 days ago
Oh my this author broke my heart and put it back together. I really don’t know why I have been blessed to read such heart-touching books of such great authors. This is my first book by this author and I stayed up late reading just trying to find out what’s going to happen next. I’m not a peeper, flipping to the end so I wanted to finish but didn’t want the book to end. A thought provoking soul stirring book all the way to the end! A romance but so much more than just a romance. Two stories within one book that parallels, each with lessons to learn. Tragedy, infidelity, war, love, hope, redemption and faith all in this book. What more real life issues can you read about? Both stories tore me up so get ready to shed some tears. If you can read this book without being emotional more power to you. I will definitely be reading more of this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I so enjoyed this book. I had such a hard time putting it down and when I did, I just kept thinking about the characters and where the story was going to take them. Well written and well worth your time! I received a free advance copy for review. Opinion is entirely my own.
SBMC 12 days ago
"Before now I did not realize the ferocity of marriage. It binds with the gentleness of a sweet dove, but protects like a vicious, roaring lion." I have loved Heidi Chiavaroli's writing since the first page of her first novel Freedom's Ring. Yet I am again astounded and awestruck by her beautiful melodic writing that puts me at the heart of the main character. I don't read a whole lot of first person narrative fiction, but Heidi Chiavaroli has definitely won me over (at least for her books). This time-slip novel where present-day Sarah is fighting for her marriage that is falling apart and 1675 Elizabeth is struggling to survive in the war between her English and the Native Americans is a must-read for any historical fiction or time-slip aficionado. The author will memorize you with her gifted storytelling, well-crafted plot, heart-achingly real characters, and tangible and inspirational growth in faith among the characters. Present time gives us Sarah and Matt, who married young and are at a crossroad after 17 years of marriage. Sarah, our narrator, is loving, tender, self-sacrificing but also fearful and afraid to step outside of her comfort zone. The year 1675 gives us Elizabeth who is caring for her dying father and Caleb who is older than Elizabeth but loves her unwaveringly. Elizabeth is young and desires adventure and excitement though she's bound by her love and loyalty to her father. Sarah and Elizabeth both suffer through different circumstances but their heartbreaks and difficulties allow them to learn what true love and mercy mean. I received a copy of the book from the author and Hope Creek Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
Sprinkle23 12 days ago
The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli is a well-written time-slip novel that oozes with raw emotion, authenticity, and deep themes. It took a few chapters for the book to really grab me, but once it did, I didn't want to put it down. The time-slip component was not at all confusing and I enjoyed how both stories wove together. The Edge of Mercy gave me all the feels. Sadness, shock, tension, and hope. There's a rawness and authenticity about Sarah as she struggles with shattered expectations and an uncertain future. The novel addresses gritty, real life issues of marriage and infidelity. Tucked into these prominent themes are quieter, but important truths about life, love, and God. One quote I loved: “It's about finding hope when we're at our weakest. About the power of God's love, and our potential to love one another.” The Edge of Mercy is the first book I've read by Heidi Chiavaroli and now I'm eager to read her others. I recommend this women's fiction novel to readers looking for a moving story of heartache, hope, and love. 4.5 Stars! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. 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."
EmilyBoyMom 12 days ago
"The Edge of Mercy" is another stellar book by Heidi Chiavaroli. The author has written several time slip books, and the talent she has for weaving Colonial age tales with contemporary ones is amazing. While none of her books are without struggle or tears, there always remains a sliver of hope, based on the characters' relationship with Christ. The reader can tell the author researches her respective time periods well. "The Edge of Mercy" delves into marital issues, infidelity, anger, grief, hidden family secrets--lots of tough topics, which is not unusual for her books. However, Chiavaroli knows how to address difficult issues without the characters becoming hardened, which is a good thing. Authenticity matters! On the contemporary side of the novel, we learn of Sarah and Matt Rodrigues, a couple who are facing the possibility of divorce after 17 years of marriage. Through their journey, Sarah is also asked to transcribe the journal of Elizabeth Baker, linking the contemporary character to the Colonial character. She does this at the behest of a friend who is near death, seeking to absolve past problems and unearth long buried family secrets. Sarah is a very powerful character, and her emotions are palpable. It draws the reader into a place of heartache and frustration, as Matt's character is quite a piece of work. As Sarah understands how difficult it is to be married to someone who does not share her faith, she learns more about why she believes what she does and how our faith is not something we can absorb by osmosis through our families or other positive influences. Our faith must be relational and personal, not assumed. The reader also glimpses the work that marriage can be, both when we tend to it and when we ignore it, hoping the problems get better. The Colonial character, Elizabeth sums it up best in her journal : "Even as love is an object of but two people, it is shaped and formed by others, by the circumstances that surround it. It can grow, or it can shrivel." Chiavaroli crafts characters based on true places and times and continues to confront and deal with issues a lot of CF authors do not like to, which as a reader, I appreciate. Life is not always easily traversed, and we need stories that we can identify with in a world that is imperfect. Honesty and vulnerability brings the story to the forefront and allows the reader to empathize with the characters and hope for better days to come. Thanks to Hope Creek Publishers, I was an early reader. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a review. Chiavaroli's work is an encouragement to me and I was excited to have the chance to review.
Tessaboo 12 days ago
Heidi Chiavaroli writes some of the best timeslip novels that I have read. Her writing and stories always grab me from the first page. This story is no different. I was sucked in from the beginning and read it in three sittings. I slightly preferred the historical story. That being said, I was more invested in the characters from the storyline that takes place in the present. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Matt and Sarah’s story literally made my heart ache. Seemingly, out of the blue, Matt decides they need to take a break - actually that he needs a break from Sarah and their marriage. There was so much pain and, at least for Sarah, so many unanswered questions. I really wanted Matt’s point of view throughout the story. I wished I could have known what was going through his mind. Sarah’s main goal was to do whatever she needed to do to make their marriage work and Elizabeth’s journals gave her the hope she needed . I really want to say more about Matt and Sarah and how I feel about their whole story, but that would totally go into spoiler territory. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Elizabeth’s story is told totally through her journals. It is a story of the hardships incurred during the colonial times and one of unconditional love. I loved the character of Abram and I can say no more ~spoilers. I also loved Caleb. He shows us what unconditional love really is. I can’t wait to see what Heidi brings us next! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
irishniff 12 days ago
This is the first of Heidi Chiavaroli’s books that I have read, but it won’t be the last! In The Edge of Mercy, Chiavaroli reminded me that there is power in stories. This poignant dual time frame novel involves characters finding hope in the difficult circumstances of life and the power of love and forgiveness. I liked that these lessons were learned from the story of another’s life. None of these conflicts involved quick fixes but instead the author portrayed real emotions, fears and steps toward true change and that I especially appreciate. The research involved in the historical section was evident and well balanced with the realistic contemporary section. Mostly, it was the well written heart stirring storyline that had me putting things on hold to finish this story. I was given a copy of this book by the author. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 12 days ago
I have been a fan of Heidi Chiavaroli since I heard the premise of her debut, "Freedom's Ring." I devoured that book, and her next one, "The Hidden Side..." but I think this one just might be my favorite. It is, quite simply, a beautiful, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, totally engrossing, People In My House Need To Quit Needing Things And Leave Me Alone So I Can Finish My Book book. The Edge of Mercy centers around Sarah Rodrigues and her troubled relationship with her husband, Matt. In the middle of her marital drama, Sarah receives an inheritance--and a charge--from a dying neighbor involving an estranged daughter and a three hundred year-old journal of the neighbor's ancestor, Elizabeth Baker. The challenge with split-time novels is making sure the contemporary stories and historical stories are equally compelling, and this book nails that. Despite all Sarah and Matt had going against them, their back story and obvious love for each other was so palpable that I found myself rooting hard for them to get back together, even though normally in situations like theirs I might feel differently. Sarah, Matt, and their son, Kyle, were all beautifully crafted characters that leaped off the page and came to life. As did Elizabeth, the past heroine, and her world involving her relationship with the man she's supposed to marry and the man she finds herself wanting to be with, despite all the reasons she shouldn't. Again, these characters are all fantastic, and in some cases surprising. I particularly loved the boldness of tackling an interracial friendship-and-more in a time when that definitely, definitely would not have been acceptable. All this is pinned against the backdrop of King Philip's War, a little-known colonial-era conflict. As with all good historical fiction, this book made me want to learn more. If you're a fan of compelling, well-paced plots and beautifully believable characters, this book is right up your alley. Congratulations, Heidi, on another phenomenal book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and was not required to leave a positive review; all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
caribougirl 13 days ago
This was such a beautiful redemptive story about love and marriage. This book was a dual timeline of sorts, but different from this author's other dual timeline novels. This one fully takes place in present day, but our heroine is tasked with transcribing a journal from 1675 and so from the journal entries, we learn the story of Elizabeth. Sarah Rodrigues has always been content with what she has - a wonderful husband, an amazing son, good friends and neighbors and her part-time nursing job. Until one day, when her husband requests "a break" for the summer, asking to take their son with him to teach him hard work and get to spend time with him. All of a sudden, that which was most important is suddenly gone. When her neighbor leaves her the mysterious task of finding her daughter and transcribing this journal, Sarah finds it as something to do since her house is empty, but as she goes, she learns a great deal from Elizabeth's story. She comes to believe that was her neighbor's intent all along. This book (like Ms. Chiavaroli's other novels) is emotionally wrought and has "all the feels". She deals with difficult topics such as death, divorce, infidelity, and physical trauma, but gives us such a satisfying ending to the story. I would recommend this one to anyone who is struggling in love and/or enjoys emotionally laden satisfying stories. I'll leave you with a quote from Elizabeth's journal: "Even as love is an object of but two people, it is shaped and formed by others, by the circumstances that surround it. It can grow, or it can shrivel." Special thanks to the author and Hope Creek Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.
MEPinkham 13 days ago
Sarah and Elizabeth are two determined women whose stories are centuries apart. Each woman's life is filled with heartache, hope, faith, and love. As Sarah transcribes Elizabeth's journal, she learns from what Elizabeth has experienced. Heidi's stories are compelling, real, gritty, and fully of hope. Her writing takes you into the middle of the experience.
Nicole_C 13 days ago
In her latest time-slip novel, Heidi Chiavaroli creates an extremely compelling story filled with deep raw emotion and authenticity. She tackles difficult topics such as infidelity and pregnancy outside of marriage, while giving hope for the future and the realization of God’s grace and love. The Edge of Mercy tells the contemporary story of Sarah and Matt, whose seventeen-year marriage is crumbling. When Matt moves out for the summer and acquires a new woman in his life, Sarah finds herself broken and unsure of her future. After an unusual request written in her late neighbor Barb’s will, Sarah begins transcribing the journals of Barb’s 17th century ancestor Elizabeth from the local historical museum. The journals take the readers back to the time of King Philip’s War in the late 1600s and the Legend of Abram’s rock. Elizabeth finds herself attracted to an intriguing Native American named Abram, while her secure, dependable neighbor Caleb seeks her hand in marriage. The growing tension and fighting between the settlers and Native Americans place Elizabeth in extreme danger. Sarah begins to see similarities between her circumstances and what Elizabeth experienced in the 17th century. Can Sarah find healing and repair her marriage or is it too late for her and Matt? Heidi Chiavaroli is known for writing thought-provoking time-slip novels that take readers out of their comfort zone, while at the same time, drawing them closer to their faith. Forgiveness, enduring love, and second chances are important themes in this novel. The Edge of Mercy is highly recommended for fans of contemporary and historical fiction, and readers who enjoy time-slip novels by authors such as Melanie Dobson, Rachel Hauck, and Sarah Monzon. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.