Traces of Mercy: A Novel

Traces of Mercy: A Novel

by Michael Landon Jr., Cindy Kelley


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ISBN-13: 9780781408691
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 659,320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Landon Jr., son of television legend Michael Landon, is an award-winning storyteller, first in television and film, and now in books. His print works include One More Sunrise co-written with Tracie Peterson.
Cindy Kelley is an author and screenwriter who worked with Landon on the Love Comes Softly television film and co-wrote the novel The Silent Gift with Landon.

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Traces of Mercy: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
 I will be honest.  I was reluctant to read this book as I feared it would be predictable and boring.   It is most definitely not predictable and definitely not boring.   I admired Mercy's strength and gumption.  She is certainly a spunky young woman.   My heart went out to her and I found myself finishing this book in tears.   I was deeply moved by the love demonstrated by several different characters and a myriad of relationships.   This would definitely make a wonderful movie.   This is a 5 PLUS star book!!   I am delighted to be able to recommend it to readers.    I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book very much. I live in the south and have done a lot of civil war research. There were many women who dressed like men to fight in the war. A woman sharp shooter was quite unexpected. It completely held my interest until the end because this could have really happened. I am looking forward to the next book and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good story. I didn't always like the direction it was going but that showed how much I was drawn in. I didn't like that it didn't have an ending. I would have waited to read it when the next book(s) come out. That's why I rated it only 4 stars.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
An interesting tale about a girl with strange circumstances, Traces of Mercy was an exciting tale. Towards the end of the Civil War, Mercy suffers an accident that leaves her with amnesia. She moves in with the local nuns and helps out around the convent. She spends her time trying to remember anything about herself. When she catches the eye of the most eligible bachelor in St. Louis, Mercy thinks that perhaps she can forget about trying to remember her past and focus on her future. But when someone who knows her shows up and confronts her, she finds that her life has become even more complicated. I thought Traces of Mercy was AWESOME. I read it in just a few days and was upset when I discovered that it was the first in a trilogy. Therefore, the story does leave you hanging, but it’s totally worth it. The authors were wonderful and I cannot wait for the next two books. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
CamilleEide More than 1 year ago
Though I am not typically a reader of historical fiction, Traces of Mercy grabbed me from the first page and kept me intrigued to the last (and beyond). Familiar with their previous work on the Janette Oke "Love Comes Softly" films, and because of their work on Hallmark Channel’s TV phenomenal new series "When Calls The Heart," I expected a book by Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley to be a heart-tugging, well-written, faith-friendly drama full of compelling characters. I was not disappointed. This story begins with a gripping scene that sets a tone for the rest of the book—one of faith, love, fierce loyalty, riveting conflict, and one of the most breathtaking examples of mercy I’ve ever read. A beginning full of twists gives us an intriguing heroine who can’t remember who she is. She must discover her identity and past without the help of memories, a name, or anyone who knows her. One of the beauties of this story is that we discover who Mercy is right alongside her and you can’t help but root for her. But with time, Mercy isn’t sure she wants to know. Between wanting to know why she was found wearing men’s clothing, and hoping her mysterious past would not to interfere with her new-found joy, Mercy’s finds herself living her own personal “Civil War.” This well-written, engaging story flows like an action/adventure/romance film with a number of well-rounded, compelling characters in its cast including a wise, big-hearted nun and a fiercely loyal servant boy. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War St. Louis, Missouri, we feel the aftermath and sad irony that a “civilized society just came through a bloody war because a way of life was threatened.” The lingering national unrest and mistrust sets the background for this story as Mercy seeks the answers she needs and the love she dares to hope for. This heart-tugging story is part of an ongoing story, the first in a three-part trilogy. I am eagerly looking forward to the next book in the Mercy Medallion Trilogy.
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon, Jr. & Cindy Kelley is a great story and I was hooked from the first paragraph. At the beginning of the book a young sniper for the Confederate Army has just killed his one hundred and fourteenth Union soldier. He shoots at an officer in the Union Army but when the smoke clears the officer is riding away with a young soldier lying across his saddle. In an effort to get into position to finish the killing of the Union Officer, he comes upon the officer talking with his dying brother. Then the story jumps to a doctor’s office in St. Louis, where a young girl is being treated by the doctor but she is suffering from amnesia and can tell the doctor absolutely nothing about her past. After she recovers, he takes her to the home of the nuns in the area where she is given a home, and the name of Mercy because of a medallion she is wearing. The story gets even more interesting when two handsome men appear in the story. One is a well to do Union sympathizer and the other is a former Union officer and both have feelings for Mercy. The authors did an excellent job is writing a story that kept me guessing from the beginning to the end. There is a great deal of suspense and mystery and many twists and turns in the plotline but at the end of the story everything comes together with a satisfactory ending. All the characters were so well developed that they came alive for me and some I loved but others I really did not care for. The fight scene at the beginning of the book was so well done that I could almost smell the smoke from all the guns and cannons. I especially liked the way the authors wove the love of God throughout the story. I was a little disappointed in the way that the story ended. I love series but I also like for each book to be a stand alone story but I guess I can wait for the second book of this series to find out what happens to Mercy. I highly recommend this book to all who love a good Christian historical romance that takes place in the nineteenth century during the Civil War Era. I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Traces of Mercy By: Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley I came in thinking this book is going to be great just knowing it was by the creators of the Love Comes Softly series. This story is taking place as the Civil War is ending. At the end of the war a young woman who has suffered a accident left unconscious. No one there to know who she is. Wakes up not knowing who she really is. She has a necklace that has the word Mercy on it so she takes that as her name. A handsome stranger does know who she is and her past but he knows if he told it could ruin her. Mercy would love to get on with her life but how can she fall in love when she doesn’t know if she has a husband and children somewhere. How will she get her memory back? Will she be able to go forward in her life? Will this stranger tell her of her past that was so awful? This is a great book. Maybe someday a movie would be great.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have to tell you an interesting story....I didn't sign-up to review this book because I didn't think I would really like it, but somehow I got put on the list by accident and received it. So I figured God wanted me to Traces of Mercy so I did. I am SOOOOO glad I got put on the list because I loved it. Yes, this book had everything I look for in a good read. My heart twisting over the romance, strong characters, a great plot and excellent writing. I was surprised that by the end of the first chapter you know Mercy's secret....sort of. As you read you realize you really don't know that much about her. Why was she living the life she was before she lost her memory? And what happens when she falls in love? Wonder if she's married to someone else? This book really deals with identity. Don't we all have those moments when we wonder who we really are? Apart from Christ we'll never know the answer. Mercy doesn't know who she was, but she knows who she is now. She struggles to embrace the happiness that is offered her. Then her past comes back to haunt her, someone who remembers who she used to be. I have dealt with that in my own life. People who knew me before I knew who I was in Christ. They don't know the changes that have occurred and think I am the same selfish person I once was. It's in those moments we have a choice to make, know who we are now or go back to the person we used to be. Mercy must make the same decision. Which will she choose? A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
traces of Mercy takes place after the American Civil War. A young woman goes unconscious from an accident and wakes up with amnesia. Not remembering who she is, she decides to call herself Mercy. Mercy wants to find out who she is and about her mysterious past. What happens when she meets a young man who may know the key to her past? I thought Traces of Mercy was a great story. I love the character of Mercy. I felt so sorry for the struggle she goes through to find out who she is. Just when the story was getting really good, it ends. No! I want to know what happens! This is probably one of the best to cliffhangers I have read in a series. I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2 when it releases. I would highly recommend this book. 5 stars.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
For a woman known only as Mercy, a name bestowed upon her by a group of Nuns where she was living has the difficulty of two lives, one known and one becoming known. Mercy was found by a group of men, dressed like a man and with her chest bound at the buried under a wagon that had gone over a cliff. Now that she is in the process of recovering from her physical injuries, she can't remember who she is or what she was doing. She can't even remember anything as simple as her name. Now armed with learning things day by day as she retains the memories of only her present day, she struggles with understanding just who she was and what she was doing when she was found. The only clue to her past lies with the clothes she was found it and the medallion she was wearing around her neck. A medallion that is meant to remind the wearer to pray for safety, Our Lady of Mercy. Now if she can only remember her past, she might have some ideas of what her future holds. Until that time, the doctor has arranged for a group of nuns at the Little Sisters of Hope to care for her and also a journal for her to write down her thoughts. It might be something in her writing that might trigger the memory that remains the only area that she hasn't been able to heal from. When a chance encounter while out riding a horse to a nearby park in the heat of the day, she spots a peaceful looking pond. Thinking that a nice cool swim might just hit the spot while she waits for her horse to drink, she takes a plunge literally into a life altering course of action. Just as soon as she is stripped down to her undergarments, a carriage arrives with Rand Prescott and his date Cora on a picnic. Thinking that Mercy is a man, Rand asks Cora to turn her back and as Mercy rises from the lake it is apparent that he has mistaken her gender. More than embarrassed, Rand tries to apologize for his rude behavior but Cora isn't about to let it go. It will be just that fateful encounter alone that will bind Mercy and Rand in an unexpected way. I received Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelly compliments of David C Cook Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. This one for me was hard to immerse myself in, despite knowing that the author was indeed the son of actor Michael Landon. The beginning was hard to draw the reader in and I found myself wandering more than I wanted to with when the story was about to get interesting. I like the premise overall and without going into too many details as that would give away the ending, I will say I did not like how it ended. I was hoping for so much more and was simply left wanting more. Not in a great way as to make me pick up the next novel in this book, but disappointed is a more appropriate term. For those that love novels surrounding the American Civil War with a romantic twist, then this might be one you'd like. For me, I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and it simply wasn't one I could really get into the storyline without losing interest.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Traces of Mercy was a great introduction to two new authors for me. The book had me by its hooks from page one and did not let go til the end. I loved the story-line of the girl found suffering from amnesia after a gun shot wound. I enjoyed how she acquired the name Mercy. Her life at the convent was very authentic. I can relate to a few Mother Helena's. After she meets her future husband, she encounters a surprise guest who knows her past. Overall, I can't wait to read the next book in the series. It has been added to my list of books to watch for. I recieved this book from The Book Club Network and David C. Cook for my honest review. 
BillieKay More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction from the Civil War Era. Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley is an excellent read. I was hooked by the second page. The descriptive writing really takes you there…there were surprises all along the way…and an interesting play on the word “Mercy.” This is a book you won’t want to put down and when you finish you will want to keep it on your shelf. I am looking forward to the other two books in this trilogy. Another outstanding book from David C. Cook Publishers which I received for review by way of The Book Club Network.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Traces of Mercy begins in the midst of a battle in the Civil War. It is about Mercy who has amnesia and doesn't know who she is or where she came from. She is found and taken to the doctor who finds her case medically interesting. As we journey with Mercy from the doctor's care, to a convent, then to her first love (or is it), with shadows constantly following her. It was interesting to read about an amnesia victim and to see life through their lives. Then, someone recognizes her. This was a very intriguing historical novel with romance, mystery, and intrigue. The first half of the book was a good steady pace and then twists and turns a plenty happened. I was not expecting that ending and I look forward (and wish it was not such a long wait) for the sequel. I received this book from the Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book! I loved it! The authors just drop you right into the action from the beginning. It kept my attention throughout and was a take on Civil War related matters that I had not read about before. This story follows a woman as she tries to adjust to life as she suffers with amnesia. It was quite the journey to read her story and I must admit that I was taken by surprise a few times in this book. The main character takes the name “Mercy” from a medallion that she has on her person when she awakens with amnesia. Watching her develop relationships and fall in love throughout the book and then seeing her make some bad decisions is heartbreaking! There is danger, betrayal, romance and a cliff-hanger ending that had me saying, “There better be another book coming after this one or I am going to be one mad reader!” That is when I examined the binding and saw that it is, in fact, part of a trilogy. I am so happy to know this and will anxiously await the future books in this series. Well done! I received a copy of Traces of Mercy through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Haunting! The setting for this story is the tumultuous weeks just as the Civil War has ended. Still fueled by hatred, the north and south refuse acceptance of the ideals of one other. Found unconscious with a severe head injury and a bullet wound to the calf, a young man was examined by a doctor and discovered to be a young woman dressed as a man with her hair worn short. After days of unconsciousness she awakens to find she has no memory of who she is or if she has family and where they might be. With no other name to go by, and found wearing a medal with the word "Mercy" hanging around her neck, the doctor calls her Mercy. To complete her recovery the doctor arranges for her to stay at a local convent. Memories fail to return, and as Mercy is courted by the area's most eligible bachelor she is eventually moved to Rand's family cottage. Rather than linger over memories that refuse to surface Mercy looks to her future and happiness with Rand at her side.  Traces of Mercy is written with remarkable originality and an ever-changing plot. Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley have created a strong cast of characters who are well portrayed and representative of their place in history. Realistic events, both descriptive and believable, reveal accurate and sometimes troubling actions as a result of Civil War issues. I highly recommend Traces of Mercy. This book was very difficult to put down, and I found myself reading until the wee hours of the morning to find out which direction the plot was headed. Don't miss this well-written book about the ravages of war, relationships, romance and intrigue! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
CherK1 More than 1 year ago
What a surprise beginning chapter, each page captures your attention, grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go until the end of the book really. And I'm all ready to read the next book. There is going to be one, isn't there? Mercy, so named because she wakes up after being shot and taken as a prisoner, can't remember a thing of her past. What is she doing wearing mens clothes when she's found? Why is she bound to make her look like a man? And, why was she shot? Mercy is taken to live with a group of nuns close to where the Dr.'s office is located. She has a terrible time adjusting to all they ask of her. She just wants to put the mens clothing back on and run away. She doesn't want to make friends with anyone, let alone fall in love with any of them. The one thing that Mercy is really good at is working with horses. She can talk with them so they will calm down and do whatever she wishes of them. The first time she gets out and rides she gets into a big mess, but meets someone who will be special in her life. There are so many ups and downs and surprises in this book you won't want to put it down. I read it in two sittings, and can't wait for the next one. I would recommend this book to any and all who love Civil War era stories with romance. Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley have collaborated on other projects, like 'Love Comes Softly'. This book was given to me by Book Fun Club in exchange for my honest opinion.
dun1 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book. I love how Traces of Mercy began; it truly kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. Mercy was a wonderful character and I loved her personality. This book did not disappoint me in any way and I hope Michael and Cindy make this into a television film. I received a free copy of this book courtesy of Book Club Network for my honest review.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley At the end of the Civil War Mercy is hurt in a accident that leaves her bruised, battered and with amnesia. She is brought to a local physician Dr. Abe, where she is cared for. The big mystery surrounding her is not only the loss of memory but the fact that she is dressed as a man, has a man’s haircut and has a gun shot wound. When she is physical healed Dr. Abe brings her to Mother Helena at the Little Sisters of Hope. Mother Helena gives her the name Mercy because of the medallion she is wearing. She struggles to live among the nuns, finding happiness and searching for a lost past. Mercy meets and falls in love with the rich, handsome eligible bachelor Rand. His family are strong supporters of the Union. In fact his father owns the railroad that was instrumental in the conquering of confederates during the war. As time goes on Mercy and Rand decide to marry despite the fact she has no clue to her past. At their engagement party she meets Union officer Elijah Hale. He has the power to cost Mercy everything, Rand’s love for her and even her life. The authors Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley bring you a compelling story of faith, love and courage found in times of fear and terminal. In this book you will find rich history, romance and mystery. I was so intrigued by the characters that I had a hard time putting this page turner down and found myself truly disappointed for the story to end. I can only hope they plan to write more. I want to thank the authors Michael Landon Jr., Cindy Kelley and publisher David C. Cook for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely incredible Christian fiction novel! At the very end of the Civil War a young woman suffers an accident that leaves her unconscious and alone. When she awakes she has no memory of who she is so she takes the name Mercy for the mercy medallion found around her neck. She’s left having to decide if it is more important to discover her past or to forge a future for herself. This is a very brief description of the basic storyline. The authors have done a fantastic job of developing the characters and delving into the confusion that comes from having amnesia as shown in this brief excerpt from when she first wakes up. “Let’s start with the very basics. What’s your name?” She automatically opened her mouth to reply with the answer. Surely she knew her own name. But trying to retrieve the memory in the deep, black chasm of her mind was like trying to catch the wind. There was nothing. Not a shred of anything to grasp and unfurl like a sheet where all the minutes, hours, days, and years leading up to this moment might be hiding. With frightened, heart-pumping adrenaline, she whispered her answer. “I don’t remember.” I was very fascinated to see where they took the story and how they had Mercy, as well as the people that entered her life, at this trying time deal with this troubling condition.  I don’t know if the next book in this series is going to continue with Mercy’s story or if it will be a completely different group of characters. I do know that either way I am looking forward to the day that it will be released. Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley are a wonderful writing team. I will be looking for their other books. I highly recommend this book. I received a free Advanced Reading Copy of this book through a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway for my honest opinion. Excerpt used with permission. Copyright © 2013 David C Cook. Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon Jr and Cindy Kelley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was frustrated to get to the end and disover that we need to buy the next book for a conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely entertaining and masterfully written.
DNunley More than 1 year ago
Good story and well written. It is a cliffhanger and I really hope there is a sequal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story was gripping and hard to put down in the end there was no end and the heroine takes an unrealistic risk for a woman of that time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Written very well. Mercy is a character that you can't help but like and feel sorry for. Her journey is remarkable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago