Wednesday, August 29, 2012

House of Mercy by Erin Healy

House of Mercy is the fourth solo effort by the fabulous Erin Healy, and while I didn't quite pick up on all of the symbolism in her earlier books (a fact that my friends teased me about because they got it!), I did get most of it in this one. What begins as an innocent story quickly spirals downward as one bad decision ruins everything that Beth clings to. This story clearly shows the damage that one sin can have and the lives that it touches in the process. Fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time.

This is one that I didn't want to put down. The only thing I didn't like was that I thought the ending was too abrupt. I'd like to know more about what happens next. I'm hoping the author will continue Beth's story.

**possible spoiler warning**

I'd like to know what happens to the ranch. If the saddle is ever found. What happens to Cat. And I'd like to know the rest of the blossoming love story.

Those questions remain unanswered in my mind.

Other than that, I loved the book!

From the back cover:
When Beth's whole world fall apart, can she ever be whole again?

Beth has a gift of healing--which is why she wants to become a vet and help her family fun their fifth-generation cattle ranch. Her father's dream of helping men in trouble and giving them a second chance is her dream too. But it only takes one foolish decision to destroy it all.

Beth scrambles to redeem her mistake, pleading with God for help, even as a mystery complicates her life. The repercussions grow more unbearable--a lawsuit, death, a divided family, and the looming loss of everything she cares about. Beth's only hope is to find the grandfather she never knew and beg for his help.Confused, grieving, and determined to make amends, she embarks on a horseback journey across the mountains, guided by a wild,  unpredictable wolf who may or may not be real.

Set in the stunningly rugged terrain of Southern Colorado, House of Mercy follows Beth through the valley of the shadow of death into the unfathomable miracles of mercy.

This book was provided for review by The B&B Media Group.

1 comment:

Erin Healy said...

Thanks, Suzanne! I love that you love the books even if your friends tease you a little. I do hope to write a sequel that answers these and other questions. Thank you very much for giving my novel your time and thoughtfulness. EH