Published By: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Format: Paperback - 384 pages / Kindle - 697 KB / Nook -789 KB
Genre: Christian Fiction / Mystery - Suspense - Thriller
About The Author:
Erin Healy writes supernatural suspense novels from a Christian worldview. Her books explore what it means to be a spiritual being in a physical world, and a physical creature in a spiritual world. She is an award-winning fiction editor who worked with Ted Dekker on more than a dozen of his stories before their collaboration on Kiss and Burn. She owns WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. Her latest novel, House of Mercy. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. She lives with her family in Colorado.
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What Happens When a Natural Healer Can’t Heal Herself?
Follow Beth through death’s mysterious valley up to God’s mountaintop of mercy.
When a cowgirl makes a fatal mistake that jeopardizes her entire family, making things right will take nothing less than a miracle. When God doesn’t give her the solution she wants, she goes on a journey to find it for herself—in an estranged grandfather, a mysterious wolf, and a supernatural gift of healing that she can’t control.
Beth has a gift of healing, which is why she wants to become a veterinarian and help her family run their fifth-generation cattle ranch. But it only takes one foolish decision for Beth to destroy it all. She quickly scrambles to redeem her devastating mistake, pleading with God for help, even as a disturbing mystery begins to unravel her life. But the repercussions grow even more unbearable—a lawsuit, a death, a divided family and the looming loss of everything she treasures. Can Beth ever truly be whole again?
Best-selling Christian fiction author Erin Healy takes us on a fascinating journey into the stunningly rugged terrain of Southern Colorado in her latest thriller, House of Mercy (Thomas Nelson, August 2012. Confused, grieving, but determined to make amends, she embarks on a horseback journey across the harsh Rocky Mountains guided by a wild, unpredictable wolf named Mercy that may or may not be real.
My Book Review:
Beth Borzoi is a twenty-two year old girl who has been blessed with the gift of healing. She has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but poor decisions made one night will have ramifications that could cost her family to lose their fifth generation cattle ranch, The Blazing B, as well as tear her family apart. Dejected by the circumstances that she has brought upon her family, Beth is determined to make amends for her mistakes, and journeys to seek out the assistance of her maternal grandfather that she has never met. Setting out on horseback on her journey, Beth is guided by a mystical grey wolf, who she names Mercy, across the rough mountainous terrain of Colorado. Beth's journey will lead her to discover her faith and trust in God, to learn the profound truth that God is good, and her acceptance of his plan for her redemption through his love, mercy, and goodness.
House of Mercy is a compelling story of a girl's journey of self-discovery to learn that God's mercy and goodness is a powerful truth to live by. The author masterfully weaves a tale written in the third person narrative, that engages the reader to follow along on Beth's spiritual journey of growth, faith and redemption through her discovery of God's grace, goodness and mercy. The themes of mercy and goodness is predominant throughout the story, not in a preachy sort of way, but one that conveys a thoughtful message of putting your faith and trust in God for strength as you learn to deal with life's challenges. This riveting story will captivate you in a thought provoking way, while evoking strong emotions that will move you spiritually.
The author transports the reader to the breathtaking setting of Colorado's rugged mountain terrain and cattle ranch, rich in detail and vivid descriptions, you can close your eyes and feel the beauty of this mid-western area. The characters are realistic and engaging; their diversity, strengths and weaknesses are intriguing; their actions and dialogues contribute to making this story a compelling read. I enjoyed following Beth's growth that evolved from her spiritual journey, it was inspiring to see how she learns to put her faith and trust in God's hands. The addition of the mystical grey wolf into the storyline was intriguing, it provided a supernatural and symbolic element that added to the story's multi-layered mystique.
House of Mercy is story full of mystery, suspense and mystique that will draw you in and engage you on your own spiritual journey. It is a story that teaches a lesson in faith, growth, mercy and acceptance; it will resonate with you long after the last words have been read.
RATING: 4 STARS ****