Heart of Mercy
(Tennessee Dreams Series Book 1)
Mercy Evans has known a great deal of heartache and hardship in her twenty-six years. She lost her mother at a young age and was only sixteen when her father was killed in 1880, in a brawl sparked by a family feud spanning several generations. Yet Mercy never doubts the presence and provision of her heavenly Father. When a house fire claims the lives of her two best friends, leaving their two young sons as orphans, Mercy offers to be their guardian. It seems simple enough, until the judge mandates that the boys be placed with a married couple.
Samuel Connors is a man adrift. Despite the success of the blacksmith business he inherited from his father, he senses a void unaffected by material rewards. All he knows is that he’s ready to move out from under his manipulative mother’s roof. When the lovely Mercy Evans advertises for a husband, he finds himself strangely inclined to respond. But what would she want to do with the man whose father is now serving a life sentence for the murder of hers?
Mercy is determined to do whatever it takes to win custody of the Watson boys. But marry a mortal enemy of the Evans family? God alone can give her the heart to go through with it.
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Endorsements for Heart of Mercy
“Feuding families. Forbidden romance. A first real kiss that leaves you breathless. With nail-biting excitement, a heart-tugging marriage of convenience, and a powerful message of faith and forgiveness, Heart of Mercy is Shar MacLaren’s best book to date. I loved it!”
“Heart of Mercy, the first book in Sharlene MacLaren’s Tennessee Dreams series, will delight her fans. The characters grabbed my heart right from the start. With a feud between two mountain families that has spanned several generations, and a strong young man and an equally strong young woman, who both need a spouse, the sparks fly literally and figuratively. This Tennessee mountain Romeo and Juliet story is a roller-coaster ride of a tale! This is MacLaren’s best yet. Of course, I think that with each of her books! “
“Heart of Mercy grabs you from the first page and by the time you look up…you care about the characters so much you don’t want to look away. “
“If you’ve read Sharlene MacLaren before, you already know she’s a masterful storyteller. If you haven’t, you’d better clear room on your “keepers” shelf, because after reading Heart of Mercy, you’ll want to devour every Sharlene story you can get your hands on! Once again, she delivers a poignant tale that features people just like us–flawed, wounded, and struggling to hold fast to faith…and the belief that true forgiveness and lasting love really exists. “
“Three words come to mind when I think of Sharlene MacLaren’s amazing novel, Heart of Mercy: Lovely, lovely, lovely! Truly, one of the best inspirational historicals I’ve read in ages, with the ideal mix of romance and intrigue. Highly recommended!”