about the book
Title: The Edge of Mercy
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Publisher: Hope Creek Publishers
Genre: Split Time/Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April 9, 2019
Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear…
Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend’s deathbed for an unusual request—find a long-lost daughter and relay a centuries-old family story.
Determined not to fail her friend, Sarah pieces together the story of her neighbor’s ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, a young colonist forced into an unwanted betrothal but drawn to a man forbidden by society.
While Sarah’s family teeters on the edge of collapse, her world is further shaken by the interest of a caring doctor and a terrible accident that threatens a life more precious than her own.
Inspired by the unconditional love she uncovers in Elizabeth’s story, Sarah strives to forgive those who’ve wounded her soul. But when light shines on the dark secrets of her neighbor’s past and the full extent of her husband’s sins, will looking to a power greater than herself rekindle lost hope?
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As I indulgently devoured the richness and graceful strength of this story, its raw authenticity struck a deep chord in my heart. The spectrum of belief and unbelief, faith and works, mercy and grace represented through these characters’ journeys constantly reminded me of the many instances of God’s tangible presence and provision in my own life.
Modern-day Sarah faces one crisis after another and, although it was sometimes difficult as a reader to walk that road alongside her, strength and wisdom were gained through the endurance of each trial. I deeply appreciate the author’s authentic portrayal of conflicting emotions and the general messiness of life. We need raw unfiltered honesty every now and again to remind us we are not alone in our struggles or grow our capacity of empathy for others.
Elizabeth Baker’s journal gives readers an intimate look at a tumultuous time in our nation’s history. Her experiences remind us that individual lives were needlessly altered or destroyed on all sides of every conflict. Like all good historical fiction, this storyline bridges the gap between fact and feeling and connects us with our past.
This is my first experience with Chiavaroli’s work and I have to say the story definitely met my high expectations and I’m even more eagerly anticipating reading her previously published books! I highly recommend this story to fans of women’s fiction, historical fiction, and even romance readers will find much to enjoy within these pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Heidi Chiavaroli began writing twelve years ago, just after Jesus had grabbed hold of her heart. She used her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!
Heidi won the 2018 ACFW Carol Award for Debut Novel and is a 2018 Christy Finalist. Both her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, and her sophomore novel, The Hidden Side, are 4½-star Romantic Times Top Picks. Freedom’s Ring was also a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut.
Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of fifteen years. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.
One winner will receive this beautiful prize pack from Heidi Chiavaroli, including: a Rustic Metal Lantern, a Bordeaux Journal, a Country Potholder, a Colonial-Inspired Hand Glazed Mug, a Simple Life Notepad, a Be Still and Know Magnet, a Plymouth Rock Bookmark, a Fresh & Clean Goat Milk Soap, a Handmade Rustic Book Decor, and a Signed Copy of The Edge of Mercy!
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