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March 7, 2015

MERCY'S RAIN by Cindy K. Sproles



An Appalachian Novel
Cindy K. Sproles

When your life is built around a father's wrath, how can you trust in the love of Father God?
Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her young life. Raised by a twisted and abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from his evil. Her mother, consumed by her own fear and hate, won't stand her ground to save Mercy either.
The Pastor has robbed Mercy of innocence and love, a husband and her child. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor's unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands.
Her heart was hardened to love long before she took on the role of judge, jury, and executioner of the Pastor. She just didn't realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.
Sent away by her angry and grieving mother, Mercy's path is unclear until she meets a young preacher headed to counsel a pregnant couple. Sure that her calling is to protect the family, Mercy is drawn into a different life on the other side of the mountain where she slowly discovers true righteousness has nothing evil about it--and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter. . . and even love.
Mercy's Rain is a remarkable historical novel set in 19th century Appalachia that traces the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness and reveals the victory and strength that comes from simple faith.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082544361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443619

 MERCY'S RAIN took hold of me from the first page.  This didn't read like a debut novel.  It read like it was from a seasoned author.  The book will grab hold of your heart and not let go.  The book is filled with emotions, joy, sadness, evil, good and hope.   The setting is the Appalachian foothills in Tennessee in the 1890's. Mercy Roller had a Pastor who was filled with pure evil as a father.  She was sent away after her father died by her own doing.  She goes in search of the start of the river.  She hopes to start anew.  She also needed to find some answers to what is left of her faith.  Her father gave an evil approach to faith.  She is totally confused when she meets a preacher who is nothing at all like her father was. Is this a new beginning for Mercy?  This story is about abuse and many readers can relate to it.  I believe the author wrote a book on a rather touchy subject which is good that it is brought out.  Sometimes abuse is hidden and kept a secret. Not only the abused might relate but it will give an insight to those who haven't been abused into what it is like and how love, forgiveness and faith can help a person who has been abused. Hopefully there will be another book from this talented author, Cindy K. Sproles.

 I was given a complimentary copy of MERCY"S RAIN from the author, Cindy K. Sproles and Kregel Publications for my view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

Cindy SprolesCindy Sproles is an author and speaker. She has cofounded Christian and serves as managing editor for SonRise Books and Straight Street Books, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Cindy teaches at Christian Writers Conferences and ladies retreats and ladies conferences across the country. Her devotions are heartfelt and honest. Edgy and inviting. Cindy serves as the executive editor of Christian, a writing mentor, and life-coach. Author of four non-fiction books, Cindy's Fiction debut novel, Mercy's Rain(Kregel Publishing), will release January 2015. She is a contributing author to and and serves as the director of Writers ADVANCE! Boot Camp Conference.
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