Review of Mercy's Rain by Cindy K. Sproles

Leah Courtney
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Every once in a while, in all the light, easy to read, books that I read and review, a book comes along that is deep and thought-provoking and that stays with me long after I stop reading. Mercy's Rain was one of those reads. Although I finished it a while ago, I still find myself thinking about the characters and the story.

From the book's description:

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.

The characters is the book were so well-developed. I truly felt as if I knew Mercy. I hurt for her. She had lots of sorrow in her life. And when she released some of that, I felt joy for her. The other characters in the story were also compelling and "deep" people. The story gave them depth and developed them well.

The characters in the book have a distinct mountain dialect. Sometimes a strong dialect in a book will distract from the story for me, but in Mercy's Rain it's very well done and really does help the character development because that mountain culture defines who they are.

I cried reading this book. I smiled at times. And I thought quite a bit. Mercy's story drew me in and really made me feel for her. I walked away from the story, reluctantly, still thinking on the things I'd read about people and about God and about relationships.

I truly can give this one a 5 star rating. As far as content, there's some pretty heavy stuff here. There isn't detail and description for some. But the things Mercy has endured are sometimes difficult to read.

You can find Mercy's Rain on the Kregel website here or on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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