4/12/2013

Hidden Mercies | Review


My Thoughts:  
I enjoyed this book very much!  I loved Claire.  She has faced horrible tragedies in her life, but she rose above the situations, making the best in each instance.  Tom was an admirable man, and once he learned that forgiving himself was the only way to move forward, he became even more likable.  This story will keep you hanging on to the very end. I enjoyed the ending of this book, it had me guessing until the end.  A great story, written beautifully!  Serena has shown that her writing skills are superb, she can keep me loving her Amish stories and her historical ones also.  An author to add to your library. 
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was provided for this review.  
352 pages US $15.00 4.5 stars

About the Book:
At seventeen, Tom Miller smashed his car into a tree, killing his brother only four hours before he was scheduled to marry Claire Shetler. Unable to live with his father’s bottomless grief and anger, Tom left the Amish church, ran away, and joined the Marines.  Twenty-seven years later, Tom returns to Mt. Hope, Ohio, a wounded, decorated Marine helicopter pilot, and rents an apartment over Claire's workshop. A widowed Amish midwife, Claire is struggling to support her family, and despite her unresolved anger toward Tom, she sees the money as a Godsend.  She never dreams that she will end up falling in love with a battle-scarred soldier. 
As Claire and Tom fight their way through the traumas of the past, they discover the tender mercies God has hidden along the way—one of which is a loving father who has been praying for his prodigal son to come home.

About the Author:
Serena Miller is the author of four novels and won the RITA award for inspirational fiction in 2012. Prior to writing books, Serena wrote for many periodicals, including Woman’s World, Guideposts, Billy Graham’s Decision Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Focus on the Family, Christian Woman, Dorchester’s True Story and The Detroit Free Press Magazine. She was also a ghost writer for a story published in Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul II. She has spent many years partnering with her husband in full-time ministry and presently lives on a farm in southern Ohio near a thriving Amish community

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