Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier, #3)
After surviving the Whitman Massacre as a child, Mercy still prays for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers of Oregon Territory. Longing for purpose, she travels to another mission to help a friend. There she meets Adam, a handsome young minister. When tragedy strikes yet again, Mercy and Adam must rely on their faith to make it out alive.

Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier, #3) Details

TitleCherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764213458
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian Romance, Christian

Cherished Mercy (Heart of the Frontier, #3) Review

  • Shirley Revill
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy is the third book in the heart of the frontier series set in the 1840's by Tracie Peterson. When I started to listen to this audiobook i wasn't aware that this book was part of a trilogy. This didn't spoil my enjoyment one bit as I thought it was fine as a stand alone.I enjoyed every minute I spent listening to this audiobook and it's one of my top reads for this year.Even though this book was third in the series I so want to listen to the previous books in the trilogy.Very well Cherished Mercy is the third book in the heart of the frontier series set in the 1840's by Tracie Peterson. When I started to listen to this audiobook i wasn't aware that this book was part of a trilogy. This didn't spoil my enjoyment one bit as I thought it was fine as a stand alone.I enjoyed every minute I spent listening to this audiobook and it's one of my top reads for this year.Even though this book was third in the series I so want to listen to the previous books in the trilogy.Very well written, brilliant storyline and narration. I will certainly be looking for other books by this author. Highly recommended.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    So far, this has got to be my favorite series by Tracie Peterson. It is fast paced and leaves you wanting for more. It will keep you turing the pages way past midnight for sure!!Mercy has a great adventure waiting ahead of her. I felt like I was on one with her. There were just so many things that were exciting happening that I could hardly keep up!! I'm glad she kept Grace and Hope and their families in the story too!!! I couldn't imagine having that many children to raise!! I enjoyed the India So far, this has got to be my favorite series by Tracie Peterson. It is fast paced and leaves you wanting for more. It will keep you turing the pages way past midnight for sure!!Mercy has a great adventure waiting ahead of her. I felt like I was on one with her. There were just so many things that were exciting happening that I could hardly keep up!! I'm glad she kept Grace and Hope and their families in the story too!!! I couldn't imagine having that many children to raise!! I enjoyed the Indians too. Even though they're human just like us, their lifestyles might be just a little different. I could put myself in their camp and imagine making friends with them. However; I didn't like the way they were treated. Fear is the white man's greatest enemy. It grieves me that they were murdered for no reason at all!! It what is ruling our world today (Fear) and hate. It will never go away as long as Satan is around. Forgiveness, leadership, missionary are at work in this beautifully written story.Thank you Tacie for another wonderful story!! I can't wait to read the next series!!I received this book for free. All words are my own opinion and thank you Bethany house for letting me read and review your books!!
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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    If you have read my other reviews of the books in the Heart of the Frontier series (‘Treasured Grace‘ and ‘Beloved Hope‘) you’ll notice that my review of each book was a bit more positive then the previous. Perhaps because I grew to know the characters better with each addition. Perhaps because the story line and the plot grew on me more. Perhaps . . . Who knows, probably both those things and a myriad more I can’t think of right now. I should try to remember to refrain from writing when I’m tir If you have read my other reviews of the books in the Heart of the Frontier series (‘Treasured Grace‘ and ‘Beloved Hope‘) you’ll notice that my review of each book was a bit more positive then the previous. Perhaps because I grew to know the characters better with each addition. Perhaps because the story line and the plot grew on me more. Perhaps . . . Who knows, probably both those things and a myriad more I can’t think of right now. I should try to remember to refrain from writing when I’m tired, but then I might never write! It’s been seven years since the attack on the Whitman Mission. Seven years of healing and growing and maturing. Those hard topics still rise to the surface from time to time for the girls. This time we get to see Mercy, now 20, find her way in the world.Mercy, despite her tender age at the beginning of this trilogy, has become quite the firecracker. She’s full of passion about what she believes is right and isn’t afraid to set anyone who crosses her on their ear. She’s also full of compassion and yes even mercy. Despite having lived through the Whitman massacre herself she has compassion and love for the natives of the region. She has a servant’s heart that understands that not all things are black and white, despite the common outlook that differs from her’s. It’s hard to believe she was once a child of 12, small for her age, that was protected by her sisters. Especially as she finds herself again embroiled in an Indian uprising and again being held hostage (of sorts) in a half-constructed fort with a man she barely knows (yet loves! don’t get me started, OK I’ll start in a minute) and her sister’s child. She’s not being protected by her sister’s this time, she’s protecting. She’s protecting a child (Faith) and her friends and her love and her ideals.Insta-love is like the plague of books for me. So many authors use it as a catalyst to get a story off the ground quickly and often it’s not done well and leaves me dissatisfied and frustrated. It’s rare for ‘love at first sight’ or even love in a matter of weeks to be legitimate and lasting. That being said, this book, while frustrating, didn’t totally turn me off. Perhaps it was all the danger and craziness that went along with the insta-love. Perhaps it was the fact that, at least for Mercy, she already knew about Adam and who he was. Perhaps it was the fact that she got tired of waiting for him to step up and admit he had feelings and she proposed to him! I told ya she was a firecracker. Regardless, Mercy was the perfect ending to this trilogy. However, I’m not convinced that she’s the best ending. Faith has a story to tell. Faith has been a silent, mostly unseen, part of this journey from near the beginning. There needs to be just one more book. The book of Faith.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally posted at https://fizzypopcollection.com/cheris....
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    O how I wish there was another book! I loved loved loved this series!!
  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    A very enjoyable fast read about Mercy Flanagan who survived one IndianMassacre and now lives through another after traveling to the Rogue RiverValley to help Eletta Browning who is having a difficult pregnancy. Here shemeets Eletta’s brother-in-law Adam. When trouble and tragedy strikes, thetwo must rely on their faith and God to make it through the difficult timesand experiences. The setting is the Oregon territory in 1855. The charactersare strong with faith In their God and wanting peace wit A very enjoyable fast read about Mercy Flanagan who survived one IndianMassacre and now lives through another after traveling to the Rogue RiverValley to help Eletta Browning who is having a difficult pregnancy. Here shemeets Eletta’s brother-in-law Adam. When trouble and tragedy strikes, thetwo must rely on their faith and God to make it through the difficult timesand experiences. The setting is the Oregon territory in 1855. The charactersare strong with faith In their God and wanting peace with people aroundthem.
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  • Lydia Howe
    January 1, 1970
    Why I Choose this Book:I can’t even remember any more. Maybe because I like the name Mercy? (Oh, that’s as bad as judging the book by the cover…. #oops)What I Thought about this Book:People, I’m sorry. It just didn’t work for me. I had been planning on reading the first two books in the series before reading this one, but then after looking into them I felt like the series as a whole might be a little too much of a romantic overload for my tastes, so I went into this one cold.Even though it’s ob Why I Choose this Book:I can’t even remember any more. Maybe because I like the name Mercy? (Oh, that’s as bad as judging the book by the cover…. #oops)What I Thought about this Book:People, I’m sorry. It just didn’t work for me. I had been planning on reading the first two books in the series before reading this one, but then after looking into them I felt like the series as a whole might be a little too much of a romantic overload for my tastes, so I went into this one cold.Even though it’s obvious that the characters have their own backstories and are referred to a lot, I didn’t find this book hard at all to follow. I did, however, find it very difficult to become attached to/care for the characters, and in fact, ended the book with an apathy that isn’t normal at all for me when I read.My biggest issue by far was the romance. It was so out of place that it made me not even care about the rest of the book. And there were times it was extremely cheesy. Folks. There are people dying all around them, and yet the main character is all wrapped up in her little romance? Please no. I mean, yes. There are ways that it could have been written that would have furthered the plot and helped the story along. But this? This book just kept jarring me out of the story and making me want to groan. That sounds so horrible and I’m sorry to the author.Good news though! The book has a 4.6 (out of 5) star rating on Amazon, so obviously, not everyone shares my opinion. I’m quite thankful for that, because it always makes me sad when I don’t like a book.I’m sure there were good points to the story, but I was so frustrated by what I mentioned above that I had a hard time getting into the book, and an even harder time finishing it. Other than the romance the plot did seem to be fairly realistic – complete with characters who I actually did start liking dying. (Which, harsh as it sounds, made the book feel a lot more real.)And, I did like Faith, the darling little girl in the book. She was one character who I did feel attached to. She was well-written, and I wish she would have been in the story more.Conclusion:Sorry folks that this wasn’t my cup of tea.Rating: I’m giving Cherished Mercy 2 out of 5 stars, and 3 out of 10*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy is the third installment from Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. I have not read the others in the series and did not feel lost or feel like I was missing something that had happened in the earlier books. So, I would say it can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed Cherished Mercy. I felt like I was transported back in time to the early frontier and experience the struggles and horrors the people went through to live. I thought it was a wonderful story to show the powe Cherished Mercy is the third installment from Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. I have not read the others in the series and did not feel lost or feel like I was missing something that had happened in the earlier books. So, I would say it can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed Cherished Mercy. I felt like I was transported back in time to the early frontier and experience the struggles and horrors the people went through to live. I thought it was a wonderful story to show the power of forgiveness, hope, faith and love. I would give this story 4 stars and recommend it for those who love a good, clean historical. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever read a story that you didn't want to end? Do you mourn over the loss of characters from a story once you finish a book? That's where I'm at right now!! I have anxiously been awaiting the release of the third book in the Heart of the Frontier series by Tracie Peterson. I finally took the time to read this book today. It only took me 5 hours to reunite with Mercy, fall in love with Adam, and grow a great appreciation of Hope, Grace, and Faith. I probably cried 2 of the 5 hours readin Have you ever read a story that you didn't want to end? Do you mourn over the loss of characters from a story once you finish a book? That's where I'm at right now!! I have anxiously been awaiting the release of the third book in the Heart of the Frontier series by Tracie Peterson. I finally took the time to read this book today. It only took me 5 hours to reunite with Mercy, fall in love with Adam, and grow a great appreciation of Hope, Grace, and Faith. I probably cried 2 of the 5 hours reading this fabulous book, so fair warning, have tissues handy!!Mercy has been called upon to go to Issac and Eletta's to assist Eletta in her final days of pregnancy. She is excited about the prospect of going but with all the unrest between the Indians and the white man, there is a lot of fear and trepidation facing her. She's also likely to miss the birth of another niece or nephew while gone, and Mercy feels a bit torn about leaving her sisters and going so far away. However, her faith in God gives her the courage to travel to see her life-long family friends. Eletta and Issac are thrilled with this new life they are bringing into the world but they have no idea if Mercy is going to be able to come and assist them. The Indian tribes are warring daily with the white man and the tensions are higher with each passing day. When Mercy arrives, it gives both Eletta and Issac a peace knowing she is there and can help assist with day-to-day chores and helping with Faith. Adam is the brother of Issac. He's also a minister of the Word like Issac and teaches the children in Eletta's absence from the school. He's had a pretty tough go of things lately and has no interest in doing anything other than serving the Lord. He's concerned about the increased tensions between the Indians and white man and is doing this best to keep the peace. His internal peace is stirred when he meets Mercy and he wonders if he can keep his focus on important matters. This story is a true page turner and it's a little difficult for me to say much more about this story without giving away too many things. This book is full of hope, grace, mercy, faith, forgiveness, love, and compassion but also has a darker side of rape, murder, and racism. While I read the first two books out of order, I would definitely recommend reading the first two books before reading this one to get the full back story on Mercy. I love how the Flanagan sisters' story came full circle here and I will miss reading more about them. I would have to say that, so far, this is my favorite book of 2017!!!
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    I don't even know how to start this review, this book was probably my favorite out of the entire series! Well, maybe not I really did like the first book but this is still one of the best books in the series!! Just like how the other two books were about Mercy's older sisters, Hope and Grace, this one is about Mercy. Oh my goodness I don't even know where to start because this book was sooooooooooo GOOD!!!!! Okay maybe I'll start with what this book is about. Warning if you have not read the fir I don't even know how to start this review, this book was probably my favorite out of the entire series! Well, maybe not I really did like the first book but this is still one of the best books in the series!! Just like how the other two books were about Mercy's older sisters, Hope and Grace, this one is about Mercy. Oh my goodness I don't even know where to start because this book was sooooooooooo GOOD!!!!! Okay maybe I'll start with what this book is about. Warning if you have not read the first two books in this series I recommend not reading this review because there are spoilers but not a lot so if you still want to read it go on ahead! (The spoilers are about the first two books.)So in the first book Grace, Hope, and Mercy met Eletta and Isaac while they were traveling along the Oregon Trial to get to the Whitman Mission. Eletta and her husband continued on and they started their own mission a few hundred miles away. The reason why Grace was not at the mission when the Cayuse Indians attacked was because she was helping take care of Eletta because she was super sick. So Grace, Alex, and Sam Two Moons were not at the mission when it was attacked. They were able to go back and help persuade the Cayuse to release the women and children that they held captive. After two years Hope was just starting to finally show progress of healing from what happened when a lawyer came and asked her to come and testify for the trial against the guilty Cayuse Indians. After the trial and the guilty Cayuse were hanged, Hope started to fall for Lance and the rest of the second book was about how she and Lance had to lean on God in order to heal from their past. But nothing had prepared Hope for five years later when her sister asked her to take her daughter Faith, who was conceived during the attack of the Cayuse on the Whitman Mission. Now that I have recapped very briefly the last two books now let me tell you about the third and finally book of the Heart of The Frontier series. Mercy Flanagan was twenty and surrounded by her sister and brother-in-law's kids. Even though she was twenty, she was unmarried she wasn't even courting someone. No one in Oregon City seemed to catch her attention. She had been praying to God to show her what she needed to do next. Grace and Eletta had been exchanging letters and in one Eletta had mentioned Mercy coming out to her because she was very sick because she was pregnant. It was a miracle that she got pregnant because Eletta and Isaac had been trying forever and that is why they decided to take in Faith because they really wanted a child and Hope was not ready to be a mom yet nor did she really want the child. Against her sisters protests because there were a few Indian attacks Mercy embarked on a voyage South to Rogue river. Once there she meets the handsome Adam Browning. (Eletta's brother-in-law) In the beginning he was closed off and distanced because he didn't want to lose his heart to her as he had back in Boston to the young Lizzy. But as time went on he started to lose his heart to her and there was nothing he could do about but little did he know that she had lost her heart to him also. When Mercy finally thought that everything was settling down between the natives and the Militia, the Militia came and attacked the Rogue River indians and killed most of the people there, Mercy was able to save 13 of the natives, 10 children and 3 adults. This part brought me to tears because of how we treated the natives thinking that they weren't even humans and that they were beasts without souls! I was in tears because of that and because of a few plot twists which I did not expect at all!! Mercy, Faith, Adam, and Eletta were able to escape and they went to the nearest fort and settled there for a while and then more indian attacks happened and they had to escape across the river to stay safe. They were only safe for a few hours possible days before the indians came and attacked them on that side. The men, women, and children were stuck in a large cabin all together for a few months. During that time Mercy and Adam confessed their love in the most I cannot explain way. (If you want to figure out...READ THE BOOK!) After they were released they went a lived with a reverend in a city about a day away from Oregon city. After ten days Uncle Edward arrived to take Mercy, Faith and Adam with him back to Oregon city. Once there Hope and Faith were reunited and Adam and Mercy, who had gotten married before they went to go live with the reverend, decided even after all the attacks, that they were called to go to the reservations and help the government settle the indians in because they were doing a very poor job with it. It was so sweet to see the reuniting of the three sisters. I wish that me and my sisters were like that with each other!! Okay now for the reasons why I loved this book:1. The romance, oh how I loved the love that Mercy and Adam had. It just so sweet and loving. Everything about their relationship was amazing!2. The character development in this was amazing!! 3. Faith. Faith was such a sweet kind little girl who had grown up thinking that her mom and dad were her real mom and dad but later finding out that Hope really was her mom. She was so optimistic through all the attacks and stayed optimistic even after she found out about Hope. She has a special place in my heart now and forever. 4. It was so well written!! 5. Can I just say that Tracie Peterson has yet again reminded why I love her so much!!! 6. This book really opened up my eyes to what had happened during the 19th century with the Indians and the White men. It makes me really sad that this had to really happened! 7. All the scripture and faith is just amazing! Some people don't like reading books that have a lot of scripture and faith in the book but I LOVE books like this! 8. Overall this book is just purely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I highly recommended this book series to EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*http://www.harderfamilyadventures.com...
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  • Romancebooksandmore
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars so I reread and I bumped it to five stars mostly because of how it fits in with the other two books though it is still my least fav. and I'll tell you why. this book seems forced in so many aspects. Mercy and Adam's relationship is okay but well the other books situations and feelings seemed organtic this one had situatons that seems to be forced only because of the Christian base of the book. the main one being how the Faith Situation was resolved. Hope has been dealing with the events 5 stars so I reread and I bumped it to five stars mostly because of how it fits in with the other two books though it is still my least fav. and I'll tell you why. this book seems forced in so many aspects. Mercy and Adam's relationship is okay but well the other books situations and feelings seemed organtic this one had situatons that seems to be forced only because of the Christian base of the book. the main one being how the Faith Situation was resolved. Hope has been dealing with the events of Faith's conception/Birth ect... since the first book and the ending of that story line seemed to forced for a happy every after tied all up in a neat bow. I don't think Hope's Character really wanted to take her in and raise her but felt forced to because of being a Christian and felt like if she didn't she would be being bad. It just didn't seem organic to the Character we had been on the journey with and more forced for an Agenda.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy is the third book in the "Heart of the Frontier" series by bestselling author Tracie Peterson. (Note I have not read the first two books, but the third is easy to follow on its own.) Although I was a bit put off by the politically correct history depiction and implications as written (specifically American "conquest" of land), I found the story itself endearing. Mercy is an adventurous young woman with a kind heart and a gentle spirit, though at the same time opinionated and outs Cherished Mercy is the third book in the "Heart of the Frontier" series by bestselling author Tracie Peterson. (Note I have not read the first two books, but the third is easy to follow on its own.) Although I was a bit put off by the politically correct history depiction and implications as written (specifically American "conquest" of land), I found the story itself endearing. Mercy is an adventurous young woman with a kind heart and a gentle spirit, though at the same time opinionated and outspoken. She agrees to travel to the home of her sick friend, Eletta, to help care for her and her family who are involved in mission work with some local Indian tribes. Mercy quickly steps in as cook and housekeeper, as well as schoolteacher, and while I'm not a feminist by any means, I appreciated that Mercy's character is capable and hard working and able to hold her own in difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances (as distinct from the stereotypical city-girl-goes-to-the-frontier who I usually find a little too bumbling). Mercy quickly falls in love with Adam, Eletta's brother-in-law, even though he initially is quite aloof. Due to the third-person omniscient point of view, the reader knows Adam falls in love too, as well as why he is hesitant to pursue a relationship (which, honestly, seemed a very silly reason considering what he knows about Mercy and who she is, and therefore felt like a forced "conflict" in the plot). Nonetheless, as the Indian conflict escalates, Mercy and Adam's relationship deepens as they depend on one another for comfort and support, and eventually *spoiler alert* (but not really, because of course) they get married—about halfway through the book, which is very unusual (characters get together in the last chapter more or less in most books I've read) and which I loved, because it brings more depth and continuation to their relationship as well as the overall story.On the other hand, there were a few (literary) things that distracted me in this book. Primarily, I felt there were missed opportunities for a more complex plotline. In a story where the situation is very predictable (war is coming), I didn't come across anyone who wasn't obviously a protagonist or antagonist, so there was nothing about the story that was even vaguely "unknown" or surprising (this is also due in part to, again, the third-person omniscience, which is very common in modern writing, and a point of view that is difficult to do well and often flops, in my opinion). I can think of at least two characters either or both of which could have easily been on the fence in terms of loyalty (and then "comes around" in the end), or two-faced (one who would potentially have initially attracted Mercy, adding real conflict between him and Adam, and eventually Mercy). Also, I felt the main characters were a bit "lifeless" in their lack of emotional response to tragedy and death, and their que sera, sera outlook was depressing to me (and also not how I view God's sovereignty from a Biblical perspective, which comes across in the book). On an unrelated (editing, not writing) note, I noticed several instances of missing words throughout the book.High-expectation (and slightly OCD edit-while-I-read) writer opinions aside, I enjoyed Cherished Mercy and would even consider reading another Tracie Peterson novel in the future. I thought the story overall was interesting, even though more complex characters would have added intrigue, and I liked the two main characters, Mercy and Adam, and especially being able to follow their relationship beyond the first "I love you".Disclaimer: This book was received for free from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review.
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  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    For as long as I can remember I have loved western stories. Probably came after my introduction to the Louis L'Amor novels that may have jump started my love of the simple life but also a very difficult and hostile life as well. I have been honored to read all of the novels in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series and her final one in the series is Cherished Mercy. Each of the novels have introduced the reader to the Flanagan sisters and the last one is the youngest Mercy. She has been For as long as I can remember I have loved western stories. Probably came after my introduction to the Louis L'Amor novels that may have jump started my love of the simple life but also a very difficult and hostile life as well. I have been honored to read all of the novels in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series and her final one in the series is Cherished Mercy. Each of the novels have introduced the reader to the Flanagan sisters and the last one is the youngest Mercy. She has been working with her sister Grace at helping women during childbirth and also learning about herbal medicines that can help whatever ails most people on the frontier. Just as she is about to come into her own, a family friend writes that his wife, Eletta is not doing well while expecting their first baby in March. They have asked if Mercy can come to stay with them and help with the birthing of the baby. Mercy fears the recent Rogue River Indians after just barely surviving her own Indian attack and being held hostage for over a month, during the Whitman Massacre has matured her and changed her. She now understands the Indian people a bit more, and has given them the benefit of the doubt since not all Indians are ruthless killers. These people merely want to exist but now it seems that the government has hired on a militia to kill any and all Indians they see, so for Mercy's family it feels like she would be well enough to go. She believes God will watch over her and protect her as she heads to Gold Beach, Oregon to aid in any way she can to help Eletta get better. Her husband Isaac and herself were responsible for helping all three sisters make it to the west during the Oregon trail and she now feels God is calling her to help. She just doesn't expect to fall in love with Adam Browning, the younger brother of Isaac. She isn't looking for love and that is good, because Adam doesn't believe Mercy will be able to hack it in the rudimentary lodgings and working so closely with the Indian population near them. He believes once she arrives, she will be begging to head home. He isn't at all prepared for what she brings with her when she arrives at their homestead. Lots of gumption and grit for sure on both sides. I received Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson compliments of NetGalley and Baker Publishing Group. I have read to many of Tracies's novel and they just welcome the reader on it. It's like a great friend, that you can curl up with her books and sit by the fire and lose yourself in the story. I have wanted to know what Mercy would turn up like after reading about her throughout all the novels up to this one and LOVE that she has a bit of sass about her. She isn't willing to put up with any man who thinks she needs someone to complete her and this is where it gets interesting so that you have to finish it before doing anything else. She's a spit fire for sure, but has she met her match? Pick this one up to find out. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and western romance lovers will want to pick up the entire series and carve out some time to enjoy each of them.
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  • Oluwatosin
    January 1, 1970
    I came across the first book in the series, Treasured Grace, by chance and I became invested in the lives of the Flanagan Sisters. This book was focused on Mercy, the youngest of the sisters, and it was a very fitting end to the series. Mercy, who was quite young in the first book, has grown up quite a bit since I last saw her (I haven’t yet read the second book in the series so that was quite a while ago). Both her sisters have married and have a family, in fact at the beginning of the book, he I came across the first book in the series, Treasured Grace, by chance and I became invested in the lives of the Flanagan Sisters. This book was focused on Mercy, the youngest of the sisters, and it was a very fitting end to the series. Mercy, who was quite young in the first book, has grown up quite a bit since I last saw her (I haven’t yet read the second book in the series so that was quite a while ago). Both her sisters have married and have a family, in fact at the beginning of the book, her sister Hope was welcoming another one into the family. When their old friend, Eletta, requests Mercy’s help at the mission she and her husband Isaac were, Mercy goes over there to help but not without her family stating their concern about her going, what with the fights going on between the Indians that side and the whites, especially after what she went through in the first book.Adam, Isaac’s brother, is also at the mission with his brother and his family also spreading the Good News to the Indians in that area. At first he’s weary of having, what he thinks will be a flirty, silly, woman from the city, come and help them in their primitive setting but he soon learns Mercy is nothing like what he expects. Mercy goes over there to help and becomes friends with the peaceful Indian tribe there, the Tututni, as well as Eletta and Isaac’s daughter, seven year old Faith.Overtime, despite the peacefulness of the Indian tribe around them, the unrest and trouble in other parts came their way and Mercy was thrust back in a situation much like the Whitman massacre.This book highlighted the reality of the wars between the whites and the Indians at that time. There was a lot of animosity, the Indians where not even viewed as humans by many people. My heart bled for the Indians most of all because the life they knew was being upended as people were spreading out looking for land, many not even willing to pay them as they ought to, many not understanding why they’d rather fight for the land and the life they had always known than to go to a reserve. And as the girls uncle Edward Marsh stated, it hadn’t been that long since they themselves fought for independence. It was easier to view them as less than human, as wild creatures that resorted to violence at every turn than to put themselves in their shoes, to understand that many of them to preserve the life they had known for centuries that was being threatened. Even in the midst of all that despair there were a couple of characters who saw them as humans. From Alex, in the first book who had lived among them and changed Grace’s wrong view of them to Isaac, Eletta and Adam who had gone to live among them to spread the Good News, not imposing their ideas on them but living their lives as an example, sacrificing. Hope and Mercy, who despite all they had been through, still viewed them as human. There was hope in the midst of it all.Thanks to Netgalley and Baker Publishing for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:The Inspiring Conclusion to Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier SeriesMercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so whe About the Book:The Inspiring Conclusion to Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier SeriesMercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart's cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help.At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm's length.When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive.My Review: Mercy Flanagan's story continues on in the 3rd installment to the Heart of the Frontier series. I was thinking about Mercy's story recently and I realized that the people that were enduring this time period had to face a lot of obstacles in their day and none of them proved easy or fair. Mercy's story is definitely one of those stories that leaves you completely and utterly shocked to the core. How can a woman survive all those things and still be sane? Mercy decides she needs a change of scenery so she embarks on a journey south to Rogue Valley to help a friend thats expecting. In those days this was common. I think mainly because the work around the house not to mention a farm was very labor intensive. During her visit there, Mercy meets a lot of new and interesting people among them, Adam. Adam seems to fit the bill but Adam isn't too interested in love at the moment besides past heartaches he has more important things to think about. But you know as well as I do that doesn't last long. A certain magnetism will spark and the two main characters somehow someway find a way to each other. And in this installment to the series it isn't long before things start heating up between Mercy and Adam. Tracie Peterson is a great author. I love bouncing back between time periods among her different book series'. She can draw you in and the persons story becomes yours. Its that quick! Fantastic read!**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Mom
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It was the 3rd in a series called Heart of the Frontier. Grace, Hope and Mercy were all strong women characters. But I just thought this 3rd book was written so well and the story kept you on the edge of your seat. I read it in like 2 days because I couldn't put it down. Had a nice opening with Mercy going to the Mission to help Issac and Eletta and to meet Faith (who is actually Hope's daughter). Mercy interacts with the Indians and is loving being there teaching school and h I loved this book! It was the 3rd in a series called Heart of the Frontier. Grace, Hope and Mercy were all strong women characters. But I just thought this 3rd book was written so well and the story kept you on the edge of your seat. I read it in like 2 days because I couldn't put it down. Had a nice opening with Mercy going to the Mission to help Issac and Eletta and to meet Faith (who is actually Hope's daughter). Mercy interacts with the Indians and is loving being there teaching school and helping Eletta with all the herbal remedies Grace has sent with her to help Eletta with her pregnancy. But things turn bad - the Indians are warring with the whites and vice versa. Adam and Issac leave to try to talk peace with the different Indian tribes. Billy Caxton (who is not a nice fellow) brings Issac home dead. Then his group attack the Mission and Mercy saves some of the Indian women and children by having them come inside the Mission home for safety. But Billy and his group want Mercy to give up the Indians so she boards up the house to try and stay safe. Adam returns in just enough time to sneak into the home through the roof that night. Next day, Billy threatens to burn down the house but the military show up just in time to rescue them. The Indians are taken by the military and Adam, Mercy, Faith and Eletta are taken to a Fort nearby. But Elletta weakens and Mercy has to tell Faith her mother is dying. Now Faith has no mother and father. With all the tense times of the Indian massacre and then this, I found myself emotionally spent and near tears - it was so touching. Then they are in trouble again and have to move across the river to another Fort for safety because the Indians are warring again so Adam is out fighting while Mercy is holed up in the Fort with the other women and children. Adam is almost killed by Billy Caxton who wants Mercy for himself but an Indian warrior saves the day when he shoots Billy. Eventually, the soldiers show up and peace comes. Mercy and Adam marry and take Faith to Portland Oregon to await a reply from Mercy's family about Faith. Will Hope want Faith to come live at the farm with her? Faith learns about Hope from reading a journal Eletta had written for her so she knows she has another mother. Adam, Mercy and Faith end up going to Oregon City and Hope meets her daughter. Everything falls into place and Hope takes Faith into her family to live. Just so much suspense and trepidation along the way in the whole story. It was a great read!
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson is a delightful Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Heart Of The Frontier series but can be read as a stand-alone as the previous two books are incorporated in the story. I would recommend reading the previous two books first as they will help in the reader's understanding of character development and why some characters behave as they do.This series has followed three sisters through the real life Whitman Mission massacre (1847) to this n Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson is a delightful Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Heart Of The Frontier series but can be read as a stand-alone as the previous two books are incorporated in the story. I would recommend reading the previous two books first as they will help in the reader's understanding of character development and why some characters behave as they do.This series has followed three sisters through the real life Whitman Mission massacre (1847) to this novel opening in 1855. This book is Mercy's story. The reader has seen her develop from a twelve year old to a young woman, still tender hearted but tough when she has to be. She is, as her name suggests, full of mercy. She realises that a heart full of hate is not productive, nor what God wants.There are characters driven by hate and greed. Cherished Mercy has its focus on the Native Americans. Greed, ignorance and fear have driven many to hate. Vigilantes, sponsored by the government, show themselves to be blood thirsty murderers, content on lining their pockets rather than showing compassion to women, children and the elderly. Very few seem to be looking to God.There are good people. "He doesn't let hatred control his actions, but seeks to do God's will." Hearts and motives of a few are pure.The novel is about roots and heritage. No one can be blamed for the sins of their parents. We are all a unique and new creation under God.Faith is another theme. "Faith isn't faith unless it's tested." When life is hard, we see where values lie.Prayer is important. "Ain't never known anything that wasn't made better by prayer." When no other option is available, we can always pray and be sure that God hears us. "Prayer had been her refuge."Family is precious - the blood family and the family of God.This Heart Of The Frontier series has been fabulous. I have read the three books back to back for maximum enjoyment. It has been wonderful getting to know the sisters Grace, Hope and Mercy. To see their responses and watch their characters grow. I 'felt' a connection to them all.Tracie Peterson is a marvellous and talented writer. Treat yourself today and buy all three Heart Of The Frontier novels. Settle back, forget the chores, and be transported to another time and place. Enjoy. I certainly did.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I love Tracie Peterson and have read many of her novels; I was looking forward to reading “Cherished Mercy”, which is the third and final book in her Heart of the Frontier series. She tackles lots of tough issues including the treatment of natives by the government, murder, rape, racism and adoption.The book begins with Mercy Flanagan receiving a letter from a family friend requesting that she come to her aid as she is having a difficult pregnancy and could use her assistance as a healer, housek I love Tracie Peterson and have read many of her novels; I was looking forward to reading “Cherished Mercy”, which is the third and final book in her Heart of the Frontier series. She tackles lots of tough issues including the treatment of natives by the government, murder, rape, racism and adoption.The book begins with Mercy Flanagan receiving a letter from a family friend requesting that she come to her aid as she is having a difficult pregnancy and could use her assistance as a healer, housekeeper, and baby sitter. Mercy struggles with the decision. She wants to help her friend, but does not want to leave her family. To travel to her friend, Eletta, would mean traveling to an area in Oregon where the native people are clashing with the white people who are invading their land. Some natives are peaceful, but many are not. Not only is this frightening, but Mercy also has a history with Native Americans. She survived the Whitman Massacre and was taken captive along with her sisters as a child. They were treated horribly and abused, but all survived. However, the vivid memories haunt Mercy as does her sister’s child… a child that was adopted by Eletta at birth.Mercy chooses to assist her friend, Eletta. Along the way she meets many natives and Adam, Eletta’s Brother-In-Law. The local tribe seems friendly enough, but rumors or massacres are running rampant. Will there be peace in the Rogue River Valley? If so, will Mercy survive it?“Cherished Mercy” was a great read and an excellent reminder of how important prayer is in our daily lives. It also reminds us that “faith isn’t faith unless it’s tested” and God always has a plan! The book is a reminder of how important peace is and that we must fight for it.I have not read the first two books in the series, but that in no way lessened my enjoyment. The author gave just enough tidbits about the first two so that everything made sense. She also researched the well and gave excellent descriptions of life in that era and the Oregon area.Release Publication Date: September 5, 2017Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Western, Frontier, HistoricalCover: PerfectSource: I received this book for free from the publisher, Bethany House, in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book!Rating: 4.5 stars
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy, the youngest of the Flanagan sisters, survived the Whitman Massacre, as a child. Even though she and her sisters suffered greatly during the massacre, Mercy longs for peace between the native people and white settlers of the Oregon Territory. However, most of the settlers want them gone at all costs. Eletta Browning and her husband became friends with the Flanagan sisters on their journey to the Whitman Mission. She and her husband traveled to Rogue River Valley, to settle the Browning Mi Mercy, the youngest of the Flanagan sisters, survived the Whitman Massacre, as a child. Even though she and her sisters suffered greatly during the massacre, Mercy longs for peace between the native people and white settlers of the Oregon Territory. However, most of the settlers want them gone at all costs. Eletta Browning and her husband became friends with the Flanagan sisters on their journey to the Whitman Mission. She and her husband traveled to Rogue River Valley, to settle the Browning Mission. Eletta is having a difficult pregnancy and asked Mercy to come and help her until the baby is born. It is here she meets Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam. She develops feelings for him, but he seems to be determined to keep her at arm’s distance and concentrate on preaching to the local tribes. When Eletta’s husband is killed and tensions among the settlers and Indians reach the boiling point, Mercy and Adam have to work together in order to survive.This series has had me riveted to my chair from the time I start the first page until I have finished the last. In “Cherished Mercy” keep the tissues handy because you will certainly need them. This book is filled with so much love, forgiveness, new beginnings and romance it will keep you turning the pages. Tracie Peterson’s development of the storyline and characters will have you becoming part of the story and you will often find yourself cheering Mercy on. Tracie Peterson has long been one of my favorite Historical Romance Christian Fiction authors. Her books not only entertain but often give you pause for thought about your own life and how it measures up to God’s standards, without being preachy. In the series…Heart of the Frontier…each book can be read as a stand-alone book; however you will definitely want to read each one to fully understand the hardships these sisters faced. They learned to rely on each other and their faith to get them through the difficult times.Disclaimer: I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through the blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review. All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy is the final book in the Heart Of The Frontier trilogy by Tracie Peterson, which chronicles the lives of the Flanagan sisters (Grace, Hope, and Mercy) venturing to the Oregon  Territory in the mid-1800s. While the first two books focused on the older two sisters, Grace and Hope, respectively, this third book focuses one Mercy, the youngest of the three.Having survived the Whitman Massacre as a young girl, Mercy has a renewed heart for seeking peace between the white men and the I Cherished Mercy is the final book in the Heart Of The Frontier trilogy by Tracie Peterson, which chronicles the lives of the Flanagan sisters (Grace, Hope, and Mercy) venturing to the Oregon  Territory in the mid-1800s. While the first two books focused on the older two sisters, Grace and Hope, respectively, this third book focuses one Mercy, the youngest of the three.Having survived the Whitman Massacre as a young girl, Mercy has a renewed heart for seeking peace between the white men and the Indians of the frontier. When and opportunity presents itself for her to travel away from her sisters in order to help a family friend in the midst of hardships, and possibly aid in bringing peace to the area, she feels it as God's calling for her to do her part.As Mercy seeks to take on chores around the Browning Mission, including teaching the locals about Christ and His enduring love for them, she finds herself falling in love with the area, the natives, and a young man who seems to want nothing to do with her.As the government seeks to gain control of the natives in the area, war becomes eminent, and Mercy finds herself having to rely on her faith in God's divine plan in order to keep enduring the struggles that quickly approach.Cherished Mercy is a novel about the power of faith to bind grace, hope, and mercy together for each of us. It's a potent reminder to hold faith in God alone and His divine providence and plan to see you through whatever hardships you face in this life.While this book is the conclusion of a trilogy, Tracie is thorough in including enough back story that Cherished Mercy is a worthwhile read, even if you have not had the pleasure of reading the previous books in the set. I would recommend this book to any Christian woman who finds themselves in need of a dose of mercy and a reminder that faith in God is never wasted, and His plans are always for the best - even if we don't understand them at the time. No pain ever goes unnoticed, and no prayer is truly left unanswered. 4/5 stars.*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been looking forward to the third and final installment of Tracie Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier series after reading the first two books in the series, Treasured Grace and Beloved Hope. The series follows the lives of the three Flanagan sisters, beginning with the historical event of the Cayuse Indian attack on Whitman Mission in present-day Washington State in 1847.Book one tells us about the Flanagan sisters’ trek west, and their experiences in the Whitman massacre. It tells of Grace a I’ve been looking forward to the third and final installment of Tracie Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier series after reading the first two books in the series, Treasured Grace and Beloved Hope. The series follows the lives of the three Flanagan sisters, beginning with the historical event of the Cayuse Indian attack on Whitman Mission in present-day Washington State in 1847.Book one tells us about the Flanagan sisters’ trek west, and their experiences in the Whitman massacre. It tells of Grace and her newfound relationship with future husband, Hope and her devastating horrors at the hands of the Cayuse men who took the women at the mission hostage, and Mercy, who was only twelve at the time, and how she saw the attacks.Book two takes place a few years later, and focuses on Hope and her journey of healing from the attacks.Book three, Cherished Mercy, obviously focuses on Mercy. This story takes place 8 years after the attacks on the Whitman Mission, although there are still strong tensions with the local Indian populace. Mercy has been asked by friends Eletta and Isaac Browning to travel south through Oregon Territory to help with Eletta’s difficult pregnancy, and increasing tensions with the natives at the mission where Isaac is a minister.While with the Brownings, Mercy meets Isaac’s brother Adam and is intrigued by him, although Adam seems to push her away. After several tragedies, Adam and Mercy begin to wonder if a relationship is part of God’s will for them.Like the other two books in the series, I really enjoyed Cherished Mercy. It was a good final book in the trilogy, as it brought things full circle. (Not to spoil, but I enjoyed the ending…) While it was a sad and difficult time in history, I was happy to read about the Flanagan girls and how they managed to continue trusting in God despite their world being so uncertain and difficult.I am sad this series is done, but I look forward to reading the next series Tracie Peterson is working on!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:After surviving the Whitman Massacre as a child, Mercy Flanagan is all grown up with a strong faith and generous spirit. So when family friend, Eletta Browning, who is suffering from a difficult pregnancy asks for Mercy's help, she is more than willing to move to the Rogue River Valley and the Browning Mission to lend a hand. Adam Browning, one of the on-site preachers and brother to the founding missionary, is skeptical, however, that bringing a "city girl" to the mission will do About the Book:After surviving the Whitman Massacre as a child, Mercy Flanagan is all grown up with a strong faith and generous spirit. So when family friend, Eletta Browning, who is suffering from a difficult pregnancy asks for Mercy's help, she is more than willing to move to the Rogue River Valley and the Browning Mission to lend a hand. Adam Browning, one of the on-site preachers and brother to the founding missionary, is skeptical, however, that bringing a "city girl" to the mission will do nothing but cause problems. But, Mercy quickly befriends many of the Tututni Indians and shows she is not afraid of hard work and sacrifice. Adam and Mercy quickly fall in love, but Adam is reluctant to express his feelings because he fears Mercy will reject him once she learns the truth of his lineage. As tensions rise between white settlers and the natives, the Browning Mission is placed in the middle and Adam's brother, Isaac, is killed. After finally having to flee for their safety and Mercy's assurance that Adam's lineage does not trump her love, they are wed and begin their trek back to Oregon City with their niece, Faith, after Eletta dies from complications in her pregnancy. Not only is the journey long and arduous, but Mercy also worries that Faith will be rejected by her sister, Hope, who is Faith's biological mother.My Thoughts:Cherished Mercy provided an intimate look into Mercy's search for purpose, finding true love, and the hope and healing that can be found in showing compassion. Her strength in protecting the Tututni women and children during the attack and the love and acceptance she showed Faith were truly remarkable. Although I wish more time had been spent in developing Adam and Mercy's budding relationship in the early phases, I enjoyed the growth they showed as the plot progressed. They displayed a very sweet and tender love for one that was solidified even more through the trials they persevered through together. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. However, this review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I have long been a fan of Tracie Peterson’s novels and was quite happy to have the opportunity to review “Cherished Mercy”. As it is the final book in a three book series, I decided to purchase the first two books and actually had a chance to read the series in order. Time constraints have prevented me from writing reviews for the first two thus far but I was blessed to have the background provided by “Treasured Grace” and “Beloved Hope”. It was also fun to learn more of the history of the area I have long been a fan of Tracie Peterson’s novels and was quite happy to have the opportunity to review “Cherished Mercy”. As it is the final book in a three book series, I decided to purchase the first two books and actually had a chance to read the series in order. Time constraints have prevented me from writing reviews for the first two thus far but I was blessed to have the background provided by “Treasured Grace” and “Beloved Hope”. It was also fun to learn more of the history of the area of Oregon where my daughter and her husband have lived for the past two or three years.The youngest of three sisters, Mercy had experienced hardship and tragedy as they traveled to and settled in Oregon Territory. Held hostage by Indians during the earlier attack on the Whitman mission, Mercy witnessed tragic death and brutality at the hands of the natives but her faith has helped her to forgive during the years since the attack. Tensions are still high between the white men and the Indians in the Rogue River Valley but Mercy feels led to accept the plea for help from an ailing family friend despite possible danger.This final chapter in the Heart of the Frontier series featuring the Flanagan sisters was one I didn’t want to put down. From the historical facts to the gripping situations to the growing love story between Mercy and Adam, I wanted to know it all. I liked Mercy’s strong character and her compassion for the Indians although she found herself in great danger. Adam was a low key yet admirable hero who made sure to protect Mercy and Faith even though he tried to convince himself they had no future together. The trials and tribulations they experienced kept the plot moving right along until its satisfactory ending.As always I had a great time learning a bit more history through the wonderful writing of Tracie Peterson. I can’t wait for her next series.I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: "Push, Hope. You have to push," Grace commanded. Mercy Flanagan wiped her sister's forehead as she labored to give birth to her baby. After ten hours of intense pain, Hope had clearly weakened.Premise/plot: Cherished Mercy is the third book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. Previous books in the series have focused on Grace and Hope, Mercy's two older sisters. In the novel, Mercy follows her heart and goes to help a friend in need even though there is some risk i First sentence: "Push, Hope. You have to push," Grace commanded. Mercy Flanagan wiped her sister's forehead as she labored to give birth to her baby. After ten hours of intense pain, Hope had clearly weakened.Premise/plot: Cherished Mercy is the third book in Tracie Peterson's Heart of the Frontier series. Previous books in the series have focused on Grace and Hope, Mercy's two older sisters. In the novel, Mercy follows her heart and goes to help a friend in need even though there is some risk involved. Eletta is pregnant and her husband, Isaac, is very worried about her because the pregnancy is proving to be so difficult and dangerous. The risk involved? Well, traveling throughout Oregon territory with the tension and unrest of the region. There are many--particularly in the army, particularly the government--who believe the Native Americans should be gotten out of the way. The nicest want the Indians kept on a reservation out of their way. The cruelest? Well, they subscribe to the notion that the only good Indian is a dead one. On her travels, Mercy meets some cruel men who are eager and excited at the idea of killing Indians. Mercy moves in with Eletta, Isaac, their daughter Faith, and Adam (Isaac's brother). She comes to love them and their community. Isaac, Eletta, and Adam work very closely with one (maybe two) of the Native tribes. The ties of friendship are strong. But a series of worse case scenarios happens...leaving plenty of questions about what will happen next. My thoughts: I've enjoyed the other books in the series. But I really loved, loved, loved Cherished Mercy. I think I loved Mercy the best of all the sisters. I love her compassionate spirit; I love her bravery. I love her honesty and genuineness. I also came to love Adam. The characterization is so good in this series. I almost hate for the series to end. I would definitely recommend the trilogy.
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  • Leona Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    My Review of “Cherished Mercy” a book by Tracie Peterson published by Bethany HouseI recommend this book to those of you who enjoy reading frontier stories filled with faith, values, adventure, historical fact and romance , for it has all that and more.The setting is in the Oregon Territory in the year 1855.For those of you who know your US History you will know this was a time of much conflict between the US Army and the Native Americans.This book tells the story of Mercy Flanagan who had trave My Review of “Cherished Mercy” a book by Tracie Peterson published by Bethany HouseI recommend this book to those of you who enjoy reading frontier stories filled with faith, values, adventure, historical fact and romance , for it has all that and more.The setting is in the Oregon Territory in the year 1855.For those of you who know your US History you will know this was a time of much conflict between the US Army and the Native Americans.This book tells the story of Mercy Flanagan who had traveled West with her family to find land and build homes.Mercy, who as a child endured the Massacre at the Whitman Mission as a child, is now grown. She is a young woman and lives in Oregon City, Oregon with her two sisters who are married with children. Mercy has yet to marry and so is contacted for help by a family friend who lives in the Rogue River Valley at a Mission. The Mission ministers to the Rogue River Indians who live in the area, especially the Tututni tribe.This family friend is having a difficult pregnancy because her health is poor and she needs help to care for her husband, child and Mission duties.Mercy is understandably hesitant to go given her previous experience with the events at the Whitman Mission, but as she and her sisters pray about it, she decides it is God’s will that she go.The first chapter in this book seemed very slow reading as it was describing all the necessary background to what one needed to know in order to grasp what was to come, but Chapters 2 thru 26 are much different!You will find it hard to stop reading as each chapter will challenge you to find out what is going to happen next! This book is a very enjoyable read that will touch all of your emotions.“Cherished Mercy” is Book #3 in the “Heart of the Frontier” series.Book #1 is “Treasured Grace” Book #2 is “Beloved Hope”Visit Tracie Peterson’s Website at: http://traciepetersonbooks.com/–Leona J. Atkinson
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Mercy Flanigan was aptly named. Her ability to show mercy to others amazes those around her, but she realizes that when you embrace bitterness and grudges there isn’t room for the things you’d rather embrace. A lesson we can all benefit from. Mercy is the youngest of the three Flanigan sisters, and the main character in this third and final installment of the Heart of the Frontier series. To truly appreciate her story, the reader would greatly benefit from having read the series in sequence. Th Mercy Flanigan was aptly named. Her ability to show mercy to others amazes those around her, but she realizes that when you embrace bitterness and grudges there isn’t room for the things you’d rather embrace. A lesson we can all benefit from. Mercy is the youngest of the three Flanigan sisters, and the main character in this third and final installment of the Heart of the Frontier series. To truly appreciate her story, the reader would greatly benefit from having read the series in sequence. The sisters’ travels along the Oregon Trail and the presence of two of them at the Whitman Mission Massacre lead up to Mercy’s finding herself in the middle of the Rogue River War as the year 1855 draws to a close. Tracie Peterson’s storytelling skills are backed up by her diligent research when placing her characters in true historical events. As part of Mercy’s story, readers will meet seven-year-old Faith Browning whose parents and uncle are missionaries among the Tututni. Faith is a precocious child who learned to read at the age of two. Unfortunately, the life she knew among a loving family and supportive community spins into chaos with the increased volatility between an army and volunteer militia supported by a government that favored extermination of Oregon’s native population and the Rogue River Indian tribes. Faith proves herself to be a strong young lady, remaining faithful to her Lord and to her family’s instruction. Readers will hope that Faith may make an appearance in a future Peterson series. Fans of historical fiction and romantic fiction alike will enjoy Cherished Mercy and the Heart of the Frontier series. I am appreciative of NetGalley and Bethany House for providing me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
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  • Emmaline
    January 1, 1970
    Thoughts…I love historical fiction. I just really do. I find that Tracie does a great job with her research and I love all the settings she’s chosen to do.I have gotten to know and love all the characters. Each time I read each book I learn to love the characters and continue to read about their journeys.The main guys. I like each and every one of them and each time I think I like the new guy better than the first. It’s probably just because she writes each so well that I think the current one i Thoughts…I love historical fiction. I just really do. I find that Tracie does a great job with her research and I love all the settings she’s chosen to do.I have gotten to know and love all the characters. Each time I read each book I learn to love the characters and continue to read about their journeys.The main guys. I like each and every one of them and each time I think I like the new guy better than the first. It’s probably just because she writes each so well that I think the current one is the best.I think Mercy is my favorite of all the girls. In my mind she has just the right blend of kindness, spunk, and strength to be a lovable heroine. Each of them has had unique struggles and while I think Hope’s is the most difficult—I love Mercy the most.Good wrap up. This book wraps the series up well showing us where all the characters have their endings and giving us a bit of happiness to go around.The awkward moments. They were so funny. I could totally see things like that happening to me.One thing I didn’t like. I know I have mentioned before that in each one of her books in this series I feel she gives too much information in regards to the romantic thoughts in her characters’ minds. I know it may seem difficult to show it without those thoughts–but I’m pretty sure that the reader could guess it just based on the way the characters are acting.Meeting Faith. My only quibble is that there isn’t a book on Faith. I mean, her name is perfect for another book, right? That said I DO actually understand the choice for this to be a trilogy. I think it’s a good stopping point, as I said.~~~~I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts here expressed are strictly my own. A positive review was not required.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy by Tracie PetersonMercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart’s cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of –Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pre Cherished Mercy by Tracie PetersonMercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now her heart’s cry is for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. Unfortunately, most of the settlers would rather the tribes were removed from the land completely, one way or the other, and tensions are rising. Mercy has grown tired of –Oregon City and feels that she has a larger purpose in life, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help.At the Rogue River Mission, Mercy meets Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam, who has suffered a broken engagement. Mercy finds him attractive, but Adam seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm’s length.When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy is pushed to the limit of her strength. She and Adam must rely on their firm faith in God in order to make it out alive. -from the publisherThis title is the third in the Heart of the Frontier series. Although it can be read as a standalone, readers will appreciate the characters and storyline more having read the other titles in the series. The character of Mercy is a strong character and written so the reader can empathize with Mercy’s love of the native people, yet her hesitancy of the situation she finds herself among. An additional storyline is Mercy’s sister, Hope, who was raped while being held captive during the Whitman Mission Massacre gave up the daughter as a result. She comes back to this situation during the conclusion of this beautiful story. Fans of Tracie Peterson’s historical fiction offerings will fall in throughly enjoy this fast read.I received an ARC ebook from Netgalley and the publisher, Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kelly Tyree
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy was book three in the Heart of the Frontier series. It was such a great final book in the series. The series focuses on three sister, Grace, Hope and Mercy, who made their way to the Oregon Territory and all that happened to each of them as they settled. Cherished Mercy focuses on Mercy, the youngest of the sisters. Mercy is content to live at the family farm with her two sisters, their husbands and her slew of nieces and nephews. What sets Mercy apart is her amazing faith in the Cherished Mercy was book three in the Heart of the Frontier series. It was such a great final book in the series. The series focuses on three sister, Grace, Hope and Mercy, who made their way to the Oregon Territory and all that happened to each of them as they settled. Cherished Mercy focuses on Mercy, the youngest of the sisters. Mercy is content to live at the family farm with her two sisters, their husbands and her slew of nieces and nephews. What sets Mercy apart is her amazing faith in the Lord. Despite circumstances, she finds strength in God. She is asked to come to the territory Rogue River Mission to help a friend who is ill. When she arrives, she immediately begins to work hard to care for Eletta who is pregnant and ill, her daughter, Faith, and the Eletta's husband Isaac. Isaac also has a very handsome brother, Adam,that lives with them. They all minister to the tribe. Mercy begins to help teach in the school and develops a close relationship with the tribe as well as Faith and Eletta. She also begins to develop strong feelings for Adam. When the tensions between the militia and the Indians become increasingly dangerous, Mercy is called on to protect the vulnerable tribe that God has sent her to protect. When Faith's parents die, Mercy and Adam become responsible for her future. Faith believes God has clearly shown her that Faith should reunite with Hope, her natural mother, but that is only if Hope can overcome her fears and anxiety about having Faith near knowing she was a product of a rape. With Mercy's deep faith and God's direction, he leads Mercy and Adam to do exactly as He directs. Cherished Mercy really brings that family full circle. The series is so well written. This last book was my favorite. It is full of romance and action but is also tender.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Cherished Mercy is the third and final book in the Heart of the Frontier series written by Tracie Peterson. Though out this series we have followed the Flanagan sisters as they made their way to the Oregon Territory. The older two sisters have married and started their families but Mercy has yet to find the man for her. Mercy receives a request from a friend, Eletta, to travel to the Browning Mission in the Rogue River Valley. Eletta is having problems with her pregnancy and has taken to her bed Cherished Mercy is the third and final book in the Heart of the Frontier series written by Tracie Peterson. Though out this series we have followed the Flanagan sisters as they made their way to the Oregon Territory. The older two sisters have married and started their families but Mercy has yet to find the man for her. Mercy receives a request from a friend, Eletta, to travel to the Browning Mission in the Rogue River Valley. Eletta is having problems with her pregnancy and has taken to her bed. Mercy helps with Eletta's home and young adopted daughter, Faith, as well as helps Eletta's brother-in-law, Adam, teach the Indian children. The government is trying to take all the Indians to a reservation and has hired men to help. Some of the men take it upon themselves to kill the Indians instead. Browning Mission is attacked and the white people are forced to flee. Eletta's husband was killed prior to the attack and Eletta passes away when they reach the new town. It is now up to Mercy and Adam to take care of Faith.This is such a good series, it should be read in order as the three sisters are the focal point in each story. This series covers some tough topics, such as racism, greed, war and rape. This book is a reminder the importance of prayer, showing mercy to others and keeping our faith even in the worst of times. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to envision the fear of the white man's attack at Browning Mission as well and the Indian's retaliation and the hunger at Fort Miner. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based on the settling of our country.I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. This is my honest review.
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  • Erica Nicole Pait
    January 1, 1970
    It has been forever since I've written a review... or read a book... or done anything non-academic. (Actually, that's not true. I do non-academic stuff all the time.) Anywho... Cherished Mercy.I've been a fan of this series from the start. I've always been interested in this topic, probably because my cousin Jennifer used to play Indian with us all the time. Cherished Mercy was an incredible climax to this series. The baby of the family finding her one and only, while the rest of the family is b It has been forever since I've written a review... or read a book... or done anything non-academic. (Actually, that's not true. I do non-academic stuff all the time.) Anywho... Cherished Mercy.I've been a fan of this series from the start. I've always been interested in this topic, probably because my cousin Jennifer used to play Indian with us all the time. Cherished Mercy was an incredible climax to this series. The baby of the family finding her one and only, while the rest of the family is busy having babies. (By the way, I love how many kids are in this book!!!) And of course, with the theme of (unofficial, but whatever) adoption throughout this book I was on cloud nine. It honestly felt so good to read something that wasn't a textbook. I will admit that it took me a couple of chapters to get my sea-legs back. I kept seeing words and not the story. It was weird and I was not a happy camper, but then Tracie's writing swept me away, and I was reminded of how much I love forgetting that I'm reading, and the internal movie theatre takes over, and then I can see the story, really see it! Argh! I'm in love with this book, and with this series. And I've seen Tracie post things on Facebook about a possible sequel series with the children as the main characters. Can I just say, YeS PLEAsE!!!! (Also, I'm sorry about the really bad run-on sentences in this. It just feels so good to wrote something not on the topic of nuclear energy. And I don't really feel like fixing it. It just shows my enthusiasm right ;P) Oh, and did I mention the beautiful cover??? Cause I totally love it!I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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