About the Book
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?
In My Opinion
If you haven’t read a book written by Heidi Chiavaroli yet, you are missing out. Her stories are engaging, emotional, and timely.
In The Edge of Mercy, Sarah is struggling with a marriage in crisis and she must decide whether to fight to save it or to let it go. On top of that, her neighbor and friend gave her a task that Sarah feels obligated to fulfill.
I admit, there were times in this story when I wanted Sarah to take a stronger stance with her husband. She was too passive much of the time for my liking, letting life roll over her. But as she transcribes Elizabeth’s story, her decisions made more sense.
And the last few chapters of this book are powerful. And the hope that is offered in the end, the promise that maybe, just maybe, what has been broken and treated carelessly can be restored and treasured moving forward.
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