Friday, June 7, 2019

Book Review: The King's Mercy by Lori Benton

About the Book:

When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king's mercy--exile to the Colony of North Carolina--he's indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey's slaves--and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. 

A mistress with a servant's heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father's overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. 

Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he's faced with the choice that's long hounded him: continue down his rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex's very life.

My Thoughts:

The King's Mercy by Lori Benton possesses all the outstanding qualities of well-written novel. Beautiful prose, excellent pacing, and a compelling narrative created a story that held my attention from beginning to end.

I loved the realism in The King's Mercy. The main characters and some supporting characters experience severe losses. There is no sweeping restoration for them and their pain is deep. Yet, the author inserts themes of hope and mercy within the trials. To me, this just felt so authentic. Deep losses alter life and tidy, happy endings aren't guaranteed, but there is hope and, sometimes, a new beginning. A beautiful, inspiring message!

My favorite character in The King's Mercy was Alex MacKinnon. Though a strong, natural leader, the story commences with him nearly defeated, having lost his kin, his home, his freedom, and his faith. His resilience and personal growth created another beautiful facet to this story and demonstrated expert character development.

I recommend The King's Mercy by Lori Benton to all readers of historical fiction/romance. I loved The King's Mercy and, if I had time, I'd give it a second reading right now. Instead, it has a permanent home on my bookshelf where it can await future reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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