Title: Edge of Mercy
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli
Genre: Time Slip
Publishing Date: April 9, 2019
Length: Paperback, 302 pages
About the Book:
Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear…
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?
Heidi Chiavaroli is a master when it comes to writing. Her ability to enrapture the reader in her stories and hold them captive until the very end is astounding! I am currently sitting in a book fog after sitting down to read a few chapters only to find myself reading the whole book!
One thing that Heidi is known for is her willingness to take the reader on a journey to territories untraveled. She bravely writes about the hard places in life that people are afraid to see exposed. In this story, Heidi takes the reader into the trenches of a marriage in shambles. She doesn’t shy from the roller-coaster fears and hopes the characters experience as they sort out their relationship.
It’s difficult to share anything with the historical timeline without giving away any spoilers. Initially I struggled with it emotionally but I believe it was all intentional to bring about the ending as it did. I believe I was thinking too hard about putting all of the pieces together before the whole story was able to unfold. The further I went into Elizabeth’s story, the more my emotions took a few hits and I found myself reaching for my tissue box. I also feel a need to mention as a heads up that even though it wasn’t heavy throughout the book, some of the war violence scenes had some fairly graphic wound descriptions.
I honestly don’t think I can recommend Heidi Chiavaroli’s books enough. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors of all-time. I am not afraid of a book that makes me cry. If I can read a book that makes me feel something, then the author has done their job right. This book had me going through all types of emotions! This is a story I’m sure will stay with me for a very long time.
*I received a copy of this book from the author. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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