Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sisters of Mercy Flats by Lori Copeland - my review

It has been quite some time since I read a book by Lori Copeland. One thing I have always appreciated about her books is that they not only have romance but humor is always part of the mix.  I wasn't disappointed with her newest release Sisters of Mercy Flats.  I would like to say that this book is a revision of Ms. Copeland's Promise Me Today for Christian readers.  Promise Me Today was originally published in October 1992.  When I began reading Sisters of Mercy Flats I realized that I had started reading Promise Me Today back when it first came out but I don't recall ever reading it all the way through.

Sisters of Mercy Flats is the first book of a three book series which tells the story of each McDougal sister, Abilgail, Amelia and Anne-Marie.  These young women were orphaned when they were young and raised in the orphanage in Mercy Flats, Texas. When the story begins the women are grown and we find them conniving but beautiful women that would swindle a man out of his last dollar just for the money to get buy and to send some back to the orphanage to help support the place they called home.

The story takes place in Texas in 1864, the three women, dressed as nuns, have been arrested and are being hauled into town to be dealt with when a warring party of young Comanche braves attacks the jail wagon. They simply want the horses but they kill the drivers in order to secure their desired prize.  Three men see the event unfold before their eyes and they realize they need to act in haste to save the nuns before the warring party returns.  In rides Hershall Digman, a dapper-Dan shoe salesman who rescues Abigail, Morgan Kane who rescues Amelia and a Crow Indian who rescues Anne-Marie. The three men decide it is best if they split up and so as they part ways, Amelia yells to her sisters to remember Church Rock.  So begins the wonderful series of Sisters of Mercy Flats.

The first book is the story of Abigail and Hershall.  But is Hershall his real name and is he really a shoe salesman? Just as Abigail is pretending to be a nun, Hershall has secrets of his own that could mean life or death for the Confederacy.  As the story unfolds we observe these two living a lie. As the story moves forward, Abigail begins to realize she needs to stop her conniving ways and turn back to God.  There isn't a real strong Christian theme beating the reader over the head, but it is strong enough that the story is relayed quite nicely that how we act reflects who we are in the Lord.  There is also some humor salted between the pages that is just enough.

I would highly recommend Sisters of Mercy Flats to anyone who wants a good clean historical read set against the backdrop of the Civil War.

On a 5-Star scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Harvest House for my copy of Sisters of Mercy Flats. I received my copy for free in order to read and give my honest review, which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I found your blog looking for a review of this book. We checked it out of the library for my 17 yr. old daughter to read. I found other reviews for Promise Me Today, that made me concerned about if this book was appropriate for my daughter or not. I guess this book, Sisters of Mercy Flats is a revision? Do you feel it contains anything inappropriate for a young girl? Thanks for your feed back and the review!