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Finding Mercy by Michael Landon, jr. and Cindy Kelley

I typically avoid starting series. Well, I will unless all the novels are out, or the books can all be read as standalone novels. Of course once in awhile an author I love will start a series and I read them and allow myself the torture of having to wait for the next book.

Last year, I read the first novel of Michael Landon, Jr.’s Mercy Medallion Trilogy. The book ended with a pretty decent reason to anticipate the next book. So, I was excited to pick up my own copy of the book and give myself some time to read it. The book was worth the wait.

**This is a novel from my personal collection. I am not being compensated for this review**


When Mercy abandons Captain Elijah Hale to search for her true identity, he goes after her. With the threat that bounty hunters might be hot on her trail, Mercy does all she can to stay ahead of the danger, frustrating both the bad men who are after her—and Captain Hale who wants to find her and escort her safely home. But when she stumbles upon clues that help her learn who she is and where she’s from, the danger escalates and she has to learn to keep her friends close and her enemies even closer—if she can determine which is which!

This is historical romance with a blend of intrigue from beloved storytellers renowned for their work in film and print.

“After all, what are we if not the sum of our memories?”

-Mercy, Finding Mercy

“Heart memories are true memories.”

-Captain Elijah Hale, Finding Mercy

Characters: I love books that have complicated characters. If you’ve read the previous novel, you know that Mercy is pretty complex. Suffering amnesia she has no idea who she truly is. But in this book, we learn who she was before her injury, and it was a very different person than who she is throughout the course of this series. There are quite a few other characters who end up being different than what they appear as well. It is the people that populate this book that really kept my interest.

Storyline: I found the storyline in this book to be a bit, well, choppy. At times I was completely engrossed with the book. Other times I found myself a bit bored-primarily in the first part of the book. After about the mid-point, things started to really pick up and get interesting.

My Thoughts:  I enjoyed the book. I wish the action was spread out a bit more through the story, but when things were happening I enjoyed every page. Finding Mercy was the perfect sequel to follow the first book. We learn about Mercy’s past just as she does and at the end of this book, we aren’t really wondering too much more. I am curious what the third book in this series will be, however. The series title references that it is a trilogy and this book seems to be a pretty good conclusion to the first book. Hopefully, the third book will be just as exciting as these two have been.

About the Author:
Michael Landon Jr., son of the late television legend, Michael Landon, has been in the film business for over 25 years.  Educated at USC and a Directing Fellow graduate of the American Film Institute, he has worked in just about every capacity of the moviemaking process including film loader, 1st and 2nd assistant cameraman, stedicam operator, Director of Photography, apprentice film editor, production assistant, and actor. He has developed and/or produced, directed and written screenplays for Fox, CBS, NBC, Disney, Sony, Lifetime,  and Hallmark.

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