Monday, June 3, 2019

The King's Mercy-A Great Addition to Historical Fiction


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. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

Lori Benton is one of my favorite authors. I love historical fiction and she is such a talented author when it comes to creating characters and settings. This book seemed a bit different compared to her previous novels. The writing style and flow weren't quite what I was expecting. But all that to say it is a wonderful historical fiction read! I loved the setting and I really thought the characters had a lot of depth, especially Alex. There were a lot of difficult issues and uncomfortable situations brought up throughout the book. I think this added to the story making it more realistic. There isn't anything graphic but there are some situations that are unpleasant. I think this story also shows how great God is and how people can change even when we doubt.
 If you enjoy historical fiction this would be a great book for you to pick up. I also highly recommend any of Lori's other books-they are all fantastic. 

Five Stars.

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."



Drew Pritchard said...

This book is already on my TBR as it sounds so much fun to read. I love the premise and the excerpt hooked me right away.

Alibek Issaev said...

Lori Benton is simply a master.The King’s Mercy is a touching and tense story, with a strong and meaningful faith story, and the characters will stay with you. Highly recommended!

Michelle said...

It was wonderful! I can't wait until her next book comes out.

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Experience Invest said...

This book is absolutely great! I couldn't put it down! It was well-written and had a great plot.

PureGusto Coffee Company said...

Yes, 5 full stars for this book! This is by far the best book I've read all year.

Erdal Koyuncu said...

This is a touching and tense story, with a strong and meaningful faith story, and the characters will stay with you. Highly recommended.