Series: The Treasures of Nome #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date January 5, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Alaska Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Will pursuing their deepest desires blind them to the dangers that surround them?
Madysen Powell has always been of a generous and forgiving nature. But when her father, long believed dead, appears in Nome, Alaska, the only feelings she can muster are bitterness and anger. Though her sisters have a similar struggle, Madysen finds herself falling out of rhythm with them in other ways. She is restless and dreams of performing her music around the world. The arrival of a traveling show could prove just the chance she needs, and the manager promises more than she ever imagined.
Daniel Beaufort arrives in Nome searching for his own answers after the gold rush leaves him with only empty pockets. Still angry about the death of his loved ones, he longs to start fresh but doesn't have high hopes until he ends up helping at the Powell dairy making cheese--where he is immediately drawn to the beautiful redhead with big dreams.
Caught up in their hopes for the future, the sisters and their farm become vulnerable. Can they face their past hurts and present deceptions in time to save their dreams and mend the fractures in their family?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Forever Hidden
“I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Having read this verse, Madysen was determined to teach her sheep to know her voice. This was just one of the parallels in Endless Mercy to Jesus, our shepherd. One that especially touched my heart was the parallel to the parable of the shepherd who left 99 sheep to find one that was lost. In demonstrating what that could have been like (albeit in a manner that Jesus most likely did not have in mind!), the authors extended the example to not just the shepherd’s persistence in locating the lost lamb but also the willingness to endure hardship for it. Despite the ugly circumstances, the illustration was lovely!
When Madysen’s father appeared, seemingly from the dead, the resulting revelation and hurt caused each sister to consider whether they could forgive him or their grandfather for the deception and desertion. The mere thought of needing to extend mercy was painful to each of the girls. I appreciated that the authors didn’t make it an easy choice and depicted their turmoil well.
Madysen was quite naive, which bothered me, especially when she didn’t seem to think things through very well. I had a hard time seeing why she was attracted to Mr. Merrick – any reason I could come up with seemed so shallow compared to other things I learned about her.
Whitney, Madysen’s sister, had quite a hard time. Not only in dealing with her anger. She also had a traumatic experience that had surprising repercussions. Her story will most likely be told next and I am looking forward to reading more of her and her sled dogs!
Numerous references were made to Forever Hidden, which triggered memories of the events from it. They were presented quite well, and in a manner that didn’t feel as if the original story was being retold.
If you enjoy historical Christian romance, you will want to consider reading the entire Treasures of Nome series.