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Mercy's Embrace: So Lively a Chase (Mercy's Embrace #2)

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Twelve-thousand a year and an extensive estate can gild a sow's ear, or so Elizabeth Elliot has always supposed. But now that she's fallen for the dashing Patrick Gill, Elizabeth is almost ready to give up Mr Rushworth's fortune. Painfully aware of her bruised pride and vulnerable heart, Elizabeth can only despise herself for loving so common a man. But it has never ...more
Published November 25th 2009
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
So Lively a Chase, book two in Laura Hile's remarkable Mercy's Embrace trilogy, recommences with our heroine, Elizabeth Elliot, swimming in a sea predicaments and trials, both of her own-making and her father's. In addition to constantly fending off her indefatigable and unwanted suitors, Elizabeth now has to contend with a household full of people (Anne and Mary have returned to Bath with their husbands) who are all highly suspicious of her habits and altered behavior. And to top it all off, ...more
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Apr 26, 2010 Alexa Adams rated it really liked it
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Apr 05, 2010 Jane Greensmith rated it it was amazing
Laura Hile is the author of Mercy’s Embrace, a three-book novel, of which the first two books are now available. So Rough a Course (Book One) and So Lively a Chase (Book Two) tell the story of Elizabeth Elliot, the older sister of Anne Elliot, the heroine of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and how she comes to fall in love with Patrick McGillvary, the man she vows to hate. I just finished So Lively A Chase and I’m eagerly awaiting publication of the third and final volume in this wonderful story.

In th
Aug 30, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
Author Laura Hile's So Lively a Chase, Book 2 in her lovely Mercy's Embrace trilogy, continues with Miss Elizabeth Elliot struggling to manage her feckless, frivolous father and dwindling finances, all the while contriving to make a most propitious match for herself. In this follow-up to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, our unlikely heroine, Miss Elizabeth Elliot, painfully aware of her dangerous situation of being put “on-the-shelf” and no fortune of her own is conflicted. Should she accept the hand ...more
Jul 11, 2012 Jakki rated it it was amazing
As Sir Walter Elliot gets even deeper in financial trouble, his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, feels it is up to her to save him. After all, it was she who encouraged him to purchase items beyond their means. Yet, when Captain Wentworth refuses to settle her father’s debts, Elizabeth is left with few options. How can a gentlewoman raise that kind of money? Sell one’s jewelry? Possibly, but that will not cover the vast sums her father owes. Marriage, it seems, is the only answer, but to whom? With ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Candy rated it it was amazing
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My heart really goes out to Elizabeth Elliot in So Lively A Chase. The pressure is on high, as she is realizing what dire straights her father is in. Should she marry Mr. Rushworth even though she finds him repulsive? He would give her the financial support she would need. Then there is Mr. Elliot, he is trying hard to present his suit, but Elizabeth is avoiding him at all cost. She is getting closer to Mr. Gill, unfortunately he cannot help her father’s financial situation ...or can he? All the ...more
Dec 22, 2009 Sumi rated it liked it
This is the second of three books. I'm not sure why it was decided it was to be a trilogy. With some judicious editing I'm sure it could have fit into one volume. I have nothing against a series of books, I just prefer to have one story per volume.

Overall this book was less satisfying than the first. I'm not sure what Mary and Charles Musgrove are doing in Bath besides being irritating. The issues they are having are perhaps better done as their own story in a book featuring them. Perhaps the t
Jun 02, 2016 veganjilly rated it it was amazing
I loved this one just as much as the first one; and possibly more! These characters are so real and so accessible. It is funny how much Elizabeth grew on me. She goes through such a metamorphosis and really matures in the process, and I felt like I was doing so right along with her. I went from liking her character in the first book (but being slightly annoyed by her), to completely embracing her flaws and seeing them as an endearing part of her character. Admiral McGillvary is, likewise, a ...more
Aug 20, 2010 Marcie rated it really liked it
This is the second part of a three part novel. Incase you missed my review of Book One So Rough A Course check it out here. I really enjoyed the second book. The story keeps getting better and better. Elizabeth has grown on me. Her character is growing and changing into a likeable heroine despite her world falling apart around her. Patrick Gill reminds me of a cross between Mr. Darcy and George Wickham or Col. Brandon and Willoughby. He’s the perfect mix of gentleman with a hint of wickedness to ...more
Patricia Gulley
Feb 06, 2011 Patricia Gulley rated it it was amazing
An excellent continuation, the middle book of a trilogy. Very enjoyable and interesting concerning debts, entailment, and the extent the upper crust could get themselves into debt--And the attitude they took towards those they owed it to. Elizabeth Elliot's change, her understanding of what she had been, now was and could be is a wonderful arch for the story. My one minor complaint is that so much depends on the total lack of communication between all the characters. Talk about disfunctional, ...more
4.5 stars - really enjoyed it! But oh my goodness, talk about a cliffhanger ending! I'm glad I didn't read these when book 3 hadn't been completed! I've been on tenterhooks the whole book waiting for the Mr. Gill reveal. And I am liking Elizabeth more and more, something I never thought would happen.
Robin Helm
Jan 21, 2012 Robin Helm rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Mercy's Embrace series certainly did not disappoint. I stayed up until two o'clock in the morning finishing the book and bought the third one immediately. Patrick McGillvary is a new hero for my list of dreamy men.

Robin Helm
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Apr 09, 2010 Laura Hile rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
What can I say? I'm a new author published by a very small P.O.D. (print-on-demand) publishing company. It costs a small fortune for the "little guys" to produce a large book. This one is as exciting as the first, but be warned. It ends with a screaming cliffhanger ...
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