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Mercy's Embrace: The Lady Must Decide (Mercy's Embrace #3)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
As the news of Elizabeth Elliot's broken engagement becomes known, the storm of social disapproval descends and Elizabeth is left to wonder how she, with every claim to birth and beauty, has made such a muddle of her life. Even worse, why has dear Mr Gill suddenly become so distant? Patrick Gill has dropped many a hint that he is not the lowly clerk he has pretended to be, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Wytherngate Press
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Aug 23, 2010 Marcie rated it really liked it
Have I mentioned how much I have enjoyed this series? This is third book in Laura Hiles's Mercy's Embrace Trilogy. In case you missed the first two books, they are: Book One: So Rough A Course and Book Two: So Lively A Chase. I liked the way this novel is presented in three parts. It reminiscent of how some books were printed in the regency era. This book, The Lady Must Decide, picks up where book two left off, in Patrick McGillvary's office. I was very anxious about this moment. It's true! I ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
The Lady Must Decide, Book 3 by Laura Hile

The Lady Must Decide, Book 3 of author Laura Hile’s delightful continuation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, our heroine, Miss Elizabeth Elliot realizes the time has come for her to forge her own future. With exceedingly shameful reminders of her father’s abandonment, and her wretched dependence on the generosity and hospitality of her sister Anne and Captain Wentworth, she knows the only way to survive is to marry. And marry well. But the dilemma is who? Da
Jul 01, 2012 Jakki rated it it was amazing
What is Elizabeth Elliot to do when she realizes Mr. Gill, the man who has stolen her heart, is none other than the revolting Admiral Patrick McGillvary? Elizabeth’s head is spinning with many questions: how does Admiral McGillvary really feel about her? What if he loses interest in her like other men have? Or worse, given his past, what if he cheats on Elizabeth? This cannot be happening. With his good looks, money, and heir to Kellynch and the Baronetcy, William Elliot seems the more ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Candy rated it it was amazing
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The Mercy’s Embrace books are fabulous! I enjoyed Elizabeth Elliot’s story immensely! She’s a very proud woman, but she is seeing her father’s follies, as well as her own for that matter with their foolish spending habits. She must decide if she is willing to give up her happiness to help her father, salvage her reputation, and her regain her place in society.

When Elizabeth Elliot finally learns Mr. Gills true identity, she still doesn’t believe it! It was very amusing seeing her go through all
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
(Note: Potential readers should be made aware that this is the third book in the Mercy's Embrace series, and that it is necessary to read book 1 and 2 prior to reading this one.)

Elizabeth Elliot, suffering from a lack of financial freedom, enduring the scorn of malicious Bath gossips, and feeling the bitter betrayal of her closest friend and confidante, finds herself impelled to make a decision about her future. One thing is for certain, she must marry. Elizabeth is tired of being a burden to he
Patricia Gulley
Feb 14, 2011 Patricia Gulley rated it really liked it
This was a charming end of the series, turning Elizabeth into a likable character. However, there were so many threads started on other characters that went no where or didn't seem to have a point that I wondered if the other books about these characters would continue. I enjoyed the series, as Persuasion is my favorite Austen book. I will say that Anne did not come across as the level headed, bright woman she was in the original. Fredrick stood out as a stalwart, and he and Charles Musgrove did ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Kuulei rated it really liked it
My favorite Jane Austen book is Persuasion, and I was thrilled to find the "continuation" of the story in this triology from Laura Hile. Especially as it looks at the Eliot family from Elizabeth's standpoint. She is faithfully depicted in all three books, with this final book giving us a glimpse of her own happiness, which I found expertly written and faithful to the Austen characters found in Persuasion. Side note, it was interesting to see a different side to Anne and Capt. Wentworth as well ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Amie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans
I almost gave this three stars, because the ending felt so abrupt, but I enjoyed it up until the end so I gave it four stars. My first thought was that it was lacking resolution in several sub-plots, but then when I thought about it, I realized the resolutions were (mostly) there, just not spelled out directly. All in all, a trilogy that any Jane Austen fan would enjoy.
Robin Helm
Jan 21, 2012 Robin Helm rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Now Laura Hile must write book four, because I am heavily invested in the series and want to find out more about the wedding and marriage of Elizabeth and Patrick. Write, Laura!

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Aug 21, 2013 Fengshiyun rated it did not like it
The first book was pretty good, and I looked forward to Part 2. The second got tiresome. After reading this third book, I felt violated.
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Aug 09, 2010 Chautona Havig rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful. Ms. Hile did a superb job of writing a satisfying ending while leaving us waiting for more. Well done!
A very satisfying ending to this sequel to "Persuasion"...including a most gentlemanly upright conclusion from Charles Musgrove.
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