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Blessed Are the Merciful (Mail Order Bride #4)

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In 1878 Adam Burke leaves Philadelphia for North Platte, Nebraska. The young lawyer wants to start a new life after being spurned by his fiancee. Adam also has another reason to leave -- he accidentally ran over and killed a woman named Nancy Mason in a thunderstorm. In North Platte he finds success in more ways than one when Rachel Mason answers his ad for a mail order br ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 24th 2004 by Multnomah (first published 1999)
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This was an enjoyable book, and I loved the way it dealt with forgiveness in very tough situations. The ending seemed very quick and rushed compared to the pace of the rest of the book, and, to me, seemed a bit unbelievable. The characters involved were very new Christians when they made choices that I feel might have taken a bit more maturity in their faith. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction and/or mailorder bride stories, you will likely be glad you read this one.
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Perhaps, the newest of literary elements is the parallel story lines. I guess many people must like it, but I'm not a fan. (Heads up for anyone who doesn't like this either.) Blessed Are the Merciful is probably a good example of why authors should not use this device. One story seems to take three times longer to explain; then, the others. It seems to me that the first three or four chapters could have been said in one page.

That said, this book by Al Lacy does have a satisfying ending. It also
Not my favorite Christian fiction, or Al Lacy book, but it had a good ending. The plot listed on the back of the book didn't start until more than half way through the book, and that was a bit weird. But again, sweet ending.
This book took a long time to get going. Then it took awhile for Adam and Rachel to even meet each other. The best part of the book is the last 20 pages, and even then, it is rushed and disappointing. The ending is abrupt and needed an epilogue.
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Al Lacy has written more than ninety novels, including the Angel of Mercy, Battles of Destiny, and Journeys of the Stranger series. He and his wife, JoAnna Lacy, are coauthors of the Mail Order Bride, Hannah of Fort Bridger, and Shadow of Liberty series. The Lacys make their home in the Colorado Rockies.
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