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Echoes of Mercy: A Lowcountry Novel

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How can you make up for something that you did as a kid that was both so stupid and so terrible, forty years later it still follows you like a pack of lost dogs? For Billie Warren, it means piling up more and more responsibilities, doing good for the community as the police chief of her Lowcountry hometown. Trying to be the best mother of a teen mom, and daughter to her mo ...more
Kindle Edition, 268 pages
Published April 1st 2016 by River's Edge Media
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Deborah Blanchard
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
This is the first book that I have read by Kim Boykin, but it certainly will not be the last. This book grabbed my attention from page one and took me on an exhilarating thrill ride till the end. It is full of mystery, crime, redemption and love. I know , that is a lot. I loved the descriptive details of the Lowcountry that this book has. I felt the breeze of the trees, the smell of the marshes and I was transported there. The characters are well developed and there are many strong female charac ...more
Tammy L. Noble
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My favorite

Wow!! Great book. I was hooked from the beginning.
Loved all the characters & would love a sequel!
Have read all of Kim Boykin's books, but this is my favorite.
Laura
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gripping mystery set in South Carolina; written by an author based in Charlotte, NC. I could not put this book down.
Kathleen
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by this book. The secrets that came to light when "Crazy Sadie" comes back to town and opens up about what really happen on a day the town of Stanton will not forget and accuses one the beloved Judge Norris of murder. Town Police chief Billie Warren has enough on her plate already with a mother who as Alzheimer's and a daughter who is a teenage single mother and Mis Sadie Byrd comes back to town with her tale of what happened to the judges daughter 40 yrs ago, just sends her in ...more
Andrea
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
devour everything Kim Boykin writes. Her character development is second to none! What a great job Boykin does in portraying the sandwich generation as Billie raises a teen and has a mother with Alzheimer's. I especialy love "Crazy Sadie" who is the only witness to a years old murder. As Boykin leads us through Billie's history and the murder investigation, you are touched and amazed with these characters.

Buy the Book!
Lori
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fantastic story!

This was my first book by Kim Boykin and I really enjoyed it! Hoping for more of this great tale! I fell in love without the strength of the main character, Billie. Great life lessons in this suspenseful read. More than enough here to keep you turning the Pages with great anticipation!
Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
Echos of Mercy is quite the intriguing read. There are characters that create an original and interesting set of circumstances with story-line that keeps you buzzing through the pages. There is a perfect blend of mystery and thrill that caused me to become very engrossed in the book. A great read for any book club because there is a lot that can be discussed! 4.5 stars
Karen
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved the story - but it was very slow to start and ended too abruptly. I just couldn't visualize what was happening at the end although it wasn't hard to determine who was responsible. Disappointing
Patricia
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, 2017reviewed
A MIX BOOK

I thought this would be one of those novels that follows a family through a voyage of discovery. I also thought it would end with all questions answered, but at least a few remained - like if the main character was adopted. I felt this was, to some extent, left hanging.
The rest was nicely, if tritely, resolved, but only after the book turns from family voyage of discovery, to "find the woman's children" to an almost brutal mystery that resolves with dizzying speed, but not without leav
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Paula Pugh
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!

This is an excellently written book that will keep you wondering until the very end. It is a terrific blending of a past crime and of the people touched by it today. The characters are well formed and true to form on every page.
Cally Walker
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow!

Billie is in a bad place, being the single person that keeps the dam from overflowing for everyone. Little does she know she’s gets the chance to help the person she actually did wrong, and it brings her to a current problem that far outreaches any expectation she had befow
Laura Beasley
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Given to me by Kim Boykin
I enjoyed this book. I liked that the lead character was older and though I have not been thru all the things she has I did feel like I could relate to her. She was a very believable character and it was good reading about a strong woman but one who also has weaknesses. My father does has Alzheimer's so I could relate to what she was going thru with her mother. The description of the disease was so accurate. Billie the main character is a single mother whose daughter has a child out of wedlock. ...more
Stormi (Bewitched Reader)
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Neilliza Swaffar
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
**Copy gifted by Author, in exchange for an honest review**

Echoes of Mercy is full of mystery and suspense. Kim Boykin brings us the story about family, corruption and the bone chilling baby market we never thought could exist. As Billie the main character of the story goes through her life as a cop, a mother, a daughter, she finds herself helping the biggest mystery of the century, to uncover a murder with the help of the town’s Crazy Sadie. As Billie undercover the truth about the most trusted
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Laurie Vesper
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read my first book by Kim Boykin this winter (The Wisdom of Hair) for my book club. I was happy to find a good new author to read. I was very excited to be given an advance copy of her latest book in exchange for my honest & unbiased review.

This book is totally different from The Wisdom of Hair. It’s about a 49 year old woman named Billie for starters. I’m 48 and usually lead characters end up being much younger than me, so I liked that. Billie has a teenage daughter – I also have a teenag
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Nicole Ayers
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Why does any woman do that--reject the very things she knows are best for her, whether it's a man, a little extra sleep, copious amounts of chocolate?" So says Billie Warren, the heroine of Kim Boykin's Echoes of Mercy. Billie is a woman who is carrying her world on her shoulders, something I think many women can identify with. She's a local police chief with lots of compassion; her teenage daughter has a baby of her own; and her mother is battling Alzheimer's. While I can't say that I have exp ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
First line—Forty years of atonement ought to count for something. After all, Billie Warren was just nine years old when she did what she did.

So what did Billie do when she was nine that has been haunting her all these years? And has she done enough good in her life to make up for it? Getting answers to those questions I had made me keep reading.

I immediately liked Bille. She's the chief of police of her community and if that's not enough on her plate, she also has a mother with Alzheimer's and a
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Patsy Sauls
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Echoes of Mercy by Kim Boykin is a great southern mystery. Billie Warren is a rarity in her small the sleepy southern town – she is the police chief. Her personal life is in a freefall. Her mother is in the last stages of Alzheimer. Her daughter is a unwed teenage mother who is still in love with her boyfriend who appended her when found out she was pregnant. She has walked away from the best man she has ever known. She has is holding her own personal secret from the past. Sadie Byrd comes back ...more
Judy
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hey Kim,

I just finished "Echoes of Mercy: A Lowcountry Novel". I loved it!!

The characters are wonderful. I really love Miss Sadie. I cannot imagine having to endure what she did in her life. Billie, well every single mother can relate to her I think. Unless you've been there, you really can't understand what a single mother goes through, with her children, work, and life in general. Billie is a being a very normal person in her role. The others were perfect in their roles also and were very bel
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Denise Stout
Secrets in the Lowcountry are unearthed when Crazy Sadie comes back to tell Billie, the town's first female police chief, what really happened years ago regarding a murder. Torn between the truth, the good ol' boys network, and so many lives impacted, Billie decides she owes it to Crazy Sadie to follow through on an investigation of the murder. As the mystery unravels, other truths surface about illegal adoptions and other cover-ups, suddenly Billie finds herself and her family's lives threatene ...more
Donna Ciriello
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, adult
Billie has been trying to atone for past sins for 40 years. She's now the police chief of her small South Carolina town. Her teenage daughter and new grandson live with her. And her mother is slowly being stolen away by Alzheimer's. Billie is stretched so thin taking care of everyone else that she has no time for herself. She certainly doesn't have the time or energy to be the woman Cole deserves.
When Sadie Bird, the object of Billie's greatest sin, shows up to give witness to a murder that was
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Sharon
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Billie Warren is overwhelmed. As the first female police chief, mother to a teenage daughter and grandmother to her son, daughter to a mother who is failing from Alzheimer's, with a love that she has no time for, Billie needs a break. And then Crazy Sadie comes back to town and further complicates Billie's life. Sadie insists she witnessed a murder and wants redemption for the victim before she passes. The investigation into Sadie's allegation turns up another dark secret, and puts Billie and he ...more
Paige
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from the first page. I was immediately intrigued by Billie's story and what she might have done in the past that she needed forgiveness for. Sadie's story was such a sad one and I'm so glad that Billie was able to help her, and grow in the process. I couldn't put it down! This is the first book of Kim Boykin's Lowcountry series that I have read and now I will go and get the other one. I can't wait to read more. I hope there will be a follow up book on both Billie's and Sadie's ...more
Shari
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kim Boykin has written a book full of mystery and intrigue , that will keep you turning the pages until the end. It is set in the Low Country, now that I have visited brought back many good memories.

Billie, the town sheriff has her plate full, raising her teenage daughter ( whom is a new mother herself) and taking care of her aging mom, who has Alzheimer's. Plus, trying to maintain a personal life with Cole, whom is so understanding. When "Crazy" Sadie shows up in town saying she witnessed a m
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Danielle Woods
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great story! My first book by this author! I really hope she writes a sequel because I'd love to know how the story progresses!! I loved the strength of Billie. Life isn't easy for Billie who takes care of her aging mother, daughter and grandson. She had to make amends for a poor choice when she was a child. I think for her, she had to do this in order to move along with her relationship with Cole and her daughter. She isn't perfect but she helps Sadie find answers to what happened to Caroline a ...more
J
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways, pk, mystery
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, an advance reader copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

I believe this is the genre my sister calls a "cozy mystery". Normally, it's not the genre I go for, but about half way into to book, the story became interesting. The advance copy has many typos that I hope will be edited before publication. If you are looking for a cozy mystery to fill your weekend, I think you can enjoy
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Terri Walsh
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Take a trip to Low Country, South Carolina where you will meet some characters that will capture your heart! As you get to know them you will want to learn more about them and just when you think you have them all figured out they surprise you! There is a plot twist that you will not see coming where you can not put the book down until the very end and then it will leave you wanting more! This book has everything love, murder, mystery, and even a little bit of a history lesson!
Catherine Faulkenburg
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't follow this story at all. I had high hopes for this novel as I've enjoyed others that she has written but this one rambles and meanders. And to be honest I didn't find the characters endearing in the slightest, which would have been one thing that it would have going for it. But I just didn't.
Megan
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished this book in just a few days, even being really very sick with bronchitis. Very fast paced, great characterization and sense of place and time. Well written, and look forward to another book by this author.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.
Cindy Crawford
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A page turner with heart and suspense!

I loved Billie's story from page 1! Kim Boykin wrote about these characters with such heart that I felt invested in what happened to each of them. Boykin has a beautiful and in depth way of describing what her characters are going through so that you really feel...
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