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Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear...

Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend’s deathbed for an unusual request—find a long-lost daughter and relay a centuries-o
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Hope Creek Publishers (first published April 2019)
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Sarah Monzon
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From endorsement:

A book as rich as it is raw. Heidi Chiavaroli takes readers on a journey that is often painful for the realistic trail on which many have tread. But she doesn’t leave us in the shadowy places—she shines light on the source of hope, forgiveness, and unconditional love.
Beth Erin
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com

As I indulgently devoured the richness and graceful strength of this story, its raw authenticity struck a deep chord in my heart. The spectrum of belief and unbelief, faith and works, mercy and grace represented through these characters’ journeys constantly reminded me of the many instances of God’s tangible presence and provision in my own life.

Modern-day Sarah faces one crisis after another and, although it was sometimes difficult as a reader to walk that ro
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Staci
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Another lovely time slip novel from the talented Heidi Chiavaroli.

The Edge of Mercy brings readers to the middle of marital strife. While I REALLY didn't like Matt much of the time, his characterization was probably spot on. The present day story of Sarah and Matt was engaging and threaded with gems of wisdom.

It was the 17th century tale of Elizabeth that stole my heart. What a difficult time to live in. And the romance...

My gratitude to the author for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was no
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reeder (reviews)
2.5 stars, rounding down because what's missing here matters. What's missing is the description of a marriage worth saving.

The broad outline of The Edge of Mercy invites comparison to Francine Rivers' The Scarlet Thread. Both are Christian romances about troubled marriages in which the husband compensates for feelings of social inadequacy by "trading up" to a lover who has the kind of background to which he aspires while the betrayed wife finds solace and guidance in reading the journal of a fem
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Amanda Geaney
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Christian Shelf-Esteem https://christianshelfesteem.wordpres...

If you have not been introduced to the writing of Heidi Chiavaroli, you are missing out! I first became acquainted with her when I read her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring. With her third release, The Edge of Mercy, Chiavaroli has established herself as a master of the Colonial/contemporary time-slip novel and one who fearlessly tackles delicate issues. As with her other books, you may want to have a box of tissues c
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Renee
The Edge of Mercy shares the story of two women, three hundred years apart, in such an intimate, heart-exposing way that it made me feel along with them—first their initial hope & happiness, then heartache, anger, betrayal, rejection, deep pain, the stirrings of hope again, and finally peace, joy, and a new depth of love. This is a story for all who long to know if it is possible to experience beauty from ashes. This is a story for all women who need the reminder that “God is greater than our wo ...more
Brittany
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Edge of Mercy was in intensely powerful story. This author knows how to take my emotions and pull them all over the place, wreck my heart, and yet leave me with a feeling of hope and assuredness when all is finished.

I was equally intrigued by both the contemporary and the historical stories in this dual timeline novel. I appreciated the way the historical story of Elizabeth, Abram, and Caleb was told through Elizabeth’s journal entries. This method allowed me to keep a slight bit of emotiona
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Caitlyn Santi
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I'm speechless, in the best way. Having read (and loved!) all of this author's previous books I automatically signed up to review this one without even knowing what it was about! Based solely on the fact that it's a Heidi Chiavaroli novel I knew that I would be swept away and would hate to put the book down, both of which happened almost instantly. I was completely engaged in the story and was rooting for the characters from the start! The Edge of Mercy is an emotionally rich, soul-stirring ...more
Beth
The Edge of Mercy was a breath of fresh air for me. I loved the deep, introspective look at both Sarah in the present day and Elizabeth in the past. At the same time, this story is raw, vulnerable, and deeply emotional. Sarah’s marriage to Matt is on the brink of failure. Her feelings are so poignantly painted in this story. Her emotion is palpable; her reactions feel so genuine. While some of the story literally made me angry, I was also deeply impacted by the theme of sacrificial love, which i ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2WOgXQ6

Quite simply, The Edge of Mercy is exquisite. Powerful, emotional, poignant, unforgettable. Worthy of my “best of the best” shelf.

I’m kicking myself for not having discovered Heidi Chiavaroli’s books before now, for she sets her stories in my favorite era, that of Colonial America through the Revolution. The Edge of Mercy has a dual timeline, Sarah and Matt in the present day, and that of Elizabeth, Abram and Caleb in 1675 told through Elizab
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Lindsay Harrel
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From endorsement: The Edge of Mercy is most definitely one for the keeper shelf. With her characteristic depth of emotion and willingness to address hard issues, Chiavaroli delivers a beautiful and gentle reminder that hope can persist even in the darkest of circumstances.
CarolynB
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I could not put this book down! I read it in one day (well, two when you consider it was 2:30 a.m. when I finished). I was immediately taken in by the modern day story, and then when Sarah, the main character, started reading Elizabeth’s journal from the 17th century I was completely involved. This is the first of Ms Chiavaroli’s books I’ve read, but now I plan to read her first two!
Clara
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I'm so glad Heidi Chiavaroli decided one day to write books.

How far is too far gone for restoration? How deep is too deep to be healed?
Throughout this story, in two timelines, with a deft hand, Heidi once again weaves a story as painful as it is beautiful, as raw as it is honest. And full of truth, freedom, and love.
And love, they say, covers a multitude of sins.

I'm not in a similar season of life as the characters in "The Edge of Mercy" and I wondered how well I would connect to them. But then
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Heidi Chiavaroli
Apr 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm so excited to bring this new time slip novel to you, my friends.

All books have a piece of my heart, but this book…I don’t know, it feels especially personal. Maybe because it’s set in my hometown. Maybe because it explores the intricacies of marriage. Maybe because it was from watching my parents struggle—and conquer—their own marriage troubles for a lot of my growing up years that this book was able to be told from an especially authentic place.

I hope you enjoy it, dear reader. I hope the c
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Kerry Johnson
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished this emotional story last night. Author Heidi Chiavaroli packs a powerful punch with her books & characters, and this one was no exception.

In The Edge of Mercy, she tackles tough subjects with grace and writing finesse. The story is split time and takes a bold yet tender look at marriage in all its many facets, including the layers with which we love others. Sarah, Matt, Elizabeth, and Caleb all felt like real people as I turned pages, their heartache and questions drawing me deeper
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Ana Laura

My God! That piece of sexist shit that the author has the courage to call a book was written and published in this century ?! Are you fking kidding me right?!
Nicole
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations

In her latest time-slip novel, Heidi Chiavaroli creates an extremely compelling story filled with deep raw emotion and authenticity. She tackles difficult topics such as infidelity and pregnancy outside of marriage, while giving hope for the future and the realization of God’s grace and love.

The Edge of Mercy tells the contemporary story of Sarah and Matt, whose seventeen-year marriage is crumbling. When Matt moves out for the summer and acquires a new w
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Erin Laramore
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful redemptive story about love and marriage. This book was a dual timeline of sorts, but different from this author's other dual timeline novels. This one fully takes place in present day, but our heroine is tasked with transcribing a journal from 1675 and so from the journal entries, we learn the story of Elizabeth.

Sarah Rodrigues has always been content with what she has - a wonderful husband, an amazing son, good friends and neighbors and her part-time nursing job. Unti
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Joleen
Two timelines in this story:

1700s
Elizabeth, Abram, and Caleb... a love triangle. Both men love Elizabeth.

Abram was a Native American living alone in a cave. He was staying away from both his tribe who wanted to kill him, and white men who fear his people. Elizabeth came across him on a walk one day and was immediately attracted to him. At the same time, her father wanted her to marry Caleb, a stable man of good character. At first I didn’t know what to think about him. He seemed controlling and
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Inspirationalfictionreader
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heidi Chiavaroli writes some of the best timeslip novels that I have read. Her writing and stories always grab me from the first page. This story is no different. I was sucked in from the beginning and read it in three sittings. I slightly preferred the historical story. That being said, I was more invested in the characters from the storyline that takes place in the present.
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Matt and Sarah’s story literally made my heart ache. Seemingly, out of the blue, Matt decides they
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Tamara
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the first page, I was hooked! This was definitely my favourite Heidi Chiavaroli novel. I devoured this as fast as I could, and I would've done it faster if I hadn't had to go to work today :) I don't know why but I really connected with Sarah. Really, I liked all the characters except Matt, but I came around to him as well, when I had more knowledge of where he was coming from. I cried through this whole novel, the tears were just streaming down my face.
I'm not married, so I'm wasn't sure
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Kailey
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book! Heidi Chiavaroli doesn’t shy away from hard topics and I praise her for that! She does this with so much grace! Her books are so deep and raw. This book touched my heart. I truly felt Sarah’s pain and heartbreak! I really loved the message of hope that shone through the darkness. This is one book that I know I will read again! Definitely one of the best books of 2019!




I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. A
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Nicole Eckerson
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed this book. I had such a hard time putting it down and when I did, I just kept thinking about the characters and where the story was going to take them. Well written and well worth your time!
Julia
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Edge Of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli is a marvellous historical and contemporary Christian novel that focuses on life, love and new beginnings.
God is at the heart of the novel, working in the background, longing for us to return to Him. “God didn’t show up at church… if He had I missed Him.” God is with us everywhere we go. If we cannot ‘see’ or ‘feel’ Him, maybe our eyes and heart are not really looking. When we truly seek Him with all our heart, He will be found.
The novel explores the foundat
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Becca-Rae Weidel
Heidi Chiavaroli is a master when it comes to writing. Her ability to enrapture the reader in her stories and hold them captive until the very end is astounding! I am currently sitting in a book fog after sitting down to read a few chapters only to find myself reading the whole book!

One thing that Heidi is known for is her willingness to take the reader on a journey to territories untraveled. She bravely writes about the hard places in life that people are afraid to see exposed. In this story, H
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Sydney
A beautiful, powerful, and inspiring story, The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli is a book that takes on some hard real-life topics. This story shows the struggling relationship between a husband and wife and the toll it takes on their family. It goes through the struggles and pain, as well as redemption and forgiveness. The story goes back and forth between present and an old journal that one of the main characters is transcribing. This journal plays a role in helping heal the relationships of ...more
Christine Dillon
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I avoided this book for a long time because it was labelled 'time slip' - it isn't at all, and historical romance. Not really that either.
This is women's fiction by which I mean that it is about a woman's journey (or two women if you count the one in the historical journal) and the issues in front of her.
Loved the authenticity of the story. Sarah's marriage is like many other people's - jogging along. She has a lot of lessons to learn but essentially (as it is for all of us) she needs
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Sandra
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With a skill akin to an expert quilter, Heidi Chiavaroli has taken the experiences of two women born centuries apart and pieced them together into a heart-wrenching story of hope, forgiveness, and the understanding that no one, no people group, is all bad or all good. The Edge of Mercy was an emotional journey that lasted long after I read the last word. I encourage you to take that journey too.

I received this book from the author. This is an endorsement and my own opinion.
Rebecca
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"It would take more than an article of clothing to fix my marriage."

Sarah Rodrigues is stunned when her husband abruptly decides that he wants to give their marriage some breathing room over the summer; in reality, it's a separation. They've been married for seventeen years and in some ways remain strangers, yet bonded in the deepest sort of way; or so Sarah thought. She's utterly devastated.

As if one heartbreak isn't enough, Sarah's kindly next door neighbor suffers a fatal heart att
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Rachael
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is real and raw. It isn’t for the young or the faint of heart. It covers mainly the topic of how God works in our lives, which is a question we as mere mortals will never be able to answer. We do, however, live in hope if we are in Christ...and this book is full of hope. Hope for the broken heart,soul, life, and marriage. There is a place only Gods hand can reach...and once we accept his grace, we learn how to give it and so much more.

I enjoyed the historical story more than the contemp
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Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. She is an ACFW Carol Award winner and a Christy finalist. Both her debut novel, "Freedom's Ring" and her sophomore novel, "The Hidden Side" are Romantic Times Top Picks. "Freedom's Ring" was also a BOOKLIST Top Ten Romance Debut. She makes her home in Massachusetts wit ...more

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