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Mercy's Embrace

(Mercy's Embrace #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 25th 2009 by Wytherngate Press
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Debbie Brown
The middle book in a trilogy can be a tricky thing. It has to move the overall plot forward forward and set up the Grand Finale to come in the next book, but it needs to have its own self-contained plot as well. I'm happy to report that Ms. Hile has managed it deftly in Mercy's Embrace: So Lively a Chase Book 2: Elizabeth Elliot's Story

The primary story here is that "Mr. Gill" (a.k.a. Admiral McGillvary) is furthering his friendship with Elizabeth Elliot, recognizing how strong his feelings for
Claudine DiMuzio / Just Jane 1813
Just finished this book tonight... WOW!! Even better than the first book in this series!! Review & giveaway of Book two coming this week to Just Jane 1813.

Go to for my review & giveaway of Book One. Thank you to all of my Goodreads friends for visiting my review today. I always love reading your comments!!
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
Sheila Majczan
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to 5 stars

This is the second of three and it is definitely not to be read alone.

Elizabeth Elliot and Patrick Gill continue to meet for tea every Tuesday and Thursday but family and acquaintances demand attention for her while disguise and having to remember his role is the part Mr. Gill plays.

Elizabeth is not one of my favorite Jane Austen characters and she is slow to win my regard in these books. I do believe it is mainly because the man she befriends and falls in love with is
Carole (in Canada)
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Austenesque, Romance
Oh my goodness the tension is rising! Not only do we have Elizabeth trying to juggle her suitors, but we have Sir Walter Elliot still refusing to face his financial ruin and making announcements that he has no right to make. Lady Russell has decided to help her long time friend, Sir Walter, and may be regretting those decisions. Mary and Charles Musgrove have arrived back in Bath and we all know how Mary loves to complain. I was also thrilled to see Miss Bingley in Bath as well. Amazingly ...more
Elizabeth Elliot is besieged with problems. Her Papa is hiding out at some mysterious facility and has given up the lease of their house. Now Elizabeth is homeless and forced to live in her sister Anne's home. Not only that but Elizabeth has more suitors than she cares for. Mr. Rushworth's divorce is about to be finalized and he is pressing his suit, her odious cousin is nowhere to be found except to cause gossip and mischief and Sir Henry Farley desires her but has a wife still living. Her only ...more
Jane Greensmith
Mar 18, 2010 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.

Suzan Lauder
Warning: This is not a stand-alone book. It's second in a series of three that can't be read out of order.

I loved this book more than the first. I stayed up late reading it to get to a critical moment, but I wasn't watching the % read on my Kindle, so it was only to get to the cliffie faster than I expected. I thought I was really compelled to read on after the first book, but that doesn't compare to that of this one. Brilliant writing, intertwined action that must have been hard for the author
Kathleen Buckley
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got So Rough a Course, Book 1 of Laura Hile’s trilogy, Mercy’s Embrace: Elizabeth Elliott’s Story for free and liked it so much I immediately bought Books II (So Lively a Chase) and III (The Lady Must Decide). As I read them compulsively, one after another, I’m reviewing them together. The books are reminiscent of Jane Austen’s, and are a good read, even if you aren’t an Austen fan. Her characters think and act like early 19th century English gentry, not like 20th or 21st century people in ...more
Maureen Chritzman
Hard to Put Down

In this second installment of the series, Elizabeth is trying to figure out how to bring about a semblance of independence for herself....but at what price? And what about her growing feelings for Mr. Gill? Lady Russell tries to save Elizabeth's father, and comes up with a rather crazy scheme. Mary and Charles are having problems of their own, leaving the Wentworths stuck trying to keep everything under control. With so many twists and turns, this is a fun, humorous read. Bring
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this Persuasion sequel (Book 2) Elizabeth Elliot's problems continue. Having fallen for poor Patrick Gill can she give up Mr. Rushworth and his fortune even if he is getting a divorce. With Sir Walter's debt mounting what can be done. And what are Lady Russell's plans
A very enjoyable well-written story, I like this Elizabeth in the first Book and I continue to do so. Sir Walter and Mary Musgrove are as annoying as ever.
Anita B
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kerry's Embrace: So Lovely a Chase Book 2: Elizabeth Elliot 's Story

We continue with Elizabeth 's story in her search for a husband while dealing with her father and two sisters. A wonderful Regency Romance!
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Step up!

This book was a way better than the first one!!! For me I felt that the author was talking more about Lady Russell & Sir Walter rather than Miss Elliott & Mr. Gill. My heart is racing!!! I need to know what's going to happen next book here I come!!!
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm loving Elizabeth Elliot's story. Amazing that Hile is turning her into a sympathetic character before my very eyes.
Nely Shih
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marguerite Gray
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I think Elizabeth has a problem solved, another twist arrives. I love this series. Now I have to read Book 3 immediately.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, british, romance
Good followup to the 2nd - really starting to feel for Elizabeth!! Curious to see how it ends.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great continuation to Elizabeth's story, with some Bible verses and Christian themes woven in lightly and naturally.
Aug 30, 2012 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
Jun 25, 2012 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
E. Davidson
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Middle book

The middle book of a trilogy is always a bit disappointing but this time not so much as to prevent me from reading the 3rd. I am particularly disappointed in the characterization of Lady Russell and hope her spirit of independence is reclaimed.
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
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 18, 2009 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
Jun 12, 2012 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 19, 2010 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
Dec 26, 2010 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.
Laura Hile
Apr 09, 2010 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 ...
Robin Helm
Jan 21, 2012 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
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
While parts of this one were really, really rough, I still felt very engaged by the story and the characters, even if the structure and plot started descending into the realms of the "fanficy" by the end. Again, I wish she had a good editor.
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