Review: Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer

March 6, 2014

Title: Echoes of Mercy
Author: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Pages: 352
Publication Date: January 21st, 2014

Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.

When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
Kim Vogel Sawyer again offers up a light mystery set in a historical romance. Carrie or Caroline Lang has worked with the Labor Commission for sometime. She prides herself in her investigations skills and is proud of the work she does to help the children in factories. She is a strong believer of education and letting children be children. As a member of the Labor Commission, Carrie goes undercover to factories to see how the conditions are for the people and children working. Ollie Moore, or Oliver Dinsmore is an educated man who wants to see how his father's business runs before he takes over things himself. Knowing he would get special treatment and not see the full picture if he showed up as the heir, disguised himself and started working in his father's candy factory as a janitor. It is here at his father's factory, he runs into Carrie, a girl working as a toter of candy. As he starts to get to know Carrie, he realizes, this girl isn't like most women who work in the factory. She is educated and carries herself with decorum.

As Carrie and Ollie get to know each other, they discover that their ideas on how a company should be run differ greatly and cause strife between them, but when they both set their sights on investigating the manager, Hightower, they see how they can help each other.

In the beginning of the 1900's, it was tough to be a kid. I cringe a little when I read a story of a child having to work at such a young age. I had to cheer on Carrie and her desire to help kids and see that they get an education. Carrie had a good heart and wasn't timid when it came to fighting for the little guy. Ollie grew on me in the story. As he began to see things for himself and not as he has been taught, his ideas started to shift.

I felt the story get a little side tracked when Carrie is introduced to and then volunteered to care for three siblings. The story veered more toward their lives and how to help them, but in the end, the kids had a part that was important to the story.

It was sweet story.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
Kim Vogel Sawyer is a best-selling author highly acclaimed for her gentle stories of hope. More than one million copies of her books are currently in print with awards including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas, where she and her retired military husband, Don, run a bed-and-breakfast inn with the help of their feline companions. She savors time with her daughters and grandchildren.

You can check out Kim's website at .

Thank you to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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