Thursday, August 9, 2012

House of Mercy



When Beth’s world falls apart, can she ever be whole again?

Beth has a gift of healing—which is why she wants to become a vet and help her family run their fifth-generation cattle ranch. Her father’s dream of helping men in trouble and giving them a second chance is her dream too. But it only takes one foolish decision for Beth to destroy it all.

Beth scrambles to redeem her mistake, pleading with God for help, even as a mystery complicates her life. The repercussions grow more unbearable—a lawsuit, a death, a divided family, and the looming loss of everything she cares about. Beth’s only hope is to find the grandfather she never knew and beg for his help. Confused, grieving, and determined to make amends, she embarks on a horseback journey across the mountains, guided by a wild, unpredictable wolf who may or may not be real.

Set in the stunningly rugged terrain of Southern Colorado, House of Mercy follows Beth through the valley of the shadow of death into the unfathomable miracles of God’s goodness and mercy.

My Review:

I was a reluctant reader when I started this fact I confess that I put it down twice and read something else before picking it up again. Now, that's not because the writing was terrible or the characters shallow or anything technical like that. It's because Beth does something really, really, really...sigh...I hate to use the word the very first chapter and I cringed every time I delved in. Of course the whole book is about mercy and Beth's journey towards finding it and extending it but was a tough start for this reader who has a sensitive spot for animals...and fictional heroines...and well, my poor little heart just about leapt out of my body and onto the page and left me gasping for my literary equilibrium. :-)

However, House of Mercy was so intriguing and Healy writes so well that she kept luring me back and I started reading with hesitant little spurts which quickly stretched into marathons as I fairly tripped over the words on each page in my haste to get to the end...which came all too quickly for my liking. (And yes I know that makes me a contrary reader!)

I'm not even sure how to categorize this book. Deeply spiritual for sure, but somewhat fantastical -- dare I say mystical -- as well. The beginning emotional punch spirals tighter and tighter until scene after scene exploded in my mind leaving a myriad of impressions. Incredible plot twists, real (and flawed) characters and complex relationships have left a lasting impression. A satisfying, stirring read that has renewed my hope in mercy.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of House of Mercy, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 19 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Sounds good! Please enter me in the giveaway!


  2. I have really enjoyed the books I have read thus far by Erin Healy! I would love to win this one!


  3. Oh wow! Sounds great. It seems like maybe the author intended it to illustrate part of Psalm 23--good idea!

  4. Now you have me wonderfing what Beth did! And I hope she does redeem herself in the story. I'm glad it was intriguing enough to get you back to reading it.


  5. Yes, Kav, your reviews are incredible teasers for the novel. i will be like you, i am sure, hesitant to read it and yet impelled to! This sounds awesome, and thanks for the review and opportunity to win!


  6. i love erin's novels...thanks for the chance to read her latest one, kav.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  7. Good luck everyone! This was my first Erin Healy book but it definitely won't be my last!!!

  8. This book sounds so good. I would love to win a copy of it. I don't believe I have read any of Erin's books yet.


  9. This sounds like an intriguing book, one that is out of the ordinary. Please enter me in the drawing for a copy of House of Mercy.


  10. Thank you for the Review, the Book sounds like it is a good read. Please add me to your Giveaway.


  11. Your review really makes me want to read it. Thanks for the warning about the start. The ending makes me very curious!

  12. Erin is another new to me author and you have me curious what is going on here. Please enter me in the giveaway!


  13. Have not read this author before. Sounds good and the cover looks great. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  14. The cover does have an air of mystery about it, doesn't it? I think that's what appealed to me. Good luck Amy!

  15. This looks really good and your review was great! Thanks for entering me in the drawing. :)