In 1904, Caroline goes undercover in a Kansas chocolate factory to investigate child labor conditions. Meanwhile, the factory's soon-to-be-heir Oliver disguises himself as an employee in order to learn every aspect of the business. Despite their battle of wills, sparks fly between them. But what will happen when their true identities---and motives---are revealed? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
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Review 1 for Echoes of Mercy
Date:April 1, 2014
“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.”
As always, there is more to the book than just the snipet description on the back of the book. Caroline Lang is a young woman who is part of the Labor Commission who goes undercover to research labor in American corporations. When a death of a fellow agent occurs, Caroline is called into investigate, the death and complete the work of the previous agent.
While there, she becomes friends with one of the workers, and befriends a young girl, and encourages her to go to school, rather than work in the factories, because she believes education is much more important.
All in all, I did enjoy the book, although the area where the kids run off I found a bit too much. I understand the purpose in the outcome of the book, but as I read it, I kept wondering…why?
Typically I do not like multiple voices in a book, because I’m always have to look up and make sure I’m reading the correct person. This one actually seemed to flow pretty well, and I didn’t get too confused.
I’d keep this book to reread, if anything, to see the details I missed the first time around in my eagerness to find out the end result of the story.
Note: I was provided with a free paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion by the Blogging For Books review program. I was not further compensated for reviewing this product and all thoughts and sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.
Echoes of Mercy is a Christian romance with intrigue, suspense, and a really nasty villain. Caroline, our heroine, is an undercover agent for the Labor Commission. Her mission is to investigate the mysterious death of a fellow agent at the Dinsmore candy factory. She is distracted from her investigation by the handsome and mysterious janitor, Ollie Moore. She tries to ignore her feelings for him, but he keeps popping up everywhere. Another distraction is the family of orphans that have come to depend on her, and all of her questions and snooping have aroused the suspicions of the slimy factory manager, Gordon.
I thought the main plot of Echoes of Mercy was interesting. Caroline and Ollie had to put their heads together to figure out what had happened to the previous agent. Lots of sparks flew between them, and they had good chemistry. I did feel like there were too many subplots that distracted from the main characters and their budding romance. I also felt like there were too many characters to really get to know any of them very well. I did like the bad guy. He was very creepy.
Overall, this was a fun story that I think fans of Christian romance will enjoy very much. If you like Jannette Oke, or similar authors, you would enjoy Echoes of Mercy.
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for free for the purpose of review.
ECHOES OF MERCY by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another exciting inspirational Historical Fiction set in Sinclair, Kansas. Ms. Sawyer delivers every time wth her thought-provoking tales of romance, love, faith, struggle, healing and forgiveness.
Meet Caroline, Lang, investigator for the Labor Commission, Oliver Dinsmore(Ollie Moore), heir to the Dinsmore Candy Dynasty. Becoming fast friends, both are hiding secrets, and their identities. Caroline is at Dinsmore to investigate the youngest employees,the child workers at the plant, Oliver poses as a common worker, he wishes to learn all he can before he takes over for his father.
ECHOES OF MERCY will not only capture your heart, but will also have you turning pages long into the night as you learn the fate to list cast of characters. Filled with desperation, struggles, secrets, child workers, and the plight of child workers during the 1900's.
Ms. Sawyer is an amazing storyteller whose stories flows seamlessly, are thought provoking and compassionate. A sweet romance! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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 began to see things for himself and not as he has been taught.
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.
Thank you to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Echoes of Mercy takes place in the early 1900′s in Sinclair, Kansas and deals with some pressing issues for its time. Child labor, the discrepancy in pay for women and children compared to men, workplace safety, and the differences that existed between the classes in society.
This was a really enjoyable book. The characters are very well-written and interesting to read about. Ollie and Carrie are attracted to each other, but both are working undercover in the Dinsmore Chocolate Factory and don’t feel that they can fully reveal their true selves to each other. This alone brings a lot of tension to their relationship. Speaking of their relationship, it is a sweet one that develops softly throughout the story, but is fully satisfying in its growth.
I enjoyed the side characters and felt that they were well-written also. I felt intense dislike for the foreman, frustration with Letta and her brothers for some of their actions, and really enjoyed Noble and Annamarie. All of these characters really made for a well rounded story.
The author did a great job making me feel that I was really back in this time, working in the factory. I felt that I could truly “see” it and all of the busyness of the workers shuffling about in their activity. There was a good mystery throughout the book that the heroine was trying to discover the answer to, growth of certain characters as they learned to trust in God, and a satisfying conclusion. A lovely piece of historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
There are so many good things about this book; the story, the characters and the lessons that were taught. Carrie Lang has strong feelings and she’s not afraid to let people know what they are, especially when it comes to children working in factories instead of learning in school. It doesn’t take long for her to butt heads with not only her new boss, but the factory’s newest janitor, Ollie Moore. The chemistry between Carrie and Ollie was fun to watch as they both fight the growing attraction. I think my favorite character, was Keisha, the restaurant owner. She was full of life and was secure in who she was so she wasn’t afraid to call things the way they were.
This is another strong story by an excellent author. The primary storyline is Carries attempt to determine the cause of a co-worker’s death. However, the author weaves not only some romance and suspense into the story but redemption and self worth. I also loved the storyline with Lank, it was a joy to watch where the author took him in this story.
The author not only gives an entertaining story but she gives us good reminders about life and what things are truly important. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book, I was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
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Review 8 for Echoes of Mercy
Date:February 26, 2014
This is the first book i have read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so at first glance I didn't know what to expect, but it was a great book! Excellent plot. Thrilling storyline, an amazing writing style, not to mention great morals! so if you ever have the chance and need something to read. pick up this book, you won't be disappointed.
What could be better than a good book with chocolate? Maybe a book about chocolate!
At Dinsmore’s World Famous Chocolate Factory, everything is not as it seems. The mysterious death of an inspector working undercover. A janitor exploring the business he will inherit from the inside out. A manager set on exploiting the man who took him from nothing and made him something. A young woman, sent to finish the inspector’s job and discover if the accident that killed him was truly an accident who has a heart to see that children go to school instead of spending long hours working. As the worlds of these characters collide, they discover that God’s mercy and justice are ever present.
Kim Vogel Sawyer’s Echoes of Mercy is a very good read and will keep you wondering as to what will happen next. So, grab a box of chocolates and enjoy!
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for this review.
Ollie Moore, the day janitor at Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolate Factor finds himself attracted to the new toter, Carrie Lang. But he knows Carrie isn’t someone his parents will approve of. After all, he’s not really janitor Ollie Moore. He’s Oliver Fulton Dinsmore, son of the owner of the chocolate factor, working in disguise to investigate working practices at the factory, and the factory manager, Gordon Hightower.
Carrie isn’t who she seems, either. She’s an undercover investigator for the Labor Commission, working to ascertain whether the recent death at the factory was an accident or something more sinister, and with a personal mission to end child labour (sorry. New Zealand spelling coming through here). Carrie is attracted by Ollie, but suspects there is more to him than meets the eye—he might look like a common factory worker, but he doesn’t always sound like one.
I have enjoyed the previous books I’ve read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Echoes of Mercy was no different. She combines interesting and likeable characters with a historical romance plot that manages to exceed my expectations in the way she weaves in issues of the day, in this case, child labour. Yet this theme is a natural outflowing of the story and never seems forced, and she gives weight to the arguments both for and against child labour: economic necessity vs. human compassion.
The story also includes a subtle but solid Christian element, best evidenced for me with this quote:
“Jesus tells us in the eleventh chapter of Matthew, verse twenty-eight, ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’. He’ll honor the promise, but you must do your part in laying down the burden.”
We live in a world where so many of us are so very busy, yet we are not always prepared to lay that burden at the cross. Hmm …
Overall, I highly recommend Echoes of Mercy as a good story with a thought-provoking yet unobtrusive theme.
Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books for providing a free ebook for review.
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Review 11 for Echoes of Mercy
A faith-filled adventure
Date:February 22, 2014
Echoes of Mercy is set in 1904 Sinclair, Kansas. Investigator Caroline Lang ua sent to go undercover at the Dinsmore's World-Famous Chocolate Factory to investigate an accident. Oliver Dinsmore who is the factory owner's son, is also undercover in his father’s factory to see how things are run before he takes it over. He goes under the name of Ollie Moore and soon meets up with Carrie Lang and they become friends when trying to find a way to help three needy children. But he has no idea what she is hiding and her true identity. They are both faced with lying to each other about their backgrounds. What will happen to these two when their secrets are revealed? It's a story about truth, lies and secrets. Overall, it was an excellent book and I would recommend it to those who enjoy Christian mystery or romance novels. Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for my free copy which I received in exchange for an honest review.
What a delightful book! My favorite part of it? The setting. A chocolate factory is a primary factor in the story, and let me tell you – chocolate factories are awesome, and this one is no exception. Just reading about it made my mouth water more than once! This was such a sweet story (and not just because of all the chocolate) and it’s sure to touch your heart like it touched mine. Caroline was a heroine to love, and I certainly could identify with her. Ollie too was a dear, quite a lovable hero. My only problem with him was his name: Ollie is Oliver Hardy in Laurel and Hardy to me and I could never quite take this Ollie seriously. ;) The mystery was absolutely awesome and can I just say again – I really loved the setting. This one is staying on my keeper shelf! **Blogging for Books sent me this book in return for my honest review. I wasn’t paid in any other way, nor was I required to post positively. All opinions are my own.**
SUMMARY: Working as an undercover investigator, Caroline Lang secures a position at the Dinsmore’s World Famous Chocolates Factory in Kansas. Much to her surprise, Oliver Dinsmore has the same idea-working as an undercover janitor to monitor the factory which he soon will inherit. Through many unexpected circumstances, orphan children, questioned morals, prayers, and a sheltered heart, Caroline must stay true to her priorities and values while overcoming her own past. “Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed“…
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS: Excited to read Kim Vogel Sawyer’s newest novel, I was not disappointed. With grace and mercy, she weaves an intriguing story line with equally developed characters. Some hard issues were touched upon during the course of the novel but the main character, Caroline, stayed faithful to her values, heart and beliefs. I enjoyed all the twists and turns as well as the subtle humor and genuine hope interspersed. A very well written, well thought-out, and well developed story which I enjoyed to the very end.
RATING: 5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Echoes of Mercy from WaterBrook Press Publishing for my honest review*
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?
As always, Sawyer delivers a story that is all things to everyone; exciting, romantic, suspenseful, heart-stopping, intriguing, and passionate in the cause Caroline and Oliver are trying to fight for. The chocolate factory was amazing to read about; (who doesn't love chocolate?!) and seeing what factories used to be like back in the infancy of mass production was quite educational.
The story moved along at a good pace, and with the backbone of the story being truth, lies, and secrets hidden - and it is a recipe for success. (Slight pun intended here.) Something interesting that caught my eye was the fact that Oliver and Caroline were on opposite sides of what they felt was a moral issue, and how even the strongest objections can be overcome by love. A wonderful novel about doing what's right no matter what the cost.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Echoes of Mercy, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a heart-warming novel addressing a number of issues. From child labor to abuse to adoption, this story set in Sinclair, Kansas in 1904 captures the reader’s attention from the beginning and holds it throughout the book.
Caroline Lang, an investigator for the Labor Commission, obtains a position at Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolates Factory to find the truth regarding the death of another agent. She is adamantly against child labor, insisting that children should attend school instead. Oliver Dinsmore, aka Ollie Moore, is also under cover at the factory, attempting to observe the family business before taking over from his father. When the two are drawn together to aid three children in need, it becomes difficult to hide their identities from each other and the factory manager.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters spoke to my heart, and I found myself turning the next page to discover their fates, not wanting to put the book down. Caroline was determined but a little narrow-minded at times. The children were adorable, and I felt that Kesia added much to the story.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
I am repeating myself when I say that this book is my new favorite of Kim's books. I can claim that I have read each one she has written and also own them. I love Kim's writing and am thrilled to see a small change in her style, adding Historical. I feel that this book is an exceptional example of her writing. I love and have always loved the way Kim describes each scene where the story takes place with such descriptive words. I always feel with her stories that I can walk right into the book and be a part of the story myself. I also love the way she weaves the characters faith or lack of into the story, and to be able to read about these characters growing in faith no matter what goes on in their lives is such an inspiration. Caroline Lang is on her way to the Dinsmoor World Famous Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas to investigate how a man was killed and why there are so many children working there. She just has to get this job, just to be able to be in the factory so she can see what's going on. As she accepts the job she gets drawn into many more people's lives that she ever intended to. Her adventures, if you can call them that because some are dangerous, set in motion events involving Ollie Moore. A man who is infuriating at times and can read her like a book at others. Ollie has his own agenda for being in the factory working close to where Caroline is. One has strong faith, one has almost none. One came from a moneyed family, the other from a life of abandonment and hard labor. Can these two ever see eye to eye, or even be in the same room together? I would greatly recommend this book to all who love Christian Fiction and Kim's writing. If you haven't tried it yet, please do, you will be pleasantly surprised. I received this book from the publisher an author and this is my honest opinion
This book was fantastic. I was hooked from the very first page. Kim Vogel Sawyer is an excellent writer. The plot was fast-paced and exciting. I loved that both Caroline and Oliver were under cover, trying to uncover things at the chocolate factory. I loved that the setting was in chocolate factory, as well. I am a HUGE fan of chocolate, so this book made me crave some! The romance between "Ollie" and "Carrie" was sweet (no pun intended, hehe). It wasn't the main focus of the book, and that was fine. The insights on child labor back in that time period was also interesting.
The author does a wonderful job of creating depth in each character and explaining what has made them the way they are. Caroline Lang (aka Carrie) has gone through a lot in her life. She detests child labor, and for a good reason. Throughout the book, we see her struggling to overcome the emotional turmoil her past wrought on her and we can rejoice with her when she finally does! Oliver Dinsmore (aka Ollie) is the heir to the Dinsmore Chocolate factory. He's lived a live of priviledge and wealth. I love that he was humble enough to go undercover as a janitor to do research that would allow him to be a better owner when he took the reins. Throughout the story, we see his compassion and rejoice with him when he comes to know the Lord on a more personal level.
Here, we come to my favorite part of the story: the message. From overcoming our past and learning to trust in God completely, to the gift of mercy, grace, and salvation, this story has it all. It took me over half of the book to realize the significance of the title Echoes of Mercy. Mercy, by definition, is an act of kindness, compassion, or favor. Throughout the story, we see "echoes" of mercy shown especially to Caroline. Once I realized the significance of the title, I loved it even more!
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program for this review.*
It's another Kim Vogel Sawyer book! Kim's books have become some of my favorites in recent years. I love the 'good friend' type of books she writes. If you're a reader, you know what I mean. Those books that are warm, comfortable, cozy up under a blanket, read-again kind of stories.
Echoes of Mercy was a little different than Kim's norm. Oh, it was still a book that made me feel satisfied and comfortable at the end – but, she wrote a little more suspense into this one. I liked that! And, the chocolate factory setting was just fun and unique!
I haven't watched the show, but Kim had a little 'undercover boss' going on, which I find a fascinating concept (although I was surprised that Gordon wouldn't know the owner's son?)!
Kim's characters are always easy to relate to and love – or not! Kesia was great – loved her! I always enjoy when her type of character is added to a book! The wise, speaks-her-mind-can't-help-but love person! And then there was Mr. Dinsmore. I wanted to like him – well, I did, as he seemed a wonderful father and even a kind man; I guess I was disappointed that he didn't apologize at the end, or at least we weren't told of any change of heart after all that happens.
Still, despite the unsatisfactory conclusion with the senior Dinsmore, Echoes of Mercy was another winner by Kim.
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
One thing that I've come to realize over the past few years is this -- you just can't go wrong with a Kim Vogel Sawyer book! Echoes of Mercy, a compelling story filled with interesting characters, is one more example of that truth.
Carrie, Ollie, Kesia, Noble, Annamarie, and the Holcomb children are all people I came to care about as I read, and they each added their own unique flavor to the story. The faith exhibited by the characters -- some strong and some just in infant stages, the passion for people and for causes, and even the deceit and evil plotting of Gordon Hightower all fit together into a tale that sometimes made me smile and at other times brought tears to my eyes. As usual, Kim brings her story to life and tugs at her readers' hearts.
Echoes of Mercy is a great mix of history, relationship, romance, and faith. Through several of the characters, Kim shares insightful reminders of God's grace and provision. One of my favorite lines in the book was near the end of the story when Noble offered Caroline an answer to her question about how to stop worrying and trust God: "Very simply, Caroline, you open your fists and you give the worry over to the One who is capable of carrying it."
Thanks to Kim Vogel Sawyer for providing me an advanced reading copy of Echoes of Mercy.
Carrie and Ollie are both undercover in the world of Dinsmore's chocolate factory in the mid-west. For different reason, but with the intent of working on behalf of the employees, they each set out to learn what they can about the behind-the-scenes operations of the factory. So much happened in the course of the story! Letta and her two brothers still have an additional story to tell, I think. Carrie and Ollie work on the mystery of the elevator shaft death. And, they undercover a bigger problem in that investigation. My disappointment with any character was Mr. Dinsmore, Sr. (Ollie's dad) who was too much out of touch with plan operations. Carrie and Ollie were great characters with big hearts. It was an enjoyable read that also taught me about factories at the turn of the 20th century. Thanks to Waterbrook Press for supplying me with an advance copy. I provide my own review as I reviewed the story.