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When a suspicious accident occurs at the Dins Chocolate Factory in Sinclair Kansas in 1904 Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate Oliver Dins heir to the Dins 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


10 thoughts on “Echoes of Mercy

  1. says:

    I picked up this book because 1 it’s by Kim Vogel Sawyer 2 the title is a line from one of my favorite hymns and 3 CHOCOLATE FACTORY Do not read this book if you hate being hungryI loved the relationship between Carrie and her adoptive parents Noble and Annamarie It was beautiful to see how their mercy toward her trickled down and echoed out of her to the orphans she encountered her friend in need of Christ and the child laborers she sought to help I found it a little hard to relate to her sometimes just because she was so “feisty” but her desire to be content with wherever her relationship with Ollie went and to have pure motives spoke to me ; It was also neat to see how she still had areas in her life she needed to turn over to the Lord even though she was a strong ChristianOllie was a sweet character and after reading this I just might be convinced to like the name Oliver XD His hunger to know the Lord and his struggle with prayer were so real At first I didn’t appreciate his strong physical attraction to Carrie but it was neat to see him grow in this area and externals become less of a factor I also felt like his decision to have a chaperone when visiting her at the end showed a change of direction and a desire to be wise and not let himself be as tempted as he was beforeThe social justice issue of child labor laws was very well presented and added an interesting angle to the story without getting preachy Both sides were well presented and I loved seeing how they worked together to do what was best for the children without compromising what they truly believedKesia was a darling Christ filled side character and I enjoyed each of the children but especially Lank ; The providential care of God was sooo evident in the climax And wow that last scene was hilarious XDUnfortunately a point of view character with a very self seeking and dirty mind though his scenes were infreuent and short really somewhat ruined the book for me He was lewd predatory and constantly thinking about taking advantage of women either in the future or in the past Even though the author didn’t get very descriptive of these things I felt dirty reading these parts of the story and while nothing ever happened to the heroine I didn’t like the possibility Just a note in addition to that character there were other mentions of immorality as well as a couple flashbacks to a character’s traumatizing experienceBest uote With a gentle smile Noble placed his thick palm over Caroline’s fists which lay gently balled in her lap “Very simply Caroline you open your fists” he peeled her fingers free of their curl and turned her palms upward—”and you give the worry over to the One who is capable of carrying it”Altogether I enjoyed aspects of this book including the spiritual themes but it is not something I’ll be re reading ;


  2. says:

    As I'd expect from Kim Vogel Sawyer Echoes of Mercy is a sweet romance set in Kansas The year is 1904 and main character Caroline is an advocate for children while she researches whether a co worker's death was accidental or purposeful


  3. says:

    A mystery in a chocolate factory? Bring it on This book wasn't predictable at all and it was definitely interesting with two MCs undercover for separate reasons a nasty factory manager and three waifs needing a home but trying to make it a go alone If you're looking for a heartwarming story that isn't just the same old same old be sure to grab a copy of this one


  4. says:

    The idea of a mystery in a chocolate factory caught my interest right away Add the year 1904 child labor and an undercover investigation plus good reviews and I knew I wanted to read itRight from the start I was pulled into the story of Caroline Oliver Letta and the others I wanted to take Letta and her brothers home with me so the ending was perfect Each character felt real and natural not fake or typicalThe setting was sweet pun intended and I found it interesting to learn a little about a chocolate factoryThere was enough mystery and tension to keep me turning pages but not so much that it caused me to lose sleep I really appreciated how the author wove the Christian aspects of the story into the plot instead of just dumping them in so she could call it Christian There was some charming romance but nothing that made me cringe or roll my eyes overJust a note of warning there is talk of a man taking advantage of women in the factory and hints of him wanting to do it again but nothing is done in the actual story and nothing is actually described


  5. says:

    About this book “Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dins 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 Dins heir to the Dins 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 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?”Series Has a follow up book “Just As I Am” Spiritual Content Romans 1128 in the front; Many Prayers Scriptures are said; Caroline has a strong Faith witnesses to many and Oliver is interested in having a Faith; Many talks about God His Will trusting HimNegative Content Some blood not detailed partsSexual Content Different ladies who work at the Dins Chocolate Factory say the Mr Hightower pinches their bottoms and tries to kiss them; Gordon Mr Hightower hints at “private meetings” with different female workers; One or two not detailed kisses Caroline ”Carrie” Long Oliver “Ollie” MooreDins POV switches between them Gordon Hightower Letta Set in 1904 333 pagesPre Teens Two StarsNew Teens Three StarsHigh School Teens Four StarsMy personal Rating Four StarsI enjoyed this book so very much Not only was it set in one of my favorite eras—it centered around something very close to my heart caring for orphans Caroline has such a compassionate heart and a fire for having every child go to school because of her own childhood BFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this authorI received this book for free from the Publisher for this review


  6. says:

    Kim Vogel Sawyer always writes books that I can't put down and thoroughly enjoy This book is no exception Caroline Lang works as an investigator for the Labor Commission and has gone undercover at Dins's World Famous Chocolate Factory Oliver Dins son of the owner is also undercover at the factory looking for ways to make it better when he takes over for his father Will the twosome help one another or collide over differing opinions on child labor as mysteries bring them together? Sawyer does an excellent job of combining a hint of mystery a touch of romance and spiritual content all within an historical background Caroline's deep concern for child laborers and how it affected them both educationally morally and spiritually made her a much loved character She had such empathy due to her own childhood background I applauded Oliver's desire to make sure that the workers were being treated fairly by his father's company The company manager Gordon was a typical archvillian only after his own selfish desires Lettie Lank and Leslie were perfect heartbreakers and it was so easy to see why all the adults fell in love with them because I did too Another hit by Sawyer which I would recommend to historical fiction readers


  7. says:

    I read this a few years ago and LOVED it so much I still love Ollie and everyone else hahah One of my favorites by Kim Vogel Sawyer


  8. says:

    Ollie Moore the day janitor at Dins’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 Dins son of the owner of the chocolate factor working in disguise to investigate working practices at the factory and the factory manager Gordon HightowerCarrie 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 sinister and with a personal mission to end child labour Carrie is attracted by Ollie but suspects there is 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 uote“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 I highly recommend Echoes of Mercy as a good story with a thought provoking yet unobtrusive themeThanks to Waterbrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books for providing a free ebook for review


  9. says:

    Neither Carrie Lang nor Ollie Moore are who they claim to be Both work undercover in Dins’s World Famous Chocolates Factory but with different motivations When three young children come into some hard times can Carrie and Ollie band together to help them despite their opposing points of view? Or will their façades crack revealing than they’d like to let on? Once the truth comes out will they still be willing to trust each other?Author Kim Vogel Sawyer brings us yet another fabulous story This one Echoes of Mercy—releasing January 21 2014—takes the reader deeper than any of the others I’ve read that she’s written It’s hard to put what I mean into words but all I can say is it edged out my previous favorite Kim Sawyer book My Heart Remembers It was tough to see that one beat—and it was close—but I figured it would happen eventually How could it not with Kim being such a gifted writer?One thing I love about her books is there’s always a message of hope always something to learn This time the line that leapt out at me was something Caroline “Carrie” Lang thought in chapter four “Comfort could lead to carelessness Carelessness could jeopardize the investigation” I don’t think we should get to comfortable in life either If it leads to carelessness that wouldn’t be too great especially in serving God I pray we may all strive to keep ourselves prepared for whatever opportunities the Lord sends our wayThank you Kim for my complimentary copy to review Truly it was a pleasure to read Keep those fabulous stories coming


  10. says:

    35 starsI rounded up but I can’t give this the full 4 stars because I thought the conflict was resolved too simply and much of it happened outside of the novel I also wanted it to end a little differently with Caroline and Oliver adopting the kids instead of Kesia It was a bit odd that Oliver never discussed his relationship with Caroline with his father other than when his father tells him to forget about her I wanted them to have another heart to heart chat about the candy factory and about Oliver’s feelings for Caroline His parents not accepting her was never really addressed However don’t let my complaints lead you to think I didn’t enjoy the book It was really well done The author’s attention to detail reminds me of Elizabeth Camden The historical setting was vivid and seemed well researched The characters in this book were great I liked the character of Caroline especially her passion to help the orphans and to fight for the rights of children She was a strong character who overcame a tragic childhood Oliver was good too Their romance was a little instalovey but definitely not as bad as other books I’ve read Kesia was a sweetheart and I loved the three orphans and how they changed after experiencing love and care Overall I liked the book a lot I’ll probably check out some other books by this author