The Edge of Mercy by Heidi Chiavaroli
I just finished reading this incredible story and decided to quickly jot down a review before I forget what really touched me.
First, I have to make a confession…this is my first Heidi Chiavaroli book that I’ve read….yes, I actually have two others by this same author sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be read…but I’ve yet to read them. Somehow, they’ve been waiting on me. (you better believe me when I say this–I am now a fan of Ms. Chiavaroli’s…and will definitely be reading any and every other book she writes!) This story is absolutely phenomenal and life-changing!
I had an obligation to get a review posted for this book by a certain date, so wanted to go ahead and get it read.
I am SO, so glad I did! This story is heart-wrenching in it’s honesty. It had me all twisted in knots, and felt like my insides were hanging out…so much realness here.
If you are married and have experienced any conflict in your marriage (I’m pretty sure, if we’re honest…we all have–marriage, while extremely rewarding, is also very hard at times!).
This book touches on marital difficulties. Relationship issues. Unfaithfulness….divorce is hinted at.
The main character, Sarah, well, she is such a real person. I could so very easily relate to her and the struggles she was facing.
I cried with her when her husband brought her divorce papers. I ached for her as she faced the very real possibility that her marriage of over 17 years was over.
And then…well, this story is full of unseens. Corners, twists, turns, and you never know just quite what to expect.
God shows up in a big way. Hope, forgiveness, love even when it feels impossible…and that’s only scratching the surface.
There is also a time slip story included. Bits and pieces of a young lady’s diary, her encounter with Native Americans, a story of grace, forgiveness, and so much more.
I really loved this story and will not soon forget it.
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Here is the story synopsis:
Two women, three hundred years apart, must face the devastation of all they hold dear…
Suspecting her husband is having an affair, Sarah Rodrigues fights to appear unbroken while attempting to salvage her family. Though distracted by her own troubles, Sarah is summoned to an elderly friend’s deathbed for an unusual request—find a long-lost daughter and relay a centuries-old family story.
Determined not to fail her friend, Sarah pieces together the story of her neighbor’s ancestor, Elizabeth Baker, a young colonist forced into an unwanted betrothal but drawn to a man forbidden by society.
While Sarah’s family teeters on the edge of collapse, her world is further shaken by the interest of a caring doctor and a terrible accident that threatens a life more precious than her own.
Inspired by the unconditional love she uncovers in Elizabeth’s story, Sarah strives to forgive those who’ve wounded her soul. But when light shines on the dark secrets of her neighbor’s past and the full extent of her husband’s sins, will looking to a power greater than herself rekindle lost hope?