Lori Benton’s books are not to be missed. Seriously. Each one has earned a place on my keeper shelf and spins a tale I can’t forget. The King’s Mercy has it all… romance, suspense, adventure, faith. The strong (and TALL) hero and kindhearted heroine invite us into their world. They’re not perfect and learn a great deal throughout the story, but they are passionate, dedicated people.
I think Alex was my favorite. He went through so much and yet never lost his sensitivity toward others. He’s strong and kind. A hero from the heart. And watching him grow and become a man after the Lord was a beautiful thing.
The settings came alive for me as I read and the historical details sharpened the story at every turn. I’ll warn you, the villain is a dark one, especially near the end, but that really brought out the heroism in the others and kept me turning the pages.
Secondary characters were just as strong and added their own unique layers to the story. I’m always impressed by this author’s talent and wasn’t quite ready to leave the tale behind. Can’t wait for the next book!
About the Book
When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy–transport across the Atlantic Ocean and exile to the colony of North Carolina–he’s indentured as a blacksmith to Edmund Carey, prosperous owner of Severn Plantation. The arrangement devastates the Scot who mourns the life he lost and finds life on a slave plantation intolerable. Unwittingly, Alex is drawn into the plight of Carey’s slaves, particularly those connected to Carey’s stepdaughter, Joanna.
A mistress longing for a different life, Joanna Carey is expected to wed the plantation’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, who has no patience for her kinder vision for Severn’s future. For guidance, Joanna relies on itinerant minister Reverend Pauling, who travels to the plantation seasonally, bringing the gospel to all with ears to listen.
Despite his growing bond with Joanna, Alex longs to break the chains of servitude and forge his freedom, until he’s face with the choice that hounds him: continue down his destructive, rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no earthly power can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender and perhaps Alex’s very life.
About the Author
Lori Benton was raised in Maryland, with southern Virginia and Appalachian frontier roots going back to the 1600s. Her award-winning novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she expertly brings to life the colonial and early federal periods of American history. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards; ECPA Book Award finalist The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn; Christy finalists Many Sparrows (winner of the 2018 Inspy Award) and The Wood’s Edge; A Flight of Arrows; and The King’s Mercy. She is most at home surrounded by mountains, currently those of Oregon.