Traces of Mercy

Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley
(David C. Cook, 2013, 352 pages)

Traces of Mercy by Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley is the first book in the Mercy Medallion Trilogy. The story begins at the very end of the Civil War. A wounded sniper is taken to a doctor’s office in St. Louis, Missouri. The sniper turns out to be a woman who is suffering from amnesia. The woman takes the name “Mercy” because of the mercy medallion found around her neck. The novel follows the story of Mercy and her quest to remember her past.

Traces of Mercy is categorized as historical fiction/romance/Christian. I’m normally more of a mystery reader, but I decided to read this novel because at one time I was a fan of Michael Landon, Jr.’s famous father, Michael Landon. Michael Landon, Jr. and Cindy Kelley do a good job keeping the novel fast-paced. I found it a little too predictable and dramatic, but still well-written.

Although Traces of Mercy is the first book of a trilogy, it can be read as a stand-alone book. However, Mercy’s story is not complete at the end of the book. Since Traces of Mercy is brand new, it will probably be a year before the second book in the trilogy is available. If you want to read Mercy’s complete story, you need to be willing to wait.