Thursday, August 19, 2021

Review and Giveaway: Coming Home to Mercy by Michelle De Bruin


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Coming Home to Mercy
(Coming Home Series #1)
By Michelle De Bruin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 251 Pages
August 17, 2021 by Scrivenings Press LLC

A society woman leaves her comfortable lifestyle so that she can help her daughter adjust to the arrival of twin sons in a small town where the courageous doctor teaches her about taking risks.
Wealthy and sociable Margaret Millerson has always thought of her brother’s Chicago mansion as her home. But when she receives the telephone call that her daughter has given birth to twins three weeks ahead of the expected due date, Margaret must leave her comfortable home, her family, and her friends to travel out of state. While she is helping her daughter care for the infants, Margaret becomes reacquainted with the town’s doctor, Matthew Kaldenberg.
Dr. Matthew Kaldenberg stays busy caring for the health of the citizens of his small town. His profession offers him daily practice in defeating death, his greatest enemy. During the twenty years since losing his own wife and baby in childbirth, Matthew has saved his money for the purchase of a flying machine. But when Matthew takes Margaret for flights on his biplane, he learns that his dreams of rising above the griefs and losses of his past come with a cost. He doesn’t want to lose the trust of the people he cares about most, or the chance at a relationship with Margaret.
Both Matthew and Margaret must make difficult decisions to hold on to the love they have discovered. Will Matthew’s heart recover from sorrow? Will Margaret find her true home?

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My Thoughts:

Coming Home to Mercy is a delightful start to author De Bruin's continuation of the Millerson family. This time it is Margaret, Karen's, mom who gets to find love and hope of a new beginning. 

Karen and Logan have just had their twins and they are overwhelmed with their care and just life in general. Margaret travels to their home to stay for a short time to help her daughter and son-in-law always expecting to go back to her life in Chicago. However, things begin to change and one of them is the distinguished Dr. Matthew Kaldenberg.

Both Margaret and Matthew have had sorrow in their first marriages and have moved on. Matthew became a doctor to help others escape the sorrow he endured as much as he could. And Margaret moved on to a much more independent life where she made her own decisions and could be a part of society as much as she wanted. Also living in her brother's mansion gave her more freedom to live as a society lady should. But was she truly free and living the life she wanted?

That is why Matthew is so appealing to her and she to Matthew. But are they both just to settled in their lives to change? They are also living in a time when the world has one foot in the past and one in the future. While the horse and buggy is still dependable transport, cars and now even bi-planes are becoming much more common. 

I completely understood Margaret's dilemma. As you get older sometimes you don't always see the opportunities that are still abounding around you. You become settled and just choose the comfortable and familiar over the new and different. And as Margaret finds out, a little bit dangerous too.

I enjoyed seeing Margaret get her own story amidst the changes that was going on in 1913 and showing sometimes change is good for the soul.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Michelle De Bruin grew up in Southern Iowa and graduated from Eddyville High School. These beautiful memories of childhood spent on her family’s farm are the inspiration to the setting in the books of the Tomorrow series.

After high school, Michelle received an Associate’s Degree in Office Management from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She returned to the family farm and later married Tom De Bruin.

Tom and Michelle and their two teenage sons, Mark and John, live in Pella where Michelle works as the Spiritual Services Facilitator for Christian Opportunity Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and in Religion with a Christian Ministries emphasis from Central College in Pella, Iowa.

In 2015, Michelle began writing and joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) where she discovered that the stories she wrote for fun might actually amount to something. She finished her manuscript for Hope for Tomorrow and eventually found a home for it with a small publisher of Christian fiction.

Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct.

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One winner will receive a copy of Coming Home to Mercy (print if US, ebook if outside the US) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)

Ends August 25, 2021

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