cover image Endless Mercy

Endless Mercy

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. Bethany House, $15.99 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-7642-3250-3

Peterson and Woodhouse continue their Treasures of Nome series (following Forever Hidden), set in 1904 rural Alaska, with the moving story of musician Maddy Powell. Maddy is grieving the recent loss of her mother when her presumed-dead father shows up in Nome, complete with a second family. As she and her sisters struggle to process conflicting feelings, Maddy enjoys the attention and gifts of circus owner Buddy Merrick and becomes tempted to abandon her sheep farm to become a performer in his traveling circus. But is he sincere or just looking to use her? Then Maddy meets Daniel, the grandson of her mentor, Granny Beaufort, who has returned to Nome after fruitless years spent searching for gold in the Yukon. Daniel befriends Maddy but has turned his back on God. Through their friendship, both learn to trust God and discover peace and love. Peterson and Woodhouse do an excellent job of creating heroes and heroines to root for, as well as evil con men Maddy meets through the circus. This is an exciting and thoughtful portrait of family and faith on the frontier. [em](Jan.) [/em]