Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Lori Copeland
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
“It was only a matter of time before he caught on to the fact that she was posing as a nun, and the knowledge that she’d tricked him could agitate him so that he might leave her by the wayside. Far better to sit still and keep quiet,” Lori Copeland expresses in her book, Sisters of Mercy Flats.
This two hundred and fifty-two page paperback book has a beautiful woman dressed in nineteenth century apparel on the front cover. Targeted toward women who like romantic fiction during the Civil War, the Christian tome has no profanity but there are scenes of war, murder and Indian rituals. Although the title promotes plural sisters, most of the story is about one woman’s plot in life to turn to God and change her wayward lifestyle.
McDougal siblings Ann-Marie, Amelia and Abigail are indeed sisters by blood but lately they have been pretending to be religious sisters in full nun attire as they swindle and scam men for money to split with the orphanage where they were raised.
When the three connivers double-cross a newcomer in the Texan shanty town by selling him cattle owned by someone else, they are sent to jail. En route their wagon is under Indian attack, forcing the women to be separated by being rescued by three men taking them three different directions.
The extremely stubborn, indifferent to men and excellent horsewoman, Abigail, flees with the pathetic, awkward shoe salesman, Hershall E. Digman, as their paths serendipitously cross. Immediately Abigail finds such distaste and abhorrence in the uncoordinated gentleman but must keep her deception in check as the meek, timid and religious nun.
Tired of the salesman’s clumsy antics, she steals his horse and saddlebags to be rid of his stupidity, hoping to meet up with her two sisters at their designated location. But when she looks at the contents of the inept twit’s possessions, she realizes she had been duped by his mannerisms.
Mr. Digman desperately needs the papers in the bag so has to find the schemer quickly. When the odd couple meet again, they not only have to face each other, they have to look inward at their own faults and call on God for grace, mercy and redemption.
As fictional escapism, Copeland writes rapidly and with feeling discussing how Southern people lived and loved during the Civil War. Yet as the story concludes, the reader never knows the outcome of the other two siblings, which, no doubt, may be next in the book’s series.
This book was furnished by Harvest House Publishers for review purposes.
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