Wednesday, October 7, 2009
A Measure of Mercy
Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She had intended to study medicine in Chicago or Grand Forks, but when a disaster wiped out a major portion of her family's income, Astrid stayed home instead, receiving hands-on training from Dr. Elizabeth.
Joshua Landsverk left Blessing two years ago, but he's never forgotten Astrid. Returning to town, he seeks to court her.
Astrid is attracted to him, and when the opportunity unexpectedly opens for her to go to Chicago for medical training, she finds it difficult to leave. Love blossoms through their letters, but upon arriving back home, she makes a heartbreaking discovery. She learns he's left town--again. Believing Joshua no longer loves her, Astrid makes an impetuous, heart-wrenching decision.
Will she regret the choice she's made? Will she have to give up love to pursue her dream?
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Measure of Mercy, go HERE
Book Review: My best friend in Atlanta has one of the strangest reading habits I have ever come across. The first thing she does when she picks up a new book is flip to the back and read the ending. I have always picked on her about it. However, she says there are just a few endings she can't stand and if a book is going to end that way then she isn't going to waste her time reading it. Kind of makes sense when you put it that way, doesn't it?
Why did I mention that? One of the ways for a book to end that drives us both crazy is "to be continued" which is the way this book ended.
This book is a continuation of the story of the people of the town of Blessing. You feel as though you are a member of the Bjorklund family. Their trials, their mountains, their valleys, their victories... you share them too.
I guess what I am saying is this... reading this book was like listening to a wonderful song that left off the last note.