Stealing Mercy

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The night before the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, flames spark between Mercy Faye and Trent Michaels, leaving the life they know and the city they love in ashes. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781466015173
About Kristy Tate

Dr. Seuss was my first love. When my mom left me in the children’s section of the library I’d find Horton and the Cat. My mom hated the good doctor and refused to checkout his books. He was my secret, guilty pleasure. Eventually, I read about Narnia, Oz and Green Gables.

When my mom grew too sick to visit the library, a friend brought her a stash of romances which she kept in a big box beside her bed. Weekly, this good friend replenished the box. My mom didn’t know I read her books; it was like the Seuss affair, only sexier. Reading became my escape from a horrific and scary situation. Immersed in a story, I didn’t have to think about the life and death drama taking place on the other side of my bedroom wall. Books were my hallucinogenic drug of choice. In college, I studied literature and fell in love with Elliot, Willa and too many others to mention. (This had no similarity to my dating life.)

I’m no longer a child living with a grieving father and a dying mother, nor am I the co-ed in search of something or someone real, nonfictional. I’m an adult blessed with an abundance of love. I love my Heavenly Father and His son, my husband and family, my dog, my friends, my neighbors, my writing group, the birds outside my window.

Because I’m a writer, I also love my characters. I adore their pluck, courage and mettle. I admire the way they face and overcome hardships. But, as in any romance, I sometimes I get angry with them and think that they are too stupid to live. At those times, I have to remind myself that they live only in my imagination, unless I share. Writing for me is all about sharing--giving back to the world that has so generously shared with me-- because I learned a long time ago that the world is full of life and death dramas. Sometimes we need a story to help us escape.

And we need as much love as we can find. That’s why I write romance.

I have won awards and contests, but since one disgruntled critic once told me, "If you're as good a writer as you think you are, you should show us, not tell us," I no longer trot out my winnings. In the world of storytelling, they don't really matter.

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Review by: Kathy Sattem Rygg on Feb. 23, 2012 :
"Stealing Mercy" has a creative, intriguing story premise and the beginning captured and held my attention. I enjoyed reading the tale unfold from two different points of view, both Mercy and Trent. However, I didn't think the present-day story was necessary; Mercy's story held up nicely on its own. I was glad Mercy and Trent found their happy ending, but felt it was a little abrupt (and whatever happened to the missing girls?) On a side note, I downloaded the kindle file and there were a large number of missing words throughout the text. Unfortunately, it was very distracting to read. I'm assuming it was a result of formatting and not editorial errors. Overall, I enjoyed "Stealing Mercy" and even read the excerpt attached for "The Ghost of a Chance" which also captured my attention (great job on these opening chapters!)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna K. Weaver on Jan. 20, 2012 :
I really enjoyed the quirky characters in "Stealing Mercy". Mercy was nothing if not determined, and she wasn't about to let anything stand in her way. Since I tend to be rather independent myself, I could relate to her desire to do it all herself.

And poor Trent. He doesn't really know what hits him from the first time he see her in her breeches and knows she's female. She intrigues him, frustrates him with her willfulness and unwillingness to trust him, and she brings out his protectiveness.

The modern-day story that woven in between captivated me. I loved the telling of two stories in two different times, and I'm thrilled to hear the modern story will get more time in Kristy's next book.

Can't wait.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dolores A McCabe on Dec. 13, 2011 :
Book Review STEALING MERCY by Kristy Tate' reviewed by Dolores A McCabe

STEALING MERCY opens with a gripping hook. Mercy is a talented young baker in Victorian England. She is being stalked by the mysterious and sinister Mr. Steele. He breaks into her apartment, murder his intention, and Mercy strikes him with a poker. Not sure whether he was alive or dead, she fled to America, to Seattle, to be exact, where she has relatives. In a short time she meets Trent Michaels and finds herself very attracted to him. However, Mr. Steele is very much alive and reappears in Seattle with his henchmen and a mysterious interest in Lucky Island, a gambling and prostitution retreat where women simply vanish and are never seen again.

Mercy must pursue this mystery and find a lost relative who may be in Mr. Steele's clutches. Will Trent understand and help her? Or will Mr. Steele succeed in "Stealing Mercy?"

This story has a lot of promise. There are some delightful characters and some very sinister ones. The author has a gift for drawing them with quick sketches. I had a little difficulty following the action because the settings were a bit too sparse. More background filler about each character would help, also, in seeing how everyone fits into each others' lives.

Notwithstanding, STEALING MERCY is a fast read and an enjoyable one. We hope to see more from this author as she develops her craft.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dolores A McCabe on Dec. 13, 2011 :
Book Review STEALING MERCY by Kristy Tate' reviewed by Dolores A McCabe

STEALING MERCY opens with a gripping hook. Mercy is a talented young baker in Victorian England. She is being stalked by the mysterious and sinister Mr. Steele. He breaks into her apartment, murder his intention, and Mercy strikes him with a poker. Not sure whether he was alive or dead, she fled to America, to Seattle, to be exact, where she has relatives. In a short time she meets Trent Michaels and finds herself very attracted to him. However, Mr. Steele is very much alive and reappears in Seattle with his henchmen and a mysterious interest in Lucky Island, a gambling and prostitution retreat where women simply vanish and are never seen again.

Mercy must pursue this mystery and find a lost relative who may be in Mr. Steele's clutches. Will Trent understand and help her? Or will Mr. Steele succeed in "Stealing Mercy?"

This story has a lot of promise. There are some delightful characters and some very sinister ones. The author has a gift for drawing them with quick sketches. I had a little difficulty following the action because the settings were a bit too sparse. More background filler about each character would help, also, in seeing how everyone fits into each others' lives.

Notwithstanding, STEALING MERCY is a fast read and an enjoyable one. We hope to see more from this author as she develops her craft.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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