Hidden Mercies by Serena B. Miller

This review gives more insight than just "it was a good book" or "this is a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.

Claire Shetler is a 44 year old widowed Amish midwife raising six children on her own; two of them are her nieces. Claire is a hard worker and she has passed that quality down to the kids. They all willingly pitch in to make money for the family in their own way. Her oldest son Matthew is now married and lives next door, with his wife Grace and her grandmother Elizabeth. Claire is having trouble accepting the fact that she has an Englisher for a daughter-in-law, especially since Grace wants to continue working as a nurse and not stay at home. It doesn’t seem too difficult to me since Grace saved Claire and her unborn child’s life in the first book of the series, An Uncommom Grace; you can read how Grace and Matthew met that book.

Englisher Tom Miller is a US Marine Captain. He travelled to Mt. Hope, Ohio to make amends to Claire and his own father for the pain he caused them 27 years before. But when he arrives, no one recognizes him since he looks and sounds different due to an injury.

While in Mt. Hope Tom discovers forgiveness from other people and God himself. Tom has to decide if he is going to stay in Mt. Hope or reenlist. Tom can’t be English and be with the woman he loves and he can’t once again be Amish and in the armed forces.

A few subplots are going on in the book. Claire’s twin sister Rose is having problems with her husband. Matthew and Grace are having a difficult time as newlyweds. Also, Tom’s father has failing health. They are all interwoven nicely into Claire and Tom’s storyline.

I first met Claire, Matthew, Grace and Elizabeth in Uncommon Grace. I liked them in that story and I like them even more now that I’ve read Hidden Mercies. I was surprised to learn a few things about Claire that weren’t in the first book of the series. The characters seem like real people that would be nice to have as friends and neighbours.

Serena Miller is an author that can show God’s love for us through the characters in her stories. If you don’t know about God’s forgiveness offered to you before you read Hidden Mercies you will have an understanding after you read the story.

I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.

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