By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Caroline (Carrie) Lang is haunted by her past and she's determined to see other children avoid the future that would have been hers if not for the kindness of others. And Dinsmore Chocolate Factory is the next stop in her work as an investigator for the Labor Commission. A suspicious death and possible child labor violations are on her agenda, but she may get more than she bargained for.
Ollie Moore, aka Oliver Dinsmore, is working undercover in his father's factory. He's determined to truly understand the factory's workings before he takes over from his father. Working as a common laborer gives him a unique perspective and does nothing to raise his opinion of Gordon Hightower, factory manager.
All too soon Carrie and Ollie raise the other's suspicions as to whom they are and what their motives are in the deception they are playing. But when three children are in need they form a tentative alliance to help these children who are in great need. But this brings to light Ollie's need - a spiritual need that Carrie is determined to help him with. But can a "NO" to prayer keep him from a relationship with God?
Echoes of Mercy is a historical novel set in 1904 Kansas. This story deals with the unfair labor practices of the day and the labor that children were forced to do just to help their families survive. Education was a luxury that few could benefit from and this takes an honest look at what went into making education a privilege that all could benefit from.
I liked getting a glimpse into the turn of the century world of factories. It is interesting to see the world as my great-grandparents would have experienced it. Especially in light of knowing that my great-grandfather only had a third grade education. Take a step into the past with Echoes of Mercy.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
About This Book
Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?