Regaining Mercy ~ Review

Regaining Mercy: Elnora Island
Independence Islands #12
Elnora Island #6
By Carolyn Miller

Mindy Murray can't escape the label that has followed her all her life thanks to her family's less than stellar reputation. Being a single mom and having a short stint on Love at First Glance hasn't helped her image at all. Going on a reality show was only to get money to help care for her son Jon and his needs. But the pious old-timers don't see her as anything more than a trashy tramp and a blight on her late grandmother's reputation. Worse their bullying has cost her her job.

When Dermott Reilly stands up for her, Mindy isn't sure why he would even bother other than the fact that he was friends with her brother. But helping Mindy opens Demott's eyes to just how tough her life is and how much she cares for her son. But Mindy's spiritual state has him wary of pursuing a relationship with her. But when his company needs Mindy's skills with social media for a garden competition he finds himself spending a lot more time with her, getting to know her and Jon better. And the more he learns the more he wants to be part of their life but Mindy finds it hard to believe anyone would want to be a permanent fixture in her life. Her past is proof that she isn't worthy of anyone wanting her in their life and she can't really blame them as she knows where she came from.

Regaining Mercy is a contemporary romance of second chances. There are some misunderstandings that add to Mindy's feelings of unworthiness. But when the storm reaches its climax the reader sees just who Mindy is at her core. Overall this is a well-written story, the characters are well-developed and the perfect weekend island escape. For the most part, this is a feel-good story but like real life, there are ups and downs that must be faced.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:
A mom ready to do anything for her son. 
A man determined to win the woman he loves.

Going on Love at First Glance had seemed like such a good idea. She didn’t care about finding Mr. Right. No, Mindy Murray chose the reality TV show for more mercenary reasons.  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do when it comes to feeding her son.

When Mindy returns to Elnora, the girl from the “wrong side of the island” just wants a chance to rebuild her reputation. Too bad the folks at church don’t practice what the preacher preaches.

Enter Dermott Reilly. The interim boss at Greener Gardens has always had a soft spot for Mindy and her son, but with his new responsibilities, an important garden competition, and a few other concerns, he finds it difficult to prove himself to her.

A tropical storm and a missing child prove that sometimes grace appears in the most unusual ways.

Regaining Mercy concludes the Elnora Island romances of the Independence Islands Series, featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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