Echoes of Mercy
By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
(From Back cover)
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?
Caroline Lang loves a challenge and I love a book with a strong woman character that you can admire. Caroline was an undercover agent at a chocolate factory, based on historical pictures and stories that the author found and it sparked an idea. I found the history of it fascinating. The child labor laws would have been something I would have had a hard time with as well, and could sympathize on both sides. Oliver, as an undercover worker of another kind, was someone that you could not help, but like.
They both had strong reasons for doing what they were doing. Entwined in it all, was a great message about when you want to help someone, make sure you are helping the right person. They helped many people in this book, but also, there were people that took advantage of kindness as well.
I found the writing style engaging and while it was nothing incredible, it was a book that I enjoyed, laying in the sunshine and relaxing while I was many years back, in a chocolate factory. The cover of this book also is amazing. It has a lot of detail to it, that is just really pretty.
I received this book for review from Blogging for Books. The opinions found therein are my own.