Mercy Flanagan, at the tender age of 20, is wise beyond her years and seemingly very capable as a homemaker and teacher. She credits her older sisters, Grace and Hope, with her preparatory years. She is a survivor of the Whitman mission massacre and tender-hearted toward the plight of the various Indian nations in the Northwest territories. A favor to help family friend Eletta Browning with her difficult pregnancy puts Mercy in the Rouge River Valley. Her counterpart, Adam Browning, is a pastor and social worker for the Indian nations. One-quarter Indian, Adam is afraid to reveal that to Mercy lest she regard him with disdain.
Readers of earlier books in the series will recognize the characters in the Rouge River Valley, including 7 year old Faith Browning.
The story reveals the westward expansion greed of the new United States and how its greed negatively impacted relations with the Indian tribes.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.