The Road To Mercy by Kathy Harris
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2012)
Tragedy, love, & secrets meet on a journey of faith.
Josh Harrison, a contemporary Christian singer, and his wife Bethany face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth’s carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death even as she’s pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Ben Abrams urges her to terminate the pregnancy to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and decide to carry the baby to full term.
During the next few months, Josh struggles with his faith, Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the relationship of Josh and Beth. They deeply loved each other, but like us, had their moments of conflict. I thought it was a great first novel. It was well written and had an easy flow to the story that kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I loved how dedicated Alex was to Beth, and how Beth’s story tied in with Dr. Abram. Another positive aspect of the book was Beth and Josh’s faith. It was inspiring to read how Josh handled the tough situations concerning his career.
On the down side, I sometimes felt the author went a little overboard with Beth’s personality. At times she seemed…I don’t know exactly how to put it into words, she seemed almost childlike in the things she did and couldn’t do. Even in her condition, she should have been able to do things she struggled with.
My favorite character was Alex. I just loved her for doing all she could to help her friends, and was glad that she finally found what she didn’t even know she was looking for.
I’ll definitely be on the lookout for another book by Kathy Harris!
Meet The Author:
Kathy Harris has worked in the Nashville music industry for more than 30 years. She is a member of NARAS, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the Gospel Music Association. She is also a member of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Women in Christian Media. She regularly hosts music and literary guests on her blog at www.DivineDetour.com. Her debut novel, The Road to Mercy, was released by Abingdon Press on September 1, 2012.