Mercy's Embrace: The Lady Must Decide by Laura Hile
Author: Laura Hile
Publisher: Wytherngate Press
Publication Date: June 4, 2010
paperback, 208 pages
ISBN-10: 0-97288529-9-9, -13:978-0-9728529-9-9
As the news of Elizabeth Elliot's broken engagement becomes known, the storm of social disapproval descends and Elizabeth is left to wonder how she, with every claim to birth and beauty, has made such a muddle of her life. Even worse, why has dear Mr Gill suddenly become so distant? Patrick Gill has dropped many a hint that he is not the lowly clerk he has pretended to be, but Elizabeth Elliot will have none of it. His playful jest has gone too far, for him as well as for her. But her father has fled from his creditors, leaving her in disgrace. Now "Mr Gill" must force a meeting between Elizabeth and the man he truly is--Admiral McGillvary, a man she claims to despise.
Have I mentioned how much I have enjoyed this series? This is third book in Laura Hiles's Mercy's Embrace Trilogy. In case you missed the first two books, they are: Book One: So Rough A Course (click here for my review) and Book Two: So Lively A Chase (click here for my review) . I liked the way this novel is presented in three parts. It's reminiscent of how some books were printed in the regency era. This book, The Lady Must Decide, picks up where book two left off, in Patrick McGillvary's office. I was very anxious about this moment. It's true! I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Elizabeth's reaction was going to be. Don't worry, I am not going to spoil it for you. I want you to enjoy it as much as I did. Elizabeth has been given many unpleasant and unflattering offers and must decide the best course of action to take. So many of Elizabeth's decisions are influenced by what society dictates. She want a comfortable home so she has to marry and marry well. She can't make a living for herself and does not wish to be a burden on her family. I have to say I am glad to be living in a time where I can make my own choices. I also liked the side stories that are going on with the other characters. They are as entertaining as Elizabeth's story and these books would not be complete without them. Laura Hile has given a wonderful voice to Elizabeth Elliot. I really think Jane Austen would be pleased with this series. I am so glad that I read these books. I no longer dislike Elizabeth Elliot thanks to Laura Hile.
*picture and summary taken from goodreads
*The Mercy's Embrace Trilogy was provided to me by Wytherngate Press for review purposes. My thanks to Pamela Morgan and Laura Hile for my copy.