Echoes of Mercy, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a heart-warming novel addressing a number of issues. From child labor to abuse to adoption, this story set in Sinclair, Kansas in 1904 captures the reader’s attention from the beginning and holds it throughout the book.
Caroline Lang, an investigator for the Labor Commission, obtains a position at Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolates Factory to find the truth regarding the death of another agent. She is adamantly against child labor, insisting that children should attend school instead. Oliver Dinsmore, aka Ollie Moore, is also under cover at the factory, attempting to observe the family business before taking over from his father. When the two are drawn together to aid three children in need, it becomes difficult to hide their identities from each other and the factory manager.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters spoke to my heart, and I found myself turning the next page to discover their fates, not wanting to put the book down. Caroline was determined but a little narrow-minded at times. The children were adorable, and I felt that Kesia added much to the story.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction.
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