Anderson, Brenda S. Song of Mercy. NP: Vivant Press, 2020.
Summary from author’s website
Her insecurity led to shattered relationships and a fractured faith.
Can her newfound confidence restore what was broken?
Popular BE BOLD & SASSI vlogger Stephenie Winter used to be insecure, but that cost her a long-term relationship, her self-respect, and her faith. Since then she’s learned to speak up, no matter the cost. So, when she spots an older man filming children at a playground, she can’t remain silent. What better way to warn the neighborhood than sharing her vlog across social media?
Worship leader Kyle Stevens is starting over. Now a single dad, he reluctantly moves into a twin home owned by his once estranged father. When his dad is accused of stalking local children, Kyle sets out to restore his reputation. He’s shocked to learn that the person responsible for the accusation is none other than his ex-girlfriend, Stephenie Winter, a woman he wronged years ago, sparking his own downward spiral.
Stephenie begins to wonder if she’s made a big mistake, but the vlog has already gone viral, smearing the character of a possibly innocent man. Only by working together can Stephenie and Kyle restore his reputation.
Can they restore their shattered relationship as well?
Readers of Hands of Grace briefly met Stephenie, Daniel’s single sister. Now you get to hear her story.
SONG OF MERCY, Book 12 in The Potter’s House Books Series Two, is an uplifting and inspiring story of hope, redemption and second chances.
Stories of redemption and second chances tend to give the reader hope. Brenda S. Anderson’s new book Songs of Mercy takes an impossible situation and turns it into a redemption story. The book is also about fixing mistakes you have made as well as the dangers of not fact-checking before posting things on social media. She also brings in the dangers of Christians who don’t call fellow Christians to task for un-Biblical behavior. There is so much to like about this book! Anderson does a great job with plot development – readers will stay engaged throughout the story. Her character development is also well done. Stephenie and Kyle both grow throughout the experience which brings them back together as well as closer to God. I don’t know if Anderson has another book about these two planned, but I’d love to read it if she does. Songs of Mercy is book 12 in the Potter’s House Books Series 2, but it is a stand alone novel.
While this is an adult novel and there are 2 unwed pregnancies mentioned in the story, I think Songs of Mercy has a great message for teens on the dangers of social media. I think this clean romance (the pregnancies occur before the story begins)would be an excellent addition to a K-12 Christian school library. It is appropriate for middle school and up.
I am a member of Brenda Anderson’s launch team and received a complimentary copy of Songs of Mercy. This is my honest review.
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