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I usually love Christian novels featuring settlers in historical storylines - my all time favourite being Janette Oke's 'Love comes softly' series'. However, I struggled somewhat with this novel's storyline because of the focus on a particularly sad, real historical event which is a feature as it effects the main protagonist and her family. The cover reveals nothing of the devastating traumas experienced by characters - the least of which is the death of an oppressive and unwanted husband who was a means to an end. Yet it is this death which is the trigger for the other travails which beset the small family of the orphaned Grace, Hope and Mercy.