Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?
After completing an investigation for the Labor Commission, all Caroline wants to do is take a promise week off. But a fellow investigator has been killed while on assignment, and Caroline’s supervisor isn’t so sure it was an accident. The factory where the man died has one opening, and it’s for a woman. Caroline must go undercover, but she isn’t the only one there pretending to be someone else. Oliver, the owner’s son, is learning how the factory runs from the ground up. Both Caroline and Oliver aren’t shy about asking questions, which brings them to the attention of the factory’s manager. Gordon Hightower is highly trusted by Oliver’s father, but is he abusing that trust?
Kim Vogel Sawyer has created a thought-provoking plot that takes on the debates of education versus employment and greed versus grace. Two of the main characters come from similar disadvantaged backgrounds, but have very different outlooks on life. One wants to pass on the mercy they received while the other believes the world owes them everything. Minor characters show varying degrees of these attitudes. It is easy to fall in love with the three children in the story, whose futures are at the mercy of those different opinions. Sawyer draws you into their plight and it was their storyline I enjoyed most. It would have been fascinating to look in on them several years later and see how their lives had developed.
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program for my free copy of Echoes of Mercy, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 21 January 2014
Page Count: 352