Friday, October 5, 2012

The Road to Mercy by Kathy Harris (Review & Giveaway)

Tragedy, love, & secrets meet on a journey of faith.

Josh Harrison, a contemporary Christian singer, and his wife Bethany face a difficult decision that also tests their faith. A rupture in Beth's carotid artery leaves her on the brink of death even as she's pregnant with their first child. While Dr. Ben Abrams urges her to terminate the pregnancy to save her own life, she and Josh step out on faith and decide to carry the baby to full term.

During the next few months, Josh struggles with his faith, Beth hides a secret that may destroy their marriage. She also discovers a decades-old connection to Dr. Abrams that could change his life forever.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:1 star1 star1 star

First off, let me say contemporary fiction is not one of my favorite genres. However, this book sounded intriguing to me, so I decided to read it.

The Road to Mercy was good not great. While reading the book it kept my attention, but when I had to set it down I didn't want to rush back to it. The story was at times predictable and the ending left much to be desired, but overall, I think it is a nice debut novel.

Even though this book didn't wow me, if the synopsis sounds like something you would enjoy, I think you should give it a try.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (September 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426741936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426741937
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Available to purchase at: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble/ Christian Book

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to work with a well-known gospel music quartet. A few months later, The Oak Ridge Boys began their transition into country music, and Kathy had the opportunity to help build an entertainment empire from the ground up.

She worked her way to becoming a member of the Operations Management Team, eventually heading up the company’s public relations and marketing department. A lifelong fascination for books and editing led to her working as a book agent for Oak Ridge Boys’ vocalist Joe Bonsall. Joe, subsequently, published three books, including his bestselling inspirational biography, G.I. Joe & Lillie.

For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote (as well as ghost wrote) news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That fall, one of her devotions was included in The One Year Life Verse Devotional, published by Tyndale House. Kathy’s writing is also included in Chicken Soup for the Soul Thanks, Mom.

An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the publicity officer for Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kathy lives near Nashville with her husband and their two Shiloh Shepherd dogs. She regularly interviews literary and music guests on her blog at

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  1. This sounds like an emotional story which is why I want to read it. Even if some parts are predictable I won't mind too much as long I can connect with the characters. Thanks for the review!

  2. Hi Cathy! I am wondering what was your inspiration for this book?

  3. I'm curious to learn what the connection is between Beth and Dr. Abrams. I'll have to read the book to find out! :)


  4. Very nice review. The premise sounds interesting.