Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Evidence of Mercy {Sun Coast Chronicles} by Terri Blackstock

Book Description: 
The plane crash nearly ended Lynda’s life. Was it an accident or sabotage? Lynda Barrett, a young lawyer, hates to sell her plane, but she can no longer afford to keep it. Enter Jake Stevens: wealthy, arrogant, and interested in buying Lynda’s beloved Piper. Together, he and Lynda embark on a test flight that ends in disaster--hurling them into a terrifying sequence of events. One thing becomes clear: Someone is out to get Lynda . . . someone who will not be satisfied until she is dead. This riveting novel takes the reader on a suspense-filled flight into a world where the dark side of human nature meets with a higher power . . . where love finds root in the midst of hatred’s savagery . . . and where terrifying and uncontrollable circumstances become the unlikely catalysts for forgiveness and faith.
My Review:
Reading books by Terri Blackstock is like eating your favorite meal.  You know there will be a little bit of everything you like!
Evidence of Mercy is all about the mercy of God and how He loves us too much to leave us in our sin.
Lynda Barrett is a somewhat.self.absorbed lawyer with her only "friend" being her secretary.  But she loves her small plane,Solitude.  Now with her dearly departed father's debts hanging over her like a leech that won't let go, she decides that Solitude must be sold.
Jake Stevens is a totally.attidtude.is.all.about.me type of guy.  He decides that he wants to buy Lynda's Piper, Solitude.  He and Lynda meet to discuss the terms of the sale and to test fly Solitude.
This is where the mystery, suspense and mercy begin.
Lynda can't stand Jake's attitude and Jake can't tolerate Lynda so not a great beginning.  However, while in the air Jake and Lynda must learn to survive together.
A great read with a lot of suspense and some romance mixed together to create a grand story!
*This book was provided for review by Zondervan*
About the Author:

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual "new kid," her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.
In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they're not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.
In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham's readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she's written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.
Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives. Her recent book, Predator, was inspired by her experiences on Facebook and Twitter, and her concern that people posted too much personal information about themselves. The book deals with an online predator who uses social networks as his playground. She hopes the book will change readers' online habits. Her New York Times best-seller, Intervention, was inspired by her own personal struggles with a daughter on drugs. In the book, a mother hires an interventionist for her drug-addicted daughter. But on the way to treatment, the interventionist is murdered, and the daughter disappears. Barbara, the mother, sets out to search for her daughter. Terri modeled Barbara after herself, and poured many of her own emotions and experiences into that character. As a result, many families experiencing drug addiction have written to thank her for telling their story and giving them hope. Vicious Cycle, Book Two of the Intervention Series, releases February 22, 2011. She's currently working on Book Three.
Other recent books include a stand-alone novel called Double Minds, as well as Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn's Light (from her acclaimed Restoration Series). She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 Series and Cape Refuge Series. Terri makes her home in Mississippi, where she and her husband Ken are enjoying their empty nest after raising three children.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as "The 700 Club" and "Home Life," and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

1 comment:

  1. I have to admit that the first book I read by Terri Blackstock I didn't enjoy (Double Minds) and thought that was the end of my reading for books by her. But then you posted Predator, which I really enjoyed, since then I've read the Intercession series enjoying them also. I'm looking forward to reading Evidence of Mercy too.

    Also I gave my mom the Intercession series to read and she liked them too. I took her to Barnes and Noble to pick out some books when I visited her during Mother's Day and two of the books she picked were by Terri Blackstock. I'll borrow them from her someday.