A society woman leaves her comfortable lifestyle so that she can help her daughter adjust to the arrival of twin sons in a small town where the courageous doctor teaches her about taking risks.
About the Author
Michelle De Bruin grew up in Southern Iowa and graduated from Eddyville High School. These beautiful memories of childhood spent on her family’s farm are the inspiration to the setting in the books of the Tomorrow series.
After high school, Michelle received an Associate’s Degree in Office Management from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She returned to the family farm and later married Tom De Bruin.
Tom and Michelle and their two teenage sons, Mark and John, live in Pella where Michelle works as the Spiritual Services Facilitator for Christian Opportunity Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and in Religion with a Christian Ministries emphasis from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
In 2015, Michelle began writing and joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) where she discovered that the stories she wrote for fun might actually amount to something. She finished her manuscript for Hope for Tomorrow and eventually found a home for it with a small publisher of Christian fiction.
Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct.
One winner will receive a copy of Coming Home to Mercy (print if US, ebook if outside the US) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends August 25, 2021
The first thing I noticed about Coming Home to Mercy is that the bakery owners written in the book have my name! I have never read the name written in the pages of fiction, as it is relatively rare int he U.S. I was so excited to see it! The baker’s family are mentioned several times in the story line, so it was an extra special treat.
A slow moving Christian fiction tale, the author highlights changes at the turn of the century. The differences between city and country life, the East coast versus more rural communities. The slower pace and family oriented communities are contrasted to high society life. Technological advances are also discussed: airplanes, telephones, cars versus horse drawn buggies. The two main characters are both widowed and neither have plans to re-marry or seek a second relationship. Both have broken hearts which have mended over the years. I wish we knew as readers why they had fallen in love sooner than we did. Their first meeting years ago is vaguely alluded to. I enjoyed the Christian themes as well as the emphasis on taking care of those around you and being humble. The author does a good job fully fleshing out what every day life would have looked like during this time period.The chores, the ironing, laundry, meals, charity work. It reminded me a bit of a cross between historical fiction and Amish fiction. Coming Home to Mercy is a clean read to escape the hustle and bustle of today’s busy culture for a simpler time. Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy as part of the official tour.
Content and trigger warning: clean, gambling, spouse and child loss.