I received my author's copy of For Mercy's Sake. I thought I'd share an excerpt:
“Daniel, are you certain about this?”
He glanced around, brows drawn together. “Is something amiss?”
She hesitated, contemplating the wisdom in giving him a chance to reconsider, then blurted it out before she could change her mind. “Are you certain you’ve thought through the consequences of this day?”
He opened his mouth to speak but Pastor Whipple interrupted him. “Daniel, whenever you’re ready.” The plump clergyman straightened his vest to a dignified angle and walked to the center of the altar. Grandma Pen and Mrs. Whipple took a seat in the front row. In order to keep the gossip hounds at bay, the ceremony would be concluded without the benefit of guests.
Daniel turned back to her. “The only consequence I struggle with is what I will do if I leave here today without you as my bride.” He extended his open hand, full of patience and filled with promise.
Tears burned the edges of her eyes. Blinking them back, she slipped her hand in his. His grip tightened and she followed him toward the cross.
For Mercy's Sake available Sept. 17, 2010