Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour and Review: Faithful Heart by Al Lacy

Faithful Heart (Angel of Mercy Series, Book 2)
by Al Lacy
Copyright 1995, 2010
Multnomah Publishers
304 pages
ISBN: 9780307458759
Historical Fiction

From the publisher:
Dottie Harper fears for her children's safety. Her husband, Jerrod, is struggling with dementia brought on by shell shock during the Civil War. It's as though there are two Jerrods locked inside him: the tender and loving Christian man she married, and a harsh man given to unpredictable fits of violent rage. Dottie loves her husband with all her heart, and with God's help, she'd determined to remain steadfast.

Dottie's sister, Breanna Baylor, is a certified medical nurse. She's headed west with a wagon train, planning to visit Dottie in California and meet her family for the first time. Along the way, Breanna meets up with wounded soldiers, contagious townspeople, and injured outlaws. Compassionate and highly skilled, she tends to their physical hurts and shares the gospel whenever she can. Little does she know that a life-or-death meeting awaits with her own brother-in-law.

Come alongside these two remarkable sisters, and rejoice in how God takes care of those with faithful hearts.

My Review:
It has been ages since I've read anything by Al Lacy so I was pleasantly surprised when Water Brook Multnomah sent me Faithful Heart as part of their Value Fiction "Grab Bag" Tour. This story continues with the adventures of nurse Breanna Baylor following the years after the Civil War.

The storyline itself was really interesting, dealing with what we now know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which Dottie Harper's husband, Jerrod is suffering from his service during the Civil War. Some of the terminology that was used to describe Jerrod's condition and what caused it was out of place in this book, at times even the dialogue between the character's seemed to be a bit "modern" to me. However I did like the story and it was a very quick read despite being over 300 pages. The ending was a bit abrupt to me but I guess that can be expected since this is only book 2 in a series of 10 books. It will be interesting to see what happens to Breanna and her sister in the next book, Captive Set Free.

To learn more about Al Lacy and Faithful Heart please visit:
Waterbrook Multnomah

*I received my free review copy from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.*


  1. Al's books are interesting, and I can say that with complete honesty as I have read almost all of them! :) He's definately "everyone gets saved, turns our great" writer, which sometimes is fun to read- especially when exercising.

    He's kind of like the old westerns only written format. I simply love the new covers. So much better than the old!

  2. I agree Casey, these new covers are sooo much nicer than the old ones!

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. I had this series waaaay back when with the less glamorous covers. LOL It's been so long since I've read them, but Al Lacy has always been a favorite.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)


  4. I really like Civil War stories for some reason, actually American history in general. It seems like they are pretty hard to come by. Most historical fiction seems to be focused on England.

  5. @ Lori- I remember reading a few of his books on which he collaborated with his wife and really enjoyed them...unfortunately this wasn't one of my favorites :-(

    @ Inthehammock- Have you ever read Lynn Austin's Refiners Fire series? It is a REALLY good Christian fiction series that takes place during the Civil War!

  6. Whoa! This brought me back to high school days! LOL. I actually like this series. I've read some books he wrote with his wife too. Love the new cover! Definitley more glamorous than the first book cover.


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