Title: Tender Mercies (Men of Lancaster County #2)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 27th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A Men of Lancaster County Novel
Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. Now Eddie risks losing the twenty-five acre property in Lancaster County—and all the hopes he held for it—before the project even gets off the ground. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place.
Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his clubfoot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand and finds himself employed by a city guy who has strange ideas about animals, no clue how to run his small farm, and a gentle heart.
Samuel isn’t the only lost soul to serendipitously find his way to Meadow Lake Farm. There’s Fred and Ginger, two cows who’d been living in a garage, a gang of sheep, and a little black pig named Benny who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.
The story had me from the first chapter. Eddie Graber and Samuel Miller are two of my favorite characters Eli Easton has ever created.
Easton created a heartbreaking beginning for both men and set up them finding and learning from each other in a way that drew me in and kept me engrossed throughout.
Told in a dual POV we are witness to Samuel’s banishment, how he finds his way to Eddie’s sanctuary, and how he and Eddie go from strangers to friends to lovers. Eddie is a rescuer of lost souls, none so battered as Samuel’s, and their relationship, the slow burn of it from their first awareness of one another to the exploration of each other when they finally come together, while not overly detailed, was quite perfect for them.
There was so much I sighed over in this story, and I found it quite moving in some places. There is a scene where Samuel reads one of Eddie’s gay romance novels and his reaction to it honestly had me in tears.
I enjoyed this thoroughly. Tender Mercies is sweet and heartwarming with terrific characters and a lovely ending.