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Awakening Mercy

by Angela Benson

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Forty plus unpaid traffic tickets and a sentence of one hundred fifty hours of community service set Cecelia "CeCe" Williams life on an unexpected path. CeCe's community service would be served out at, Genesis House, a Christian-based organization serving the poor and underserved areas of Atlanta. Upon CeCe's initial meeting with the organization's director, Nate Richardson, she felt an instant connection but made sure to hide her feelings and guard her heart.

CeCe Williams is haunted by the heartache of a past relationship that produced her four year old son, David. Eric, David's father, had been CeCe's secret crush throughout grade school and high school. Eric never showed much interest in CeCe until he was heart broken by his current girlfriend. During their brief courtship CeCe found out she was pregnant. Eric abandoned her and married the woman who had previously broke his heart. Shame overwhelmed CeCe when she returned to college at Spelman. She was nurtured by her dorm director, Miss Gertrude "B.B." Brinson. Miss Brinson later purchased a home with CeCe helping her start her new life with David. The untold secrets and shame of CeCe's past put fetters on her heart and distance between her and her family.

As CeCe worked toward her community service hours at Genesis House, she formed new friendships and a closer relationship with Nate. Nate was also haunted by a past relationship. Nate's wife walked out on him after only 18months of marriage. Through prayer, communication, and much understanding Nate and CeCe progressed into the next phase of their relationship. When issues from CeCe's past suddenly arose, her heart was revealed to Nate. They both knew their relationship could not progress until CeCe confronted her past.

The personal and family issues addressed in Awakening Mercy were very complex but the author did not rush the solutions. One of the things I liked the most about Awakening Mercy was the fact that Benson did not give us the cliche "church mess" type Christian fiction. The spiritual component to this novel came across as very genuine and sincere. ( )
  pinkcrayon99 | Jun 7, 2012 |
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2001 Christy Award finalist!
Awakening Mercy is the first book in an exciting series by award-winning author Angela Benson. This is a contemporary story about a successful career woman and a man who runs a social services agency in inner-city Atlanta. The reader will learn the consequences of unforgiveness and the willingness of God to restore broken relationships.

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Will the past ruin their future together? CeCe Williams and Nate Richardson were not looking to fall in love. After being deserted by her son's father, CeCe was content making a life for herself and her four-year-old son. Nate, recovering from a recent divorce, devoted his energies to his job as director of Genesis House, a social services center in inner city Atlanta. Neither is prepared for what grows between them when CeCe comes to work at Genesis House. Can they let go of the pain of the past and build a life together or will secrets from CeCe's past destroy any hope they have for a future? If you want an emotional and uplifting read, CeCe and Nate's story is for you. Order your copy of Awakening Mercy today! The GENESIS HOUSE Series Awakening Mercy, Book 1 Abiding Hope, Book 2 Enduring Love, Book 3 (coming in 2012) REVIEWS "[Angela Benson] has not created plaster saints, but real men and women who grapple with real-life issues." -The Romance Reader "Ms. Benson, with AWAKENING MERCY, reinforces her place as one of the most talented writers of romance fiction in whichever genre she writes. This book, her first inspirational, confirms that she writes with emotion, only now her message is strengthened by her strong faith in God." -Romance in Color "Ms. Benson paints a fine picture of the trials of a couple who must rely on their faith to make a go of a relationship in this 4-1/2 star read. She is just as compelling a writer in Christian romance as she is in contemporary." -Affaire de Coeur "This novel by Benson, a first-time Christian-market author, pricks the conscience and stirs the soul while entertaining. Recommend to romantic fiction readers and to high school students, as it illustrates that actions have consequences." -CBA Marketplace… (more)

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