Cries of Mercy


Christian - Romance - Contemporary
319 Pages
Reviewed on 05/17/2019
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Author Biography

Angela Beach Silverthorne’s newest writing venture has been her Contemporary Christian fiction trilogy: Cries of Innocence, Cries of Grace, and Cries of Mercy. Angela loves developing tragically flawed characters, highlighting family secrets, evil’s insidious nature and God’s amazing love and mercy. Then she treats her readers to Southern humor, a sweet love story and unexpected, harrowing turn-of-events.

Angela and her husband of 49 years live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with their Boston terrier, Miss Lillie. They have three beautiful daughters, three handsome sons-in-law, and nine talented grandchildren who often beg their Nana to tell them “one more story”. Angela has a special place in her heart for women who are victims of abuse, brokenness, insecurity and self-doubt.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Cries of Mercy by Angela Beach Silverthorne is not your ordinary love story. As Bren reflects in her journal, she still can’t believe she’s married to Joseph. Their love remains strong even through the loss of three sons. The burden of remembrance causes her to pen a prayer: “Your blessings have poured over us even in our darkest hours.” Surrounded by dear friends, Bren and Joseph reside in The Haven. Joseph is the pastor and Bren works diligently bringing life into the world as a midwife. Even though the community has been ravaged by drugs, crime and the loss of family values, The Haven remains strong, full of hope and vision for the future. Yet, fear and strongholds of the past grip Bren and Joseph. Just when they thought the past was over and the battle won, evil comes to haunt their dreams and threaten their lives again. Everyone has a past and, for many, their past is dark. But for Bren and Joseph, shadowy secrets of sheer evil dwell within their family history. Will their fight, their service unto God change their personal horror into heroism for His glory? Together, they must face and overcome the wickedness that began long ago. United, forever thankful, their Cries of Mercy echo throughout heaven, “Thy will be done.”

Angela Beach Silverthorne breaks our hearts in Cries of Mercy, while simultaneously evoking an unquenchable spirit to fight the good fight of faith. The inclusion of scripture, Spirit-led prayers, and Silverthorne’s powerful words portray the heart and soul of an enlightened life. I had the privilege of reviewing Cries of Innocence, the first book in the Cries Trilogy. Even though I haven’t read the second book, I was immediately captivated and immersed back into the life of Bren. Oh, how she has grown. The cast of characters surrounding her has grown as well; their importance to the continuing saga shines bright in relevance. All of the characters are relatable, real and raw with emotion; the reader feels their grit, fear, and pain. Cries of Mercy does not water down spiritual warfare; the conflict, the battle between good and evil is as intense as it is insightful. Angela Beach Silverthorne is a masterful storyteller. Her story has caverns of depths, layer upon layer; it reveals hope and perseverance through grief and loss, the vitality of love and the importance of unity. The narrative has highs and lows, twists, shock, and awe. Cries of Mercy reveals the fragility of life, yet in equal measure portrays a life that in the hands of God is a life well-lived.

K.C. Finn

Cries of Mercy is a clean contemporary romance on Christian themes penned by author Angela Beach Silverthorne. Love is a test of faith that is supposed to endure all, but for a young couple, Joseph and Bren, it’s hard to keep that faith when it is tested by such extreme darkness. Their relationship is shaken when terrible secrets are unveiled, and the pair must cling to one another and to God in order to survive their broken hearts. The central message, despite their tragedies, is one of hope and endurance, and the belief that love can go beyond any negative emotion and continue to thrive and exist if we allow it into our hearts.

This Christian romance presents a lot of real-world drama for readers to get their teeth into, but it’s also a powerfully emotional story about human nature and how we use our faith, and one another, to help us endure times of extreme hardship. It emphasizes devotional themes and the presence of God, which is sure to please existing Christian genre fans, although newer contemporary romance fans will need time to grow and adjust with Joseph and Bren as the theme of faith gets stronger and stronger. The character development that author Angela Beach Silverthorne provides is second to none. I felt like I was reading about real people and their struggles throughout the tale. Overall, Cries of Mercy is a deeply personal and spiritual drama which is devoted to God and the power of love amid intense hardship.

Asher Syed

Cries of Mercy by Angela Beach Silverthorne is a contemporary Christian romance novel and the third book in the Cries series, preceded by Cries of Innocence and Cries of Grace. The book continues on with the story of Bren and her husband Joseph, now twelve years married and, despite the losses they have endured, they remain strong in their love for one another—by the grace of God. Still, evil lurks in many forms, and when Bren and Joseph are blessed once more with a new pregnancy, trouble bubbles and brews in ways they could never have expected. “Tell them Hell is real. Show them Heaven is not an illusion. Men, let’s gather around Joseph and pray our support all over him...”

I'm always a bit nervous when I start reading a series from any point other than book one, but Cries of Mercy does read comfortably as a standalone. Having said that, Angela Beach Silverthorne has written a wonderful novel and am sure the other two installments are equally worthy, strengthening the foundation this book builds on. One thing I wasn't expecting when I started reading was the amount of tension that weaves throughout each page and every scene. Silverthorne is masterful in turning a love story into a suspenseful tale, delivering genuine angst that exceeds the standard fare. I also found the characters to be authentic; “real” people with real-life problems. Heartache and pain, that many readers will be able to identify with, are balanced with just enough action to keep us entertained...and, of course, to give us the hope of God's mercy of which we often need reminding.