I have been very lucky to be a part of the Mercy Book Tour. Mercy is the second book in the Still series. As a full disclaimer, I have received both books Still and Mercy complimentary from Aniola Price to be a part of the Mercy book tour. If you enjoy new adult books you should check out this brand new book I am spotlighting today.
About The Book
Broken. Drowning. Desperate. Lost.
When the lives and hearts of four friends start to crumble, can God’s mercy reach them still?
In her second year of medical school, Fadesola (Sola) Cardoso faces an impossible choice: stay with her longtime boyfriend, the one who knows her darkest secrets and loves her anyway, or move forward with Ladi, the man who gives her hope for an unstained future. Even as she wrestles with her options, life as a medical student becomes increasingly difficult—full of endless exams, stressful social activities, and reminders of a past that continues to haunt her.
Ladi struggles with Sola’s divided loyalties while trying to maintain his perfect image as class president, promising student, and model Christian. But scandals inside and outside the lecture hall threaten to break apart the fragile peace once and for all between Ladi, Sola, and their friends Nikky and Tayo, who are fighting battles of their own.
In this epic second installment in Eniola Prentice’s new-adult Still series, the faith of these four medical students will be tested like never before. Discover their gritty troubles and grand triumphs as they navigate friendships, revelations, romance, and career goals in light of the redemptive power of the cross.
About the Author
My journey as a writer began with an idea—an idea that blossomed into a vision for the Still series. I became fully committed to Christ around 2008 when I began medical school. Shortly after, the idea for the Still series was birthed. My time in medical school was one of the more formative seasons of my life. I made lifelong friendships and, most of all, my journey with Christ really began. Although there were challenging times, I would without a doubt relive the experience in a heartbeat!
I published Still (book 1 in the series) right before residency, and now—five years later—the next book in the series has been published. In the time in between, I was the prodigal daughter and walked away from my Father. Everything on the surface looked good, but my heart was far away from Him. His love never left me, though, and He welcomed me home when I came back to Him. I went through painful processes, but they changed me and made me a better person. The girl who wrote Still is not the woman who wrote Mercy.
I am passionate about sowing godly seeds into the hearts of young women. I know how it is to be brokenhearted and believe the lies of the devil because his version of events is all you’re told. I know how it is to truly believe that you are not loved by God because of the events of life.
My hope is that, through my writing, you’ll come to know that God truly loves you and cares about you affectionately. He is close to your broken heart and binds up every wound.
I guess the author bio should be about milestones and, like the quintessential dramatic Nigerian aunty, I have missed the mark. I am a Nigerian-born, American-educated physician who lives in Maryland—but I believe I am more than well-constructed bullet points. I am a child of God through the ups and downs of life, and that will remain constant.
Still Book Review
A little while ago I was scrolling through Twitter looking for some blogging opportunities that are posted there and came across a book tour that caught my eye. To apply I had to fill out a form and I opted to review both Still and Mercy as part of the blog tour. These books are the first and second instalment of the Still book series. So it’s time to have a look at Still book number one. Before I begin with this review I would like to warn you there are scenes of self-harm throughout this book and reference to a rape that happened in the past of a certain character. Please take care of yourself and avoid this book if it is triggering to you.
My first thoughts and reactions
When I first received the PDF file in my email I was really excited to download and begin to read it. Right from the beginning, I fell in love with the gorgeous book cover as you can see below. Seeing the cover you can tell it has something to do with doctors as the stethoscope is right there in the shape of a heart which implies love may be involved or maybe it hints at a cardiovascular doctor being involved in the story.
As I began reading I was introduced to the theme and storyline of the book right away. Group of people getting acceptance letters from Steadman College of Medicine. Throughout this story is has multiple points of view which I wasn’t sure how I would like but once I began reading the multiple viewpoints gave me a better insight into the main characters because I was introduced to the characters very early on into the story.
As I have mentioned above we get introduced to the characters straight away and the mystery of what happened between Sola and Tayo keeps me intrigued from the minute they meet in the story. We learn a lot about the characters as we follow their journey through the first year of medical school. We see their pain points, we witness their struggles and so much more as we read each point of view
These characters are very relatable as they deal with family problems, the past catching up with them and their friendship is very close which happened because they are from the same country and now live in America.
Right from the beginning, the plot is introduced and it is a very interesting one. The only thing that I find could be improved on is that the story seems quite rushed and jumps from scene to scene very quickly. Other than that I have enjoyed reading this story and would definitely recommend the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The underlying mystery of what happened between Sola and Tayo kept me intrigued right from the beginning. Once I finished still I knew I had to move onto the second book right away.
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