At seventeen, Tobias Miller did the unthinkable: he caused an accident that killed his brother just four hours before his wedding. Unable to deal with the grief and anger of his father, Tobias left town and joined the Marines. Years later, as a decorated war hero known as Tom, he returns to his hometown. Before he reveals his identity, he meets Claire--his brother's former fiancee--his father, and other family members.
Hidden Mercies by Serena B. Miller is a story of forgiveness, of perseverance, and of hope. The story centers on the relationships among the characters--especially on the secrecy, then the revelation, of Tom's identity.
I liked Hidden Mercies. I enjoyed the frequent switches between the perspective of Tom and the perspective of Claire. I liked that most of the characters had a challenge, whether it was injury or past trauma; this made them more realistic. The story seemed to advance quickly, and it had elements of the modern as well as the Amish.