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Three people—three Divine appointments

Cynthia Wells, an undercover reporter with a dark secret and in search of a story, finds more than she bargains for, including a love she never expected.

Jonathan Holms, pastor of affluent Christ Church, is stunned when God directs him to a mission where he must come to grips with a killer and his own difficult past.

Stubby White was never anything and he was sure he’d never be anything, not with all the bad breaks he’s had. But at the Beacon Mission, when he finds the promise of a new life, he must decide whether to dwell in the past or break from it.

All three are thrown together by converging circumstances involving danger and a mysterious killer who seems bent on destroying them all.


Born in Romania in 1945, Sylvia Bambola lived her early years in Germany. At seven she relocated with her adopted family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany inspired her to write Refiner's Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist. Her frequent moves as an "army brat" gave her an opportunity to see America and fall in love with her new country. Bambola has authored six novels, has two grown children, teaches women's Bible studies, loves gardening and is learning the guitar. 

Amy Smith Jacqueline Robertson
Helen M Lisa Johnson
Deana Dick Anne Rightler
Kimberly Napier Connywithay
Virginia Winfield Tammi Cramer
Donna McGinnis Connie Saunders
Paula Young Pam Graber
Vickie Jameson Cheri Swalwell
Amy Smelser  Cindy J
Jackie McNutt Trish Hedrick

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Greetings from sunny Florida! Just wanted to let you know that all the paperback copies of Mercy at Midnight were mailed Friday, 9/23. Looking forward to getting your feedback. Blessings!

Mercy at Midnight, by Silvia Bambola, is a thriller blending mystery and suspense with a dash of humor and romance. The setting is skid row the subject matter are the homeless and the plights that challenge them to overcome their circumstances.

The three primary characters include a reporter, a preacher, and a homeless man. Cynthia Wells, is a 30 year old newspaper reporter who goes undercover for a story. Jonathan Holmes, is a young interim pastor at a large, wealthy church, who finds himself called by God to minister to the homeless. Finally, Stubby White, is an elderly, arthritic, drug abusing homeless man. Ms. Bambola does a remarkable job intertwining the lives of these characters together while demonstrating the redemptive power of Christ.

I’ve never read a book by Bambola that I did not thoroughly enjoy, and Mercy at Midnight is no exception. This story is a captivating page turner with lovable and complex characters. I highly recommend this book and others written by her.

I left this review at Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Thank you kindly for such a quality book to read and review. I am truly grateful.

Tammi, thank you for your kind review of Mercy at Midnight and for taking time to read some of my other books. So appreciated! Blessings

Thanks for the book, Sylvia, Cheri, & Fred ~

Mercy at Midnight

“Was she doomed to have nightmares the rest of her life? Or was there really mercy at midnight?” Cynthia ponders in Sylvia Bambola’s novel, Mercy at Midnight.

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Conny, thank you for your comprehensive review of Mercy at Midnight. So appreciated. Blessings

Oh how I love this author. Her books are so emotional and action packed that I find myself reading into the wee hours to finish it. The author has written a great story that takes readers to the seedier parts of a town. Her description is perfect and I was able to picture the homeless people as they rummaged for food. Don't you ever wonder how someone ends up on living on the streets? It just takes one person to reach out and make a difference. The story reminds me that we all need a helping hand at sometime . Will you be the one to encourage someone and give them hope?

Jonathan is a pastor who I really liked. He has such a gentle spirit and his compassion and patience was very endearing. He gets a word from God that will take him to a place that he will witness forgiveness and redemption. His journey will lead him to open a shelter that had been closed up for awhile. I really liked how he was determined to get it up and running and ignored those that thought he was not capable of taking on such a big challenge.

Cynthia is a news reporter who is always looking for the next best story. She definitely has some secrets from her past and she has a hard time trusting. When she finds herself at the shelter, will she allow herself to open up to someone? Why Is she really at the shelter? Her character reminded me of someone that acts really tough, but inside is a hurt and lonely person. I thought the author did a great job of having Cynthia slowly begin to trust and feel like she had found friends at the shelter. She has always been very private , but as her story takes a dangerous turn, will she let her new friends protect her?

Stubby is a homeless man who lives on the dark streets waiting for something good to happen in his life. His character was my favorite because he was so hungry to change his life and all he needed was that one chance . He had always felt like such a loser, going days living on drugs and watching his friends die while living on the streets. Why is a gang trying to kill Stubby? Will he find safety at the shelter ? The part where Stubby cries out to God is an emotional scene and I cried as I could feel his desperation.

Throughout the story I kept thinking about the song "Amazing Grace." Sometimes we think we aren't good enough and no one loves us , but God loved us so much that he sacrificed His son for us. How many of us are guilty of judging others? Do we turn our backs on the homeless, the weary and desperate people in this world? The story really opened my eyes to the horrible conditions people live in and I thank the author for writing about a subject that reminds us that we need to be His hands and feet. We need to show grace and mercy and not turn our bs is on people in need. The scriptures are beautifully placed in the story to draw readers to learn to trust and rely on Him.

The book is action packed with secrets, lies, gangs, drugs, murder, greed, forgiveness and redemption. The ending is a real edge of your seat thrill ride as the characters face danger. I can't wait till the author has another book coming out. She writes with passion and makes characters come to life with real problems that people face everyday.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from The BookClub Network. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.
Thank you so much for the lovely card and tea that was included with the book. I have become a huge fan and I can't wait till your next book is out. Until then I will go back and see which books I hsve not read and get them.

Deana, you're very welcome! :)

Deana, thank you for such a kind and comprehensive review of Mercy at Midnight. You blessed my day! and thank you for your interest in my other books. So appreciated.

Mercy At Midnight, by Sylvia Bambola, is a story that deals with the subjects of addictions and homelessness as well as crime gangs. Jonathan Holms has left his position as pastor for affluent Christ Church to follow God’s call in his life. He reopens Beacon Mission, a closed homeless shelter and works with the clients and other staff who enter the doors.

Cynthia Wells is a reporter who will do what ever it takes to get a story. She has decided to go undercover to try to connect deaths that have taken part in that area of the city. Just as she enters the area she is approached by a gang and is robbed. When she contacts the police dressed as a dirty homeless woman, they do nothing to help her. They send her to the homeless shelter. At the shelter she is offered a job and takes it to use as a cover to get information.

Stubby White was just starting a career when a young girl was killed in an accident and he was blamed for her death. His life spiraled out of control. He is a friend to both of the men who are killed. He also ends up at the shelter and is offered a job.

Effie is a young mother who has fled her husband with her young daughter and ends up at the shelter. When she finds it impossible to find work with having to care for her daughter, Jonathan also offers her a job. She is in charge of a day care center at the shelter.

While at the shelter Cynthia and Stubby are both attacked. Jonathan begins to suspect the shelter is not what he believes it to be.

This is a wonderful Christian suspense story. It also has the cute story line running through it of Jonathan’s aunt having to deal with her church’s gossiping busy body. Especially when it comes to Jonathan’s romance. Several characters in the story have strong faith in the Lord, while Cynthia does not. It takes almost to the end of the story to see that God is watching over her.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have written an honest review.

Thank You so much for this great book!  I have posted my reviews on my blog, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and GoodReads with links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Helen, thank you for taking the time to read Mercy at Midnight and for your kind review. And I'm delighted that you enjoyed the bit of humor in the book! Blessings

My family and I visited San Francisco two summers ago and we got a close-up look at the homeless situation there which is very prevalent and life changing.  From the beginning pages of Mercy at Midnight, I was transported back to the sights and sounds we experienced, when I was forever changed.  I saw the faces and the people for who they were… people.  I was touched then and this book brought it all back to the forefront.

Even though this was fiction, it was written so true to life.  It’s impactful, emotional, and filled with hope.  If you like suspenseful fiction with a redemptive storyline, you will want to read Mercy at Midnight.  I loved it and would recommend it to all my friends.


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