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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman in the 1930s. The sheltered daughter of a traveling preacher, she chooses to leave her rural community to move to nearby Bay City on the warm, gulf-waters of southern Alabama. There she finds a job at the local paper and spends seven years making herself indispensible to old Doc Philips, the publisher and editor. Then she gets a frantic call at dawnits the biggest news story of her life, and she cant print a word of it.
Doc has come into possession of a curious book that maps the lives of everyone in Bay Citydecisions theyve made in the past, and how those choices affect the future. Mercy and Doc are consumed by the mystery locked between the pagesDoc because he hopes to right a very old wrong, and Mercy because she wants to fulfill the books strange purpose. But when a mystery from Mercys past arrives by train, she begins to understand that she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she lovesforever.
"A tremendously well-written tale. River Jordan is a truly gifted author. Highly recommended." Davis Bunn, best-selling author
"With words spoken like a gentle angel, River Jordan takes her reader deep into the human spirit. The Miracle of Mercy Land is a story about the past, the present, and the future all at once, not only altering the hearts of the characters in the novel, but also changing the heart of the reader. A triumph of beauty." PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY, author of Losing the Moon, When Light Breaks, and the New York Times bestseller Driftwood Summer
"A tremendouslywell-written tale. River Jordan is a truly gifted author. Highly recommended." DAVIS BUNN, best-selling author of Gold of Kings and coauthor of the Acts of Faith series
"River Jordan takes us on a magical journey to the banks of Bittersweet Creek where the past is revisited and broken hearts aremended. A story told with equal parts Southern charm and supernatural fantasy, this one leaves you dreaming of a world where anything is possible. Jordan has cast her spell again!" SUSAN GREGG GILMORE, author of The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove and Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen
"River Jordans words are so delicious that I read them aloud just so I could taste them. In The Miracle of Mercy Land, she explores destiny and will, good and evil, power and powerlessness. If you find it difficult to find a breath of literary fresh air, I assure you, you wont be disappointed in Jordan." KAYA MCLAREN, author of On the Divinity of Second
Chances and Church of the Dog
"In The Miracle of Mercy Land, River Jordan once again brings us a world filled with magic and light. Her characters walk straight off the pages and into our hearts.These are people we wish we knew, individuals with fullmeasures of courage, love, devotion, faith, loyalty, and goodness. Jordan strikes a blow for hope in a troubled time. She is a treasure, and The Miracle of Mercy Land is cause for celebration." RAYMOND L. ATKINS, winner of the 2009 Georgia
Author of the Year Award and author of The Front Porch Prophet and SorrowWood
"This story of a girl from Bittersweet Creek, Alabama, beats with a steady love and suspense as a young reporter and storycatcher discovers her destiny by a tremendous act of courage. Mercy Land has a heart as big and beautiful as River Jordans luminous prose." KERRY MADDEN, author of theMaggie Valley novels
"River Jordan draws the reader through this magically compelling tale of dark versus light, temptation versus self-knowledge, curiosity versus truth. Ones life is full of choices, and the right choice is not always so easy to determine. The Miracle of Mercy Land will keep the reader guessing." DARNELL ARNOULT, award-winning author of the novel
Sufficient Grace and What Travels with Us: Poems
"River Jordan has crafted a memorable spiritual thriller with beautiful prose, vivid characters, and a unique, haunting plot that grabs the reader by the arm and doesnt let him go until he reaches the end. Mercy Land is a celebration of the goodness within us all. Its also a prescient study of the good and evil that permeate every community,
both yours and mine." AD HUDLER, best-selling author of Man of the House, Southern Living, and Househusband
nicknameGeorgia3 Stars Out Of 5good fiction readingMay 16, 2013nicknameGeorgiaQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1
Only disappointment was that, even though book is fiction, I expected there to be some message about God overcoming the evil. Since it is being sold by CBD and all other fiction books I've purchased through CBD did have some reference to God in them.
noneHamlin, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!May 2, 2013noneHamlin, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female
It was a riveting story. The ending was unexpected. Altogether I enjoyed it very much.
JoyjoySt. Petersburg, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Mystery, romance and a strange bookNovember 1, 2011JoyjoySt. Petersburg, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3
The Miracle of Mercy Land is a very engaging story about a young girl who is entrusted with a very mysterious and strange book.
You will fall in love the main character, Mercy Land, who is trustworthy and practical. She is entrusted with a book that allows the reader to see into the lives, past and present, of strangers, friends and loved ones. Mercy now posses the power to change the future based on past decisions. She is later thrown off balance when a charming and handsome young man enters her life. She soon finds out that he is as mysterious as the book and Mercy is determined to solve the mystery behind them both.
All in all, the book includes a pleasant mix of romance and mystery with a sprinkling of science fiction. While some parts were a little slow, I still recommend it as a good read.
LeahMichiganAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lessons Learned through The Miracle of Mercy LandMay 11, 2011LeahMichiganAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan is the perfect illustration of why it is important to always remember who you are and where you come from. It takes place in the 1930s in a little town called Bay City. Mercy Land is a young lady who moved to the â€˜big cityâ€™ from her small town of Bittersweet Creek to find a job. That job consisted of multiple here and there jobs until she was hired by the townâ€™s newspaper. The owner of the paper is Doc Phillips and he and Mercy develop a relationship that very closely resembles one of a father and daughter. When one night Doc was in his office working late like he sometimes does and a mysterious thing happened that would change his life, Mercyâ€™s, and possibly the townâ€™s forever.
The Miracle of Mercy Land is a novel that can appeal to anyone; love, mystery, and human interest are all included in this one book. It has been a while since Iâ€™ve had a book that I didnâ€™t want to put down. Jordan writes in such a way that you are pulled into the book and makes you feel like you are actually within the book; which is ironic seeing what the story is actually about. It is a story that transcends time.
Kim ChewningLake City FLAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A whirlwind of a tale...April 20, 2011Kim ChewningLake City FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3
At one time or another in our lives, we've all looked back with regret at some road we should have taken, a meandering path where we got off track. We all live in one great big pond. And every time we make a move, the water ripples. We may never know how those ripples affect our family and friends ... and even total strangers.
What if we could know? How would it change our actions? Our words? Our decisions? What if we could go back and change some or all of those things we regret?
Mercy Land is an independent young woman during a time period when those three words were rarely strung together with kind intent. She moved to Bay City from the backwoods of Bittersweet Creek and blossomed into a bright, junior editor at the town newspaper. Doc Philips, her mentor and dear friend â€“ also her boss â€“ kept an covert, watchful eye over Mercy while raising her up to be the next publisher and editor of the paper.
Then a mysterious and dangerous book falls into Doc's possession. It contains knowledge that should not be known to humans. Intimate knowledge of everyone he knows ...and everyone that he doesn't know. Knowledge that, if in the wrong hands, could change everything. Doc instinctively knows that Mercy must take possession of the book.
After an irritating, yet handsome young stranger - who somehow knows about the book - moves to town, Mercy is sucked into a swirling vortex of frightening knowledge and other-worldly events that threaten her very existence. Doc is riddled with guilt that Mercy's safety and sanity are at risk. But she is the only one that can be trusted to keep the book. Will the book destroy her? Can she keep the book safe from those who would use its power for evil?
From the very first sentence, I was captivated by Mercy's soft southern drawl and transported back to a simpler life and time of the 1930's in a southern town filled with wonderful and strange characters, wizened fatherly figures and crusty, doting aunts and old maids dispensing sage advice.
River Jordan takes us back to post-depression, small town Americana where life was simple, yet rich. While accompanying her on the walking tour of Bay City, I felt the breeze blowing through the moss-laden oak, smelled the salty Gulf air, and snatches of childhood memories from the lunch counter at Woolworth danced just out of reach.
Jordan has a warm, intimate way with words. I thoroughly enjoyed her delightful phraseology. She can spin a whirlwind tale that â€“ as unbelievable as it may be â€“ is both compelling and redeeming.