The Miracle of Mercy Land   -     By: River Jordan
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The Miracle of Mercy Land

WaterBrook Press / 2010 / Paperback

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In 1938, nothing exciting is happening in sleepy Bay City---until newspaper editor Doc Philips and his go-to girl Mercy Land stumble across a book that reveals a person's past and how his choices affect his future. But can they overcome the evil that threatens to steal the mysterious volume---erasing Bay City in the process? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307457052
ISBN-13: 9780307457059
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

What if you had the power to amend choices you made in the past? Would you do it even if it changed everything?
 
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 dawn—it’s the biggest news story of her life, and she can’t print a word of it.
           
Doc has come into possession of a curious book that maps the lives of everyone in Bay City—decisions they’ve made in the past, and how those choices affect the future. Mercy and Doc are consumed by the mystery locked between the pages—Doc because he hopes to right a very old wrong, and Mercy because she wants to fulfill the book’s strange purpose. But when a mystery from Mercy’s past arrives by train, she begins to understand that she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she loves—forever.
 
"A tremendously well-written tale. River Jordan is a truly gifted author. Highly recommended." – Davis Bunn, best-selling author

Author Bio

River Jordan is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright. Her previous works include Saints In Limbo and The Messenger of Magnolia Street.  She speaks around the country on the "Power of Story" and produces and hosts the radio series, Clearstory from Nashville, Tennessee where she makes her home.

Publisher's Weekly

ordan (Saints in Limbo) writes magical realism, and the result is pure magic. The titular Mercy Land is a girl "born in a bolt of lightning on the banks of Bittersweet Creek." The talented Mercy is nudged by her Aunt Ida to leave her backwater town for the bright lights of Bay City, where she comes to work for and with Doc Philips, owner of the local paper. Doc receives a mysterious secret book that somehow narrates the lives of people in the area. From there springs the rest of the action, involving things done and not done in the past and a movie-star handsome stranger summoned to town by Doc. Jordan is an imaginative writer, developing engaging characters and strong dialog. Things get a tad heavy with allegorical meaning toward the end, but the plot trajectory helps the story's credibility. Jordan's talent raises the bar in Christian fiction. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Miracle of Mercy Land

"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 Jordan’s 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 won’t 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 Jordan’s 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. One’s 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 doesn’t let him go until he reaches the end. Mercy Land is a celebration of the goodness within us all. It’s 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

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  1. nickname
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    good fiction reading
    May 16, 2013
    nickname
    Georgia
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets 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.

  2. none
    Hamlin, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    May 2, 2013
    none
    Hamlin, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female

    It was a riveting story. The ending was unexpected. Altogether I enjoyed it very much.

  3. Joyjoy
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery, romance and a strange book
    November 1, 2011
    Joyjoy
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets 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.

  4. Leah
    Michigan
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons Learned through The Miracle of Mercy Land
    May 11, 2011
    Leah
    Michigan
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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 ‘big city’ 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 town’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, Mercy’s, and possibly the town’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 I’ve had a book that I didn’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.

  5. Kim Chewning
    Lake City FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A whirlwind of a tale...
    April 20, 2011
    Kim Chewning
    Lake City FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets 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 – also her boss – 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 – as unbelievable as it may be – is both compelling and redeeming.

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