I was interested to read this book. It seemed like a very unique one, and it was set in Alabama. I always like to read books set in Alabama just to see how they describe everything. This book was by far one of the strangest books I have ever read. It started out kind of slow, then got REALLY weird. After all of the weirdness, it got pretty good. I enjoyed the last few chapters of the book. The book focuses on how our choices affect not only ourselves, but everyone around us, whether we realize it or not. It does have a very, very small part that could be considered a love story, but this is by far not a romance novel. If you like unique books, you should definitely check this one out...but be warned - it does start out slow and a little weird!
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. No other compensation was received. See full disclaimer for more information.**
The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan was an unsual story, not the type I normally read. The story captivated me within the first chapter, and I had no choice but to keep reading. At times the story was hard to follow -- jumping between times and places and characters -- but there were so many twists and turns and intriguing scenes that I kept working through the times of confusion to see where it went.
"I was born in a bolt of lightning on the banks of Bittersweet Creek." This is the first description we get of Mercy Land. Although Mercy has spent seven years in the "big" Bay City, working at The Banner as Doc Philips' go-to girl, who she was and where she came from continue to play a big role in who she is becoming. As the story progresses, the pieces fall together about who Mercy, Doc, John Quncy, and Aunt Ida are and how their lives impacted each other in ways not all of them were aware of. The mysterious book -- that might be described as the main character of the story -- seems to drive the story in kind of a supernatural way. The story explores the question of what we would change if we could -- and whether that would be a good thing. The "lesson" that seems to come through as the story reaches its climax is one of choices -- how we are each ultimately responsible for our own choices, and that is much more important than anything we might do to try to change the outcome of anyone else's life.
This was not my favorite recent read, but I did enjoy it and would recommend it to others. It is definitely a thought-provoking story.
(I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.)
Mercy Land's story puts us in a small town in the pre-war era of the 1930s. The everyday life of a newsman, Doc, and his trusted right hand lady, Mercy, is interrupted by the sudden appearance of an unearthly book. The book's mystery and purpose become the main focus of the story, as other characters are introduced and the plot unfolds. While I greatly enjoyed the writing style of River Jordan, I did not find it easy to mix this measure of fantasy into what would have otherwise been a lovely piece of romantic fiction. Not my favorite read.
The Miracle of Mercy Land was not what I expected, but I ended up really enjoying it. Mercy Land is a woman of the 1930s who is smart, no-nonsense, full of heart, and a go-to-girl. She has a history different from many of those that she has lived near the last seven years because she grew up in "Bittersweet Creek." Her rural upbringing has given her a little more sense and awareness than most women of her day in Bay City, Alabama. She works for Doc at the town newspaper and an amazing turn of events occurs in their lives, something that will change so many things for them. Under the circumstances of this turn of events, Mercy and Doc discover many things about themselves, their pasts, and their futures. I found the story full of questions, twists, turns, and thought-provoking tidbits. River Jordan has written a piece that makes you ponder, wonder, think, and keep turning pages (thinking "what will happen next?"). Truly a unique tale with interesting characters, great setting details, and unpredictable plot turns. I got to a point, while reading the story, where I didn't want to put it down because I had to know what was coming next. A mind-bender of a book. I won't soon forget it.
What an extraordinary book! I've read over sixty novels this year and this is certainly the most moving. It is hard to describe. It has a hint of the "other world" in it. I had the same reaction I did when I read the first Frank Peretti novel. It is a glimpse in to the world we do not see yet influences our every choice.
Mercy Land says of herself, "I was born in a bolt of lightning on the banks of Bittersweet Creek. Mama said it was a prophecy_" So begins the story. Mercy works for a newspaper owner in a nearby town. Doc comes into the possession of a strange book that yields visions of the lives of people he knows. He, Mercy, and a childhood friend get wrapped up in the possibilities of the book. Can the choices made in the past be changed? How do those choices affect others?
This novel is nearly perfect. Granted, there are paragraphs here and there, and perhaps a scene or two that could be changed. The novel is engaging and thought provoking. It contains the classic struggle of good and evil, personified in Mercy and a strange woman. The author has developed a plot, however, that makes the struggle fresh and very realistic.
There is a reader's guide at the back that would make this novel a great choice for reading groups. You'll be thinking about this novel for a long time after you finish it.
This book was provided for review by KBK Public Relations.