1 Stars Out Of 5
Very Disappointing Ã¢â¬â Get To the Point!
October 24, 2010
A Cluttered Mind
I was very disappointed in this book. It wasn't because I've read anything else by River Jordan before, so knowing what to expect I was let down. I was just flat out disappointed.
The Miracle of Mercy Land starts strong, but barely ends with a fizzle. Mercy Land, the main character and book title namesake, could have been... no, should have been so much more than she turned out to be. When you first meet Mercy, coming out of Bittersweet Creek, you think, "Here's a girl with moral fortitude, with convictions. She should do well for herself and make a difference." Then, having spent seven years working with Doc at The Banner (the local newspaper) you really think she'll do something with her life.
(Warning - somewhat of a spoiler alert!)
Then Jordan introduces some mysterious book. The reader never finds out what this book is. It is mysterious. It has some kind of a hold over Doc and a bit over Mercy, but we never ever find out why. It somehow gives the "reader" a look into people's lives and past, but it is so vague, so unclear, the reader is left scratching his head wondering what is going on. This mystery is never resolved in any kind of a satisfactory manner.
Next, introduce another "key" character from Mercy's past (and Doc's). When John Quincy (not his real name, we discover) comes to town, you're left wondering if this might turn into some type of love story (I know I was, was really hoping it was, and was left hanging in the lurch with no love story at all).
I was left with the impression that the author was never quite sure what she wanted this book to be: somewhat of a science fiction/fantasy novel, featuring this mysterious book that reveals people's pasts; a romance featuring Mercy and John; a novel of reminiscing and growth featuring Mercy and her parents or her Aunt or Doc or... someone, you just never know! I even held out hope that perhaps this might turn out to be a book about redemption, about forgiveness and second chances and it just never materialized.
My one other major frustration with The Miracle of Mercy Land was it droned on and on and on about nearly nothing. This book could easily have come in under 200 pages; instead there are 336 pages of a work that I only read because it had the threat of a train wreck about it... you just couldn't look away.
I'm sorry. I've never not recommended a book before, but I really cannot recommend this book to anyone.