The Miracle of Mercy Land a novel, written by River Jordan, and published by Waterbrook Press, is a spectacular read and very much out-of-the-box for me; an extraordinary ride down the unfamiliar. A tale woven around very believable characters that I grew to love in a very short amount of time.
The book is written in the eyes of three of the main characters: Mercy Land, the Doc, and John Quincy. A book of sorts landed in Doc's office. This book had the power to change the past. In the wrong hands, it would change the course of history. In the right hands, who knows what good could be done?
The present and past of these three people get mixed up and collide and intercept until sometimes it's hard to know what's up. This book is hard to explain. It's a book made to be read and enjoyed and maybe even read again.
I highly recommend The Miracle of Mercy Land, if nothing else, because it's so very original. A must-read for sure!
From the very first sentence in *The Miracle of Mercy Land* the author, River Jordan, takes you by the hand and pulls you into a fantastical journey full of darkness, sunshine and life.
I was surprised to find Mercy Land is the lead characters name and not a place; however that only adds to the power of her story.
This book will affect each person that reads it differently for the same reasons the character's lives are affected differently; we all have our own weaknesses, demons, desires and individual stories.
This book is full of mysticism and fantasy, not my usual reading fare. Nevertheless the last two books I've reviewed have been of this genre and in spite of this, I've enjoyed both books. Perhaps the Lord is telling me to enjoy more whimsy in my life?
Mercy is a young woman who left her home in Bittersweet Creek, Alabama for Bay City, Alabama in order live her life as she wanted and not as conventional wisdom dictated.
Along the way she becomes the indispensible right hand woman for Doc Philips, the editor and publisher of the local paper.
One early morning Mercy receives a strange call at her boarding house from Doc Philips. Thus begins a journey into a world of suspended belief and fantasy.
Doc possess the biggest news story of her life but she can't print a word of what she knows and comes to know as a result of Doc's mysterious call.
*The Miracle of Mercy Land* will leave you asking yourself a lot of questions about your own life and choices made.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a blogger book review. I am not required to write a positive review.
River Jordan has certainly mastered the art of story telling and this is apparent in her latest novel, The Miracle of Mercy Land. Mercy Land is the name of a girl who began her life in the small backwoods area of Bittersweet Creek. She moves to the city, Bay City, to improve her life and begins working at the local newspaper office with Doc, the owner and publisher of the local paper. One day she receives a startling call from Doc to report early for work and when she does she finds Doc in possession of a book that seems to have the power of knowing the outcome and effect of choices that people make in their lives. It cause quite a stir in the simple life of Mercy, who resides in a boarding house, and Doc, who is an elderly widower. Some very interesting things begin to happen in and around Bay City that make people think about choices they have made in the past and wonder how things would be different if other choices had been made. I found Mercy to be an endearing character trying to make a life for herself in the city, without forgetting the roots of her childhood home. If I told you more I would only spoil the twists of events that takes place in the book. It is truly a story of deliverance and forgiveness.
I was provided a free copy of this book to review by WaterBrook Press. I was not obligated to provide a positive review. The opinions in this review are strictly me own.
It's no secret that I love to read. I'm a frequent library visitor and on special occasions when the budget allows, I purchase as many books as I can to add to my collection. With all the books I've read, many are forgotten after the last page is finished. Not because they're "bad" books, but just because I read so much that they all begin to run together in my mind. However, there are a few that stand out in my memory, even years after reading them. Whether it's the characters or the plot or the author's use of imagery to paint pictures in the reader's mind, there are some books that become classics. I would categorize The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan as that type of book.
The author's name alone is a hint that her writing might be something unique, and she does not disappoint. River Jordan delivers a memorable and worthy character in Mercy Land, a career journalist at a time when women did not typically have careers. The book is set in southern Alabama in 1938. In Dickensian fashion, the novel opens with the story of Mercy's birth. Born in a thunderstorm, Mercy arrives with a flash of lightning and great expectations.
"Can you imagine standing where your life might have taken a different turn, where everything was different, where your story would have been written in a different tone?"
This is a quote from Mercy, who has been entrusted with a mysterious book that details the choices and destinies of the people in the small Alabama town of Bay City. It is a map of lives, of decisions made and unmade. It is powerful and dangerous, full of purpose that must be fulfilled.
I won't reveal more of the plot as it would spoil the twists and turns that add up to an intriguing journey through "what if" territory. The theme is universal -- does God have a plan for me? For all of time? How are we all connected throughout? What is my destiny? How do my choices and yours affect each other and all future generations? Would we choose to do the right thing even if we knew it would not be easy and would have life-long consequences for all involved? As someone who very much believes in divine destiny and the plan and purpose that God has for each one of us, I found it fascinating. As a writer, I appreciated the way River Jordan brought Mercy and the other characters to life in unforgettable ways. I did not want to put this book down until I had finished it!
If you're looking for a book that will make you think and will probably stay with you long after you've turned the last page, consider The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan.
Mercy Land is a person, not a place in River Jordan's new book, The Miracle of Mercy Land. Our heroine, Mercy, finds herself with a mysterious, magical book whose powers could be used for great good or great evil. Her employer, a crusty old newspaper man, fearful of the book's abilities, locks it away and entrusts Mercy with the sole key. In a rather dramatic showdown between good and evil, Mercy must use her God-given gift to cause a miracle to save the soul of a childhood friend--the man she loves.
Full of colorful characters, Mercy Land, paints a beautiful story of redemption and finding one's place in the world. The chosen settings flip between the warm gulf shores of Alabama to an old-fashioned backwoods village in the South, all occurring against the pre-WW2 drama of the 1930s. Jordan, the author, is good at spinning a folk tale. The story had an almost dream-like quality, weaving a spell around me, yet the middle dragged at points as if the story just needed to fill space to allow enough time to elapse between the well-crafted beginning and ending. Overall, the story was a fulfilling read and I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Recommended for fans of books of a fairytale type nature, realistic fantasy, folk fiction, or Andrew Petersen.
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed below are my own. I was under no obligation to give the book a positive review.