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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan Review

Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman of 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 indispensable 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 arrive by train, she begins to understand she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she loves–forever.

About the Author
River Jordan is a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright. Her books include The Miracle of Mercy Land, 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.

My Thoughts:

I have been so busy lately that I had actually forgotten I had this book for review.  I sat down excited and ready for a great adventure.  It ended up being a decent read, although I feel like I missed something somewhere so I know I will be picking it up to read it again.  The characters were very interesting but certain characters are so mysterious that I am not even sure what their role was in the book.  There were many questions left unanswered and I just felt there were certain parts that were not explained well enough. 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review


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