Today I am excited to have Mercy here chatting with me! Mercy is one of the main characters from Stephenia McGee’s latest release, Missing Mercy. I am reading this book right now, and let me tell you it is a good one! My review will be posted here on the 11th, so watch for that! Before you meet Mercy, let me tell you more about this wonderful book.
The venture ahead could leave their friendship behind.
Made a safe-haven after the Civil War, Ironwood Plantation is a refuge of equality for former slaves. But twenty years and a new generation later, they have become an isolated community with little contact with the rest of the world.
Mercy Carpenter is everything the world thinks she shouldn’t be. Educated and adventurous, she longs to make a life for herself beyond the beautiful prison of Ironwood. When she secretly submits an article to the Boston Globe under a man’s name and receives an enthusiastic response and an offer for employment, she’s determined to take advantage of the opportunity. But she isn’t prepared for a startling world that won’t accept her color or her gender, and her ambitions soon land her in grave danger.
The privileged daughter of a plantation owner and an aspiring suffragette, Faith Harper is determined not to marry. Especially not her father’s opportunistic new business partner. She doesn’t want any man telling her what to do, least of all the annoyingly chivalrous Nolan Watson. But when Mercy goes missing, Faith will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means trusting a man she doesn’t understand. In a time where prejudices try to define them, Mercy and Faith must push the boundaries of their beliefs and trust in the God who holds the keys to freedom.
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Welcome to the blog today Mercy! I’m so glad you’re able to chat with me today. Can you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you for having me, Jessica! I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to be anywhere but home, if I’m being honest. A little about me? Let’s see. I was born on Ironwood and my parents never allowed me to leave. Well, until I wrote that article and decided to set off on my own, but that’s an entire story for later. I have an older brother and two younger sisters. I believe God has gifted me with words, and I hope to be a journalist someday.
What is life like at Ironwood?
Safe. Quiet. Isolated. We are a self-sufficient community and have kept to ourselves for many years now. My parents often remind me of how good life is in our little village, but I long to see the rest of the world. There’s so much more out there than farm life.
I can understand wanting to see the rest of the world too. What prompted you to write an article and submit it to the Boston Globe?
I want to be a journalist, and I thought sending in an article would prove that my education, thoughts, and talent were good enough. I figured if a big newspaper like the Boston Globe liked my words, then I had a real chance to make a life for myself away from Ironwood.
That must have been so hard to do! How did you and Faith become friends?
We’ve been friends for as long as I can remember. Our mothers are very close, and so Faith and I played, learned from the governess, and grew up together.
How nice that you had someone there to learn and play with! Is there a special bible verse that you think of during times of trouble?
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 This verse reminds me that even though times can be difficult, God always has a plan, and His plans always prosper.
Amen! What advice can you give readers who are hesitant to follow their dreams?
Pray. God gave you those dreams for a reason. He has a plan for them!
Prayer is so important for everything we do! Thank you so much for chatting with me today Mercy! I do hope you’ll come visit again soon 🙂
Thank you for inviting me! I would love to visit again. And you’ll have to come out to Ironwood sometime!
Winner of the 2012 RONE Best Inspirational Book of the year (2012) and author of six Historical novels, Stephenia H. McGee has a fascination with hoop skirts and ball gowns, Greek revival homes and horse-drawn carriages, quirky Southern sayings, and home-grown recipes. She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and two boys, (accompanied by their two spoiled dogs and mischievous cat) where she writes stories of faith, redemption, and stories steeped in the South.
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