Here I am talking about Missing Mercy again, the latest from author Stephenia McGee. I just adore her books!! Make sure you enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. And, if you missed my chat with Mercy, make sure you check that out here.
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.
Link to purchase Missing Mercy: http://www.stepheniamcgee.com/books/missing-mercy/
Book 1, The Whistle Walk http://www.stepheniamcgee.com/books/the-whistle-walk/
Book 2, Heir of Hope http://www.stepheniamcgee.com/books/heir-of-hope/
You cannot look at the cover of this book and not be intrigued by the story. Then when you read the book blurb, you are a tad more intrigued. Then you start reading, and BAM – you are hooked and cannot put it down until you reach the end. I am a big fan of McGee’s work, and Missing Mercy is an obvious reason why. Not only does it share an interesting tale, but it also presents the gospel in such a beautiful way. She doesn’t preach to her readers, she encourages them.
There are so many things about this book that I love, but perhaps what stuck with me most is Mercy and Faith’s friendship. Through the hurdles, disappointment, and fears, they were always there for each other. They each grew tremendously during the course of this story, both in different ways. Mercy had big dreams, but learned that unfortunately being both a woman, and a woman of color meant those dreams were nearly impossible. But here’s the thing – God can do anything. We’ve all been in difficult situations that seem nearly impossible, but with God they are totally possible!
McGee is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Her books always inspire, encourage, and make me hungry for more. While I’m sorry to see these characters go, the good thing is that I can visit them whenever I want to. And trust me, that will be happening again soon!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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One winner will receive the Blog tour giveaway(US mailing address only): Signed paperback copies of The Whistle Walk and Heir of Hope (Ironwood Plantation Family Saga books one and two), Mississippi made cheese straws, handmade leather Jer. 28:11 bookmark, handcrafted specialty soaps, Southern Sisters mandarin orange pepper spread, and Thomas Jefferson quote “I cannot live without books” spiral earrings.