Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Miracle of Mercy Land - Book Review

I recently received "The Miracle of Mercy Land" by River Jordan from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program.  If you like to read and write reviews, you should check out their program (Blogging for Books).

First off, here's a little about the book from Waterbrook Multnomah's website:
             "Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman in 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 indispensible 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 arrives
             by train, she begins to understand that she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she

My Review
I was interested to read this book.  It seemed like a very unique one, and it was set in Alabama.  I always like to read books set in Alabama just to see how they describe everything.  This book was by far one of the strangest books I have ever read.  It started out kind of slow, then got REALLY weird.  After all of the weirdness, it got pretty good.  I enjoyed the last few chapters of the book.  The book focuses on how our choices affect not only ourselves, but everyone around us, whether we realize it or not.  It does have a very, very small part that could be considered a love story, but this is by far not a romance novel.  If you like unique books, you should definitely check this one out...but be warned - it does start out slow and a little weird!

You can read an excerpt from the book HERE.

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  No other compensation was received.  See full disclaimer for more information.**
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