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Posted January 17, 2014
feel I've been on a very fortunate trip having just finished &q
feel I've been on a very fortunate trip having just finished "Mercy Snow." It's one of those books that puts the heart back into reading. I felt such a loss of reading material that excited me over the holidays...and since that time, "Burial Rites" and "Mercy Snow" have both resurrected my belief in good books and fantastic authors. Tiffany Baker, in particular, is a gifted writer whose work is just captivating. I fell in love with her as an author when she wrote "The Gilly Salt Sisters," but I have to say that this book really rivals that one!
This is a haunting and gorgeously written book. There is much to be said about the workings of the characters. Their psychology leaves their outward appearance secondary as we become absorbed in their thought processes and machinations. As June, the mill owner's wife, spins her web catching herself up in it as well as the townswomen, we are reminded of how easy it is to fall in our own folly. We become desperate and hungry with Mercy and Hannah. And, we look with frustration at a situation that is both hateful and unfair from the goldfish bowl of the Gods...far above the action of the novel.
This is a magical and meaningful book. Mystical and mythological bits and pieces dot the storyline reminding us that all that we see in the world may not be all there is to it. It's a story that draws you in and keeps the pages turning. There's more than one moral to this story.
The mystery at the center of the novel keeps dancing at the edges of every chapter, leaving us grasping at it like a willow-the-wisp. While we are given a good deal of the actual mystery at the onset, the deeper ones are withheld from us, and we know it! This gives depth and richness to the storyline.
I loved this book. It was one of those I wished would never end. I could happily have gone on reading about these characters...
This is one of those books you just have to read this winter. It's a show-stopper of a novel. I highly recommend it!
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame
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Posted January 17, 2014
Posted September 2, 2014
All of the characters fit so well together to make this heartfel
All of the characters fit so well together to make this heartfelt and mysterious story. I found myself picking the book up throughout the day and first thing in the morning because in each chapter there was something interesting going on. A very good book that I would recommend to friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2014
Posted March 11, 2014
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite I was first intro
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I was first introduced the talented Tiffany Baker in her book The Gilly Salt Sisters. Her latest book is Mercy Snow. The plot takes place in a small town in Titan Falls, home of the Titan Paper Mill. The paper mill was owned by the McAllister family. The Snows had just moved into the area. They lived in an old RV on land they inherited from their father. The Snows lived a primitive life out of necessity; often they did not have enough food to eat. Zeke had been in trouble a lot. When Zeke’s truck was found off the road close to a fatal bus wreck, the townspeople suspected he was responsible. Zeke was hiding while Mercy tried to provide for and take care of her little sister Hannah.
Mercy Snow is a fascinating read. Mercy Snow is a strong character undertaking a near impossible task. Hannah was lovable and naive. The townspeople clearly demonstrated the lack of tolerance for those different from them and considered outsiders. I immensely enjoyed this tale. I was shocked at part of the ending, but not everyone has a happy ending. The author compares a river spoiled by pollution from the local paper mill to the polluted means of the townspeople. They had the perfect opportunity to reach out to the Snows in love, but instead preferred to further sully their name and do physical harm to them. This book has 328 pages and the audio format is 11 hours and 23 minutes. Christine Lakin lends her voice to this exciting tale.
Posted January 29, 2014
Posted January 29, 2014
The author has a gift for beautiful and poetic phrasing, somew
The author has a gift for beautiful and poetic phrasing, somewhat reminiscent of Alice Hoffman/s magical writing, but for some reason, I could not sustain interest in the story line or characters. The plot line dragged, lost in too much mundane detail, and the dark , dreary background made it a depressing read. I had trouble forming an attachment to the characters and had little sympathy for their situations. I rarely give up on a book, but half way thorough, I gave up on this one.....and did not feel guilty like I normally would. I wanted to like this book and but found it lacking and depressing. Try Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, and Ann Patchette. They keep yourWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
interest with endearing characters and themes and beautiful writing.
Posted May 28, 2014
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