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Posted February 7, 2014
This book has been described as a sweet coming-of-age story and
This book has been described as a sweet coming-of-age story and I would wholeheartedly agree with that. The two main characters, Mercy and Mick, are young teenagers and they are in love. The problem is that society frowns upon the relationship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The timeframe is the mid 50s during the era of Brown vs The Board of Education. While things are changing in other parts of the country, the deep seeded prejudice that grips the small town of Watsonville, Maine is alive and well. Mercy is the daughter of a well respected area farmer but Mick is from the disparaged Maliseet tribe. In the eyes of most in the town the two classes do not mix.
In a very gentle way the story of the area's history is revealed. We are allowed to see how a tiny seed of bitterness and resentment can blossom into a tree full of anger and revenge. Shades of Mercy shows the best and the worst of how we as humans treat each other. We get to cheer when a group of people begin to rally to change what is wrong even when it seems impossible.
I was completely enraptured with the characters and the scenarios that were presented in the novel. Anita and Caryn really captured the dynamics of a small town. I don't know that there will be a sequel, but I sure hope so. The story does come to a conclusion, but there are still areas that I would love to see resolved. I want to know more about these fabulous characters that have taken up residence in my heart.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Posted January 2, 2014
A good book, and as good as I had hoped it would be. It¿s about
A good book, and as good as I had hoped it would be. It’s about the conflict between the whites and the Indians in Maine – I had no idea they had this kind of tension there in the 1950s! This book provided a fascinating look at some complicated situations that seemed true to life. It’s a growing up story about a young girl of 16 and her Indian boyfriend. The book was full of good writing, and had an excellent story – I would read more, either in this series or by these authors. I especially loved the description of a food pantry in Mercy’s house – it reminded me of the luscious food descriptions in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, Farmer Boy. I’m a sucker for food descriptions. ;) But this was a heartwarming and sweet story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
**RiverNorth asked me to review this and provided my copy, along with others for giveaway. I wasn’t required to review it positively, nor was I recompensed in any other way for my review.**
Posted December 21, 2013
This is a tale of Mercy who lived during 1954 and who is in a se
This is a tale of Mercy who lived during 1954 and who is in a secret relationship with her Maliseet beau Mick. She lives with her parents on a farm, and her father hires the Maliseet to help him work it. The Maliseet are living below poverty level as they make their homes at the local garbage dump. Mick tries to rise above all that and dreams of a life of college and a marriage with Mercy. All of this comes to a crashing halt as one Maliseet dares to run away with the love of his life, a prominent shop keeper's daughter. Now the whole town is on edge, past secrets come to the surface, and allegations are made which can destroy Mick and Mercy's future happiness. This story is told from Mercy's perspective and we follow along with her as she holds on to true love, learns some valuable lessons, and sees the strength of her father and mother's faith as well. I looked forward to reading more of Mick and Mercy's story in the next book. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. for my honest opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2013
Shades of Mercy is a great story. Although it¿s never easy to re
Shades of Mercy is a great story. Although it’s never easy to read about prejudice, the story was done in such a way as to bring light to the subject and truth to the problem. I really enjoyed this book and found it to be a page turner. The characters are not only realistic, they demonstrate admirable Christian behavior throughout the book. The issues in the story revealed a part of history that I had not known about previously.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It is easy to feel sorry for the “less than people” while sitting in a warm house with a full belly. The town of Watsonville has tucked away the Maliseet Indians in the town dump and called it normal. But when their love is forbidden, Marjorie, a white girl from Watsonville and Glenn, a Maliseet Indian, run away to New York to begin their new life together. This causes not only anger in their families, but dissension in the whole town. Divided about what relationships are appropriate, the racial tensions in the town that remained hidden for too long, begin to surface. The long standing friendship and budding relationship between Mercy and Mick is tested and tried. They are forced to reckon with whether their love is strong enough to cross and survive racial and socio economic barriers. Mercy is witness to her parent’s incredible faith and love walk as they support Mick when he’s accused of a crime he did not commit. God’s mercy is demonstrated both in tragedy and in truth.
I received this book from the Book Club Network and River North publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. Shades of Mercy is an excellent read and I highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Posted November 25, 2013
This is an incredibly well written novel. I received a free cop
This is an incredibly well written novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mercy Millar works hard to help her father on his potato farm in Watsonville, Maine. She also dreams of someday having him see her as the young woman she is, not as the son he never had. She also dreams of someday being able to move her relationship with her boyfriend Mick out from the shadows. The barrier to their being open about their attraction to each other is that Mick is a Maliseet Indian. There is a huge amount of racial tension between the white people of Watsonville and the Maliseet tribe of Maine’s Northwoods during the summer of 1954. Then suddenly disaster strikes, even though it looks surprisingly like the grace of God.
I was caught up in this book from the very beginning. I wanted to see how Mercy and Mick would be able to navigate the rocky road of racial strife. I had heard much of the way African Americans had been treated. But I had never really heard about the harsh treatment of Native Americans other than through school history books. This book is an eye opening look at the living conditions that many of them were forced to live in, even as recently as the middle of the 20th century. My heart ached for them as I rooted for them to rise above the conditions and the way they were treated.
This story is so well crafted and the descriptions are so clear that I can totally see the picture painted by the authors. I would love to see this made into a movie.
Posted November 24, 2013
Shades of Mercy, a Maine Chronicle by Anita Lustrea and Caryn Ri
Shades of Mercy, a Maine Chronicle by Anita Lustrea and Caryn RivadeneiraWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is a great story of discrimination and the resulting hurt it causes. Shades of Mercy is set in 1954, in a farming community in Maine. Mercy lives on a potato farm with her parents. As a child growing up she has always played and went to school with children from the local Maliseet Indian tribe. Her father, Mr. Pop hires men from the tribe to work on the farm. It was okay to have the Indians as playmate but nothing more. As Mercy grows and becomes a teenager her feeling for Mick her playmate grow stronger. Mick is a Maliseet India and lives on Hungry Hill, a garbage dump. He also helps out around the farm. Because of racial tensions their feeling have to be kept secret. But tension are building in the community. Mick is arrested and jailed for a crime he did not commit and had he been white, he would he have been freed. Mercy and her family do everything in their power to help free Mick.
You will find the characters to have a strong faith and moral character. You will also find pillars of the community ready to stand and fight for what is right, to be authentic, real and compassionate. The authors Anita Lustrea and Caryn Rivadeneira have written a story that is believable and full of emotion. They interwoven faith throughout the book in a way that is sure to pull at your heartstrings.
I give this book 4 stars, I found it to be realistic and faith filled. I want to thank the authors Anita Lustrea and Caryn Rivadeneira, and the publisher for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I am thankful for ya’ll generosity.
Posted November 22, 2013
Shades of Mercy is a great story of a fifteen year old white gir
Shades of Mercy is a great story of a fifteen year old white girl growing up in the 1950's. This takes place in Maine where she grows up and falls in love with a Native American Indian. This meets with opposition due to the hatred and racism against the Indians. The book describes in detail the living conditions, and farming done at that time. The research done for the book was great. The book was flowing, and showed love and faith in self, family and God throughout. Forgiveness and mercy was shown as needed. Overall I enjoyed the book tremendously. I have added two more authors to my ever growing list of one's to follow.I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 7, 2013
Shades of Mercy By: Anita Lustrea and Caryn Dahlstrand This bo
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By: Anita Lustrea and Caryn Dahlstrand
This book will pull you in from the beginning. The story takes place in Main around 1954. Mercy was bought up to be a hard worker by her father. Mercy was the son he never had. Mercy worked the potato fields right along with the Maliseet Indians that worked for her father. Mercy is a young girl coming of age and has fallen in love with Mick Maliseet Indian. Which in this day and time not really looked on very highly, People I believe were more prejudice back then. Where is God’s mercy. God is not of color. Through all the town prejudice’s can they be a couple? Will their love be able to come out and live as a happy couple? This is a wonderful book. Hope there will be another one right behind it.
Posted October 27, 2013
Mercy is a farm girl in 1950's Maine who is in love with a young
Mercy is a farm girl in 1950's Maine who is in love with a young Maliseet man who helps out on her family farm. The Maliseets, an Indian tribe who had been pushed off their lands, were forced to live in substandard conditions on dumping grounds. Mercy and Mick are full on young love and are confident their love will survive until they are able to marry. When a similar couple runs off to New York City and marries and Mick is accused of a crime, everything changes for this young couple. Is their love and faith in each other strong enough to endure?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It was hard for me to get into this book at first. I was a little confused at how the characters related to one another because Mercy calls her father Mr. Pop. At first I wasn't sure if Mercy was also a hired worker at the farm or if Mr. Pop was a foreman. So I wasn't sure I would like this book, but I kept at it and by the end I enjoyed it.
My favorite part of this book was the faith that Mercy and her family share. I loved the way Mr. Pop answered Mercy's questions about his philosophy in hiring the Maliseet men compared with other farmers in the area. The other farmers frequently cheat the Maliseet out of their pay, but Mr. Pop never does. He explains to Mercy that everyone is responsible for living their life in the "right" way and doing what they know is right. We can only answer for ourselves. I also loved reading about how Mercy's parents show their love and support for her throughout the book.
All in all, I think the book ended up being a good read with a strong message. I had never heard of the Maliseet tribe, so it was interesting to read about the experiences of a different Native American tribe. If you enjoy reading historical fiction, with a strong Christian message, you will probably enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Posted September 21, 2013
I am so glad I read this book. Mercy is a naive fifteen year old
I am so glad I read this book. Mercy is a naive fifteen year old girl who you can't help but love. She is smart, passionate, tough, and caring all rolled into one. Mick is tough, determined, and has been through more than any 15 year old boy should have to go through in his short life. It makes him seem kind of jaded, except when he's with Mercy. Their love has to remain hidden because Mercy is white and Mick is a Maliseet Indian. I loved all the characters in this book. Mercy, Mick, Mother, Mr. Pop (so cute!), and all of the workers and secondary characters. They were very well written and developed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The year is 1954. Race issues are just beginning to surface and fester with the passing of Brown vs. Board of Education. Mick and Mercy are just two teenagers, in love, trying to find their place in their dramatically changing world. This is a sweet story, with dark, hard issues. I love how this book was written! Most books focus on the negative of the circumstances surrounding racial relationships. This book, in my opinion, took a different approach. It gave me hope that one day, everything would work out for Mick and Mercy. When dealing with hate, disillusionment, and other deep seeded issues, books can tend to take on a very dark tone. These authors did a great job of finding the light in the dark.
Overall, I thought this was a quick, easy read. I understood the title about halfway into the story. As the book states: "That's where the grace--where all those shades of mercy show up in life," when you realize your mistakes, ask for forgiveness and try to live like Jesus wants as much as possible. I would recommend this to everyone!
**I received this complimentary copy of Shades of Mercy from River North Fiction from Moody Publishers. I was not required to provide a review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
Posted September 13, 2013
Posted September 6, 2013
A Poignant Story It is 1954 in a rural farm community in Northe
A Poignant StoryWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It is 1954 in a rural farm community in Northern Maine. Mercy's family owns a large potato farm where Mercy does the work of a teenaged boy. Her father, "Mr. Pop" teases her that she is the son he never had. He hires local Maliseet Indians to help work the farm. Mick is a Maliseet who has been a friend to Mercy since they were toddlers playing in the fields and building forts. As teenagers their friendship grows into an attraction that is forbidden. Racial tensions were heating up in the southern states while discord between Indian tribes and those who had overtaken their land were troubling other areas of the country, Maine being no exception. The Maniseet had been forced out of their homes to live in shacks on top of the area dump, and the situation is becoming volatile in Mercy's community.
Shades of Mercy is a story of troubled times and strained relationships. The descrimination presented in this story is realistic and historically accurate. Hard and honest work ethics are reminiscent of farm families of that time frame. Characters presented are authentic, colorful and convincing, as are the issues detailed in this account. Mercy's father represents a pillar of strength and compassion to his family and community through difficult times and distressing events. His strength of character and unwavering faith in God are exemplary and strong currents that are woven throughout this story. The elements of hope, grace, mercy and compassion run strong throughout the events characterized in this book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Posted September 7, 2013
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