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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 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 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.