Love Mercy

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National bestselling author of the Benni Harper mysteries

Widow Love Mercy Johnson still listens for her husband's comforting laugh, but with her friend's help, she's trying to move on. Then her 18-year-old estranged granddaughter shows up, forcing them both to confront old resentments. And when disaster strikes, they must discover if they can change their lives-and the lives of those they love-for the better.

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Overview


National bestselling author of the Benni Harper mysteries

Widow Love Mercy Johnson still listens for her husband's comforting laugh, but with her friend's help, she's trying to move on. Then her 18-year-old estranged granddaughter shows up, forcing them both to confront old resentments. And when disaster strikes, they must discover if they can change their lives-and the lives of those they love-for the better.

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The mysteries of the human heart fill Fowler's first of a sweet new series about Love Mercy Johnson of Morro Bay, Calif. This delightful departure from her Benni Harper mysteries (Tumbling Blocks, etc.) features cameos of Benni and husband Gabe, but Love, photojournalist and co-owner of the Buttercream Cafe, takes center stage with former Las Vega cop Melina "Mel" Le Blanc and Love's 18-year-old granddaughter, Loretta Lynn "Rett" Johnson. Rett suddenly arrives in San Celina County with a banjo stolen from her two-timing ex-boyfriend, Dale Bailey. Thirteen months have passed since Love lost her husband, Cy, and 14 years since Tommy, Rett's father, died. As Christmas approaches, Love must deal with Dale's hot pursuit of said banjo, her father-in-law's struggle with Alzheimer's and Mel's brush with a menace from her Vegas past. Fowler delivers some wise lessons on life (e.g., "Looks fade... a good heart doesn't") in a heartfelt tale sure to please her fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425233320
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 401,618
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Earlene Fowler

Earlene Fowler was raised in La Puente, California, by a Southern mother and a Western father. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Allen, a large number of quilts, and twenty pairs of cowboy boots.
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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    profound character study

    In Morro Bay, California, Love Mercy Johnson has taken in stride recently becoming a widow as she is generally contented with her life though she still ¿talks¿ with her Cy and misses his foghorn laugh. She enjoys writing a column and taking photos for a magazine, working on her in-laws' cattle ranch and co-owning the Buttercream Café except for balancing the books. Her only regret is her rift with her grandchildren; she wishes she could patch things up with them, but they have long memories.<BR/><BR/>Out of the blue, her eighteen years old granddaughter, Loretta Lynn "Rett" arrives in Morro Bay after hitching across the country to escape from a relationship that turned ugly. Whereas Rett dreams of making it as a song writer or as a truck driver, Mercy wants her granddaughter in her life. Still they struggle to make amends, but the divide remains wide until a crisis forces grandma and grandchild to decide to unite or remain apart.<BR/><BR/>This is a profound character study of two women divided by a family feud that keeps each from reaching out to the other; something both emotionally need and want. Readers will admire Mercy, whose asides to Cy enable readers to understand her. Rett brings the youthful enthusiasm that anything is possible. Rotating perspective with Benni Harper playing a minor role, Earlene Fowler proves Rett¿s theory of life and relationships as she and her grandma hold the engaging plot together.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    I loved this book! I have enjoyed her Benni Harper books very mu

    I loved this book! I have enjoyed her Benni Harper books very much and these new characters are also a real treat. Hopefully we can look forward to more of both in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    I enjoyed this book so very much and hope that Ms. Fowler writes

    I enjoyed this book so very much and hope that Ms. Fowler writes more books about these wonderful characters. Recently I heard Earlene Fowler speaking at the Tucson Festival of Books -- it was great! This book deserves to be a best-seller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    More please

    I hope Earlene Fowler writes more stories about these characters. I loved them. I want to hear more about them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

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    I love Love Mercy

    I liked this book by Earlene Fowler so much, I ordered a hard bound copy for a Christmas gift. You should have more copies in the store. Love Mercy hasn't seen her granddaughters since her son died 14 years ago, and now that her husband has also passed away, she thinks she is alone without family. Then her 18 year old granddaughter rolls into town on a big rig, having hitch-hiked all the way across the Rockies. Her granddaughter is estranged from her mother, wants to be a country singer, and has stolen a banjo worth thousands of dollars from her ex-boyfriend because she found out he'd fathered a child with her sister. The two women begin to build a relationship of mutual love and trust that spans the generations, filling the emptiness in both of their hearts. In the meantime, Love Mercy must learn to forgive her ex-daughter-in-law for keeping her away from her grandchildren, while she also helps her beloved father and mother-in-law deal with the challenges of old age. Fans of the Benni Harper mysteries will recognize some of the auxilary characters, and will love re-visiting Morro Bay and Morro Rock and the rolling hills of the central coast of California. This is a book full of love and mercy and grace without being preachy or sugary-sweet. The characters are gritty, real and honest. I will be reading it again and again.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Interesting Read

    i found this book to be an interesting novel. the characters were very believable. the plot was captivating and i kept the book close by so that if i got a minute i was right back into it.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

    Good read.

    I have read all of her books. She carries her older characters from previous books into this book but has started a new storyline. Not much mystery but still a good read for any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    I liked this book!

    I had never read this author before, but was curious. I enjoy stories about women and how they relate to one another, whether they be family, friends or just living in a small town. The granddaughter finding her grandmother as an adult-it amde for a good story. It was a very satisfying read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2009

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    delightful characters in a new series

    Earlene Fowler introduces a delightful new set of characters in "Love Mercy," and also includes cameo appearances from her other books, fast-forwarded into the current day. It's like visiting with old friends while meeting new ones, broadening the circle. She scores a hit with this story about three generations of women, each facing her own essential questions of identity and supporting each other throughout that challenge. I also enjoy the interwoven nature of the neighborhood, how these characters are not left on their own to struggle, but supported, challenged, and celebrated in various ways by other friends and neighbors. The major characters are realistic and likable, questioning themselves about their motives, faith, trust, abilities, and relationships. By the end of the book, each has grown considerably, but there's no neat ribbon tying up all the loose ends, so one can hope for continuation of the stories!

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Love Mercy is wonderful!

    Earlene Fowler has done it again with Love Mercy. Although I favor the Benni Harper series, her books outside the series have been wonderful. I could not put it down. She is an excellent writer and this is well worth the read. Her characters are always great and you remember them with affection.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Earlene Fowler scores again with new characters in Love Mercy!

    Earlene Fowler does it again - another set of characters that you instantly relate to and wish you knew in real life. This book is her 2nd mainstream novel (outside of her award winning Benni Harper series). She takes us into the estranged Mother-in-law relationship, which brings with it grandchildren she doesn't get to see. When one of the granddaughters shows up on her Grandmother's doorstep running from an ex-boyfriend, you wonder how this new found relationship will go. Earlene has a way of making you feel like you know these characters. I'd love to eat at the Buttercream Cafe, walk away with one of the creamers, hear Rhett play the banjo, and be part of the ranching life.

    Run out and buy this book, along with The Saddlemaker's Wife (her 1st mainstream with characters in Bishop), as well as all 12-13 of the Benni Harper Series, and you'll have yourself a grand time reading the summer away, and making new friends. Buying new books is the best way to support your favorite authors - it's like a vote in an election, and we know the one with the most votes wins! Be sure to visit her website (www.earlenefowler.com), see her book trailer, and read her new blog.

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