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From the Publisher"Shades of Mercy transports you back to a simpler time, idyllic Maine backdrops, and all the complications of racial tension and forbidden love. You'll cheer for the heroine and fall in love with the hero-a perfect recipe for a sweet, enduring read."
-Mary DeMuth, speaker and author of The Muir House
"A glorious coming-of-age tale that captures the scenic beauty of Maine as well as the ugly underbelly of racism. I felt transported but saw a mirror of our current day. You will adore this tenderly told love story-a love story expressed on many different levels."
-Chris Fabry, bestselling author and radio personality
"The human dynamics in a small town American community with a racially diverse population can be challenging. Some people walk with blinders on; others turn a cheek to the problem of social injustice. . . . Racism is often not easily identifiable or understood. Shades of Mercy highlights problems of the past that in some cases still exist, but also presents hope for a better future of understanding."
-Brian Reynolds, Tribal Administrator, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
"Through the vivid lens of two lives set in small-town America, Anita and Caryn capture the heart of one of our biggest pieces of unfinished business: our relationship with First peoples. Anita and Caryn create with pitch-perfect detail the struggles and triumphs of the Maliseet people caught in a world of bigotry, suspicion, and ignorance-and just enough nobility to keep hope alive. A book that both instructs and entertains, but above all inspires."
-Mark Buchanan, author of Your Church Is Too Safe
"Shades of Mercy is a re-creation of small town America complete with its warmth and innocence and a frothy brew of secrets. Tough moral and spiritual questions are faced head-on in this sweet tale of love and friendship."
-Donna VanLiere, NY Times bestselling author of The Good Dream
"With an intimate, engaging voice, a budding young woman named Mercy extends compassion for the vestiges of the once proud Maine Maliseet, a Native American tribe short on resources yet long on wisdom and appreciation for beauty. A heartwarming tale-of the real meaning of grace-that stays with you. We need more stories about the intersection of Christianity and Native Americans, and this one is dignified and wonderful."
-Linda S. Clare, author of The Fence My Father Built and A Sky without Stars