An inspiring story of faith, love, and a hope for a better tomorrow. . .

Mercy is a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, growing up in 1950s northern Maine. A farmer’s daughter, she has always been treated as a son, working the fields and charged with driving each day to collect workers from the local Maliseet tribe- a group of impoverished Native Americans who have been banished to live at the town dump.

Though her father has always treated the Maliseet as equals, not everyone in the town is so kind, and as a romance begins to blossom between Mercy and her childhood Maliseet friend Mic, she hopes that one day their relationship will be acceptable in society.

But everything changes when her best friend’s sister elopes with a member of the Maliseet tribe, throwing the town into an uproar. In the midst of the confusion, Mic gets arrested and falsely charged with attempted murder, and all Mercy can do is pray and trust that God will set things right as her family struggles to free him- and she soon discovers that God’s mercy is greater than we could ever know.

First of all, let me just say that I love books that feature my beautiful home state of Maine. While the featured town in the story (Watsonville) doesn’t actually exist, the book does include many mentions of towns and cities that do. The Native American tribes, which unfortunately I don’t know much about, are familiar names in the region, and the descriptions of the land also ring true.

I really liked this book, from the strong character of Mercy, who was struggling to find her own voice in the world, to the troubled souls of Mic and his younger brother Joseph and the difficulties their people faced at that time in history. This is a beautiful story about the flaws in human nature, and the battle to overcome them by surrendering all to God and placing our trust in him to bring us through our difficulties and into His will.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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I received a free copy of this book through River North Fiction, a division of Moody Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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