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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan- - A WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Book Review

The Blurb:

What if you had the power to amend choices you made in the past? Would you do it even if it changed everything?
Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman in the 1930s. The sheltered daughter of a traveling preacher, she chooses to leave her rural community to move to nearby Bay City on the warm, gulf-waters of southern Alabama. There she finds a job at the local paper and spends seven years making herself indispensable to old Doc Philips, the publisher and editor. Then she gets a frantic call at dawn—it’s the biggest news story of her life, and she can’t print a word of it.
Doc has come into possession of a curious book that maps the lives of everyone in Bay City—decisions they’ve made in the past, and how those choices affect the future. Mercy and Doc are consumed by the mystery locked between the pages—Doc because he hopes to right a very old wrong, and Mercy because she wants to fulfill the book’s strange purpose. But when a mystery from Mercy’s past arrives by train, she begins to understand that she will have to make choices that will deeply affect everyone she loves—forever. 

My Review:

I choose this book to review because I liked the premise. I have often wondered how things would be different if I had made different choices.   This story explores this idea, in a very interesting way, when a mysterious book suddenly shows up on Doc's desk. Doc and Mercy discover that they are able to see into other people's lives and how their choices affected the present, both for good and bad.

River Jordan has written an interesting book. Her use of description is powerful, and I can still picture Bay City, as well as, Doc and Mercy as I write this review. I would place The Miracle of Mercy Land  in the category of fantasy,or magical realism (River Jordan's loose description), although, there isn't magic, as we might define it, in this book. I enjoyed this story, but if you don't like this genre then you may not be interested in this book.

**The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan was provided for me free by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.



I apologize for how this post looks. I have been having trouble with Blogger in keeping this post the way I typed it up. ~Tammi


  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing and for what you do to promote books and writing to readers at large. Yes, it's a tough book to put in a regular genre bend. Some people have referred to it as mystical realism as opposed to magical but sense that doesn't exist . . . :). It's certainly southern, and supernatural. I'm just glad that you related to parts of the story so well!


    River Jordan

  2. Thank you River. I do like to read and review books. I try to write a clear review so that others would also like to read the book, as well, some reviews I've written better than others. It is a learning curve for me. I also want to let my readers know that there are parts in the the book that could go against their Biblical Worldview, or that they might want to review before they let their child(ren) read it. ~Tammi


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