"Shades of Mercy" by Anita Lunstrea and Caryn Rivadeneira is a great book. It's enjoyable from the very beginning and by the end it's a page turner that doesn't stand a chance of being left alone when any free moments pop up during your day. The characters are compelling and real and the authors do a wonderful job of of creating almost instant empathy for all of their plights. The main characters, Mercy and Mick, have had a sweet friendship since childhood. We meet them as teenagers who are now in love and forced to hide their relationship because of the nature of their cultural backgrounds. Here is a short summary from the publisher:"It's 1954 and the world-even the far Northwoods of Maine-is about to change. But that change can't happen soon enough for fourteen-year-old Mercy Millar. Long tired of being the "son" her father never had, Mercy's ready for the world to embrace her as the young woman she is-as well as embrace the forbidden love she feels.
When childhood playmates grow up and fall in love, the whole community celebrates. But in the case of Mercy and Mick, there would be no celebration. Instead their relationship must stay hidden. Good girls do not date young men from the Maliseet tribe. At least, not in Watsonville, Maine. When racial tensions escalate and Mick is thrown in jail under suspicion of murder, Mercy nearly loses all hope-in love, in her father, and in God himself.”I believe this book would appeal to many different types of readers. It's a Christian romance novel mixed with a political and historical storyline filled with adventure, drama, and even a natural disaster. And the good news is, I've been given three copies of this book to give away to you!
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*Deadline to enter is Friday April 25th, 2014 at Midnight PST
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