Friday, December 20, 2013
Shades of Mercy by Anita Lustrea and Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
River North (August 20, 2013) 272 pages
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Mercy is a teenage girl, but her father thinks of her as the "son" he never had. She works on her dad's farm, driving his truck to hire and pick up Maliseet men to help on the farm. She picks potatoes and vegetables and moves rocks, right along with all the men.
When racial tensions toward the Maliseet start growing larger in her small town, Mercy's world starts changing.
As y'all may know by now, I'm always drawn to stories with Native American content. Learning that this was one of those books, I knew I had to read it. The storyline deals with how the Maliseet were mistreated and the prejudice that was shown to them.
Despite the way it seems at the beginning, I adored the sweet relationship between Mercy and her parents. I thought it was a little odd that she called her dad, "Mr. Pop", but she has a wonderful family life. While she's described as a "tomboy", wearing pants and doing the "man" work, she still comes off as a little lady, to me. (Although, I'm not saying tomboys aren't ladies!)
I enjoyed reading about farm life. While it was hard work, it still comes off sounding so refreshing. At one point in the story, we get to take a "tour" of the mom's pantry. Oh, how lovely it sounded!
There is a romance within this story, and while the story actually revolves largely around this romance, it still isn't the main focus, in my opinion. This is, more than anything, a sweet "coming of age" story. While I definitely consider it a young adult book, I do think it can be enjoyed by many adults, too.
Shades of Mercy was a relaxing read for me, even with the tough issues tackled. I enjoyed my time within its pages!
*A huge "Thank You" to River North for sending me a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!
River North very generously sent me 3 extra copies to give away to y'all! If you'd like to read this book, just leave a comment with your e-mail.
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