ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
Shades of Mercy is a very unique book with a very real historical setting that most people don't think about. 1954 was not that long ago and yet in many parts of the country racial tensions collided and hateful things happened. I had never heard of the Maliseet tribe and found the history fascinating. I didn't know there were so many issues with Indian tribes during this time period. This story is based off of a long grown hatred that started as something small and grew into a lifestyle. Mercy is a young woman in love with Mick, a young Maliseet man.
I think the thing I loved about this story the most is Mercy's father and his character and trust in God no matter what. He raised a good family and tried to do what was right, even while the rest of the town became fearful and selfish.
For a contemporary fiction book this is a great read. Romantically speaking there were a couple of romantic moments but I did not think it the main purpose or find it to be a strong point.
"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."
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