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Sweet Mercy Donald S. Smurthwaite
What do you remember, what is important, what do you simply let go, sand piling on sand, until only the important events and memories are left?
Much to the delight and good fortune of Arthur and Mary Bell, they were the proud parents of four strapping sons. Such a stroke of luck was vital to their survival on the Idaho plain, where every able- bodied young man was desperately needed to work the land. So when Mary gave birth to a baby girl, the family was befuddled. But they su ered no distress at the loss of another boy to help around the farm—they felt only absolute delight in their sweet Mercy May.
Now, a lifetime later, Mercy recounts with poignant fondness the tales of her childhood in her rugged Idaho town. Experience with the Bell family, friends, and neighbors the devastation of the Great Depression and the impact of years of war. From a dedicated farmer hit hard by despair to a good- hearted reverend to the gentle brothers who brought light during the darkest of times, each individual’s story weaves a vital thread into the rich tapestry of one woman’s incredible life.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Sweet Mercy is a tale about a community trying to survive difficult times in Idaho during drought and the "Great Depression" .
It is an often poignant story of the good, but mostly trying, times in the 1920s & 1930s in the U.S.
The story is narrated, fluctuating between present day and that historical era.
This reviewer finds it very difficult to become captivated by most stories presented by narrative. A writer has to have a rare talent in order for this to happen. If this account were written in a third or first person style, it is this reviewer's opinion, that it would have been a totally enthralling tale.
The characters were well-developed and felt very real. The background scenes were simple, yet, detailed enough to easily visualize. The Book Cover and Title were well chosen] and eye-catching.
The style of writing did not engage the reader in a way to keep his/her interest. Still, the reader felt inclined to continue reading to see how the story ended.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
“If you are stirred by the generous acts of decent people who care about their neighbors and who go out of their way to lend a helping hand during desperate times, this is a book written for you.”
—Richard Peterson, Retired Editor, Deseret Book Company
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