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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Book Review: Missing Mercy: An Ironwood Novel by Stephenia McGee

Missing Mercy (Ironwood Plantation Family #3)

The venture ahead could leave their friendship behind.

Made a safe-haven after the Civil War, Ironwood Plantation is a refuge of equality for former slaves. But twenty years and a new generation later, they have become an isolated community with little contact with the rest of the world.

Mercy Carpenter is everything the world thinks she shouldn’t be. Educated and adventurous, she longs to make a life for herself beyond the beautiful prison of Ironwood. When she secretly submits an article to the Boston Globe under a man’s name and receives an enthusiastic response and an offer for employment, she’s determined to take advantage of the opportunity. But she isn’t prepared for a startling world that won’t accept her color or her gender, and her ambitions soon land her in grave danger.

The privileged daughter of a plantation owner and an aspiring suffragette, Faith Harper is determined not to marry. Especially not her father’s opportunistic new business partner. She doesn’t want any man telling her what to do, least of all the annoyingly chivalrous Nolan Watson. But when Mercy goes missing, Faith will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means trusting a man she doesn’t understand. In a time where prejudices try to define them, Mercy and Faith must push the boundaries of their beliefs and trust in the God who holds the keys to freedom.


Stephenia H. McGee
Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of history. She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and the deep south.

I am a huge fan of this author. She always writes such captavating stories. Her stories are always historically accurate. This is book 3 in the Ironwood Plantation family - but this can be read as a stand alone. In this story, we meet two young women of 1887 Mississippi. Such a rough time period for women. We meet Faith, the daughter of a plantation owner and Mercy, the daughter of freed slaves who live and work on Ironwood Plantation. They set off on an adventure to follow their dreams. One thing that they realize is how sheltered they were at Ironwood. There is racism that Mercy encounters being that it is the time period after the Civil War. This book has a flowing storyline, likeable characters and twists and turns. It is a must read. 

I received a copy of the book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own. 

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