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Goodness & Mercy: Historical Novel of the World War II Homefront [Kindle Edition]

Patti Hill
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lucy presses through the death of her parents and whisks her siblings, Goody and Mercy, off toward a better future, but the past is determined to tug her back to where promises can't be kept.

And her present is muddled by a sister who lives out her name, an aunt who seems determined to unseat her happiness, and a heart that betrays her.

All the while, World War II rages on. Absent men strain the running of Honey Sweet Ranch and force alliances of the most intriguing and unlikely kind, including German POWs. Within these relationships, Lucy is given the chance to discover an unfamiliar and healing faith.

With her defining style, Patti Hill tells a story of love and loss with one of America's darkest times as a backdrop. Hill's characters resonate, and her descriptions draw the reader into a drama that is perfectly paced and infused with a wondrous hope.

"...Goodness & Mercy is one of the most startlingly beautiful novels I've ever read...Poignant and real, this book touches a deep chord in the human experience." Traci DePree, author of the "Lake Emily" series

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About the Author

Patti Hill is the wife of Mr. Wonderful and the walker of Tillie the Ninny Dog. She aims to tell stories that spark a sense of wonderment about life, love, and Papa God. Her previous novels include The Garden Gate Series (Like a Watered Garden, Always Green, and In Every Flower), The Queen of Sleepy Eye, and Seeing Things. She was a finalist in the Best Debut Novel category of the Christy Award for Like a Watered Garden and a finalist in the Book of the Year Award-Religious Book category for ForeWard Magazine for Seeing Things. She loves gelato.

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  • File Size: 1171 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615776116
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  • Language: English
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book captured my heart May 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Sixteen-year-old Lucy's family threatens to disintegrate completely after the death of both parents, and the removal of her eight-year-old twin siblings to an orphanage. When she discovers that the boy twin is to be adopted out to a local farmer to work on the farm Lucy kidnaps both siblings and drives them from Wisconsin to Colorado to seek refuge from their estranged aunt and keep what's left of their family together.

The story idea grabbed me long before I ever read it, but to be honest I was a little disappointed in the first chapter or two. I'm telling you this so that if you feel the same way, do what I did...KEEP READING. By the third or fourth chapter the nuances of plot and character were apparent, and I was completely captivated. By the time I was half-way through the book I'd begun to think of the characters as my own family members, and found myself wondering how they were going--and wanting to pray for them---while I was at work. By the time I was almost at the end I knew that I didn't want it ever to finish, and still, in the days after I finished it, these characters are still on my mind.

Patti Hill has created a masterfully told story in Goodness and Mercy, that shows so beautifully the love of God, the complexity of family ties and the intricacies of pain and longing in the human heart. I highly, HIGHLY recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern writing with old fashioned charm May 22, 2013
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I seldom read five-star reviews- don't trust them much- so I hesitate to give this book one. But Goodness and Mercy leaves me with no choice.

This book gave me:

A favorite setting, small town USA during World War II.

A full cast of endearing characters with normal faults and foibles and virtues that convinced me they could have actually existed. I hope they did. They did.

Family secrets- family secrets!- and they are just obvious enough that the reader can figure them out and feel smug, and then doubtful, then confident, then worried, and then...

Excellent use of multiple viewpoints- two of them via letters to Lucy, the main character- each with his or her specific voice.

A heartache and a smile. Heartache, because it's set in World War II, of course, and smiles because of the glints of humor throughout, especially when little Mercy gets her chance to narrate. Or when Goody gets into Ranger mode.

I read fiercely toward the last page but was sorry when it ended. It reminded me of books by L. M. Montgomery, a favorite author, and is one of the best books I've read in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! May 27, 2013
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I've read all of Patti Hill's books and if it's possible she keeps getting better and better. There are so many aspects of this book that made it even more special. It's written from multiple perspectives: Lucy, the older sister, Mercy, the younger sister, tell us what they're going through back in the 1940. Then we hear from Ada, the family member they hope will come to their rescue, who's writing letters present day, trying to remember and fill in the gaps of what had happened so long ago. By using these different perspectives you get such a unique view of the main characters that you wouldn't get any other way.
Another thing that was so special in this book was the way Patti Hill used descriptive language. A lot of times when I read a book I'll skim through descriptions quickly to get to the part when I find out what's going to happen next. But in this book I wanted to carefully read every word to get the full impact.
Can't wait to see what Patti comes up with in her next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodness and Mercy May 20, 2013
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I loved this book. I started reading it as soon as I bought the ebook version and read it almost straight through; I couldn't put it down. Now that I have finished it, I'm missing the characters. I so much enjoyed having them a part of my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! August 10, 2013
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I have read all of Patti Hills books. I enjoyed all of them, but this one is my favorite. A family's struggle, a formidable, yet flawed heroin, set in the period of WWII create a great read. I'm passing this one on to all of my friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! what a great book! June 23, 2013
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This is one of the best literary Christian books I have ever read! Not predictable, hard to put down, great characters and voices. Challenges shallow perceptions of God in many ways. I would describe it as a Christian cross between To Kill a Mockingbird, The Poisonwood Bible, and Summer of My German Soldier. Read this as soon as you get a chance!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down and was sorry when it ended June 22, 2013
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This is the first book I have read by this author and I was not disappointed. Masterfully written story from beginning to end. I will definitely look for more books by Patti Hill!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good April 3, 2014
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I truly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to a reading group any day. Looking forward to more books
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book...
It kept me guessing and hoping for everything to work out...all the way up to the end.
I like how the story changes who's telling it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacklin.goines
5.0 out of 5 stars ... book I have read by Patti Hill and I enjoyed it. She develops her...
This was the second book I have read by Patti Hill and I enjoyed it. She develops her characters very well in this book and the plots and sub-plots keep you wanting more.
Published 1 month ago by Adrian Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveness
T his book reminds us that we all have personal battles and thatch hardest part is forgiving ourselves when we think we choose to lose the battle.
Published 2 months ago by Jackie Stouffer
4.0 out of 5 stars I've enjoyed other books by Patti Hill
I didn't want this book to end. I've enjoyed other books by Patti Hill. This was no exception.
Published 3 months ago by Sue in Va
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I enjoyed this book and was surprised that it kept me interested until the end. A good story for those who are not into mysteries but want to look forward to surprises.
Published 4 months ago by Lou Linn Cain
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
A good book but not my favorite my Patti Hill. I loved the Garden Gates Series much better. I do hope she keeps writing - she's one of my favorite authors.
Published 5 months ago by Lorna Ashe
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Well-written with strong characters who are very human. Love of God is very strong I this book. Thank you Lord!
Published 5 months ago by lubylu55
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
It was an unusual story that was well written. It left me wanting to read more works by this author.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
There wasn't anything about this book I did not like. It was a great read from beginning to end. From the characters with all their struggles, to the real life details of working... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Bozzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want the story to end
Sweet, mysterious, uplifting. Patti took me back to a time before I was born. Love the details and all the little surprises. Ended sooner than I wanted. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sir Buck
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More About the Author

Patti Hill is married to Mr. Wonderful, AKA Dennis, and lives in western Colorado, where the mountains are truly red and wear crew cuts. She has two grown sons who do her proud on a daily basis, but they live too far away. When not writing, Patti is happy gardening, hiking, reading, and hanging with friends and family. She is not happy cleaning toilets, sorting through the mail, or emptying her email inbox. Ack!

She is the author of six novels. Some would call them inspirational; she just can't imagine the universe without a loving Papa God standing nearby, so she writes with that perspective in her novels. They aren't preachy but a keyhole view into the lives of characters who believe and/or wrestle with their faith.

Her first three novels (Like a Watered Garden, Always Green, and In Every Flower) will be re-released as Kindle books on June 12, 2013. The Queen of Sleepy Eye, Seeing Things, and Goodness & Mercy are all available as Kindle books and paperbacks.

Patti is now working on a story about talking to regrets on the telephone. Hmm.

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