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The Fate of Mercy Alban Paperback – February 5, 2013
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Webb (The Tale of Halcyon Crane, 2010) has cooked up another confection filled with family secrets coming to light in the Midwest. After her mother, Adele, dies suddenly, Grace Alban returns to the Minnesota mansion she grew up in, with her teenage daughter, Amity, in tow. While going through her mother’s possessions, Grace is shocked to discover love letters written to Adele by a writer named David Coleville, Grace’s father’s best friend, who killed himself back in the 1950s, on the same night Grace’s aunt Fate disappeared. When Grace and Matthew Parker, the handsome minister who presided over her mother’s funeral, discover Coleville’s unpublished novel, they find it to be a thinly veiled account of his time spent at Alban House, his burgeoning love affair with Adele, and a mysterious lady in white haunting the grounds. Grace is further shocked when an ambitious reporter shows up at Adele’s funeral with Aunt Fate, who is very much alive but not entirely sane, and who may be a threat to Grace and her daughter. Magic and mystery intertwine in Webb’s engaging midwestern gothic. --Kristine Huntley
About the Author
Wendy Webb's first novel, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, was the 2011 winner of the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction, and an IndieNext Pick from the Independent Booksellers Association, a Midwest Connections Pick from the Midwest Booksellers Association and a Great Lakes, Great Reads Pick from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. She lives in northern Minnesota with her spouse, photographer Steve Burmeister, and their Alaskan Malamute, Molly. She is at work on her next novel.
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With each chapter, the plot continued to develop through unexpected twists. Grace was a great main character for the book. She was strong-willed and secure in herself, two things that made her actions plausible. Every character had a secret, which were presented at just the right time to continue to move the plot along. There was a creepy element to this book that would make this a perfect read for a stormy night! To me, this wasn't a book advancing an agenda or containing thoughtful themes, instead this was a mesmerizing ghost story that was pure entertainment! My only complaint was the characters retold large portions of the plot multiple times. I just don't need constant recaps as I'm reading. The last chapters had me transfixed, a testament to the author's tight writing and vivid imagination. I was a little disappointed in the quick ending after such a lengthy build up, but overall, the story was fantastic.
I can't wait to read more by Webb.
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Mercy Alban has all kinds of great components: an old house with hidden passageways; family secrets; magic...Read more