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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.
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.
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!
I started bookmarking Goodness and Mercy whenever I found a particularly wonderful turn of phrase, and my copy is quite "bookmarked" up! I can't help but feel what her characters are feeling: "Her scrutiny was hot rock under my bare feet." Can't you just see this one? "Women marched across the lawn toward the serving tables with their pans and crocks and platters covered with kitchen towels like they were the wise men taking presents to baby Jesus." Or this one: "The sensation was like licking your finger expecting salt and tasting sugar."
I approach the first few pages of each new book with skepticism; it's so rare to find a treasure. Goodness and Mercy truly is a treasure of a wonderfully written story, to be unwrapped and savored. This one will stay with me for a long time.
I really didn't expect that I would like the book much. For some unknown reason, I thought it would be silly and frivolous, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was deeply moving, real, and challenging. I will say lots of it was sad. Lots of it was showing the mistakes that people make, but they weren't glorified or anything. Everything was in the end a way to teach the reader something. I particularly loved the small character, Gerland, who was able to speak truth so sweetly and plainly.
I honestly can't say enough good things about this book.
At the end, I was so disappointed not to see more. I mean, it was the perfect ending, yet I wanted more! Is it possible we might be able to see more about this family, maybe a book just of letters of correspondence? I'd love to see what happens with Mercy, Goody, Lucy, Aunt Ada and Lotti...
This was my first Patti Hill book (as far as I know) and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from her!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters are incredibly well drawn, intriguing and appealing. The story is well paced and with adequate twists and real interest. Good editing too.Published 4 months ago by Rw
Enjoyed this book very much. I was actually surprised by the ending (or almost ending) and that doesn't happen very often. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Smith
This was such a great book! I couldn't put it down! A beautiful story of forgiveness, mercy and love! It also made me think of both sides in a war! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrea Sanders
Being a WW2 buff, I bought this book hoping to get a story that helped complete a fuller picture of what obviously was a time in our history with many facets. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lady Reader
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not Christian, but I tend to read a great deal of Christian literature if it has a historical setting. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mom2BE
This story brought history right to my back door. As with all of Pattie's book I was left wanting more.Published 16 months ago by MG Powders
I felt like I was right there with the characters. It was really hard to stop reading and get ready for work.Published 16 months ago by Cassandra
It's been a few years since we moved away from the Grand Valley, but in reading this book I was immediately back in Palisade and all it's charm. Her description of Mt. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Scorne
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