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Goodness & Mercy: Historical Novel of the World War II Homefront by [Hill, Patti]
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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: 3637 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CQCKEUQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,037 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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I love it when an author carries me away with beautifully crafted metaphors and similes, and Patti Hill is a master of beautiful, evocative writing. This novel, though quite different in tone from the Garden Gate series (more "literary"), immersed me in a story of loss, forgiveness, and, well, goodness and mercy in the WWII era. It's the story of three young siblings (two of whom are named Goodness and Mercy) whose parents have passed on, and to stay together, they must flee an orphanage and find refuge with a long-lost relative - a prickly relative who doesn't even want them.

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.
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I feel like crying thinking about explaining this book. It was very simply written, though written well and in an unusual way. There were several points of view we were able to see through, via the first person or via letters.
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!
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