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The Miracle of Mercy Land: A Novel

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
What if you had the power to amend choices you made in the past? Would you do it even if it changed everything?

Mercy Land has made some unexpected choices for a young woman in the 1930s. The sheltered daughter of a traveling preacher, she chooses to leave her rural community to move to nearby Bay City on the warm, gulf-waters of southern Alabama. There she finds a job at t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by WaterBrook
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Nikole Hahn
Mar 26, 2011 Nikole Hahn rated it really liked it
The cover is the first thing that I notice in a book. It’s what compels me to investigate the back flap. Some Amish romances temporarily got my interest, but I wasn’t really in the mood for another Amish romance. I wanted something deeper and more turn-your-brain-inside-out kind of stories like I had read in Mike Duran and James Patterson’s books. This cover had a magnolia flower surrounded by light and lots of pink. It told me nothing about the book. That aside, the book blew me away.

A sudden
T.E. George
Jun 22, 2012 T.E. George rated it it was amazing
Mercy Land is an ordinary girl from the unincorporated and mostly unrecognized community of hardy souls who live near Bittersweet Creek. They are, as Mercy puts it, “a knotty gathering of simple people” who live in a place that is “no more than a boot stomp”. But all will change when Mercy heads off to the big town of Bay City.

Author River Jordan weaves a southern gothic story of discovery and mystery worthy of a title like, The Miracle of Mercy Land. Mercy moves to Bay City, Alabama in a time w
Sep 23, 2010 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shelf-of-wonders
This wise, well-told 1930s-era story about a young woman from the back woods of Bittersweet Creek, Alabama, who moves to a nearby city to work for the newspaper will haunt the jaded cloak off a cynic and the bloom off a Southern Magnolia in the arena of pure beauty.

A preacher's daughter, protagonist Mercy Land is steeped in the spiritual and plain-spoken common sense of the rural South. She carries her heritage deep in her humble soul when she begins work for Doc on the Bay City "Banner." While
Apr 01, 2011 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan is one of those unforgettable reads that leaves you with the knowledge that choices we make in life are ever so important and may affect more than "the today" of our lives.
Mercy Land is a traveling preacher's daughter with a sweet disposition and a faith that is She begins working with Doc at the small town newspaper in Bay City called The Banner. Doc is another lovable character with a heart as big as Texas but sometimes his kindness is
Kylin Larsson
Feb 05, 2011 Kylin Larsson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
To read this book is to glimpse the magnificence of the human condition. I want to write essays about how good and important this book is, but I don't have time. Do yourself a favor and read it.

Mercy Land, the protagonist (and a state of mind, when you get right down to it), is thoroughly charming. She was raised in the backwoods in Missouri and works as a newspaper editor in a small town on the coast in Alabama in the late 1930s, early 1940s. Her on-the-river upbringing instills in her a steadi
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 25, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
This book is a spiritual thriller with a bit of supernatural thrown into the mix. The story takes place in a small town in Alabama in the 1930's. About a book that is found by the owner of a newspaper, that has the ability to change the people in the book and their destinies. A young woman who is a reporter and general girl Friday to the owner/editor, Mercy is one of the main characters. She loves working at the newspaper and especially working with her boss, Doc. She finds out about the book ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Theresa rated it really liked it
Set in the early 1930's, a time in which a young woman is expected to marry and start a family, our protagonist Mercy Land bucks that tradition, with the support of her eccentric Aunt Ida. Right away we find that Mercy Land is not like other young women of her time. Born in a bolt of lightning on the banks of the Bittersweet, Mercy leaves her small town and moves to Bay City, where she soon becomes the assistant to Doc Philips, the publisher and editor of the town newspaper, quickly earning the ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Stephanie rated it did not like it
Oh, mercy me. I am a fairly positive person by nature, and I've struggled and struggled with this review. Why? I didn't like the book. I've tried and tried to read it with fresh eyes, determined that today I am going to like this story. The premise is fascinating. The book feels good. (I know, strange. But I like it when the paper and cover are nicely made. It makes reading more enjoyable for me.) The cover art is beautiful. The storyline is exciting, but... I'm not quite sure if I just don't ...more
Jan 31, 2011 F. rated it liked it
Cover: It is ok. Not as sophisticated like other books I have seen.

The Miracle of Mercy Land: A NovelMercy Land, a native of backwoods Bittersweet, has moved into Bay City in Alabama, working as 'Doc's girl', an assistant editor to Doc Phillips, editor and owner of the local daily newspaper in the 1930s. Mercy knows almost every secret of Doc's, except one when a magical book appears in Doc's Office.

Doc calls Mercy into his office to figure out what is the purpose of the magical book. They are a
Sep 07, 2016 Tabitha rated it it was amazing
The Miracle of Mercy Land, by River Jordan, is unlike any other story I’ve ever encountered. It is full of life, seasoned with mystery, hope, and the complications of the past. It is written in an almost rhythmic form, not quite poetic, but has a distinct voice. For lack of a better description word it reads like honey. I promise you when you read it this will make perfect sense to you. I think this quote from the novel best sums up the story: “But if we learn our lessons from the stories, if ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Tammi rated it liked it
I choose this book to review because I liked the premise. I have often wondered how things would be different if I had made different choices. This story explores this idea, in a very interesting way, when a mysterious book suddenly shows up on Doc's desk. Doc and Mercy discover that they are able to see into other people's lives and how their choices affected the present, both for good and bad.

River Jordan has written an interesting book. Her use of description is powerful, and I can still pict
Jul 24, 2012 Krystal rated it it was amazing
Right away we find that Mercy Land is not like other young women of her time. Set in the early 1930's, a time in which a young woman is expected to marry and start a family, our protagonist Mercy Land bucks that tradition, with the support of her eccentric Aunt. The Miracle of Mercy Land is an enjoyable read that ended much too soon for me. Although I enjoyed the plot and felt the characters were complex and believable, I did feel a little let down that many questions were never answered. Where ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Every word of this book, every syllable and choice of syntax, from the birth and naming of the protagonist to the final acknowledgement, is perfectly and magically placed to set and tell this story of miracles and Mercy. I will now avidly search for more by this author.
Feb 17, 2012 Lyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed, it was so different than most books that I have read. Even though it is considered Christian fiction, God wasnt a big part of it, but the premise that you can change your life was refreshing. This was my first book by this author and I really look forward to reading more by her.
Jul 26, 2010 Kaya rated it it was amazing
River Jordan's words are so delicious that I read her books aloud just so I can taste them in my mouth. She is, without question, one of the very best literary voices in America today.
Jun 22, 2013 Penny rated it it was amazing
Wow!! Powerful! Mesmerizing! This is a book I will be thinking about for a very long time! What a story! Highly recommend for you to read it.
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

FIRST SENTENCE: I was born in a bolt of lightning on the banks of Bittersweet Creek.

It is 1938, and Mercy Land, 27 years old, is an editorial assistant to Doc Philips, who is 77 years old, the owner of The Banner, Bay City's oldest newspaper. She was born and raised in Bittersweet Creek, not really a town, more of a bump in the road, and with her Aunt Ida's encouragement that she was meant to see more of the world, w
Julie - Book Hooked Blog
It's the story of a woman who works at a small town newspaper who, along with her mentor, Doc, finds a mysterious book that tells the secrets of everyone in the town. It's listed as inspirational fiction, but honestly if I hadn't known the publisher I would have had no idea. I would classify it as magic realism, except that makes it sound good. Sadly, this one did not live up to my expectations.

The Writing:
No. Just no. We are talking plot holes as big as the Grand Canyon. One of my huge issues w
Silver Anton
Jan 27, 2016 Silver Anton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have just gotta say, whatever you "critics" out there or people who rated this book anything less than five stars have to say, this book was LIFE CHANGING for me. God sent me this book, no doubt about it. loved everything about it. so comforting and reassuring to know that although our lives are made up of choices that inexplicably tie all of us together in this mysterious and creative link of tapestry that God himself is orchestrating called life, we will meet the people we were meant to ...more
Beverly Frisby
Apr 04, 2011 Beverly Frisby rated it really liked it
This is the first book of River Jordan's that I have read and I was not disappointed. The first few sentences on the back book jacket certainly grabbed my attention: "What if you had the power to amend choices you made in the past? Would you do it even if it changed everything?"

The story is set in the 1930's on the Gulf shores of Alabama. Mercy moves from the backwoods of Bittersweet Creek to the nearby town of Bay City, looking for work. She goes to work at the local newspaper, the "Banner," wh
Apr 06, 2011 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it
The Miracle of Mercy Land is a story about being given the power to change the past.

Mercy Land works as the assistant editor of the Banner, the only newspaper available in the little town of Bay City, Alabama. When her boss Doc, who is also her mentor, finds a mysterious book on his desk that shows up out of nowhere, things begin to change for Mercy and Doc and those whose secrets are hidden in the book.

Keeping the book a secret at first, Doc and Mercy spend hours upon hours looking into the li
Apr 27, 2011 Tabitha rated it did not like it
I had very high hopes for The Miracle of Mercy Land when I read the back of the book. However, I was sadly disappointed. One of the questions in the reader’s guide at the end asks “When you turn the last page…what is the strongest impression the novel leaves with you?” I’m left feeling confused.

I felt that the author, River Jordan, carried out suspenseful plots way too long and in some cases not really providing any answers.

Like…was Cilla Satan? Why does Aunt Ida suddenly become a m
Feb 02, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
As she works for Doc Phillips at the local paper, Mercy Land does what is necessary to become indispensable. Then, early one morning, Mercy gets information about a huge story, the biggest she has ever worked on, but she can't print any of it. Mysterious things start happening like: Mercy meeting a man named John Quincy in her dreams (will he help or hinder her), a book floats in the window onto Doc's desk, words are constantly moving on the pages, and Mercy and Doc can see lives when their ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A beautifully written story about choices and their consequences on others. But, while the writing is very lyrical and evocative and the characters are memorable, it just never clicked for me. It's a slow moving story and I found myself impatient for it to be finished.

Magical realism is used in fiction to help the characters and readers see a deeper meaning to something. Magical elements are portrayed as normal and, here, the book is just that: a magical book that suddenly appears and seems to
Dawn Cronk
Mar 11, 2011 Dawn Cronk marked it as to-read
River Jordan once again writes a very interesting book. Mercy has an interesting entry into the world at birth that has made her able to use her "gift." She works at the Banner newspaper working for Doc who has received a strange present that could potentially undo the community with the secrets it holds. Along comes a stranger who just might be what Mercy's been looking for, but is he good or evil? I found this to be a light and fun read and certainly not the norm in christian fiction. This ...more
Kate Scott
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Mar 29, 2016 Crystal rated it liked it
this was an interesting read. Set in the 1930s in backwoods Mississippi, Mercy Land(yes, that's her name) sets out for a bigger city to follow her dreams and escape life in Bittersweet Creek. She lands a job at the town's newspaper office as the go to girl and together they seek out to solve a perplexing mystery. When a mysterious stranger rolls into town on the train, Mercy senses that all is not as it seems. an okay read that was confusing at times.
Sheila Woofter
Mar 15, 2016 Sheila Woofter rated it really liked it
"This is a story about the choices we make and the love and relationships we encounter and embrace along the coarse of those unfolding destinies. Ultimately the story shows that we never walk an isolated path but that all our stories are woven into one great tapestry of life. We matter to one another, you and i, in the most amazing ways."

Oct 25, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
From my book review blog Rundpinne. ..."Beautiful, lyrical, and full of hope, The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan is an unforgettable book."...the full review may be read here.
Jun 29, 2011 Lauren rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, historical
I definitely thought this book was a waste of time. I thought the beginning had potential, but the further I read into it the more I disliked the characters, plot and writing style. I ended up scanning the last third of the book to get through it faster.
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