A Tangled Mercy
Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbreaking true events examining the harrowing depths of human brutality and betrayal, and our enduring hope for freedom and forgiveness.
After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her l...more
There's a passage where Emily notes some physical similarities between her and Dinah (also she must be fairly light-skinned if she was able to pull off the Spaniard disguise). Also there is the obvious history he has of raping female slaves... Don't know if I missed something that makes it more obvious, or if I'm reading too much into it. (hide spoiler)]
When I first started this book I felt ambivalent about the way this book is written. Chapter by chapter, the story fluctuates between the years 1822 with the planning of the failed slave revolt and 2015 with Kate Drayton running back to Charleston after the death of her mother to find answers as to why her mother, Sarah Grace, ran away from Charleston many years ago. It may seem confusing at first, but soon I fell into the rhythm. The time spent in 1822 centers around the blacksmith sl ...more
I adore historical fiction, and the southern setting and time period have a special place in my heart (as a research period and locale for my own work). I enjoyed the peek into the 1800s setting and into the conflicting attitudes of women in slav ...more
Never was a city so sweet on itself than Charleston.
It is our unfortunate characteristics that make any of us interesting. Those of us, I might add, who are interesting.
The past is never dead. It's not even past. - William Faulkner
Hard not to spend up the life we've got now railing at what we wish hadn't been.
The most important votes, dear, that one ever places are with one's feet.
Sometimes the people with the softest hearts can't quit bea ...more
"A Tangled Mercy" by Joy Jordan-Lake combines the genres of History with Fiction, and Kudos to the author for the vivid descriptions of the charm, spirit, and architecture of Charleston, South Carolina. There are so many contrasts to Charleston in the past and in the present. The timeline of the novel is basically divided into two, weaving the story of the 1822 slave uprising and the 2015 Massacre at Charleston's at AME Church. This is a very ...more
A hauntingly beautiful story of dual-timelines— a moving Southern tale: 1822 dark family secrets of slavery, and present-day Charleston, SC. From the Denmark Vesey slave revolt, and those who courageously fought for freedom.
The strong and courageous characters who s ...more
I love the city of Charleston. It is a city with a wonderful, rich history, a history that unfortunately included slavery. I know the basic history of that terrible era but like many of you I was never aware of the Denmark Vesey Revolt of 1822 which took place in Charleston. I am always so s ...more
This gripping novel once again makes the reader aware of the atrocities committed against 19th century slaves, as well ...more
With superb character development; fresh, vivid descriptions; and aut ...more
Born in Washington, D.C., Joy Jordan-Lake's first vivi ...more