In 1917, after Arlene Favier’s home burns to the ground, taking her father with it, she must find a way to support her mother and younger brother. If she doesn’t succeed, they will all be impoveri ...more
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Arlene Favier is devastated when her family home in Paris Kentucky burns to the ground and why did her father decide to run back inside the burning house? She has no idea that her father's horse breeding farm is struggling, she's left to look after her Maman and her y ...more
Though the plot showed promise, the characters were two-dimensional. It was one of those stories where the author told but did not show. There was too much going on. Thoughts and details ...more
When I stumbled upon a story of truly unsung female heroes during World War I, I knew I’d found the inspiration for my next historical novel. Banned for service in the US Army, a group of female physicians and surgeons formed the American Women’s Hospital and independently sent an all-female team of doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, and aides to war-torn France in 1918. Soon after I’d discovered this a ...more
This book kinda grabbed my attention from the first page! It was a quick book, I liked the characters and enjoyed the story! Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union publishers for the early copy
Her newest novel Mercy Road was inspired by a photograph of a female ambulance driver in France during WWI. Female doctors and nurses were banned from serving in the U. S. Army so they formed the American Women's Hospital and raised funds to send a volunteer team to France.
Creel's novel begins with a tragedy that leaves Arlene Favier aware of how life can change in an ...more
Mercy Road is a pretty lukewarm read. It has a steady pace, but nothing about it stands out. Arlene's perspective comes off a bit stilted at times and the dialogue reads are pretty forced and doesn't flow smoothly. The characters themselves could be a little more well developed, although there are some interesting figures in the side characters that contribute to intriguing subplots.
What gets me is that the setting should be interesting? Yet the plot focuses more on roma/>Mercy ...more
I have just finished Mercy Road, thanks to NetGalley and to Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Somehow, Ann Howard Creel's characters get under my skin and Arlene is a woman for whom I felt empathy from the very first page, when a terrible tragedy causes ...more
An unexpected historical fiction story that takes us to the front lines of the war to end all wars.
WWI story told with a strong tour de force of female characters.
"Arlene", a young Victorian girl, finds herself the main breadwinner after the death of her father in a tragic fire that took everything.
Unable to find work ...more
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.
Inspired by the true story of the World War I American Women’s Hospital, Mercy Road is a novel about love, courage, and a female ambulance driver who risks everything.
In 1917, after Arlene Favier’s home burns to the ground, taking her father with it ...more
Rating (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being excellent)
Quality of writing: 4
Plot development: 4
Ease of Reading: 5
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Serving in a non-military capacity, The American Women’s Hospital ministered to the villagers and troops injured in the Great War. Arlene Favier signs on as an ambulance driver unaware of the courage she’ll need to endure the battlefield conditions. While vivid descriptions of the war-torn French countryside an ...more
I love the main female protagonist, Arlene Favier, and the moral compass she possesses.
Arlene is a good person and her heart is always in the right place, which s ...more
While working, Arlene catches the attention of a suave but treacherous Captain Felix Brohammer and reuni ...more
The book follows Arlene Favier, a horse-mad French speaking (both thanks to her father) young woman, who, through a se ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for this arc in exchange of an honest review.
They were a unique medical unit comprised of women with the mission to provide medical care to both civilians and the military. In this novel, the reader follows Arlene as she becomes part of this group of women and fa ...more
The main character, Arlene, is so strongly written, I found myself believing in her just as Cass and Jimmy did. I loved reading about this aspect of history and found it very compelling to read.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Arlene Favier leads the ideal life in Paris, Kentucky. Raised on ...more
After the loss of her father to a house fire, and facing imminent financial ruin, Arlene accepts a position of ambulance driver with the AWH in France. As part of her employment, Arlene must never put herself in a compromising position which could bring shame to the AWH. The money she will make, if she stays to the end of the war, will be enough to rebuild their home and continue her father’s Thoroughbred stud service with her younger brother Luc. Being an ambulance driver in war-torn France is ...more
I’m not sure if it’s because I had high expectati ...more
In her new novel, MERCY ROAD, a Kentucky horsewoman who has lost everything joins an all-female team of doctors and nurses as an ambulance driver on the front lines during WW I in France.
Besides writing, Ann's other ...more