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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, she must find a way to support her mother and younger brother. If she doesn’t succeed, they will all be impoverished. Job
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
What would you do if the life you knew was changed forever? For Arlene Favier, her mother, and her brother, Luc, it is a January night in Paris, Kentucky as they watch their family home burn and the head of their family dies. It soon becomes clear that Arlene's father left them with mountains of debt and so she and her brother need to find work. But societal norms cannot accept change and as the days
Karren  Sandercock
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Ann Howard Creel for giving me to the chance to read her new book: Mercy Road.

Arlene Favier is devastated when her family home in Paris Kentucky burns to the ground and why did her father decide at the last minute to run back inside the burning house? She has no idea her father's horse breeding farm is struggling, she's left to look after her Maman and her young brother Luc. Arlene needs to look for work to support her family, she travels to
I read Ms. Creel’s The Magic of Ordinary Days about hardship and love during WWII in 2011 and gave it a solid four stars. When I was approved by Net Galley for an arc of Mercy Road, I was excited. Unfortunately it took me well over two months to finish. I would have tagged it ‘dnf’ but I felt obligated to read the narrative.

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.
Fred Shaw
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alene Favier was awoken in the middle of the night by her father. She smelled smoke. Their home was on fire. Maman, her younger brother Luc and her father met on the front lawn in Paris, Kentucky, and watched their worldly possessions go up in smoke. Suddenly without warning or reason, her father runs back into the house, in search of who knows what, but he did not return. Arlene and her family lost not only their head of household in a house fire that night, but also the financial means to ...more
Davida Chazan
This book takes us to the Great War (WWI) and the efforts of the American Women's Hospital and one of their ambulance drivers in France. See what I thought of this novel on my blog here.
Ann Creel
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm so pleased to share my upcoming release, MERCY ROAD, with readers and fans on Goodreads.

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
julia ☆ [owls reads]
2 stars.


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 romance and a
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I am pleased I read this book, based on the true story of a group of female ambulance drivers during WW1. These stories about unsung heroes of the war are really important for education and inspiration purposes and I hope to read more books like this in the future. Mercy Road featured one of the most gripping opening chapters of a book that I have read in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed Arlene's journey into independence and into the war with all the horrors she faces there. The only thing ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A book about a girl from a horse farm in Kentucky that learns to drive an ambulance in war torn France.
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
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ann Howard Creel's books are inspired by history and her female characters face life-changing challenges.

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 instant. A fire takes
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
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3.5 Stars

Mercy Road by Ann Howard Creel is a book that has a really interesting concept. The involvement of women in the First World War is not something that I have read much about before. It is so interesting and awe inspiring to learn about the American Women’s Hospital. While I enjoyed the story and the main character, the side characters are not very complex.

Arlene is a really interesting character, and considering the setting of the novel, she is well ahead
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mercy Road

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
Ella Carey
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Ann Howard Creel's books are the way they stay with you, long after you've finished them, and I am sure that this is going to happen again for me with her upcoming release, Mercy Road.

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 her to lose
Jacinda Literature Babe
Thank you NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author Ms. Ann Howard Creel for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "Mercy Road"

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 locally, no one will hire
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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, she must
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Arlene Favier lives in Paris, Kentucky with her parents and brother. After a fire destroys their home and their father dies in the fire, the family finds that they have no money. Arlene realizes that she has to get a job and after looking all over town with no luck, she decides to try a larger town. When she answers a help wanted ad for a French speaking female, she finds out that the job is for an ambulance driver in France. World War I is going on and the job is very dangerous but with the ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WWI and American Mercy Hospital is the background. Women still not allowed to operate in the theatre of war despite a huge demand for them so they do whatever they could to alleviate suffering.

Arlene has been brought up in a comfortable home with money and loving parents. Losing her home and her beloved father to a fire, she now finds herself bankrupt and without a roof above their heads. Leaving her brother to look after the family stud business, Arlene takes on a courageous new role of
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a special moment when you start reading a book and know that it's going to be like no others and could possible be one of your favorite reads in a long time. I felt that way once I started reading Ann Howard Creel's latest novel, and I was not disappointed as the book went on. In fact, it got better. I loved the personal, touching love story, but I also learned about a fascinating time in history that I'd never heard of before. The ending was a complete surprise and was most satisfy. I ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written, very interesting look at the women of the female ambulance crops of WWI. I was not aware the service these women offered and enjoyed learning more about their service.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Rating (on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being excellent)
Quality of writing: 4
Pace: 3
Plot development: 4
Characters: 4
Enjoyability: 4
Ease of Reading: 5

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Samantha Claire
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of Ann Creel’s historical fiction since discovering The Magic of Ordinary Days. The research behind each novel doesn’t disappoint, and is evident here again in Mercy Road.
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
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mercy Road by Ann Howard Creel is a delightful historical fiction novel focussed on the WWI era and inspired by the true presence of the American Women’s Hospital that existed during this time. I will leave the reader the ability to look up historical facts of this amazing, liberating, and inspiring group on their own.

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 sometimes gets her
Megan (Glitter and Plato)
In 1917, Arlene Favier leaves Kentucky after a fire burns down her childhood home. Suddenly in desperate need of money, Arlene finds herself as an ambulance driver in war-torn France with the female-led American Women’s Hospital. She and her fellow female ambulance drivers, nurses, doctors, and surgeons face danger and unparalleled tragedy as they care for civilians and soldiers at the Front.

While working, Arlene catches the attention of a suave but treacherous Captain Felix Brohammer and
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous historical fiction read. This is set in France during WWI and introduces us to the female staffed American Women's Hospital with a particular focus on the ambulance drivers. All of these women struggle to be recognized and accepted in a male arena, all amidst the chaos and terror of war. Through the eyes of the main character Arlene, we encounter her new friendships and alliances, her personal fears and bravery. It was well written, meticulously researched with characters I ...more
Sharon Friedman
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of historical fiction
Mercy Road by Ann Howard Creel brings to life the little-known story of the courageous women who staffed the American Women’s Hospital in war-torn France during World War I. Serving as doctors, nurses, aides, and ambulance drivers, the women of Creel’s historical novel come to life as they struggle to be respected in a traditionally male environment. The author expertly captures the chaos of war and the dilemmas faced by the women as they must cope with the horrors of war, and choose between ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In amongst a plethora of "the war is a backdrop to a story that could happen 5 years earlier or later with no change" books, here is a story that doesn't glamourise the war but takes its inspiration from the true story of the American Women’s Hospital, which operated in France in WW1 (I wasn't previously aware of the AWH but I was aware of similar British initiatives)

The book follows Arlene Favier, a horse-mad French speaking (both thanks to her father) young woman, who, through a series of
Karen Whittard
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story about love, courage and hope. It is inspired by real life events. At Mercy Road hospital. A really well researched and well written book.
Joanne Otto
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This novel centers on Arlene Favier, a young horsewoman from Kentucky, who has lost practically everything, including her beloved father, in a fire. Readers get to follow her courageous struggle to recover a decent life for herself and the other surviving members of her family by serving as an ambulance driver in France during the final months of World War I. The characters are believable and interesting, and the details of the time and place ring true. We hear French spoken and, mercifully, ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written historical novel. The writing style and character development of this book flowed from page to page. Loved reading about the resilience and determination to survive amidst heartache and turmoil. Highly recommend.
Thank you to NetGalley for this arc in exchange of an honest review.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an instant, Arlene's life changes. She realizes she has to leave her family's horse farm in Paris, Kentucky to find work. World War I is raging on in Europe. With her ability to speak French, Arlene accepts a position with the American Women's Hospital, as an ambulance driver.

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
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Ann Howard Creel writes guaranteed heart-wrenching historical fiction. In her novels, strong female characters face unforeseen obstacles and then have to make life-changing decisions.

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.

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