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Missing Mercy

(Ironwood Plantation Family #3)

4.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  24 reviews
The venture ahead could leave their friendship behind.

Made a safe-haven after the Civil War, Ironwood Plantation is a refuge of equality for former slaves. But twenty years and a new generation later, they have become an isolated community with little contact with the rest of the world.

Mercy Carpenter is everything the world thinks she shouldn’t be.
ebook, 376 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by By The Vine Press
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Deanne Patterson
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The third book in the Ironwood Plantation series. Now I haven't read the other two and plan to do so but this works well as a stand alone.
The author does a marvelous job of conveying the characters thoughts and actions, you really feel as though you are here in this time and place.
The heart-pounding, adrenaline filled action it's all there for you to soak in the experience of this determined head strong woman.
Was it right, was it wrong for a young woman of color way ahead of he
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Mercy by Stephenia McGee is a marvellous Christian historical novel set in 1887. It is the dawn of a new era for some but for others they are still seen as second class citizens. Women and people of colour have to fight to be heard.
Within the story there are two feisty females – one white and one black. They are both strong women with dreams to break into a man’s world. They are also friends.
The novel deals with the issue of race and segregation. There is a myth that the Nort
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Stephenias best work yet. I stayed up until 2 am to finish this book! Nice work Stephenia.
This book is a little slow at first but keep reading! It just gets better and better!
Kidnapping, storms at sea mystery and a whole lot of other things going on! So just wow!
I wanted to take my time and read it but the book had other ideas. It made me keep turning the page to see what happens next.
There's also a lot of wonderful advice especially for Mercy throughout the book.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I have this impossible idea that God wants all His children to realize that what makes them different isn’t nearly as important as what makes them the same. No matter what people look like, if they love Jesus and let Him lead their life, then they are a part of the body of Christ.”

What an amazing story of adventure, faith, and growth as two young women of 1887 Mississippi discover who they really are in a world steeped with hatred, evil, and bigotry. This is book 3 in the Ironwood P
Vicky Sluiter
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Stephenia McGee does an incredible job of researching this time period. We learn much about two women wanting to break into what is seen as a man’s world. One is the daughter of a plantation owner, the other her former slave. Can they break out of their safe, isolated community to become the women they are destined by God to be? Or will society keep them oppressed?

Strong, well developed characters along with incredible descriptions, make this story a page turner. Much happens
Carolyn Bryant
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first two books in the Ironwood Plantation Family Saga Series, but Missing Mercy is my favorite! Although it is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. There is never a dull moment in this read! There is action and intrigue and lessons to be learned. There are sweet and bitter-sweet moments which evoke emotions as relationships develop. The characters are well-developed and believable. Spiritual wisdom abounds especially from the engaging character, Hezz ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two strong women embark upon an adventure of a lifetime. I loved it! I enjoyed how they both had to learn important lesson about themselves and God. It’s nice that this book can be read as a stand-alone, but it is better to read the whole series first to better understand everything. Stephenia H. McGee did such a great job writing this book. She didn’t shy away from all the details that this book needed. I highly recommend it!

I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Mercy is a amazing novel about having faith in the Lord and trusting His will for our lives. This book will take you on a emotional rollercoaster. I sighed at the sweetness of some moments and gasped in anticipation as I waited for a character to respond.
The characters are wonderfully unique and they are now my favorite groups of characters created by McGee.
I will totally reread this book again and again.
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story! I can tell you from personal experience that it can be read as a standalone story, but I can also assure you that it is a wonderful third book in The Ironwood Novel Trilogy. If you have the chance, I would recommend reading them in order. I cannot wait to go back and dig into the earlier stories. Author Stephenia H. McGee has a wonderful way of melding the past with God's timeless truth, and creating an ideal version of what history (and the present) could be if we a ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
You cannot look at the cover of this book and not be intrigued by the story. Then when you read the book blurb, you are a tad more intrigued. Then you start reading, and BAM – you are hooked and cannot put it down until you reach the end. I am a big fan of McGee’s work, and Missing Mercy is an obvious reason why. Not only does it share an interesting tale, but it also presents the gospel in such a beautiful way. She doesn’t preach to her readers, she encourages them.

There are so many
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Mercy is quite a read!! Faith and Mercy are both head strong young ladies that find themselves in a world they have not been prepared for but rather protected from by being raised in the safety of Ironwood.
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We readers have been given a gift from our God again through his deciple Author Stephen is McGhee. Missing Mercy is a message to all of us to keep the faith. What a lovely finish to the Ironwood Saga. Faith and Mercy carry on the tradition passed down by their mothers of independence and a bit of mayhem. These two ladies out our emotions through the ringer. But in the end, helped us remember that all things given to us go through trials and tribulations sent to us
Connie Saunders
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
'May twelfth, eighteen eight-seven. Mercy has gone missing.'

These are the words found in a diary that relates what occurred in the lives of two young women in Oakville, Mississippi in 1887. Mercy Carpenter has decided to leave Ironwood Plantation to make a new life elsewhere. She has lived there and been safe at the plantation but she believes that there's so much more waiting outside of these boundaries. She's heard that there are wonderful opportunities in the North but she doesn't anticipate
Becca-Rae Weidel
After recently reading the other books in this series, I've been excited to dig into this one to see the conclusion of Ironwood. It wasn't what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised by the path it took.

Mercy was easily my favorite character in this book possibly because she experienced the most transformation. I also adored Hezzie because of her influence in leading Mercy to a real relationship with her Heavenly Father. She wasn't afraid to challenge Mercy even when she was
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mercy Carpenter grew up on Ironwood Plantation, a refuge of equality for former slaves. There she became fast friends with Faith Harper, the Plantation owner's daughter. Being a refuge, the girls were sheltered from the outside world. Mercy, being a free spirit, wants to be a journalist, but no one seems to understand her ambition, not even Faith.

Striking out on her own without anyone's knowledge, Mercy takes off to Boston after submitting an article that was published and a job offe
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this wonderful historical novel set in a time period I love also. I haven’t read the two books before this (but I’m going to) and I wasn’t lost at all. It is a stand alone book. Two young ladies that are different skin colors but yet they are alike. Here is just one quote I loved, “I have this impossible idea that God wants all His children to realize that what makes them different isn’t nearly as important as what makes them the same.” They were such good friends but one didn’t actually ...more
Linda Smith
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I realize that I've been missing out. What a tremendous book! Missing Mercy is set in the late 1880's. Women and people of color are considered lower than second class citizens. Mercy, a young Black woman, desires a life that fulfills her dream of writing and living freely up north where Black people are free to pursue such things. Her family has been open to allow her to learn how to read, write and speak freely about what's on her mind ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great novel from the Ironwood plantation. This one is mostly about two women, one the spoiled and headstrong daughter of the plantation owners and her friend Mercy, a freed slave who is more like a sister to her. Mercy was raised along with Faith and even received the same education as Faith. The freed slaves are secluded on the Ironwood plantation and really have no interactions with other white people. They are well cared for and treated as equals. Mercy heard that up north Negros are ...more
Janice Sisemore
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Missing Mercy

Mercy wants to be a writer but in 1887 women aren’t able to have a career. Also being a black girl doesn’t help any. She sneaks off to the city to the newspaper. Things didn’t go the way she thought they would. Faith and her father go to the city to look for Mercy. Will they be able to find her?

I loved Mercy, so determined to be a writer for the newspaper. To prove she can take care of herself. I love reading historical books, things were so different from now. I defini
Joan Arning
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an unusual and intriguing story! I love the relationship between African American Mercy Carpenter and caucasian Faith Harper! Both are strong-willed young ladies! Faith does not want a man telling her what to do and remains single despite the men her parents introduce her to! I admired Mercy for wanting to be a journalist but my heart went out to her when she left the safety of Ironwood to pursue her dream. Stephenia McGee has written an unusual story of post civil war Mississippi and New Y ...more
Janet Gangwer
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting continuation of the Harper and Carpenter families
Paula Marie
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful story full of friendship, intrigue, suspense and most of all forgiveness! Stephenia never fails to give a fantastic historical novel, and this was does not disappoint. Her research skills are outstanding, and her faith in God comes through in every page.

Two women - Faith and Mercy, are raised on the same plantation as the very best of friends, but race and segregation cause them to have vastly different outlooks at the world around them. The girls mothers are the
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Missing Mercy by Stephenia McGee. This is the last book in the Ironwood Plantation Series and even though I haven't read the first two books it is a great story. It's full of adventure,
danger and romance. Ironwood is a safe haven after the Civil War but Mercy is dissatisfied with her future and wants to have more freedom than she has been granted. She travels to Boston in search of a new career and discovers how different the world outside of Ironwood really is.

When her friend
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed the Ironwood Plantation Family Saga to date. The third book, Missing Mercy, does not disappoint. I loved Faith and Mercy’s story. These two best friends are brave and admirable women. Their faith and determination made me want to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to them next. I could not put the book down until I was completely finished in one sitting. I loved it!

Missing Mercy is getting a well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend this
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Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of history. She currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and the deep south.

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