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Missing Mercy: A Christian Historical Novel

(Ironwood Plantation Family #3)

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  52 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. Educated and a

Kindle Edition, 378 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by By The Vine Press
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Deanne Patterson
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 her time to want the
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 North is more ac
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. She reminds me of me a
“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 Plantation Fa
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebrate-lit, review
Stephenia McGee’s books have been on my to-read list for quite a while, and I jumped at the chance to read and review “Missing Mercy.” Although I have not read the first two books in this series and would recommend reading them in order to establish the full background of this saga, I was able to enjoy this one without feeling lost. Far from being an ordinary historical fiction book, “Missing Mercy” grafts novel ideas into a time period that is generally less written about, lending it a unique a ...more
Maureen Timerman
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
What a compelling page turner, I had a hard time putting this one down, the author grabbed me from the first page, I really enjoyed it!
Now this is the third book in this series, and sadly this is the first I’ve read, and I was not lost at all, but know the first two are on my list.
This book has it all, putting myself in Mercy’s shoes, and having led a sheltered life, without knowing it, and taking a train ride to Boston. I can just see her getting into the wrong car, and no concept of how far sh
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the author, but wa
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“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.”

It always amazes me how historical fiction can be just as relevant today as the themes were at the times in which they were set. In Missing Mercy, we encounter racism (born of ignorance as well as hatred) and human trafficking – two things that are still prevalent in our world today. For all of our technological advancements, humankind does
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
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 things abou
Vicky Sluiter
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 to bring Fai
Carolyn Bryant
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ruth Ann Lingwall
A small description at the beginning made me wonder if the girls’ relationship was like that of Tiana and Charlotte in Disney’s movie The Princess and the Frog. While Faith is a rich girl, that is the main similarity she has to Charlotte besides being sheltered.

Faith and Mercy grew up together almost like sisters. They are both well read and passionate about women’s rights. Mercy chafes at her lack of opportunities.

Despite feeling trapped in the safety at Ironwood Plantation due to the prejudic
Deana Dick
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story and found Mercy to be a person who has to overcome prejudice to survive. She has wanted to be a journalist and when a newspaper prints one of her stories she is thrilled. They offer her a job and on a whim she takes off to apply for the job in Boston. Mercy and Faith have grown up together and have become best friends. Even though they are different colors that has never stopped them from being friends. I was surprised that Mercy would not tell Faith of her plan to lea ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebrate-lit
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What a neat novel! I love the Civil War time period but rarely delve much into the twenty-year period after. Missing Mercy is a great novel I recommend.

I love the relationship between Mercy and Faith. Also, I like their names too. I love that the author is showing how there were two sides to the world back then. Not everyone was racist and considered the black and whites as two separate peoples. But rather some did and some didn’t see color at all but rather saw peop
Yannick Tricia
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story takes place after the civil war in Mississippi. Mercy and Faith lives at Ironwood. Faith is the daughter of the plantation owner and Mercy is the Daughter of former slaves. Both women are educated and long for more, especially Mercy who wants to be a journalist. One of her articles has been published by the Boston globe under a pen name and she receives an offer of employment. Mercy decides to leave secretly to achieve her dream... Faith knew her friend desires but had warned her beca ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed all three books in the "Ironwood Plantation Family Saga" I love how the author brings the present and the past together in all three stories.

These stories are so well written that I could pretend that I was watching the scenes taking place instead of reading them.

"MISSING MERCY" By Stephenia H. McGee is a story that shows what courage and faith really is. And following your dream. It is also about discrimination and prejudiced against women and people that aren't Caucasian.

I thin
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This compelling story takes place after the War Between the States. Mercy Carpenter, daughter of a former slave, grew up on the Ironwood Estate, a haven from the prejudiced world. She has never experienced life outside this safe community where blacks and whites live and work and worship together in harmony. A gifted writer, Mercy hopes to pursue her dream of becoming a reporter. When she tries to accomplish this in her own power, she meets obstacles and abuse. Her best friend, Faith, daughter o ...more
Connie Carpenter
I am a huge fan of this author. She always writes such captavating stories. Her stories are always historically accurate. This is book 3 in the Ironwood Plantation family - but this can be read as a stand alone. In this story, we meet two young women of 1887 Mississippi. Such a rough time period for women. We meet Faith, the daughter of a plantation owner and Mercy, the daughter of freed slaves who live and work on Ironwood Plantation. They set off on an adventure to follow their dreams. One thi ...more
‘For the one who feels plain, ordinary or forgotten - He has great plans for you, and His plans always prosper.’

This third book in the Ironwood Plantation Family series is my introduction to this wonderful set of stories. This one can easily stand alone, but I am certainly going to read the other two as well. A totally fascinating setup - a gated community if you will - Ironwood is a plantation where color is not seen. Faith, the owner’s daughter, and Mercy, the housekeeper’s daughter, are siste
Jeanne Loidolt
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well written beautiful story of universal struggle for women’s rights

Endearing characters amid terrifying experiences. Tender expression of faith building in a cold, cruel world. Strong message depicting God’s unending care for His children. Enjoyable as a stand-alone novel however it is evident the story would be richer when paired with all of the previous and following books in the series.
Susan Ajaz
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Desperate and sometimes hilarious escapades of double trouble between two very sheltered young women who think they know the way of the world.

We are back at Ironwood where life has become a safe haven. No one bothers them here or questions their strange behaviour. Until one young women strikes out on her own, sure she can find her way in a changed world that now accepts her kind. And then her childhood friend will stop at nothing to find her and bring her back home.
Kathy Houser
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From smooth to quite rocky!

Although I have not read the first two books of this series, I really enjoyed this one. The book started out as a sweet story and then moved on up to the heart stopping action stage! I really liked Hezzie and her perfect mini sermons. A highly recommended read!
Gwen Hight
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
.Missing Mercy A Christian Historical Novel ( Ironwood Plantation Family

This is the third book in this series about the ancestors of Ironwood Plantation and their lives and family members
Patricia Clark
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: all readers of Southern fiction.
I enjoyed the plot. I'd have like to get to know the characters better. Often found myself wanted to ask questions about them that I'd have like to have answered. Nevertheless, I didn't quit reading. I finished it and was glad I did.
Kathy Blackmon
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ironwood Plantation Series

I highly recommend these books. They are a fast moving read and I couldn’t wait to continue each book. My first time reading this author but definitely not my last! Happy reading!
Regenia Hardin
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love the book can’t wait to start the next one. I enjoy the details of the clothing and just takes you there.
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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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