Monday, February 29, 2016

Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

This is a beautifully written story of a paper mill town on a river in New Hampshire and of several of its inhabitants.  Mercy Snow, and her brother and sister have returned to their estranged father's home - more of a hovel really - after their mother died, only to find that their father had died as well.  They try to scrape by, living horribly since everyone in the town hates their family and won't help them at all and since her brother Zeke already has a criminal record, when his wrecked truck is found down the road just past the site of a tragic bus crash, they assume that Zeke caused the bus to crash.  June McAlister, whose husband owns and runs the mill, is a figurehead of sorts in the community, running the ladies sewing circle out of her home and being the model wife and upstanding citizen.  Hazel lives just outside of town raising sheep and selling the wool yarn that she dyes herself.  The tragic bus wreck changes many things in the town and nothing will ever be the same.  There is mystery and mysticism, slightly reminiscent of Alice Hoffman's writing.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I enjoyed it very much.

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