In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.
June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her - and the town - nothing but grief.
June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.
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"Some truly breathtaking prose in a lackluster tale"
I'm torn about this story.
Tiffany Baker, wow, what a wonderful writer. She has a gift for describing place and atmosphere. The mill town and the river, are so well described they become a characters in the book in their own rights. Small things like sunsets and autumn leaves are painted so vividly it's a pleasure to listen to.
The maybe not so good:
The tale itself is a quiet one and while there is a beauty to that, it felt somehow lacking overall. To me, Mercy Snow felt like a story I've heard before. While there is moderate success in creating multidimensional characters, I personally, didn't feel attached to any of them - except possibly Hazel who was peripheral at best. Parts of the book were interesting and easy to listen to while others were easy to zone-out to and when the time came for me to backtrack and see what I missed or move on I never felt the desire to backtrack.
All in all the story was alright. I don't regret buying this book but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend to read. If you have credits to spare and an appreciation for small pieces of beautiful writing though, give it a go. But I think there are better books of a similar genre out there.
"An almost great story"
Fearless, Family and Fight
The Goat Lady
I could tell the difference in characters
This was an almost great story but worth the listen. The story built up very well and I'm okay with the end but I do wish that there was an alternate ending..letting all hell break loose. Mercy Snow did what most would do by fighting for her family and that's admirable. She isn't a typical heroine. If you have alot of laundry and cleaning up to do on a Saturday, this story will help the time go by.
"Mercy mercy me"
This was a stunning book for character development. The scene were right in front of my eyes. It was like I was standing in the book with them. I knew these characters I felt for these characters.
I thought the book was becoming predictable but alas mercy me! It surprised moi! A definite re-read
"Epic and Powerful"
An epic book that perfectly captures the life of a mill town.
Tiffany Baker takes readers on a journey through the lives of ordinary people while at the same time telling an extraordinary story.
One of my best reads. Dealing with the poor and the snobbish rich and working class trying to impress the rich to hang on to their job at the paper factory which is polluting the river, babies are being born dead or deformed, but people need their jobs. The Snow family is the poorest and full of family skeletons, but just as the last 3 members seem as though they are going to rise above the corruption, tragedy strikes again. It's sad but the remaining two Snow members come out on top.
When Mercy starts falling in love for the first time.
She was a fighter to the bitter end and always took care of her siblings
Enjoyed this book very much
"Push through the first few confusing chapters"
This was a fantastic read. The characters, the town I saw it all. Sometimes the details were distracting and it could have been edited a bit. The beginning chapters were so filled with information I replayed it 3 times. I realized later much of what I thought I hd to focus on was not really necessary. Its a fantastic book I couldn't put down. the end was a bit disappointed because it felt like it was cut short and simplistic. I just assumed there would be more because of all the detail in the rest of the book.
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