Review: Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker

Mercy Snow: A Novel by Tiffany Baker

Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group, First Trade edition: January, 2015

Reading Group Guide, 2015

Description (from amazon)

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.

 My Review (3 Stars: Liked it!)

Mercy Snow is a somber, philosophical story.  It’s setting is in New Hampshire, along the Androscoggin River (Wikipedia), during the 1990’s.

June McAllister thought she had everything she ever wanted.  Her husband  was the owner of  the Titan Falls paper mill.  The paper mill was central to the survival of almost everyone in this backwoods town.  This made the McAllister’s a very prominent family.  Three extremely poor, orphaned, Snow children, Mercy, Zeke and Hannah, reclaim their nearby property and everything changes.

The author, Tiffany Baker, provides rich descriptions of the area and the filthy, dangerous river.  She richly describes the poor Snow family’s pitiful living conditions and struggle to survive during the brutal winter in contrast to the McAllister’s comfortable life.

This story pivots around June’s husband and Mercy Snow’s brother being involved in a deathly bus accident.  The two women are at odds with each other.  In the end they both get some of what they wished for, but for a price.  Mercy Snow reminds me of the idiom: Be careful of what you wish for, because you just might get it.  (What does Be Careful What You Wish For Mean? (WiseGeek))

A bright spot in this story is Hazel, the bus driver’s wife, who like Mercy, is a survivor.  She raises sheep and unlike most of the people in the area, is not dependent on the paper mill.  Another bright spot is that Mercy Snow seems to have inherited her mother’s healing ability which adds a certain bit of magic to the plot.

There are many facets to this story and interesting characters which made Mercy Snow an enjoyable read.

I would like to thank author, Tiffany Baker, the She Reads Organization and the publisher,  Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group,  for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.

Other books by Tiffany Baker

The Gilly Salt Sisters

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Visit Shereads’ page to read more about their winter selections  @ 2015 She Reads’ Books of Winter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 

I received this book free from the publisher, Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Book Group, as a member of the She Reads Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

7 comments

  1. I’ve been watching for some reactions to this book. And am keeping it in mind. Sounds like something I would like. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I’ve read a review somewhere else, probably a She Reads contributor. This sounds very good Pat and one I would likely enjoy with its writing and mystery.Will put it in my wish list.

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  3. Thanks for your honest review, Pat! I’ve read a different book (perhaps less somber) by this author, The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, which I really enjoyed.

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