It's 1954 and the world-even the far Northwoods of Maine-is about to change. But that change can't happen soon enough for fourteen-year-old Mercy Millar. Long tired of being the "son" her father never had, Mercy's ready for the world to embrace her as the young woman she is-as well as embrace the forbidden love she feels.
When childhood playmates grow up and fall in love, the whole community celebrates. But in the case of Mercy and Mick, there would be no celebration. Instead their relationship must stay hidden. Good girls do not date young men from the Maliseet tribe. At least, not in Watsonville, Maine. When racial tensions escalate and Mick is thrown in jail under suspicion of murder, Mercy nearly loses all hope-in love, in her father, and in God himself.
Mercy works as hard as any of the teenage boys on her family's potato farm, even Mick who has been her friend for years. It's 1954, racial tensions are high among the Indian tribes and the white people that took their land. Things begin to change between Mercy and Mick as they become teenagers, they find themselves attracted to each other and this will never do! You see, Mick is a Maliseet Indian and this is their story.
This book is unpredictable, sad, full of hatred, racism, and yet the authors let us see how love is a much stronger force. Mercy's father is a God fearing man and as bad as things get for him and his family he is determined to prove to Mercy love will overcome. An amazing story full of little known historical facts as well as a sweet romance.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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