I was sent a free copy of Toward the Corner of Mercy and Peace by Tracey D. Buchanan thanks to Caitlin Hamilton Summie. I posted a spotlight introducing you to the book in April and now I return with my thoughts.
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About Toward the Corner of Mercy and Peace:
It’s 1952 in the small western Kentucky town of Paducah and Mrs. Minerva Place would prefer everyone mind his own business, follow the rules, and if dead, stay dead. Nosy neighbors and irritating church members are bad enough but when residents of the local cemetery start showing up, the quirky widow wonders if she’s going crazy.
Just as distressing, a new boy in the neighborhood seems intent on disrupting her life. Minerva, aggravated by the precocious six-year-old, holds him and his father at arm’s length. Nevertheless, with charming perseverance they find a way into her closed-off life and an unlikely friendship begins. But just when Minerva starts to let her guard down, a tragic accident shatters her emerging reconnection with life.
Now more than her sanity is at stake. With the help of the living and the dead, Minerva discovers the power of forgiveness and why it’s worth it to let others into your life, even when it hurts.
You can purchase Toward the Corner of Mercy and Peace on Amazon.com
About the Author:
Tracey Buchanan is an award-winning journalist and has worked as a magazine editor and freelance writer for over thirty years. She’s now happily planted in the world of fiction with her debut novel, Toward the Corner of Mercy and Peace.
She and her husband Kent live in the UNESCO Creative City of Paducah, Ky. They have two married sons, seven shockingly perfect grandchildren, and one very mixed-up dog. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Instagram, and GoodReads.
I read this book in a day – it breezed right along. Minerva is a delightful character, especially for this older reader. She doesn’t make friends easily, preferring the company of the characters she creates in her head for the book she is writing. In fact, they are more real to her than some of her neighbors.
When a young boy in the neighborhood injects himself into her life she is quite resistant but somehow he keeps coming back. Soon, tragedy and Minerva and the boy’s family are brought together whether either side likes it or not.
A truly compelling book dealing with intergenerational relationships and finding a family outside of the one in which you are born. It can be as strong a bond as blood in some cases, maybe stronger if you choose to make it that way.
Not a flashy book, but one definitely worth reading.