Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker

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Since a real story is the basis for the book, I can see not turning it into a standard romance. The glimpse of who the real Mercer Girls were – in the fictionalized characters here – and what they accomplished is fascinating. Their descendants have just cause to be proud of them. These women though, I had some issues with.
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It’s 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town—leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.

Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they’ll need all their strength—and one another.

 

About Libbie Hawker

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Self-described as a â"bona fide history nerd,â" Libbie Hawker writes historical and literary fiction featuring deeply human characters, with rich details of time and place. She is the author of eleven novels, and she lives in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State with her husband. Learn more about her at www.LibbieHawker.com.
 
Published May 10, 2016 by Lake Union Publishing. 432 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on Jun 03 2016

Since a real story is the basis for the book, I can see not turning it into a standard romance. The glimpse of who the real Mercer Girls were – in the fictionalized characters here – and what they accomplished is fascinating. Their descendants have just cause to be proud of them. These women though, I had some issues with.

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