A Tangled Mercy

A Tangled Mercy

by Joy Jordan-Lake

Overview: After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture—and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met, convinced it holds the key to understanding her fractured family and saving her career in academics. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt—the subject of her mother’s own research.

Nearly two centuries earlier, Tom Russell, a gifted blacksmith and slave, grappled with a terrible choice: arm the uprising spearheaded by members of the fiercely independent African Methodist Episcopal Church or keep his own neck out of the noose and protect the woman he loves.

Kate’s attempts to discover what drove her mother’s dangerous obsession with Charleston’s tumultuous history are derailed by a horrific massacre in the very same landmark church. In the unimaginable aftermath, Kate discovers a family she never knew existed as the city unites with a powerful message of hope and forgiveness for the world.

Lauren Ash (03/06/19):Joy Jordan-Lake is a master of language and story-telling. "A Tangled Mercy" weaves together the stories of two vastly different people: Kate Drayton, a Harvard graduate student who has come to Charleston to uncover family secrets, and Tom Russell, the blacksmith of the 1822 slave revolt in Charleston. Alternating perspectives and stories, the novel follows the connection between the two in a triumphant culmination of hope and healing..
Rating: *****

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