On the day that Jacob agrees to accept a slave as payment for a debt, little Florens's life changes. With her intelligence and passion for wearing the cast-off shoes of her mistress, Florens has never blended into the background and now, aged eight, she is taken from her family to begin a new life. She ends up part of Jacob's household, along with his wife Rebekka, their native-American servant Lina and the enigmatic Sorrow, who was rescued from a shipwreck. Together these women face the trials of their harsh environment as Jacob attempts to carve out a place for himself in the brutal landscape of the north of America in the seventeenth century.
....... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: Don't be afraid.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: He believed we would love God more if we knew the letters to read by.
At only 165 pages long this should have been a quick read and yet I found it to be anything but - re-reading most pages several times, I found myself looking for a deeper meaning in the words.
A bit like the folks in the story of THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES I so wanted to see something beautiful, something of merit and yet, to be honest, I just didn't.
Try as I might, I just couldn't find anything exceptional in the plot and as for the characters? I felt I should have felt something for the women and yet, truth be told, I just couldn't bring myself to care for them.
A real disappointment, I somehow can't help but feel guilty that given the subject matter I should have been moved by A Mercy and it's tale of humanity.
A Mercy was a book club read.