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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marian Hale Narrator: Georgette Perna Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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Mercy Kaplan doesnt want to be like her mother, saddled with crying kids and failing crops for the rest of her life. Mercy longs to be on her own - until her wish comes true in the worst possible way. It is 1918 and a deadly flu epidemic ravages the country, leaving her utterly alone and penniless.

Mercy soon finds a job with Mrs. Wilder. But theres something unsettling about the woman, whose brother died under mysterious circumstances. And then theres Daniel, who could sweep a girl off her feet if she isnt careful.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roselyn | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked the imagery in this book. Even though it is more of a young adult book and a fairly simple coming of age story with a twist of a murder mystery, I found it captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 1/14/2014

    " I have really enjoyed every one of Marian Hale's books! She knows how to do historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan P | 1/7/2014

    " In 1918 rural Texas, Mercy's family struggles to get by. They are so short on money that her father has to leave home to find work, and Mercy, as the oldest, also must leave home to go hire on for another local family. They can't afford to pay her, but in exchange for housekeeping duties and cooking, she can get room and board. While she is away, influenza comes to the area. Mercy's employers are both stricken, but even worse - she arrives home, all of her siblings and her mother are dead too. Distraught and alone, Mercy must find a means of supporting herself. The family she hires on with has trouble of its own however. And there is murder involved as well. An interesting perspective of life during this time period - and a love story to boot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Arrow | 12/31/2013

    " This book was okay! By the way, the girl on the cover is soo ugly! I mean, I wouldn't imagine her as Mercy at all! I pictured Mercy looking more older, and of course, prettier. Overall, a nice, easy, sad book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed listening to this book, as a young woman discovers what it is she truly wants in her life. It made me think about my own life and choices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammi | 12/25/2013

    " I liked this book. Its about learning to rely on yourself while still being an enjoyable person.:) i picked this book to do a book report on,by the reference from my mother. i think its a good book for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Livingston | 11/16/2013

    " I really liked this dramatic young adult coming-of-age story. I read it aloud to Lane, and we both enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 11/16/2013

    " This book will pull on your heart strings all the way to the end. It's a fantastic book that takes place in the late 1800's. You will find it in your library under Young Adult however, it's a good book no matter how old you are!! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. Tolbert | 11/1/2013

    " My grandmother's parents died within a day of each other in 1918 when she was a young girl. She didn't speak about it much at all, and I've often wondered about how difficult that must have been for her. This book gave me some insight into that loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn | 10/7/2013

    " I wish this was more about the flu epidemic of 1918. It is a good story, but I wouldn't really consider it historical fiction because the bulk of the story is light on the history. It is definitely a romance, not totally sappy, but somewhat annoyingly a romance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Odette | 7/28/2013

    " This was okay. The narrator's inner conflict was pretty lame, but I did find the bits about the influenza epidemic interesting, and that's why I read it in the first place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 6/16/2013

    " Wow...this was a somewhat depressing book...everybody dies!!!! But, I guess that is the point of this book. Easy read, good coming of age type book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2013

    " I think I liked this book more because the reader was really good. A LOT of devastation and heartache through the entire story that got a little bit much for me. I thought all of the characters were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lillianviolinist | 11/15/2012

    " I connected with this book being the oldest of a lot of kids. Not my favorite but still very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige A | 11/27/2011

    " I really liked it except for the end when it just broke off. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryann Yamaura | 8/6/2011

    " this was one of the most amazing books I have ever read! You have to read it! Best book ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roselyn | 3/31/2011

    " I really liked the imagery in this book. Even though it is more of a young adult book and a fairly simple coming of age story with a twist of a murder mystery, I found it captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/21/2011

    " I really liked this dramatic young adult coming-of-age story. I read it aloud to Lane, and we both enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2011

    " I think I liked this book more because the reader was really good. A LOT of devastation and heartache through the entire story that got a little bit much for me. I thought all of the characters were interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle | 12/14/2010

    " this book is really good but also really depresasing:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaliya Nur | 12/4/2010

    " It was great, but Mercy loses every body she cared about.
    There are 2 murders comitted by mr. collier.
    I loved it.

    Aliya "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn | 11/4/2010

    " I wish this was more about the flu epidemic of 1918. It is a good story, but I wouldn't really consider it historical fiction because the bulk of the story is light on the history. It is definitely a romance, not totally sappy, but somewhat annoyingly a romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 9/8/2010

    " Wow...this was a somewhat depressing book...everybody dies!!!! But, I guess that is the point of this book. Easy read, good coming of age type book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 8/14/2010

    " This book will pull on your heart strings all the way to the end. It's a fantastic book that takes place in the late 1800's. You will find it in your library under Young Adult however, it's a good book no matter how old you are!! I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige A | 6/26/2010

    " I really liked it except for the end when it just broke off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Odette | 4/4/2010

    " This was okay. The narrator's inner conflict was pretty lame, but I did find the bits about the influenza epidemic interesting, and that's why I read it in the first place. "

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About the Author
Author Marian Hale

Marian Hale is the author of acclaimed historical novels for young adults including Dark Water Rising and The Goodbye Season. She lives with her husband, daughter, and grandbabies on the Texas Coast.

About the Narrator

Georgette Perna is a full-time voice-over professional in Los Angeles, California. She is currently the voice of Motilda the Mouse on the children’s DVD series Dottie’s Magic Pockets, the voice of Dagny on Magellan’s Magic Map, and the commercial voice for Jellybeanies toys, now airing on Discovery Kids, Toon Disney, Cartoon Network, Nicktoons, and PBS Kids.