. . . her father will see Mercy for the young woman she has become.

. . . Mercy and Mick can move their relationship out from the shadows.

. . . Mercy will leave Maine’s Northwoods for the world outside.

It’s 1954 and the world—even the far Northwoods of Maine—is about to change. But that change can’t happen soon enough for fourteen-year-old Mercy Millar. Long tired of being the “son” her father never had, Mercy’s ready for the world to embrace her as the young woman she is—as well as embrace the forbidden love she feels.

When childhood playmates grow up and fall in love, the whole community celebrates. But in the case of Mercy and Mick, there would be no celebration. Instead their relationship must stay hidden. Good girls do not date young men from the Maliseet tribe. At least, not inWatsonville,Maine. When racial tensions escalate and Mick is thrown in jail under suspicion of murder, Mercy nearly loses all hope—in love, in her father, and in God himself.

“You’ll cheer for the heroine and fall in love with the hero.” – Mary DeMuth, speaker and author of The Muir House

“Shades of Mercy…presents hope for a better future of understanding.” – Brian Reynolds, Tribal Administrator, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians

“A glorious coming-of-age tale…You will adore this tenderly told love story.” – Chris Fabry, author and radio personality.

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About The Author

Anita Lustrea is cohost of Moody Radio's Midday Connection, a sought-after speaker, and author. Her love for her native state of Maine, especially Aroostook County, inspired the idea for Shades of Mercy.

Caryn Rivadeneira is an author of several books, speaker, editor, and regular contributor to Christianity Today publications and other blogs.