A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-Lake

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Instagram is pretty awesome. Joy came across my page and we started chatting about Charleston. Turns out, Joy has written an incredibly captivating story that takes place in Charleston and it completely blew my mind.

Thank you Joy for sending me a copy to read and enjoy!

This story has two time periods – one story on the 1822 slave revolt and the other starting in 2015 – both taking place in Charleston, South Carolina. Kate is studying at Harvard University when she leaves her work due to a breakdown. She has most recently lost her mother and decides to return to Charleston to discover key truths about her family’s past. The other side of the story takes place around the slave rebellion. His proposed job is to make weapons for the rebellion through the African Methodist Episcopal Church. It’s DEEP.

WOW. Just, wow. This normally isn’t a book I would run to right away (as you may know, I’m all about the thrills). This just left me so emotional for all the right reasons! What’s so crazy is that as Joy was writing this novel, the unfortunate church massacre in Charleston took place. The unfortunate event was woven so intricately into the story, it still gives me chills just thinking about it. I think everyone should read this book, especially during these times of heartbreak and the black lives matter movement. It’s an eye opener!

4.5/5 Stars

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