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  • Audio CD
  • Mercy Road
  • Ann Howard Creel
  • 15 June 2017
  • 9781978691148

10 thoughts on “Mercy Road

  1. says:

    What would you do if the life you knew was changed forever For Arlene Favier, her mother, and her brother, Luc, it is a January night in Paris, Kentucky as they watch their family home burn and the head of their family dies It soon becomes clear that Arlene s father left them with mountains of debt and so she and her brother need to find work But societal norms cannot accept change and as the days pass, Arlene feels distraught over finding a job A kind soul recommends work in another city and while there, Arlene applies accidentally to be an ambulance driver for the American Women s Hospital in France An experience that will require her to learn courage under pressure.In her latest novel, Ann Howard Creel explores the horror of the war in France, the comradrie of the women s hospital team and the shaping of a new world For those familiar with Creel s books, readers can expect a little bit of romance and the transition of Arlene from wide eyed innocent to one forever changed by her experiences If I had one criticism, I will admit their is a tendency especially in the last chapter for a bit too much melodrama Other than that, I read the novel in one sitting Goodreads review published 08 11 19Publication Date 19 11 19

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    Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Ann Howard Creel for giving me to the chance to read her new book Mercy Road.Arlene Favier is devastated when her family home in Paris Kentucky burns to the ground and why did her father decide at the last minute to run back inside the burning house She has no idea her father s horse breeding farm is struggling, she s left to look after her Maman and her young brother Luc Arlene needs to look for work to support her family, she travels to Cincinnati and she s not prepared at all for life on her own She applies for the only job that she has any qualifications for, she finds a notice advertising for French speaking drivers and she s recruited to drive an ambulance for the new American Woman s Hospital in France Her Papa was French, he taught her to speak his native language and to drive a car or a small truck.Nothing could prepare Arlene and her fellow ambulance drivers for the terrible conditions they face in France during WW I France is a total disaster, damaged buildings, displaced civilians, food shortages and the retreating German army is destroying everything in their path Worst of all is the terrible war injuries to both soldiers, civilians and children The team of women American doctors have joined forces to help the war effort, they raised their own funds, purchased medical equipment, supplies and employed female ambulance drivers Arlene forms as strong friendship with one of her fellow drivers Cass, she s older than Arlene and seems to be the obvious one to be able to cope with the terrible conditions in France But it s not the case, Arlene is soon very concerned about her friend mental state and she s also having issues with an American officer called Felix Brohammer He s arrogant, despite Arlene making it very clear she s not interested in him he continues to believe they re in a relationship and Arlene is playing hard to get Arlene is very focused on her job, she s working very long hours driving the ambulance, they need to be constantly on guard at all times, the roads are full of pot holes, driving conditions change due to the weather and also the Germans constantly launching shells at them.Amongst the chaos Arlene is very happy to see a familiar face from home, Jimmy Tucker, he worked for her father doing odd jobs around the farm and her snobby mother didn t like them being friends Soon she and Jimmy are fighting their obvious attraction to each other, the issues Arlene is having with Felix Brohammer escalates and it all gets way out of hand.Arlene makes a choice to protect her friend, has she lost all she s been working hard for by not speaking up about the nasty Felix Brohammer and has this effected her romantic relationship with Jimmy Mercy Road is a story about how during WW I women s roles changed, their courage, their bravery, their dedication to each other and their country.I loved the book, I gave it 4 stars and Ann Howard Creel is one of my favorite author s I highly recommend reading Mercy Road, The Magic Of Ordinary Days and While You Were Mine.I have shared my review on Goodreads, NetGalley, Barnes Noble, Twitter and my blog.https karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com

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    I read Ms Creel s The Magic of Ordinary Days about hardship and love during WWII in 2011 and gave it a solid four stars When I was approved by Net Galley for an arc of Mercy Road, I was excited Unfortunately it took me well over two months to finish I would have tagged it dnf but I felt obligated to read the narrative Though the plot showed promise, the characters were two dimensional It was one of those stories where the author told but did not show There was too much going on Thoughts and details were spelled out but I never cared for any of the characters view spoiler It began with a tragedy on a horse farm Arlene Favier needed money to save her family s dream She became an ambulance driver during WWI and I was introduced to a feminist tone She worked with an all womens medical team sponsored by the Red Cross While serving in France, she was blatantly stalked by a creepy military officer Instead of cutting him off immediately she knew something was seriously wrong with the guy she continued to converse and meet with him numerous times She never went to her superiors to tell them what was going on Eventually she became aware of a plot to illegally sell Army goods Knowing it to be dangerous, she gets involved In the meantime, her closest acquaintance suffers from depression and has a secret It was completely obvious to me but it took the bulk of the story for Arlene to figure it out Lastly, there was the romance with Jimmy Tucker that felt out of place Never once did I understand why the author introduced him There was no chemistry Zip, nada, zilch Their relationship stuck out like a sore thumb And the epilogue Possibly dreaming Huh hide spoiler

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    I m so pleased to share my upcoming release, MERCY ROAD, with readers and fans on Goodreads When I stumbled upon a story of truly unsung female heroes during World War I, I knew I d found the inspiration for my next historical novel Banned for service in the US Army, a group of female physicians and surgeons formed the American Women s Hospital and independently sent an all female team of doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, and aides to war torn France in 1918 Soon after I d discovered this almost unknown piece of history, a character began to form and take on shape and dimension in my mind Arlene Favier, a young French speaking horsewoman from Paris, Kentucky, joins the first team of the American Women s Hospital as an ambulance driver, passes through Paris, France, and ends up serving soldiers and civilians alike on the front lines Amid the chaos of war, she never expects to find romantic attention from two very different soldiers, and not only does she find herself in physical danger every day, her heart and belief in the human spirit become endangered, too Because even during the days of life and death, things are not always as they appear to be, and not all soldiers are heroes.MERCY ROAD, to be released November 19th, is now available for pre order, and I ve been thrilled with the number of people already ordering, thanks to readers like you who love historical fiction

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    I am pleased I read this book, based on the true story of a group of female ambulance drivers during WW1 These stories about unsung heroes of the war are really important for education and inspiration purposes and I hope to read books like this in the future Mercy Road featured one of the most gripping opening chapters of a book that I have read in a long time I thoroughly enjoyed Arlene s journey into independence and into the war with all the horrors she faces there The only thing that disappointed me with this book was the central romance between Arlene and Jimmy The beginning of their love felt rushed and unbelievable and it was a shame that the romance element dominated most of the second half of the book Jimmy was underdeveloped as a character and seemed quite dull and one dimensional so their relationship didn t engage me at all I would have liked to have seen detail about Arlene s work and to have known about Cass too who was a fascinating character Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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    A book about a girl from a horse farm in Kentucky that learns to drive an ambulance in war torn France.This book kinda grabbed my attention from the first page It was a quick book, I liked the characters and enjoyed the story Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union publishers for the early copy

  7. says:

    This book takes us to the Great War WWI and the efforts of the American Women s Hospital and one of their ambulance drivers in France See what I thought of this novel on my blog here.

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    Ann Howard Creel s books are inspired by history and her female characters face life changing challenges.Her newest novel Mercy Road was inspired by a photograph of a female ambulance driver in France during WWI Female doctors and nurses were banned from serving in the U S Army so they formed the American Women s Hospital and raised funds to send a volunteer team to France.Creel s novel begins with a tragedy that leaves Arlene Favier aware of how life can change in an instant A fire takes her home and father and the family s source of income Desperate to find a job to support her mother and brother, and with dreams of rebuilding her father s stud farm, Arlene stumbles into an opportunity that will use her few employable skills as a chauffeuses driving an ambulance for doctors volunteering in France.With most French doctors serving at the front, there was a lack of medical services for civilians and refugees With her command of French and experience with machines, Arlene is the perfect volunteer With the lure of a cash bonus at the end of the war which would allow her to rebuild the family home, Arlene joins the American Women s Hospital service, formed to aid citizens and refugees.To go to France in May 1918 required great courage and fortitude The war had destroyed the land and the infrastructure By September 1918, there were 1.85 million refugees Food shortages and the lack of housing and clean water contributed to illness including typhus, tuberculosis, dysentery, and influenza The Hospital Service also assisted men wounded at the front The women were exposed to the horrors of battlefield wounds, the dead, and the dying Now I not only knew death I knew the shade and scent of human blood and the charred appearance and stench of burnt human bodies I knew the look of what lay beneath our skin from Mercy Road by Ann Howard Creel Arlene was excited to arrive in Paris, her father s birthplace With restrictions against seeing soldiers, she rebuffs the attention of the handsome but oversure Captain Brohammer He takes it as a challenge, pursuing her throughout the war even though Arlene makes clear she is not interested But when she meets up with a childhood friend once employed by her father, her hesitancy to become romanticly involved is challenged.The plot involves intrigue, accusations with devastating implications, and personal growth that challenges old ideas and the embracing of possibilities.I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

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    Full Review on The Candid Cover3.5 StarsMercy Road by Ann Howard Creel is a book that has a really interesting concept The involvement of women in the First World War is not something that I have read much about before It is so interesting and awe inspiring to learn about the American Women s Hospital While I enjoyed the story and the main character, the side characters are not very complex.Arlene is a really interesting character, and considering the setting of the novel, she is well ahead of her times She is a headstrong woman who isn t afraid to follow her own path This becomes clear when she leaves her family and heads off to France to help support them I really enjoyed reading about Arlene, as she is a character who is easy to relate to VIVID DESCRIPTIONSLearning about the conditions of the French people and the risky situations the female ambulance drivers put themselves in is quite gripping The descriptions that the author uses to describe the devastation and the struggles the war caused are vivid It is very inspiring to read about these women who were on the front lines collecting injured and sick civilians.While it is enjoyable to read Arlene s story and her life as an ambulance driver, there are aspects of the story that are not as well developed There are many other women in the novel, but their stories aren t revealed much, with the exception of Cass That being said, Cass s story is one that I would have liked to read of The women aren t close friends, yet they share a room and a common connection as ambulance drivers I would have liked to see this friendship evolve than it did INTERESTING CONCEPTThe idea that there were women on the front lines of World War I is incredible to discover Mercy Road is an historical novel that shares some interesting aspects of the stories behind the American Women s hospital The concept of the novel is fascinating, but there are parts of the story that are lacking.

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    2 stars Mercy Road is a pretty lukewarm read It has a steady pace, but nothing about it stands out Arlene s perspective comes off a bit stilted at times and the dialogue reads are pretty forced and doesn t flow smoothly The characters themselves could be a little well developed, although there are some interesting figures in the side characters that contribute to intriguing subplots.What gets me is that the setting should be interesting Yet the plot focuses on romance and a military scheme than the actual War I find that an odd direction to take, especially when neither of those elements are well developed and fleshed out The main conflict actually gets resolved or what passes as resolved off page I m sure other people will have a good time with this, but the book didn t really work for me ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Mercy Road Inspired By The True Story Of The World War I American Women S Hospital, Mercy Road Is A Novel About Love, Courage, And A Female Ambulance Driver Who Risks EverythingIn , After Arlene Favier S Home Burns To The Ground, Taking Her Father With It, She Must Find A Way To Support Her Mother And Younger Brother If She Doesn T Succeed, They Will All Be Impoverished Job Opportunities Are Scarce, But Then A Daring Possibility Arises The American Women S Hospital Needs Ambulance Drivers To Join A Trailblazing, All Female Team Of Doctors And Nurses Bound For War Torn FranceOn The Front Lines, Arlene And Her Fellow Ambulance Drivers Work Day And Night To Aid Injured Soldiers And Civilians In Between Dangerous Ambulance Runs, Arlene Reunites With A Childhood Friend, Jimmy Tucker, Now A Soldier, Who Opens Her Heart Like No One Before But She Has Also Caught The Attention Of Felix Brohammer, A Charismatic Army Captain Who Harbors A Dark, Treacherous SecretTo Expose Brohammer Means Risking Her Family S Future And The Promise Of Love Arlene Must Make A Choice Stay In The Safety Of Silence Or Take The Greatest Chance Of Her Life