Faith Lindberg has a dream of living somewhere where there’s flowers, grass, trees, and a future and she doesn’t think that her current town of Nobel Springs, Missouri fulfills that dream. She wants her grandfather to sell the mercantile so that both of them can move away but he is reluctant. She is given the responsibility of running the mercantile and has a hard time being accepted because she’s a lady. Rosemary moves to her town and she and Faith become fast friends even though Rosemary is not spoken well about because she has a past of caring for men in her nursing profession. Royal Baxter and Rosemary’s brother Curt Saxon both have an interest in Faith and she goes through some difficulty figuring out if God wants her to be with either man. To make matters more difficult there are some criminals hanging around Nobel Springs that want to mess up Faith’s life and the story seems to go through some twists in turns while the criminals are being searched for.
Faith goes through a lot of learning experiences as she starts running the mercantile, which is one thing I liked about this book. It’s hard for Faith to accept the responsibility of running it but when she finally does get started she goes through some trials and errors in regards to how she treats her customers. I also liked how Curt and Faith became closer friends through spending time together with matters regarding the mercantile. This defined their relationship on one level but when Royal came around it was interesting to learn whether their relationship was just about business or if there was something deeper there. I wasn’t able to figure out what the outcome of the book would be until the end because it was hard to tell if Curt or Royal were behind some of the bad things that were happening to Faith.
This was an interesting story to me and I hope it reaches out to a lot of other people.
Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received this book free from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
To celebrate the story, author Ann Shorey and Revell Books are proud to announce the MERCANTILE MEMORIES giveaway, featuring three incredible prizes.
Our Grand Prize winner will receive an heirloom chess set, handmade from 1830s chestnut & cherry wood, just like the one Judge Lindberg and Curt use in their chess battles.
Our Second Prize winner will receive a deluxe, Missouri-shaped box of mercantile goods from the Missouri Mercantile company. The box features an assortment of items just like those stocked by Faith in Lindberg’s Mercantile.
Our Third Prize winner will receive a Memoirs Gift Set. Write your memoirs just like Judge Lindberg does in the story! The set includes the bestselling Writing the Memoir book, and a $30 gift card to Blurb, to create and print your story.
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