Part contemporary mystery, part historical novel, A TANGLED MERCY is set in Charleston, South Carolina, with its centuries-old mansions, haunting beauty, cultured sophistication, and its savage history--as well as its stunning example of redemption and hope.
Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbreaking true events examining the harrowing depths of human brutality and betrayal, and our enduring hope for freedom and forgiveness.
After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture—and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met, convinced it holds the key to understanding her fractured family and saving her career in academia. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt—the subject of her mother’s own research. Nearly two centuries earlier, Tom Russell, a gifted blacksmith and slave, grappled with a terrible choice: arm the uprising spearheaded by members of the fiercely independent African Methodist Episcopal Church or keep his own neck out of the noose and protect the woman he loves. Kate’s attempts to discover what drove her mother’s dangerous obsession with Charleston’s tumultuous history are derailed by a horrific massacre in the very same landmark church. In the unimaginable aftermath, Kate discovers a family she never knew existed as the city unites with a powerful message of hope and forgiveness for the world.
BLUE HOLE BACK HOME
Chosen As Common Book
at a number of Colleges and Universities
Blue Hole Back Home, chosen in 2009 as Baylor University's Common Book and the winner of the 2009 Christy Award for First Novel, was been selected as Amarillo College's Common Book for 2014 and as Belmont University Honors College's Common Book for 2015. Thanks to a savvy administration and faculty, as well as the Common Reader Book Selection Committee, Amarillo College managed to work Blue Hole into the curriculum across disciplines, including a fabulous Expressive Photography class that produced final projects related to the novel's story and over-arching themes. Other colleges have used the novel in individual classrooms, sometimes paired with TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Thank you to all the university administrators and professors who've been so gracious in teaching this book and challenging your students to think deeply about the world we live in--and how we might be a part of positive change.