Review: ‘Mercury’ by Hope Larson

by Kim on December 15, 2011 · 10 comments

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Title: Mercury
Author: Hope Larson
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2010
Acquired: Library
Rating: ★★★½☆

Review: Set in French Hill, Nova Scotia, Mercury by Hope Larson is a story about family and history with a healthy dose of magic thrown in. Back in 1859, a mysterious stranger arrives on a family farm. The daughter, Josey, is enamored with the stranger and with the promise of gold he brings to her struggling family. But not is all as it appears. In the present, Tara, Josey’s descendant, is dealing with her own problems as she begins to discover what happened to her family years ago.

That description of this book is terrible, which is too bad because Mercury was a delightful little book. I finished reading it in a single afternoon and while I wasn’t blown away I was definitely satisfied with the reading experience. The story flips back and forth in time effectively, doesn’t give the big reveal too soon or too easily, and the illustrations are charming. I wouldn’t rush to buy this one, but if you run across it on your library shelves I’d suggest picking it up. I’m going to be looking for more of Hope Larson’s books.

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