Love Mercy Johnson has had much happiness in her life as well as her fair share of sorrow and grief.
Having survived her first year as a widow, she is on a relatively even keel in both her personal life and
her business life. She lives in the same home where she and her late husband, Cy, always lived. She is a
partner in the local café, as well as a photographer and monthly columnist for a local magazine. In addition
to the loss of her husband, their only son had died several years before. The only family Love has is her
husband's elderly parents, and the three daughters her son left behind. Due to a falling out with the girls'
mother, Love has not seen or heard from them in nearly fourteen years. The middle girl, Rett, has suddenly
appeared in town and Love hopes against hope that they can have a joyous reunion. What will a retired
grandmother and a rebellious eighteen-year-old find for common ground?
Set in beautiful Morro Bay, California, Love Mercy eloquently describes the scenery, leaving the
reader feeling as if they can see and hear the sights and sounds as well as catch a whiff of the ocean. The
traditions of Christmas in Morro Bay and the family's own traditions are richly explored.
The novel is character driven and the entwining stories blend together through the use of personal history
and present day challenges. Within the novel the uncertainties of life play out in characters' memories of
marriages, births, illnesses and death. There are separations of distance and emotions which beg to be
resolved. Although there is an air of mystery regarding the past of one of the primary characters, this
book is more about family and friendship and what the future may have in store for Love Mercy. It differs
from Earlene Fowler's usual mystery genre, although the interactions in this book with Benni Harper and her
family may tempt you to read their series as well. This is a book with a wide appeal to most readers and
is the first of a trilogy.