For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when your mother catches you spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is enormously protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can't help sneaking a look at something he's not supposed to - an act that will have catastrophic repercussions, shattering both his world and Jess's. It's a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he's not prepared.
"So good it made me cry!"
This Dark Road to Mercy is a tale of love and atonement, blood and vengeance, a story that involves two young sisters, a wayward father, and an enemy determined to see him pay for his sins. When their mother dies unexpectedly, twelve-year-old Easter Quillby and her six-year-old sister, Ruby, are shuffled into the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina, a little town not far from the Appalachian Mountains. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor-league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night.
"Easter offers chance at redemption; but no spark"
Inspired by a true story, A Land More Kind Than Home is a spellbinding, heartbreaking tale about cruelty and innocence - and the failure of religion and family to protect a child. It is thick with stories and characters connected by faith, infidelity, and a sense of hope that is both tragic and unforgettable.
Gastonia, North Carolina. Easter und Ruby Quillby leben nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter im Kinderheim. Bis ihr Vater Wade eines Nachts auftaucht und sie entführt. Er will ein neues Leben mit seinen Töchtern anfangen und hat dafür etwas an sich genommen, das ihm nicht gehört. Etwas, das der Besitzer zurückhaben will, koste es, was es wolle. Bald werden Wade und die Mädchen verfolgt. Von einem Mann, der mit Wade noch eine alte Rechnung offen hat. Und der bereit ist, bis zum Äußersten zu gehen.
Wade disappeared on us when I was six, and I never saw him again until I turned twelve, after Mom was buried. She always said he was a loser, even if he was our dad, but it turns out he was much more than that. He was also a thief. Like he was on the day he stole me and my little sister.