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It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.

Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they'll need all their strength - and one another.

©2016 Libbie Hawker (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Delightful

this fictional Tale that represents the part that women played in the history of Seattle Washington has sparked the Curiosity in me to research the true history of the Mercer girls

30 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Love her voice

Not only is this a good book but the narrators voice is easy to listen to..... pleasant may I dare say. Often times the story of a book is great but I can't get over the narrators voice so I don't listen. But in the case of this audiobook, I've listened to it 3 times.

59 of 61 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Easley, SC, United States
  • 02-25-17

Great story, not what I expected.

I was expecting love and romance, but instead I found a more realistic version of the Mercer girls. Although fiction, much of the story was based on fact. I was especially impressed by the author's portrayal of women's hardships in this time. I learned much about the women's suffrage movement. This story prompted me to read more about women's suffrage and Susan B. Anthony.

45 of 48 people found this review helpful

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Mercer Girls

I never expected my first audio book to be such a delight both in its beautiful prose as well as its enactment. ThAnk you to author and actress.



22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic story!

I LOVE historical fiction and this book has become one of my new favorites! After the story is over the author goes into more detail about the real Mercer party and how she inspiration form the women who made the journey to Seattle and their role in settling the new city. The characters are each lovely in their own way and do much to show different points of view of their situations. While it is a longer book to listen to, I found myself listening to it for multiple hours at a time and thinking about it after I had paused the story. If you enjoy historical fiction you'll love this story, absolutely worth the credit!

56 of 61 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable and educational

The narrator did an excellent reading. I really liked all 3 of the main characters. They were clearly differentiated. Having Susan Anthony enter the book was wonderful. I hope to find more Merced Girl books

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Slow start but give it time

It was hard to stick with it at first. But once i got a quarter of the way through i couldn't put it down. I love how it reflects history within the story!

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Will listen to it again.

The narration was very good on this book. I enjoyed the storyline and stretched it out at bedtimes. Now I will listen to it again in bigger chunks as I am sure I missed things. A keeper!

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Interesting historical novel

An entertaining piece about the girls who traveled from Massachusetts to Washington territory during the Civil War to seek husbands. I liked learning about the issues they faced, quite a contrast to the issues women face now.. although the surprise might be some of the similarities. The story moves at a good pace, characters evolve over the course of the story. My critique might include the dialogue did not always seem to period, nor was the reader's interpretation of it. But that did not interfere too much with my enjoyment of the book.

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wonderful story.

well written and well narrated...bravo! very entertaining and a great history lesson to boot! I will definitely read this author again.

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