At about 38% of the way through, I had to put this book down. I quickly realized that the author’s style of writing is just not for me. Every action each character took was laboriously described, and this prevented the book from moving along at a decent pace. For example:
“Cass and I stood and stared at each other in confusion…
We shrugged to each other.
A French driver gave us helmets.
Cass look apprehensive.”
…and so on. These are things that can be summarized in one paragraph, or even one sentence.
Why summarize when you can tell each specific action of every second for each character, right? It makes the book longer. But in effect, it stalls the book.
And that’s when I realized it wasn’t a page turner for me; it was me having to trod through this book and having to know each and every character’s movement, reaction, and thought. Which is not for me.
So if you’re like me, and don’t need detailed action movements at the start of each paragraph, this book is probably not for you. I wanted to like it because the premise of the book was interesting, but too much detail robbed this book of reaching its full potential.
Inspired by the true story of the World War I American Women’s Hospital, Mercy Road is a novel about love, courage, and a female ambulance driver who risks everything.
In 1917, after Arlene Favier’s home burns to the ground, taking her father with it, she must find a way to support her mother and younger brother. If she doesn’t succeed, they will all be impoverished. Job opportunities are scarce, but then a daring possibility arises: the American Women’s Hospital needs ambulance drivers to join a trailblazing, all-female team of doctors and nurses bound for war-torn France.
On the front lines, Arlene and her fellow ambulance drivers work day and night to aid injured soldiers and civilians. In between dangerous ambulance runs, Arlene reunites with a childhood friend, Jimmy Tucker, now a soldier, who opens her heart like no one before. But she has also caught the attention of Felix Brohammer, a charismatic army captain who harbors a dark, treacherous secret.
To expose Brohammer means risking her family’s future and the promise of love. Arlene must make a choice: stay in the safety of silence or take the greatest chance of her life.