Sons of Mercy and Justice: A Transylvania Story
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction
by G.Keith Parker, Leslie Parker Borhaug
"This is a magnificent story of the McGaha family and how they lived their lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. It describes their way of life in such a way that the reader is able to share their emotions in all different situations and at all levels. Every now and then the story shocks us, surprises us, as something happens that was not expected... just as it happens in 'real' life.
"The reader can learn a lot about life in the 1800s here and not just from the text or story line. The authors have creatively interjected dated paragraphs and attached the 'headlines of the year' so that the reader knows a little more about the time period the next segment of the story takes place in.
"A vast amount of history can be gleaned from this novel. It not only tells a powerful story, but it brings the people back to life, the relationships they formed, their way of life, how they lived it... and their word 'respect,' a word slowly being erased from our current society. It is done in another unique manner, by weaving two stories into one. While the McGaha story is taking place in the early 1800's, another story is beginning at the start of Summer 2012, when 'Millie' is picked up at the airport by her 'Mammaw,' and taken back to her house where she will spend her summer vacation. Millie would end up at the McGaha Chapel and this, in addition to family tradition, is where Millie feels the sense of 'belonging.'
"The book is set up where we are with the McGaha's in one segment, Millie the next, McGaha, Millie, and so on; past present, etc. We were taken in by both storylines, never bored... we didn't have time to be!"
North Carolina Society of Historians' Judges
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