Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Goodbye Season by Marian Hale
In 1918 Mercy longs for a more adventuresome life than her mother is living. Mercy is sure that she will never be stuck in the endless chores of taking care of children and cleaning a house. Times are hard for the family and Mercy gets her first chance to leave home when she is hired out to a family so that her family has one less mouth to feed. But when a worldwide epidemic of flu sweeps across the United States, Mercy finds herself all alone in the world. She finally finds a job taking care of Cora Wilder's house and children but is concerned by Mrs. Wilder's unsettling behavior. Mercy finds herself wondering about a 15 year old mystery as well as about her feelings for Daniel, the oldest son in the house.