Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows When unimaginable calamities strike Mercy Carver a poor London woman wonders what she has done to deserve such immeasurable suffering It is only when she faces imminent death in the snow and ice en

  • Title: Dark Shadows
  • Author: Jana Petken
  • ISBN: 9781503134607
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Paperback
  • When unimaginable calamities strike, Mercy Carver, a poor London woman, wonders what she has done to deserve such immeasurable suffering It is only when she faces imminent death in the snow and ice encrusted Virginia wilderness that she finally understands the power of destiny Mercy is passionate She loves and hates in equal measure Can love and hatred give her the strWhen unimaginable calamities strike, Mercy Carver, a poor London woman, wonders what she has done to deserve such immeasurable suffering It is only when she faces imminent death in the snow and ice encrusted Virginia wilderness that she finally understands the power of destiny Mercy is passionate She loves and hates in equal measure Can love and hatred give her the strength she needs now to reach a Northern state, and free a runaway slave wanted for murders, she committed America and her people are strangled in an uncompromising political stalemate Southern states have seceded from the Union, and a civil war is imminent Mercy Carver her journey is just beginning.

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    1. WOW!! This truly MUST be turned into a TV series!What an absolutely superb book. I say this should be a TV series, not because there are so many cliffhanging moments, but because there are so many “Oh Nooooooo! That’s not what you should be doing” moments.Mercy Carver is a chick from the Elephant & Castle in South-East London. By the mid-19th century parts of the Elephant and the surrounding areas, especially along the riverside, had become notorious slums and these were immortalised b [...]

    2. “Mercy Carver: Dark Shadows” by Jana Petken, is the second book I have read by this author and I found it an even more engaging and compelling historical novel than the first book, “The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact.”I used to live in the Elephant & Castle area in South London and am familiar with its architecture and know a little about its history, which of course helped me to make an instant connection when the story begins right there. In the dramatic prologue set in [...]

    3. Jana Petken is one of those authors who just has a way of beautifully telling a story while wrapping the reader up in the characters and locations. This is my second book I've read by her, and you can be sure it will not be my last. I hung on every word of Mercy Carver: Dark Shadows, much as I did with her debut novel. She has made me a believer in historical romance. Her research is impeccable and whisked me back in time in the book to places I couldn't even dream of. I was caught up in the sto [...]

    4. Anybody who follows any of my reviews might be aware that historical fiction is not exactly my normal genre of choice, though I do like to make a habit of reading a wide array of things aside from just my favourite genres.With that said, I decided to check out ‘Dark Shadows (The Mercy Carver Series Book 1)’ by Jana Petken, on the strength of her earlier novel ‘The Guardian of Secrets’ and discovered, that much like that book, this one is a grand achievement in historical fiction.Spanning [...]

    5. Mercy Carver: Dark Shadows is a powerful story and a compelling page-turner. Right from the beginning the heroine is set to have a hard life. Losing her parents at her birth, she is given the name Mercy, but her grandparents and accorded anything but that quality. To them, she is nothing more than a commodity to by them a better life by selling her to a much older shopkeeper as his very young bride. Mercy is not given the chance of another life and is well guarded, except on that last day when a [...]

    6. I devoured this wonderful book in three sittings. Quite simply, it is an accomplished literary masterpiece written by a wordsmith of note, who is surely going places.Kudos to Jana Petken for this stellar composition.The pace never lets up and the characters portrayed are totally addictive.Petken’s style is eloquent and her descriptions are superb; I was completely transported. At times I was near tears for Mercy and the other innocent girls, kidnapped by sadistic criminals, sexually and emotio [...]

    7. Born on a night that took both her parents, Mercy Carver is raised and sheltered by her grandparents. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday she finds out she's been promised to the local butcher for four years. Mercy's stomach turns. She tries to think of a way out, but coming up with nothing, plans a single day of freedom over the bridge in London - a town she's never seen. If she'd only known what that day would bring.This story starts off like a gothic, but quickly turns to an historical roma [...]

    8. Mercy Carver: Dark Shadows by Jana Petken is a wow book. I was definitely moved by Mercy and her compelling story. This well-written smart piece of historical fiction pulled on my heartstrings. There are so many moments that I felt myself totally attached and invested. It’s an emotional story that is beautifully written. I needed to know where it all would lead. My heart was pumping while I read with vigorThe author weaves an intricate tale. Emotional, devastating ,and fascinating. This story [...]

    9. Getting into the story took me a while, I found it rather bland to start with, because it starts slow, and not much happens past the startcross lover thing. The writing is pleasing, in an unorthodox, old-fashion way, but it sometimes makes the scene quite confusing. When the story quicker in at "chapter one" I was quite shocked, it felt like it was ready to end soon; no one has done such a long intro since Tolkien's "concerning hobbits." From there, the style got less confusing and also more ent [...]

    10. What an absolutely superb book. I say this should be a TV series, not because there are so many cliffhanging moments, but because there are so many “Oh Nooooooo! That’s not what you should be doing” moments.Mercy Carver is a chick from the Elephant & Castle in South-East London. By the mid-19th century parts of the Elephant and the surrounding areas, especially along the riverside, had become notorious slums and these were immortalised by Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist, with Bill Sike [...]

    11. What an absolutely superb book. I say this should be a TV series, not because there are so many cliffhanging moments, but because there are so many “Oh Nooooooo! That’s not what you should be doing” moments.Mercy Carver is a chick from the Elephant & Castle in South-East London. By the mid-19th century parts of the Elephant and the surrounding areas, especially along the riverside, had become notorious slums and these were immortalised by Charles Dickens in Oliver Twist, with Bill Sike [...]

    12. Very goodAll of the grammatical errors bugged me. But I thought the story was very good. Some of the characters were so evil yet I liked all them anyway

    13. Dark Shadows (The Mercy Carver Series Book 1) by Author Jana PetkenI am fast becoming a huge fan of Author Jana Petken. "Dark Shadows (The Mercy Carver Series Book 1)" is the second historical, fictional novel that I have read and reviewed by her with the first being The Guardian of Secrets. I can assure you that "Dark Shadows" will not be my last as I have already purchased Blood Moon (The Mercy Carver Series Book 2) and plan on reading it immediately. This gifted author definitely has a way wi [...]

    14. The more I read of Ms. Jana Petken, the more of a time traveler I become.Clearly, she is in the process of carving out a niche in the genre of historical fiction and she will be a master at it very soon. As always, the author's skill to sketch every setting to its finest detail is praise worthy. There you are, be it in the grit and business of an 1800's London, a dark corner of Liverpool or in the freezing snow covered lands of USA where the drama unfolds so meticulously in front of you.The prot [...]

    15. Dark Shadows, is the first five-star book in Jana Petken’s exciting Mercy Carver series. This meticulously crafted and riveting tale had me captivated from the very first page. It takes place during the 19th century, in London, England and Virginia, USA.Mercy Carver never knew her parents, only of them. Her father had brought shame upon the Carver name. And because of his suicide, Mercy, was brought up by overbearing grandparents. They schemed behind her back and sold her out to Big Joe. Today [...]

    16. "Dark Shadows" by Jana Petken is an emotional thrill ride. It starts off in the depths of woe, and keeps you glued to your seat wondering just what will happen to poor Mercy next. The book opens on the day Mercy is born. *SPOILER* Her mother dies in child birth, and her father -- stricken with woe -- commits suicide. After a vicar recommends the baby be sent to an orphanage, Mercy's grandparents decide instead to raise her themselves -- naming her after her mother's last words, a cry to God for [...]

    17. Another historical romance from Jana Petken, set in a different period, in different countries and still a fantastic example of its genre. This is the third Petken I've read now and like the previous two, I have enjoyed it immensely. It isn't the towering saga that was Guardian of Secrets or the hard-bitten, Errant Flock, but it is a wonderful story of courage, love and lust that takes us from the slums of mid-nineteenth century London to the wilds of the Virginian countryside, just prior to the [...]

    18. Stories like the Mercy Carver Series are why we read historical fiction. Dark Shadows starts in the back streets of London and ends in the state of Virginia just after the election of Abraham Lincoln. This story gives the reader a look at the dark underbelly of Victorian England, as Mercy Carver tumbles from an unloving home where she is sold into marriage, to her abduction, to slavery in a whore house in Liverpool.Mercy manages to escape the whore house still a virgin but is also a woman on the [...]

    19. Dark Shadows by Jana Petken is a mesmerizing tale that I couldn't stop thinking about. Mercy and her shenanigans lured me in. Keeping up with her can make a delightful journey. She and Jacob make a captivating couple. I fell in love with their love and admired their strength and courage.This story is action packed and full of suspense that had me reading in a fury. Brought goosebumps to my skin. Near impossible not to get emotionally involved.The strong female lead, Mercy Carver with all her bea [...]

    20. Once again, Jana Petken has written a page turner, filled to the brim with heartache, wonder and fantastic imagery. The story of Mercy Carver has only just started, but with each turning page I was becoming more and more invested in the story. I cried, I laughed, I hated with a vengeance and wished ill on those who hurt her and her friends. The story starts with the simple life of a couple having their first baby, and then tragedy strikes and it seems that the beginning of Mercy's life will be f [...]

    21. A fascinating story that takes you from the poverty-stricken streets of London to the wilds of Virginia in the lead up to the American Civil War. This was the time of Charles Dickens and there is a certain similarity between Mercy's sad story and much of Dickens' work, as the plight of people in both places at the time shines through Ms Petken's work just as clearly as Dickens'. That said, Ms Petken brings a distinctly feminine perspective to the story that Dickens could never have managed.Mercy [...]

    22. I've read another story that I loved from this author, so I was curious about this one. I'm happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. Once again, Miss Petken leaves her readers breathless. The setting of the story was initially in London but then it took place in Virginia. I was impressed with how the author developed the plot and the characters. It was easy to get attached to Mercy.The writing was phenomenal in my humble opinion. The author provided just the right amount of dialogue and descript [...]

    23. This is the second Jana Petken novel I've read and I was not disappointed. Her debut work, Guardian of the Secrets, is an outstanding read and she has followed it up with yet another, in Dark Shadows (The Mercy Carver Series, Book I).The novel begins on the day Mercy is born in a poor section of 1800's London. She grows to be a striking young lady but is doomed to an arranged marriage to an older and extremely unattractive man. Seeking just one day of freedom before she weds, she ventures out of [...]

    24. "You southern women are all kinds of crazy." Mercy Carver has only been in Virginia a few months when she is told this by a wagon driver. Guess it didn't take her long to learn the ropes. I was curious to see how the author would handle an historical fiction story which begins in 1860s London and ends in 1861, in pre-Civil War Virginia. It wasn't the typical migration pattern for that time in history and the author did an excellent job of maneuvering the novel from London to Liverpool and on to [...]

    25. Ok, I think I can be officially called Jana Petken’s fan. I’ve read The Errant Flock and now this first book in Mercy Carver’s series, and I’m definitely hooked. I love Petken’s writing, which is very vivid and compelling. There is never a dull moment, and Mercy’s chain of misfortunes, which started the day before her eighteenth birthday, has completely drawn me into the world of 1860s London. The protagonist, Mercy Carver, is extremely likeable. I loved how feisty she is, and how br [...]

    26. The author has produced another wonderful historical novel, this one set mainly in the year 1860. All Mercy Carver wants is a day of freedom in the bustling city of London in the late 1800's, before she's forced into a hateful arranged marriage. What she gets is anything but freedom. She's abducted and brought to an elite whorehouse in Liverpool. Her life from there brings her to Virginia on the cusp of the Civil War, where another form of slavery abounds.Unlike many other books in this time per [...]

    27. I forgot how much I loved historical fiction until I read Miss Mercy Carver's story. This story really took me back in time and I could tell the author had put a lot of research and effort into making this as true to past events as possible. I mean, I really felt like I was there. Usually my only problem with historical fiction is that the plot is quite slow. Not with this book! I didn't see half of the twists coming and once I was on the journey with Mercy, I just held on for dear life. Mercy's [...]

    28. Jana Petken's 'Dark Shadows' was an immediately captivating read. From the first page I found myself immersed into the story and curious about what would happen next. Mercy is a believable character and easy to empathize with. The villains in the book were appropriately horrible and morally corrupt (there's nothing worse than reading a story with weak villains). The historical settings were described so well that it was easy for me, as a reader, to put myself in the lushly detailed landscapes. T [...]

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