Item description for Running From Mercy by Terra Little...
Overview Returning home to Mercy, Georgia, after the death of her twin sister, Pam, a succesful recording artist, soon discovers why she was in such a hurry to leave this small town, rife with dark secrets and betrayal, behind. Original.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2008
Publisher Urban Books
ISBN 1933967374 ISBN13 9781933967370
Availability 0 units.
More About Terra Little
Terra Little has been reading romance novels for decades and falling in and out of love with the heroes within the book covers for just as long. When she's not in the classroom teaching English Literature, you can most likely find her tucked away somewhere with her laptop and a dog-eared romance novel.
Reviews - What do customers think about Running From Mercy?
Runaway Love Sep 14, 2008
Paris and Pam are twins that grew up a group home in Mercy , Georgia . Although identical, the sisters were as different as night and day. Paris, the quiet one, always believed in doing the right thing, while Pam, the loud one, had a reputation for being the fast one.
Eventually, Pam left Mercy, vowing to never return. Unfortunately, that vow is broken as she must go back to bury her twin. While she's there to be a support system, she's also hoping to get things done and get away before her past can catch up to her. Is Pam ready to face her past, or is she going to be able to outrun it?
RUNNING FROM MERCY written by Terra Little is uniquely creative. Abundant are the family ties, romance, as well as suspense, making for a good, quick read. I would definitely recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Carmen
Little's "Running" Gives Us Pause In Our Personal Lives Aug 5, 2008
No matter how good we think we are at keeping a secret, it seems as though it always has a way of getting out and affecting more people than we could have ever realized. At a time when families all over the country are dealing with social issues that threaten to destroy them, "Running From Mercy" by Terra Little comes just in time to show why we should deal with problems as they come and not allow them to fester, grow and ultimately ruin us.
A mixture of diary entries and third person narrative, the book introduces us to Pamela Mayes: the one left behind after her twin sister Paris is killed in a tragic accident. Their lives have taken many twists and turns over the years, however, in the end it is Pam who has found success and fame while following her dreams while her sister seemed to be content with just having a family and being a good wife. But is it really that simple?
Pam goes home to Mercy, Georgia for the funeral, but in doing so she returns to the past that seemed to be waiting for her. In the almost twenty years that have passed since she was "home", it is clear that time has not taken away all of the hurt and pain that exists in that one town. It also reveals a more sinister motive that some have for exposing the truth for their own gain, no matter who might be hurt or destroyed in the process.
Terra Little's novel explores a great deal of issues that most of us don't truly feel comfortable addressing. I have to be honest in saying that I like others sometime feel it is easier to try and ignore parts of the past rather than addressing them. Pamela had told herself that as long as she didn't have to see those who had caused her hurt and pain from day to day that she could move on entirely. It's not that easy, as her return shows. If anything, the book shows that the longer you take to deal with an issue the more resentment and lasting damage can be done.
Fortunately the book does give us some type of closure to the open closets that release some of their skeletons. Pam is given the opportunity to not only explain some of her actions, but find out why others did some of the things that shaped her life as well. As in many of our families, there are some unexpected twists when it comes to the search for truth; but in the end it seems that the truth starts the process of healing that the town of Mercy so desperately needs.
"Running From Mercy" is one of those books that you will be reluctant to read for fear it will force you to deal with your own hurt and pain, however, I guarantee you will be a better man or woman for doing so.
Mercy, Mercy me! Jul 7, 2008
Pam and Paris, the beautiful orphaned twins. As different as night and day. Pam left Mercy at 18, vowing to never come back. Instead she went on to become a famous R&B star, but is known for being reclusive and fiercely protective about her privacy. When her sister Pam tragically dies, she is forced to break her vow and go back to Mercy for her sister's funeral. The tension sizzles from the moment she steps into her sister's house and is confronted by her distraught brother in law. Pam's niece, Nikki, while missing her mother, is delighted to spend some time with her famous aunt. While going through Paris' things, Pam gives Nikki her mother's diary. Soon, we learn the intimate details of Pam, Paris and Nikki's lives throught the flashbacks and entries in all of their diaries. And what we learn is explosive.
Meanwhile, a journalist has also come to town for Paris' funeral so that he can do an unauthorized biography on Pam. He befriends the townspeople and Pam herself, giving her the false name Miles, and does some digging of his own. What he discovers finishes the puzzle of Pam and Paris' origins and made this reader gasp out loud.
I loved this book in that it was new and fresh and Ms. Little has now become one of my new favorite authors. I see great things from this lady and I can't wait to get my hands on her next book! Good job, Terra!
Secrets Revealed May 8, 2008
R&B Star Pamela Mayes has not been back to her hometown of Mercy, GA since she left abruptly over eighteen years ago. The people in this small town always wondered why she left so suddenly. They could only speculate as to why. Pamela intended on never returning to Mercy, but the passing of her twin sister Paris Greene forced her to come back. Pamela knew that she would now have to face the demons of her past. Pamela never realized that the secrets she kept would affect so many people. Little did Pamela know that there were secrets she didn't even know about. When Pamela returns home, she brings along an unwanted guest by the name of Miles Dixon. Miles is an author trying to write the story about the mysterious Pamela Mayes. She never did interviews or appearances on talk shows so her story was the ultimate task for Miles. Unbeknownst to Miles, he hits the jackpot of all time. He uncovers a 35-year -old secret that will shake the people of Mercy to the core. Will Pamela be able to face her past, or will she run away again from Mercy?
Paris and Pamela were inseparable. They were identical twins and the only way to tell them apart was by their attitudes. Paris was the quiet and shy one whereas Pamela was the loud and outgoing one. When Pamela was around, you knew Paris was not far behind. They lived in an orphanage from the time they were born until their eighteenth birthday. At age eighteen, Pamela was in love with Chad Green. After graduation, they were going to get married and leave the town. Just days before graduation, plans changed and Pamela got on a bus and left town without any explanation. Paris never left Mercy and she stayed and married Chad Greene. Together they raised their daughter Nikki. One thing Paris and Pamela had in common was that they kept journals. After her sister's funeral, she thought it would be a great idea to give Nikki her mom's journal. What Nikki reads in that journal changes her family's lives forever.
Terra Little found a unique way of telling this story. She tells the story through journals written by Pamela, Paris, & Nikki. The story flashes back through the teenage years and how things changed between the twin sisters. I enjoyed the way that the women were telling private moments through reading the journals. The story kept you on the edge of your seat with the change from the past to the present. She gave great details as to how each character developed through the years. Even though Running From Mercy was Terra's first novel, she did an outstanding job. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
Reviewed by Jackie for Urban Reviews
Secrets, Secrets and More Secrets Apr 23, 2008
WOW!!! I truly enjoyed Terra's first novel. She done an excellent job for her first book. I truly could not put the book down. It was good from the beginning to the end. I'm not going to give away the story. Go pick up a copy today. You will truly love Pam (and her many issues), Chad, Nikki and Nate.