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The Mercie Collection was definitely a surprise! Scotland ( isn't that a great name!) finds herself pregnant and thrown out of her home by her father. Even though she isn't really a Christian she finds herself in a Christian school and from there it's just a matter of following God's plan. But what exactly is His plan and how can she be sure she is doing the right thing? She knows she will keep her baby ( appropriately named Mercie) but how? She is 16 and homeless. I loved the twists and turns Srock kept throwing in the story. I listened to all three stories in a matter of days. If you need to be amazed at how God can guide us if we would only listen then dive into the Mercie Collection. The only criticism I can offer is the narration is painful to listen to. I finally got used to it but I didn't enjoy it. The narrator sounded like a cross between a robot and Forrest Gump. Usually I get involved with a story so that I feel like I'm a part of it. Not this time. I felt like someone was reading a story to me with very little expression except for an odd uplift at the end of each sentence. If a listener can get past the narrator the story is excellent.
I loved the story and how it was handled, especially the surprise twists!! I loved the elements of faith that were included, and the way Scripture and Biblical teaching was woven in as the characters dealt with various life circumstances. Unfortunately, the narrator was awful, in my opinion! I almost stopped listening during the first book, but decided to try and ignore the narrator, because the storyline was so captivating, but it was difficult. Ms. Doughty read the book as if it was an assignment for an elocution class, rather than a story she was telling. She over emphasized pronunciation, among other things, giving the the final consonant of each word an extra syllable! For example, the word 'find' was pronounced 'finduh'. It was irritating and annoying and made the characters sound very unnatural. This book would have been much better to read myself, rather than listen to by this narrator.