If you are stirred by the generous acts of decent people who care about their neighbors and who go out of their way to lend a helping hand during desperate times, this is a book written for you. Richard Peterson, Retired Editor, Deseret Book Company What do you remember, what is important, what do you simply let go, sand piling on sand, until only the important events and memories are left? Much to the delight and good fortune of Arthur and Mary Bell, they were the proud parents of four strapping sons. Such a stroke of luck was vital to their survival on the Idaho plain, where every ablebodied young man was desperately needed to work the land. So when Mary gave birth to a baby girl, the family was befuddled. But they suffered no distress at the loss of another boy to help around the farm they felt only absolute delight in their sweet Mercy May. Now, a lifetime later, Mercy recounts with poignant fondness the tales of her childhood in her rugged Idaho town. Experience with the Bell family, friends, and neighbors the devastation of the Great Depression and the impact of years of war. From a dedicated farmer hit hard by despair to a goodhearted reverend to the gentle brothers who brought light during the darkest of times, each individual's story weaves a vital thread into the rich tapestry of one woman's incredible life.