Jan 112012

Mercy by Alissa York
Source: Review copy from Delphinium Books via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

A handsome priest named August Day arrives in the well-ordered town of Mercy, Manitoba, to take over the church of St. Mary Immaculate. In the first days of his tenure he falls in love with the young bride of the town butcher. Their mutual obsession grows to the point that its aftermath leaves scars on the town decades and generations after their love affair is over. 

This was a very literary type story  that unfortunately seemed to ramble about with no distinct plot. The book was divided into two sections, which seemed to be very different stories with few overlapping connections.

The ending left me confused, There was no real conclusion and a lot of questions were left unanswered.

I was surprised at the amount of sexual references and overtones in the book. It was a little jarring and unexpected. For such a discreet time period with puritanical characters, sex played a large role in the book.

Overall, the story was not what I was expecting, and I was felt feeling unsatisfied.

Challenges read for:

Canadian Book Challenge 5 – book 13

2012 Ebook Challenge – book 5

  2 Responses to “Mercy”

  1. The description sounds fascinating, but you're review has me questioning if it's the right book for me. Hmm. Perhaps this could be a library book for me.

  2. This was one of my favourite books in the year that I read it and I've enjoyed her other works as well, but they are definitely the kind of books that are more about asking questions than offering answers. But it's always interesting to try a book that's out of our own comfort zone…even if it ends up making you want to scurry back to familiar territory. Heheh.

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