Fiction - Womens
283 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2017
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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Mercy by Rebecca Chianese is a women’s fiction novel centered around the life of Carly Manning, a middle-aged divorced woman with grown-up children, who is finding herself and who she is in her middle years. Mercy is a well-written contemporary novel that addresses challenges as well as triumphs that a person in their forties or fifties would go through after a divorce. The novel begins with an introduction to Carly in the first person, and her chance encounter with a man. The story then takes us through Carly’s family background and history, her relationships with her children, her long marriage that ended in divorce, her struggles and hopes as she slowly but surely begins to rebuild a new life for herself, both personally and professionally, and of course the ups and downs of a new relationship and the taste of new love.

Mercy by Rebecca Chianese is a realistic women’s fiction novel and the characters are very believable. The main protagonist, Carly, is portrayed as a strong, independent woman, and her character is layered and nuanced as she deals with the various relationships in her life. I also liked the message of hope that comes through in this novel - that anyone can find and experience love at any stage in life or at any age. This is especially relevant in today’s nuclear family age. I also liked getting glimpses into Carly’s Brooklyn past and these provide another message of meaningful hope, even through adverse circumstances. All in all, Mercy by Rebecca Chianese is an empowering, engaging read with plenty of love, life, and adventure throughout.

Tracy Slowiak

Wow! Just, wow! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading Mercy by debut author Rebecca Chianese. This book grabbed me from the very start and kept me obsessively reading all the way through until the very end! Follow the story of protagonist Carly, a 49-year-old woman whose life is not at all as she had imagined it. Broke, divorced, and with an empty nest, Carly need only look around herself to see the areas in which she's failed in life. But in true 'pull yourself up by your bootstraps' style, Carly decides it is finally time for her to live her life the way she wishes, and prepares to experience all that life has to offer her, including a new career, a sexual re-awakening, and attempts to avoid the pitfalls of her oh-so-dysfunctional family during Thanksgiving. Will Carly find love and success in her new life? You'll have to read the book to find out!

I loved Mercy. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's absolutely how I felt about this book by the new and extremely promising author, Rebecca Chianese. She has done a fantastic job in creating characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and truly come to care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her writing is crisp and astute, the story line is well paced and interesting, and this is just a great, great book overall. Any reader who enjoys women's fiction should absolutely read this book. I am so pleased to be able to highly recommend Mercy and will be eagerly looking forward to another book by author Rebecca Chianese, hopefully in the very near future!

Rabia Tanveer

Mercy by Rebecca Chianese is the story of a woman who finally took charge of her life and rediscovered herself. This is the story of Carly, a woman who had a hard life. She lived a desperate childhood and an even worse adulthood. Finally away from the drug induced childhood, she thought her life would be better with her new family and her husband. However, when her marriage crumbled, she was left with only one solution: fight back!

This is exactly what she did. She is ready to fight back for her life and she is ready to live her life. But nothing is going her way. Her mother is still disgruntled about her own divorce with Carly’s father, her brother is battling his fight against drug addiction, and her father is trying to jump-start his ended career once again with the help of a reality show. With all of this happening around her, Carly is trying to concentrate on herself and her journey to becoming her own person.

Mercy by Rebecca Chianese is a beautiful story of a woman who is trying to rebuild her life on her own terms. I loved Carly, I loved her resilience, and I loved her determination to become a better person. Her story is so pure and real; you cannot help but sympathize with her and love her. She is rebuilding herself as a person. She is learning to love again, trust again, and become successful and be happy with herself. This novel was wonderful, amazing, and great! I wish I could give this novel more than 5 stars!