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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.