A Matter of Mercy
By Lynne Hugo
(Blank Slate Press, Paperback, 9780985808617, 278pp.)
The Short of It:
Mistakes can destroy you or change you for the better, but the choice is yours.
The Rest of It:
One fateful night, while driving under the influence, Caroline Marcum crashes into another car, killing a special needs child. Sent to prison and filled with guilt, she serves her time quietly but once out, leaves her home of Wellfleet Harbor. Her marriage is over and all she can think of is leaving the past behind her. However, when her mother falls terminally ill, she is forced to return to the Cape to face all of the things she’s been avoiding for quite a long time.
This story will appeal to lots of readers for many reasons. The story is set in Cape Cod and centers not only around Caroline’s story but also the story of the local aquaculturists who make their living farming oysters. As Caroline tends to her mother, she is reacquainted with a friend from school, Ridley Neal who happens to be one of the oyster farmers farming the beach right below her mother’s home. There is a little bit of romance, a lot of strife, a touch of mystery and of course, the fascinating tidbits surrounding oyster farming and what it entails. I found these bits especially enjoyable.
What I noticed right away while reading, is how quickly I was pulled into the story. Knowing absolutely nothing about oyster farming, I had no problem picking up the terminology. However, there were two moments where I wasn’t sure which direction the author was going in. These two moments did take me out of the narrative a little, but not enough to make me like the book any less. One, involves a law suit against the aquaculturists (which happens to be inspired by a real-life lawsuit) and the other involves stalking and revenge. The latter seemed a little out-of-place to me.
Regardless, I was surprised at how absorbed I was while reading. I had a long stint over the holidays where I was unable to read anything and then here comes this book and I blow though it in just a couple of sittings. The main characters are riddled with flaws, which readers here know, makes my heart sing. The story wasn’t predictable, even though a couple of things seemed a little out-of-place and choosing to build a story around oyster farming…well, I’ve never read anything about oyster farming so that was very different and unique to me. I think I would have liked a little more redemption in the end but overall, I enjoyed the book quite a bit.
If you like a book to be a lot of things, A Matter of Mercy would be a good choice for you. Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours, I have a copy to giveaway! See below for details.
This giveaway is for one copy of A Matter of Mercy and is open to the US and Canada. A winner will be chosen randomly by me. The book will come directly from the publisher. Only one entry per person. Giveaway closes on Friday, January 23, 2015 (pacific). I will contact the winner for his/her mailing address. The winner will have 5 days to respond or another winner will be chosen.
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13 thoughts on “Review, Tour & Giveaway: A Matter of Mercy”
well really…who would know about oyster farming except for…oyster farmers?! that’s one of the great things about reading…learning about things you never really knew or thought about and not having to write a paper or take a test on it! thanks for the review
And what’s nice about this book is that I never felt that the author was cramming knowledge down my throat just for the sake of the story. I was entertained and I learned something too. Fancy that!
For some weird reason, I’ve read three books on oyster farming, and loved all of them, so this sounds good to me!
THREE books on oyster farming? Really? I knew nothing about it except that I can tell when I have a good one and a bad one on my plate.
I am glad you enjoyed this one, Ti. I did too. 🙂 I was really drawn into the story and the lives of the characters. Loved the setting.
Wow, this sounds fascinating. Oyster farming…hmmm. I think this has all kinds of potential and you were drawn into the story easily
I suppose the PC term is now aquaculture but I used oyster farming so you’d know what the heck I was talking about. LOL. It was so interesting. I had no idea that you have to seed them and care for them and that they are so delicate, etc. I love oysters. I have them once in a while but I’ve only had really good ones twice in my life.
I seem to be quite drawn to stories set in New England. I’ve not read anything about oyster farming previously, so would be a nice change of pace. I need to head to the bookstore soon, I’ll make a note on my Goodreads shelf so I can linger on the pages a little bit while there.
Now this sounds like my kind of book!
I love oysters, but I’ve never even thought about oyster farming before! This definitely sounds like an interesting read.
What a horrific thing to be responsible for. I can understand wanting to escape that memory and start life in a new place.
Thanks for being a part of the tour!
Hi Ti! I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! Many thanks of being on the tour!