A Matter of Mercy, by Lynne Hugo, is a story about two people whose paths unexpectedly cross for the second time. Caroline has returned to the Cape Cod area because her mother is dying. Ridley is there to carry on his father’s business. They had known each other a long time ago, before each one ended up in prison. As the result of one night spent together their lives become intertwined. Their lives become complicated in ways they could not have foreseen. This is a beautifully written story about the aspects of life: giving it, taking it, sharing it and leaving it. The prose is natural and gives life to the characters. Skillfully, the author draws the reader into the characters lives and we become immersed in their world. Tragedy casts a shadow on Caroline’s life. Without initially understanding why, she embarks on a dangerous path that can yield horrible outcomes. Ridley is faced with the possibility of losing his cherished business. Word by word, the tension builds in this creative and interesting story and holds the reader to the conclusion. I recommend reading this book.
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