Monday, February 10, 2020

Mercy House by Alena Dillon

Evelyn was never wanted.  Her father even bargained with God to bring his son home from the war, and he would put Evelyn in a convent.  Evelyn's brother did come home, and she did go to the convent.

Her time in the convent wasn't pleasant.  Evelyn saw and endured unpleasant things.

After a few years, she and a few of her fellow nuns opened a shelter in Brooklyn that housed girls suffering from domestic abuse and abandonment.  

The red door with the angel knocker was a welcome refuge for these girls.

This refuge is threatened when one of the bishops from Evelyn's past who holds a grudge against her arrives to see exactly what they do at the women's shelter and threatens to shut it down.

We follow Evelyn as she worries about the fate of the house and about the girls inside....what if they say the wrong thing while Father Hawkins is interviewing them?  How will she keep them safe and keep Mercy House open if he finds damning evidence whether real or made up?

Evelyn was a very strong, feisty, but sad woman who would do or say anything to protect the girls she was helping. I really liked her.

Sister Maria and Sister Josephine were very likeable.

The girls at the home were rough but likeable.

Bishop Hawkins was despicable.

Be aware that there are some upsetting and coarse situations addressed in MERCY HOUSE, but it was an educational read and one that will be enjoyed by women's fiction fans.  Historical fiction fans will also enjoy this book.  

Well written with authentic characters. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. You review makes this sound good, another one for the TBR..thank you for sharing your thoughts

    1. Enjoy when you read it.

      It is good.

      Thanks for commenting, shellyrae.

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    1. I think you would enjoy it.

      Thanks for commenting, Laurel.

  3. I've been waiting for your review for this book and its very concise and well presented. I want to read it and hope I can deal with the difficult parts. Yeah, horrible bishop by sound of it.

    1. Thank you, Kathryn.

      I hope you enjoy it when you read this book.

      Thanks for commenting.

  4. It sounds a sad read as well, though of course these things happened all over the world in institutions.

    1. Yes.

      It was sad, but very good and quite educational.

      Thanks for commenting, Mystica.