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Librarybelle
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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Pickpick

There are parts to this book that are hard to read - the abuse faced by multiple characters and the plain hatred some have for others. But, there are signs of hope and forgiveness in the narrative. It‘s a study in faith, perseverance, living one‘s truth, and knowing everyone deserves “to love and to be loved.”

Great choice for #NunLitQuarterly !

kspenmoll Really loved these renegade nuns! 3w
jlhammar Living one‘s truth - love that! Great review! I so appreciated that they met the residents of Mercy House where they were, no judgement. 3w
Librarybelle Yes, @jlhammar ! And thank you! 3w
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jlhammar
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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Pickpick

This book really puts you through the wringer. Unflinching and affecting. Lots of difficult content, most (sadly) inspired by true stories Dillon encountered while researching. Sister Evelyn was a great character.

I wonder if an adaptation is still in the works? See link in comments below.

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Librarybelle Thanks for the link! I plan to start this next week!! 1mo
JamieArc Just started this and really liking it so far! 1mo
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rubyslippersreads I‘m still reading, even though it‘s difficult, mainly because I‘m hoping for a certain evil character to get what they deserve. 😠 1mo
quietjenn Interesting about the TV show! 1mo
KathyWheeler @JamieArc I just started it as well but I love Sister Evelyn. 1mo
kspenmoll I have the book but may be behind in reading it, but I intend to. 1mo
Aimeesue A “Renegade Nun Thriller”? Not quite how I‘d categorize it, Deadline, but okay 😂😂😂 (edited) 1mo
jlhammar @Aimeesue Right? 😂 1mo
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BookishShelly
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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Based on the other reviews it might be just me but I had issues with this book and bailed on it. #nunlitquarterly #nunlit

jlhammar Bummer. Sorry to hear that! I‘m planning to start this evening. Curious to see what I make of it. 2mo
rubyslippersreads @jlhammar I‘m six chapters in and still on the fence as to whether I‘ll finish. It‘s a little more gritty than what I usually read. (edited) 1mo
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Suet624
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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Pickpick

I read this book for #NunLitQuarterly and all I can say is Thank You! to @jlhammar for bringing this one into my world. I raced through it. I can imagine devout Catholics may squirm through parts of it. The story is rich, with nuns doing good works while priests carry on and abuse their power. Dillon does not hold back in her honest portrayal of what nuns face in their calling. I was not expecting to be so riveted.

Aimeesue Nice review! Makes me eager to get started on this one 💙 2mo
jlhammar So glad this was a pick for you. Fantastic review. Can‘t wait to get started! 2mo
marleed Like you, I did not expect all the feels I had for this one! 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue @jlhammar I hope you like it! 2mo
Suet624 @marleed I was telling the storyline to a friend and I kept realizing just how much she was able to get into that story. 2mo
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marleed
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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I wasn‘t expecting the emotions I felt reading this. Except for the ending that came out of left field, I was riveted to the first 97% of this novel. It speaks to the things that matter, the people that matter, and the power that can take those things away - because they can. I read this for #NunLitQuarterly but regardless of participation, this is a compelling read. @jlhammar thank you for bringing this book to my attention! ↓.

marleed Background of pic is an oil painting I purchased from a friend who had a ‘fire' sale as she moved from Texas to California. I fell in love with that hand so gently guiding a dancer. It seemed to fit this story. 2mo
SilversReviews It was good. 2mo
jlhammar Wonderful review. Now I‘m even more excited to get started! I‘ve got it in my stack for this weekend. I‘ll brace myself for an emotional read. 2mo
marleed @jlhammar I‘m so glad you pointed me to this reading experience! 2mo
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AlaMich
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Do any #nunlit or #nunlitquarterly folks have resources to clarify the whole convent vs. abbey and prioress vs. abbess thing? I‘ve always found these religious and clerical terms (rector, vicar, curate) baffling. Someone really needs to write a short handbook!! 🤓

DrSabrinaMoldenReads Convent is where nuns reside and abbeys are where monks reside…I‘m pretty sure 2mo
batsy I would appreciate a little handbook like that, too 😆 2mo
AlaMich @DrSabrinaMoldenReads That‘s what I thought, but this novel is set in 12th century England and it involves nuns living in an abbey. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
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AlaMich @batsy Right? Every time I think I‘m starting to figure it out, I read something contradictory. 2mo
jlhammar I think a prioress is one rank/level below abbess. And that an abbey is a convent supervised by an abbess. But I agree, it all gets confusing and I‘d love a handbook! 2mo
DrSabrinaMoldenReads Well, I went to mass at an abbey the other night and there were only monks there 🤷🏽‍♀️ But maybe that‘s who is in residence there at this time 2mo
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LitsyEvents
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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Repost for @jlhammar

#NunLitQuarterly 🔔 January 2024 reminder 🔔

Hello my Reading Sisters! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and are enjoying a relaxing and restorative Boxing Day.

Our first read of the new year will be Mercy House by Alena Dillon. Finish the book sometime in January, post your review &/or any thoughts along the way and be sure to tag the group.

All are welcome!

Suet624 Thank you!! @jlhammar (edited) 2mo
jlhammar Thanks for reposting! 2mo
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jlhammar
Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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#NunLitQuarterly 🔔 January 2024 reminder 🔔

Hello my Reading Sisters! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate) and are enjoying a relaxing and restorative Boxing Day.

Our first read of the new year will be Mercy House by Alena Dillon. Finish the book sometime in January, post your review &/or any thoughts along the way and be sure to tag the group.

All are welcome!

Librarybelle Hooray!! 2mo
Deblovestoread Thanks for the reminder. Just went shopping for a copy and audible currently has it on sale for $5.99. 😀 2mo
PageShifter I saw this first now! I am intrigued, planning to join 👍 2mo
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jlhammar @PageShifter Wonderful! I‘ll be sure to include you on future posts. 2mo
Suet624 Found both the ebook and audiobook on Hoopla just now. 2mo
Aimeesue @Suet624 Excellent! Thanks for the heads up! 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue 👍🏻 I‘m really enjoying the story. About 1/2 way through already. 2mo
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Suet624
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Thank you to #NunLitQuarterly for the introduction to this 1st in a series of mysteries. A Reverend Mother in 1920‘s Cork works to help solve a case. Mixing a bit of politics, a bit of social conditions and culture into the story, it was a fast paced read and one I enjoyed. Quotes from Thomas Aquinas start each chapter and made me want to read more of those! Honestly, the cover itself made me want to get my hands on the book. I love that area.

batsy Glad you liked it! 2mo
jlhammar That is a great cover. Happy to hear you enjoyed it! I‘m terrible about completing series, but would like to give the second book a try. 2mo
kspenmoll My library has some of these so I have read 2 out of order since #nunlit. All good for reading u indicated Sue-like your review. Happy Solstice! 2mo
Suet624 Same to you!! 2mo
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Librarybelle
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Finally finished last month‘s #NunLitQuarterly …I really enjoyed it! Admittedly, it took me a few chapters to become accustomed to the writing style. To watch the Reverend Mother‘s methodical thinking, was entertaining. I loved her character, how her past life has helped her build a network in her current life and has in its way given her so much compassion. Great choice!

marleed I really enjoyed this one too! I loved the language used. I read it on kindle and found myself looking up words several times! 4mo
jlhammar Glad you ended up enjoying it. I definitely want to give the next one in the series a try eventually. Great review! 4mo
Librarybelle @marleed @jlhammar I would read book two eventually - I also have no background knowledge of Cork during that time, so that was very insightful to read. 4mo
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KathyWheeler It took me awhile to get used to the style as well, but once I did, I enjoyed it. 4mo
batsy I enjoyed it quite a bit, too! It's kind of a slow burn but I really appreciated the writing. 4mo
Librarybelle @KathyWheeler @batsy Slow burn is a good description! 4mo
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