BOOK REVIEW - For Love and Mercy by C. Ingrid Deringer
Book Title: FOR LOVE AND MERCY: A Novel by C. Ingrid Deringer
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 195 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Publisher: FRIESEN PRESS
Release date: August 2022
Content Rating: PG-13. There is a death, near-death experience, some swearing, no explicit sex scenes.
“Suddenly angelic beings of light appeared. They said I was at a crossroad, and it was here where I had to make a choice . . .”
In 2022, forty-two-year-old Dr. Stormy Hera, a music professor at the University of Victoria, is serving a manslaughter sentence at Sunnydale Forensic Hospital in British Columbia.
Although she can’t recall committing the crime, she feels strongly that she did the right thing. In the hopes of jogging her memory and healing her soul, Stormy is tasked with writing her autobiography as part of her rehabilitation.
Spanning the 1940s to 2026, and set in the Saskatchewan prairies, Olympia, Greece, and Canada’s West Coast, For Love and Mercy follows the lives of free-spirited Evangeline, and Stormy herself—including a near-death experience that changes everything.
In For Love and Mercy, we meet 42-year-old, Dr. Stormy Herra (former music professor at the University of Victoria). She currently serving a sentence for manslaughter at the Sunnydale Forensic Hospital in British Columbia. She doesn’t remember committing the crime, yet her gut tells her she did the right thing. Part of her therapy is to write her autobiography taking the reader from 1940-2026, set in the Saskatchewan prairies, Olympia, Greece, and finally Canada’s West Coast.
While writing her autobiography, Stormy explores the lives of her and her mother. The characters are well-written, and the story is beautifully written. The realism of this fictional story had me wondering if it was a true story – it’s that good! The author does an excellent job of weaving multiple storylines while creating an engaging and suspenseful family drama.
I really enjoy that the story is written as a true-crime fiction aspects and was engaged from start to finish. This book is fully of twists you won’t see coming and brings to life themes of love, loss, natural consequences, and the role mental health plays in these.
I highly recommend this book, it’s perfect for anyone who enjoys historical fiction combined with family soap opera. I look forward to reading more from this author!
Charlotte Ingrid Deringer was born into a large family in Saskatchewan, Canada and has lived all across the country, on the east coast, west coast and everywhere in between.
Her family’s love of music, dance and practical jokes left a tremendous impression on her, but it was her voracious appetite for adventure that has driven her to experience life to the fullest. She was in her 50s when her creative passions ignited, fueling her desire to write fiction.
Ingrid holds a BA in Psychology, an MA in Women’s Studies and is also an Acupuncturist, Shiatsu Therapist, a Life Cycle Celebrant and a Meditation Teacher. She has worked in the health and wellness field, specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and chronic illness for over 25 years.
Now semi-retired, Ingrid loves to hang out with her grandchildren and spend winters in warm climates with her feet in the sand where she can write to her heart’s content.
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