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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred thousands of miles away. Overwhelmed, she and Amy leave for a weekend at a rambling old colonial inn. Julia never suspects that Garrett, desperate to find a way to keep Julia in his life, has decided to surp ...more
Kindle Edition, 50 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After (first published October 8th 2012)
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Patricia
A good old fashioned ghost story that will not disappoint. Since this is a novella the author moves quickly without skimping on information. Julia takes her daughter Amy away for a few days to escape some personal problems. Garrett her boyfriend decides to join them at the inn they're staying at. Of course the inn is haunted and things start happening immediately. This story has me thinking about sleeping with thee lights on tonight. Great read for the Halloween season.
Ren
4 stars

Mercy's main story is about Julia and her daughter, Amy. Amy can't talk after she see her dad dead in front of her. She also got bullied at school and that make Julia more desperate. When her boyfriend, Garrett plan to move to Atlanta and leave them both, Julia plan a vacation for Amy. Turn that the inn they go to is haunted. And Garrett surprised Julia with going there for her. There's something sinister with the inn. Garrett start seeing a ghost, a lady in grey who look hating him so mu
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Misty
Ghosts scare the bejesus out of me and Mercy didn't disappoint. This story was scary and well written. It was a wonderful example of love concurring all. Loved it!!!
Kimberly
Loved this novella. Have read several books by this husband/wife team and have enjoyed them all.
Jasmyn
Mercy is a fantastic little novella that is perfect for a rainy night in bed. While it seems to be a simply ghost story at first, things take a deadly twist when Julia is possessed by a very unhappy spirit. There is a lot more to the spirit than first meets the eyes though. Garrett, Julia's boyfriend uncovers some of the unhappy story while doing research on a haunting that he believes to be real, but the real key to the story is Amy, Julia's daughter. But Amy hasn't spoken a word in years, and ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Now this was an interesting ghost story. Julia and Amy (mother and daughter) go away for a weekend after Amy is suspended from school for aggression. Julia doesn't believe her daughter is guilty, but Amy hasn't spoken since she was in a car accident with her father in which he was killed.
At the hotel, Amy is befriended by Mercy, a young ghost who shows her a secret cupboard in the room of the inn at which they are staying. Meanwhile, Julia begins to have horrific dreams involving rape and hangi
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Angie
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Mercy is a disturbing, creepy, and kind of cute novella perfect for Halloween time. Julia's hit a rough patch in her life. Her boyfriend moving away and her daughter getting suspended are the last straw, so she decides on a weekend getaway. She takes her daughter, Amy, out to an inn where she hopes they can partake in some fun family friendly Halloween activities. And then her boyfriend, Garrett, shows up as a surprise, much to Julia and Amy's delight. What's
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Sapphyria
Julia Klein has a young daughter named Amy. After being trapped in a car during an accident that claimed the life of her father two years ago, Amy no longer spoke to anyone. To top it off, Amy is bullied by school children, and the latest episode gets Amy suspended because she isn't able to communicate to anyone what has been going on. Julia is also dealing with the fact that her boyfriend Garrett is moving away. Needing a break, Julia takes Amy away for a weekend getaway at an inn just outside ...more
Kai
Sep 28, 2013 Kai rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Mercy is Julia Klien and her daughter, Amy. Amy has been traumatized by the death of her father and haven't spoken a word since the accident. Because of her inability to speak, Amy has been bully in school. Julia is now at her hair's end since the school is has expelled Amy and has sent social services to see if she is a fit mother. Julia is also dealing with her new boyfriend Garrett Ochoa accepting a job in Atlanta, Georgia. Julia is close to giving up in trying make the long-distance relation ...more
Gigi staub
Julia Klein’s life has begun to unravel—her daughter Amy has been suspended from school, Julia is about to lose her job, and her boyfriend Garrett is being transferred thousands of miles away. Overwhelmed, she and Amy leave for a weekend at a rambling old colonial inn. Julia never suspects that Garrett, desperate to find a way to keep Julia in his life, has decided to surprise her by joining them. Nor does she expect her daughter to befriend a mischievous ghost...or that she herself would be pos ...more
Rosemary K
Julia Klein's world is falling apart. She lost her husband two years ago. Her daughter, Amy, was with him when he had his fatal accident. She has never recovered from the trauma. A weekend getaway sounds like a perfect escape. Unfortunately that's not the case. The Inn is haunted. Amy's new playmate is Mercy Turner, a ghost. Eliza, Mercy's mother, is angry and vengeful and wants to punish the living. Garrett Ochoa, Julia's boyfriend, surprises his two girls on their holiday. Eliza doesn't like h ...more
Pat
Amy and Julia Klein have a very complicated life. Julia is a widow, raising her daughter Amy as a single Mom after a car crash killed her husband, and severely traumatized Amy. Amy is six, and has not said one word since the accident. She's been tested and retested, and there is still no diagnosis. Amy attends a local school, but unknown to teachers and her Mom is constantly bullied, till one day she cracks.

At the time of the accident, Julia was halfway through a nursing degree, but alone and b
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Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally reviewed on These Pretty Words.

Downright scary. That’s the only way I can describe this novella.

Julia and her mute daughter, Amy, head to an old Inn thinking a weekend away will be good for them. From almost the moment they arrive, odd things start happening. Secret hiding spaces, mystery friends, drafts, voices…this is a quintessential haunted-house story.

The story itself involves some seriously dark topics – from bullying to abandonment, child trauma to child prostitution – though m
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Stephanie Ziegler
"Every minute of Julia [Klein's] day was a fight for survival." She lost her husband in a car wreck two years ago, Their daughter, Amy, spent hours trapped in the car with her dead father. Amy has not spoken a word since. She is also being bullied at school so she brought Julia's pepper spray and non-verbally threatened the kids. Boston considers pepper spray a weapon, so technically, Amy brought a weapon to school. Now she is suspended from school "for violet behavior, pending the results of an ...more
Rhianna
For the true romantic at heart.

Julia Kern's daughter, Amy, has been struggling after the car accident that took her father's life. Amy's problems at school lead to a suspension that only complicates the situations overwhelming Julia. With the possibility of losing her job just as Garrett, her boyfriend, is leaving for a new job thousands of miles away, the suspension is the last straw. Packing up she and Amy head to an old inn for a weekend away from their problems, but the inn has it's own haun
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Pam
Julie decides a weekend getaway will be good for her and her daughter Amy. Amy has been suspended from school and is a troubled child. Two years ago she was in a wreck that killed her dad and Julie's husband. She hasn't talked since then. If dealing with all that wasn't enough Julie may be losing her job and her boyfriend Garrett is moving for his job. The weekend seems to be off to a good start Amy has an imaginary playmate and seems to be happy. What Julie doesn't realize is the inn is hauntin ...more
Becky
Review also posted on my blog, Becky on Books.

Mercy is a quick read, but spookily satisfying nonetheless.

Julia Klein lost her husband two years ago. Their young daughter Amy hasn't spoken a word since, having suffered understandable psychological trauma after being trapped in the car as her father died. Julia had been working on her nursing degree when the tragedy struck and she had to quit school to work as a nurse's aide. Her life has been a struggle ever since, with a low paying job and weekl
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Melissa
Julia is having a hard time being a single mother, her boyfriend Garrett moving away for work and her daughter Amy hasn't talked since the accident that killed her daddy. Julia is taking the weekend to a historical Inn in hopes of just getting out of routine. Garrett surprises Julia and comes to the Inn that weekend. Garrett feels like there is a ghost around he feels icy and then it's gone, Julia is having nightmares she can't explain. Garrett calls his assistant to get the history of the Inn. ...more
CassandraG
When she is thrown into a stall by the bullies that are bulling her, Amy befriends the ghost child that wanted to know if she’d play with her. After a little while, her mother (Julia) while they are staying at an old inn she becomes possessed by the ghost child’s vindictive mother, who believed that her husband had left them with nothing and had abandoned them. To say she had a lot of rage was an understatement. Luckily, for the living child (Amy) there was a guy, her mother’s boyfriend (Garrett ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Mercy by Jan Coffey

Julia Klein and her daughter Amy are staying in a Newport hotel to get away from troubled times at home. Garrett Ochoa just got a job promoting and is moving to Atlanta but isn't sure what to do about his relationship with Julia and Amy. He decides to surprise them and stay the weekend with them in Newport. But the hotel have a ghost of a little girl named Mercy. And Mercy wants to play with Amy. And it seems there is more going on in this hotel than this single ghost. Maybe b
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Samantha Hodges
I loved this book! This was my first time reading a book by Jan Coffey. This was a great love story with a different twist to it. Julia Klein lost her husband in a car wreck two years before and her daughter Amy was trapped into the car with her father. Since that day Amy has not spoken.

When Amy ends up in trouble at school, mother and daughter goes on a trip to an inn, which is haunted by a mother and daughter, Mercy, ghosts who cause others to kill themselves in the same manner that they died.
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Amanda Menninga
This book is a ghost recreation murder/mystery. I loved that the author gave you enough background information to interest you and then keeps you interested with the current plot.

Julia has taken her daughter Amy on a weekend getaway to try to get Amy to relax from problems at school. Amy hasn't spoken a word since her dads car accident in which she was a passenger. Julie has found a boyfriend, Garret, but has a hard time trusting that he wants to remain in their life as he just got a new promoti
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Eva Millien
This is a great short story involving a bed and breakfast, ghosts, possession, love and a Happily Ever After.

Julia takes her daughter, Amy, to an inn to get away from it all. Garrett surprises her by following her so that he can support her. Their romance grows stronger as Garrett investigates the story of the ghosts that haunt the B&B.

The author bewitches the reader with an intriguing plot and strong characters. The suspense builds as the ghosts relive their pasts and Garret races to save t
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Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This was a superbly written, scary, goosebumpy ghost story. It had all the elements you want and need in the perfect scary story. This author was able to produce imagery and emotions that stayed with me - I can still see the scene in the hallway when Garrett goes up the stairs to his room.

This book had a powerful message of forgiveness and hope mixed in with all the anger and sadness. There was also some interest
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Tina
Mercy is a very good short story! I usually do not read short stories because I often find them incomplete due to the shorter length, but the blurb grabbed my attention so much that I wanted to give it a shot, and I’m so glad I read it. I really liked how much this story contained the pertinent details as to why the past was causing events to repeat periodically with certain new occupants staying at the bed and breakfast, and how the circumstances of the past finally helped with the dilemmas of ...more
Kae Thomas Hawk
Things are not going well for Julia. She needs a getaway to try and put things back to rights. She just picks a bad place to getaway. The haunted inn and the story behind it was just downright creepy. The little girl ghost befriending Julia's daughter was sweet but soon turned into a nightmare for Julia. Luckily her boyfriend shows up to surprise her and saves the day. I liked this story it was just a little to rushed for me.
I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Samaris Creech
A haunting tale of a young girl who experienced tragedy a long time ago and another who has been traumatized recently. They come together in this story to set each other free. I loved this book it was short but had a lot of impact. A mystery from long ago and a mother trying to protect her child while denying herself a romance she thinks is impossible only to find out in the end not only is it possible but it is her and her daughter's saving grace.
Andrea M.
I received an e-arc of Mercy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you.

Mercy is the first book that I’ve read by Jan Coffey. Although I finished the book, I lost interest in it after reading the backstory of the “...malevolent spirit of a long-dead mother.” Read More
Heidi
I'm typically not a big fan of novellas because they tend to not get into as much detail and character description as I'd like. However, for as short as this story was, I was impressed with the amount of detail written. It took me a couple of chapters to get into it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. I love a good ghost story, and this was definitely one to remember.
Redheaded Bookworm
A quick creepy read. Perfect for Halloween which is coming up. Julia decides to go on a vacation after Amy gets into trouble at school. Only she finds more trouble than she ever imagines because the Inn she chose as her getaway is haunted. Strange things begin to happen.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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