A powerful debut novel of a refuge in Brooklyn for women in trouble—and the one woman who will risk all to protect them.
In the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn stands a century-old row house presided over by renegade, silver-haired Sister Evelyn. Gruff and indomitable on the surface, warm and wry underneath, Evelyn and her fellow sisters makes Mercy House a...more
Mercy House is a powerful story about three nuns who run a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Nuns Sister Evelyn, Sister Josphine, and Sister Maria run Mercy House, a refuge for women who have suffered horrific physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of their partners, parents, and guardians. To help these women, the three nuns act in ways that go against the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Sister Evelyn is at the forefront of this story. In her role as ...more
This is an incredible story about women’s unity and solidarity for fighting against abandonment, physical and mental abuse, harm, humiliation, neglecting. I enjoy the characters of this amazing house opening to their doors to those brave women suffered more than they could stand and who are adamant to leave their painful memories and wounded pasts behind, forming great friendships with each other.
I know that too many readers are ready to ...more
Bishop Hawkins is scheduled to visit Mercy House, and the sisters are worried he may find out the extra ways they have helped the women, as in ways that are not allowed by the church.
Sister Evelyn is at the heart of Mercy House, and she will use all her might to protect and serve it. I loved her character. She was ...more
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.
A wrenching but hopeful story of women seeking shelter from abuse and the unconventional nun that ministers to them.
MERCY HOUSE is story about Sister Evelyn, a feistyfeminist nun who runs a shelter for abused women in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. When the Vatican sends Bishop Robert Hawkins to investigate American religious sisters as part of the Apostolic Visitation, convinced they are breaking Catholic doctrine, Sister Evelyn is distressed. When the ...more
What an amazing story and an amazing debut by Alena Dillon.
Jumping into this book, I was not sure I would be interested in reading about the Catholic Church and the religious cover up as part of its dark history. However, I was completely wrong. I loved the story of a renegade and badass nun unlike those I have had in my parochial school.
Sister Evelyn, our protagonist and once a nurse, runs the Mercy House, located in Brooklyn, a safe haven for the abused and ...more
Sister Evelyn - our protagonist, is sixty-nine years old. A nun for fifty years, she was essentially abandoned to the convent at a tender age by her Irish-American family. When still a novice, Evelyn suffered repeated ...more
Mercy house was place of refuge, a place of healing for broken girls. I saw an inside glimpse of the faithful ministry of nuns. They had gone through years of change and were committed to staying the course helping anyone who came to their door. They were brave, determined and not perfect. It was refreshing. It was also brutal and unfair. Life is like that isn’t it?
Some people will think this book is about the Catholic Church, but it was about abuse to women. And it also was about shame, ...more
I was really excited about this book’s potential, and it started out really strong. However, about halfway through, it started to feel like too many things were being tossed in the mix, and it started to get feel crowded. I appreciated the ending and will have plenty of people to recommend it to. However, I needed the plotline to be thinned just a bit for a full 5-star rating.
I think this a book that each person who reads it will have a range of reactions and emotions because this is a story of tragedy and hope, secrets and how they damage those who hold them, how mistakes follow you through life and continue to affect you. It is also ...more
A Catholic community based program known as Mercy House is being spearheaded by some amazing women and sisters who share a strong desire to help others in need.
That's until they get word that the Bishop wants to investigate their desires to help women; forbidden by the church.
Sister Evelyn is one tough cookie and stops at nothing to save the house and the women they are attempting to save.
It's a story of grace, of dignity, of ...more
(Side note: Many of my Goodreads pals are fellow lovers of Christian, inspirational, and clean fiction. This is not that.)
There is much to applaud about a story that celebrates heroines in their late 60s. These ladies have spent their entire adult lives protecting the ...more
This book is incredibly controversial and I absolutely cannot wait for everyone to read it so we can discuss! This is going to be a fantastic book club choice because there’s SO much to pick apart. People are going to fall into two camps- they are going to love it or they are going to ...more
This is a powerful story of strength, ...more
Sister Evelyn runs a woman's shelter in Brooklyn along with her sister nuns. The work is challenging and often rewarding. Over the years Evelyn's concepts of Catholicism, her working faith have been confronted by the women's needs. This does lead her down a different path to that proscribed and opens up many questions. The crux however is that Sister Evelyn harbors a secret just as wretched as her charges. When the author of that secret, the vengeful ...more
I was initially really excited to read this book after seeing the description. Once I got into the book, it was quickly evident that the author has an ax to grind with the Catholic Church and every negative cliche and stereotypewithin the Church was milked to its full extent. It is a somewhat heartwarming story wrapped in so many errors and gross misinterpretations of the Catholic Church and Religious Life. I was a ...more
This debut novel is about three aging nuns who operate a safe house for abused women in Brooklyn, but the focus is on the story of Sister Evelyn. Her relationship with the Catholic Church has always been rocky, and when Mercy House and its sometimes nontraditional approaches to healing come under scrutiny by an unscrupulous bishop, everything she has believed in and worked for is threatened. More than a tale of this battle to save this one shelter, ...more
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A small group of nuns run Mercy House, a safe haven for those in their small community who need a place to stay and heal.
I couldn't put this book down. I alteredbetween the audio and the physical book becauseI was so swept up in the story. I really liked Sister Evelyn, she was an incredibly strong character. She is so soft hearted to those she meets in Mercy House, but she is ...more
Evelyn has a pretty dark past, her Irish father gave her to the convent as a small child after he made a promise to God that he would do so if her older brother came ...more
This is one of those books that is not for everyone and is definitely controversial, but I found it to be a compelling and thought-provoking read. (As a Catholic myself, a warning if you are easily offended even by works of fiction, this is not the book for you).It's also a book where the audio narration absolutely added to the story.
Sister Evelyn has experienced repeated sexual abuse at the hands of a well-respected priest...yet she is forced to stay quiet. She ...more
Regardless of ones religion, growing up you may have been taught about its traditions, sacraments, and religious leaders. These are things you are taught to trust and trust without question. As you get older, you begin to learn that traditions and sacraments are not always good and these religious leaders you have trusted are human with fatal flaws. This book encapsulates this knowledge. Sister Evelyn ...more
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