Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Book Review: For Love & Mercy by C. Ingrid Deringer

This morning, I have a historical, literary fiction novel in our book review spotlight!  Check out For Love & Mercy, learn about author C. Ingrid Deringer, read my thoughts on the book and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

​Book Title:  FOR LOVE AND MERCY: A Novel by C. Ingrid Deringer
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  195 pages
GenreLiterary Fiction, Mystery, Historical Fiction 
Release date:  August 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13. There is a death, near-death experience, some swearing, no explicit sex scenes.  

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About the Book

“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. 
My Review


For Love & Mercy Bridges Genre for a Unique Storyline. This novel reads like a non-fiction memoir or autobiography--which is the purpose of Dr. Hera's writings in the plot. As she tells her story, she delves into the past and her mother's story as well. This story, combining elements of historical fiction and romance with a feeling of mystery, suspense, and true crime, submerges readers into a family drama spanning decades.


Deringer Creates a Realistic Story for Readers. The author creates a fictional story that is so believable, relatable, and heart-tugging that it feels authentic. I actually checked more than once to see if this was a true story--if the author was Dr. Stormy Hera--if the events were actual. The author's storytelling pulls readers in immediately and holds them well beyond the last page with some thought-provoking dialogue, memories, and scenes.


Would I Recommend For Love & Mercy by C. Ingrid Deringer? My readers know I love memoirs, life stories, and mystery/crime novels. This book was the perfect blend of fiction and reality to make it an intriguing and believable family drama. I loved the author's storytelling and writing style--so much so that I need to seek out more of her books. This novel is a wonderful story of love, life, choices, consequences, near-death experiences, and loss. I recommend this to fans of historical romance novels and fictionalized memoirs.  

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Meet the 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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