Heddie Wright worries she’s failing her beloved. Struggling to resurface from grief after caring for her boyfriend as cancer tore him apart, the forty-something almost-widow is discovering how hard it is to fulfill her promise to move on. And her tentative steps toward healing become entwined with a tense mercy-killing trial when she’s assigned to the jury that must judge another heartsick woman.
Locked out of her sweetheart’s funeral and final will, Heddie wrestles with thoughts that he was merely using her as a convenient deathbed nurse. But a biting awareness of how far she is from coming to grips with her own choices leaves her reluctant to dole out blame as secrets, fears, and anguish spill across the courtroom.
Will wrestling with unbearable decisions help her complete a crucial journey of self-discovery?
Tackling heavy subjects with deftly balanced perspectives and a leavening of wit, Marcy Lane weaves a poignant picture of the human elements involved in the birth of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying laws. Filled with flawed but loyal heroines, dynamic dialogue, and endearing pets, her candidly compassionate words will leave readers pondering anger, grace, and the impossibility of unanswered questions.
A Mercy of Widows is an emotionally charged work of women’s fiction. If you like character-driven stories, seriousness tempered with humor, and realistic legal drama, then you’ll adore Marcy Lane’s tale of redemption.