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Did you know that Home Hospice North Lanark has special sections in our local public libraries that hold a curated collection of books that deal with serious illness, death and dying, grief and bereavement, and other relevant subjects? Each month we feature a review to assist in choosing titles. All the reviews can be found here:

Book Review

Kiss the joy as it flies
By Sheree Fitch

A beautiful story by this award-winning Canadian author, best known for her many children’s books. This is her first novel for an adult audience and she has nailed it. I loved it. I happened upon it on the mainstream library shelves, but it could also find a good home and readership on the Home Hospice North Lanark shelves. To quote author Lisa Moore “Sheree Fitch has created in the character of Mercy Beth Fanjoy a great heroine — wise and sexy, extremely funny, full of determination, desire and grit, unflinching in the face of sadness. Here are all the firecracker hurts and fears of being an independent woman and ultimately, the rare and undiluted joys of same. This book is a joy ride.”

The setting is small town New Brunswick where our heroine faces the fears and realities of impending exploratory surgery that may positively diagnose her with a potentially fatal disease. It is a story of love and lust, secrets, strong friendships and motherhood.

If you are a “Mercy Beth” or you know a “Mercy Beth” in your life — don’t you love the name — you need to read this. It is ultimately a story of hope and joy.

Could not put it down.

Respectfully submitted,
Brenda Needham

Brenda Needham is a retired Registered Nurse with a background in oncology nursing. She has volunteered to help HHNL by baking for the Farmers Market booth, and now provides occasional book reports. Brenda is an avid reader and enjoys book club discussions.