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“Mayo brings her characters and settings to life with deft prose and careful research… A compelling and diverse historical novel.” —Kirkus Reviews Can a young nurse navigate the ethics of caring for terminal cancer patients while fending off the unwanted attention of the hospital’s most powerful surgeon? New York City, 1890: Lillian Dolan is optimistic about her new job at th “Mayo brings her characters and settings to life with deft prose and careful research… A compelling and diverse historical novel.” —Kirkus Reviews Can a young nurse navigate the ethics of caring for terminal cancer patients while fending off the unwanted attention of the hospital’s most powerful surgeon? New York City, 1890: Lillian Dolan is optimistic about her new job at the New York Cancer Hospital after dreaming for years of becoming a nurse. But she struggles to fit in, and her only friend at the hospital is Jupiter, a Black man who runs the crematorium. When the confident Dr. Bauer arrives as the new surgeon and takes a shine to Lillian, she is thrilled to be noticed. Lillian has been warned not to get too close to the patients, but Mrs. Sokolova draws her in, and Lillian wins praise from the nurses for making progress with a difficult patient. But when Mrs. Sokolova’s situation becomes dire, she puts Lillian in an impossible situation – all while Lillian slowly loses control of her relationship with Dr. Bauer, which has taken a turn she did not foresee or want. Her decision to help her patient throws her life into chaos, and Jupiter may be the only person who can help her with an impossible choice: capitulate to Dr. Bauer’s demands or face possible arrest.


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“Mayo brings her characters and settings to life with deft prose and careful research… A compelling and diverse historical novel.” —Kirkus Reviews Can a young nurse navigate the ethics of caring for terminal cancer patients while fending off the unwanted attention of the hospital’s most powerful surgeon? New York City, 1890: Lillian Dolan is optimistic about her new job at th “Mayo brings her characters and settings to life with deft prose and careful research… A compelling and diverse historical novel.” —Kirkus Reviews Can a young nurse navigate the ethics of caring for terminal cancer patients while fending off the unwanted attention of the hospital’s most powerful surgeon? New York City, 1890: Lillian Dolan is optimistic about her new job at the New York Cancer Hospital after dreaming for years of becoming a nurse. But she struggles to fit in, and her only friend at the hospital is Jupiter, a Black man who runs the crematorium. When the confident Dr. Bauer arrives as the new surgeon and takes a shine to Lillian, she is thrilled to be noticed. Lillian has been warned not to get too close to the patients, but Mrs. Sokolova draws her in, and Lillian wins praise from the nurses for making progress with a difficult patient. But when Mrs. Sokolova’s situation becomes dire, she puts Lillian in an impossible situation – all while Lillian slowly loses control of her relationship with Dr. Bauer, which has taken a turn she did not foresee or want. Her decision to help her patient throws her life into chaos, and Jupiter may be the only person who can help her with an impossible choice: capitulate to Dr. Bauer’s demands or face possible arrest.

55 review for The Sharp Edge of Mercy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela M

    I’m always fascinated by stories set in historic New York City and I was with this one set there in 1890. This is the second novel I’ve recently read focusing on the immoral and illegal medical abuse of women. Unauthorized surgeries and treatments, even horrifically performing surgery without anesthesia on black women for the sake of “research”, is part of the history of the New York Cancer Hospital. I was shocked to discover that it becomes the now renown Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I’m always fascinated by stories set in historic New York City and I was with this one set there in 1890. This is the second novel I’ve recently read focusing on the immoral and illegal medical abuse of women. Unauthorized surgeries and treatments, even horrifically performing surgery without anesthesia on black women for the sake of “research”, is part of the history of the New York Cancer Hospital. I was shocked to discover that it becomes the now renown Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This is a multifaceted story, though, covering not just the medical abuse, but also racism, homophobia. The story is depicted through a fictional character, Lillian Dolan, an eighteen year old aspiring nurse, who takes on a position as nurse assistant to support herself and her younger disabled sister. Lillian is naive and doesn’t make the best decisions at times for herself or for Marie, but her character development is notable as she struggles to find her way. We are not made aware until close to the end of the book why Lillian takes her sister away from their mother. I didn’t quite get why the author chose to withhold this, but I have to admit I found it quite disturbing and it wasn’t what I was expecting. Overall, a good piece of historical fiction as I found myself there in 1890 New York just as I did in the author’s first novel, The Island of Worthy Boys where I found myself in historical Boston. I received an advanced copy of this book from Heliotrope Books through NetGalley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Her experiences in a New York cancer hospital challenges the inquisitive, young Lillian Dolan to reconsider societal values and medical practices in The Sharp Edge of Mercy. Lillian hoped to become a nurse, but with a younger, disabled sibling to care for, she can’t afford nursing school. Instead, she takes a job at the bottom rolling bandages and hopes to work her way up. As her duties increase and she spends more time with the patients in the woman’s cancer ward, she becomes emotionally involv Her experiences in a New York cancer hospital challenges the inquisitive, young Lillian Dolan to reconsider societal values and medical practices in The Sharp Edge of Mercy. Lillian hoped to become a nurse, but with a younger, disabled sibling to care for, she can’t afford nursing school. Instead, she takes a job at the bottom rolling bandages and hopes to work her way up. As her duties increase and she spends more time with the patients in the woman’s cancer ward, she becomes emotionally involved, and strives to understand the doctor’s treatment decisions. The head doctor notes her questions and invites her to weekly private meetings in his home. Lillian understands the danger, but she also knows she can use his attention to further her understanding. Lillian’s cousin Michael has been her closest friend since childhood. He connects her with a woman to care for her sister. And, she accidently meets a young black man working at the hospital crematorium. These three people become her friends, each expanding her understanding of the greater world, taking her into the Bowery’s gay culture and the black experience. Set in a time when cancer was thought to be contagious, heterosexuals were shunned, and friendship between white and black was anathema, Lillian is both socially naïve and inherently brave. The history of mistreatment of black and female patients used for medical research is chilling. Patients implore Lillian to end their misery with more whiskey, or something stronger and more permanent, and increasingly Lillian must weigh the balance between what is right and what is merciful. Mayo tackles a wide range of issues through her engaging characters and an intriguing story line. The author was inspired by the history of the New York Cancer Hospital and the ‘Father of Modern Gynecology.’ I received a free egalley through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    Connie Hertzberg Mayo, the author of “The Sharp Edge of Mercy” has written an intriguing, captivating, and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this book are Historical Fiction and Medical Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in New York City in 1890. The New York Cancer Hospital is the setting for much of the story. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, and controversial. Some of the topics discussed are cancer and medical procedures in 1890, the division of wea Connie Hertzberg Mayo, the author of “The Sharp Edge of Mercy” has written an intriguing, captivating, and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this book are Historical Fiction and Medical Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in New York City in 1890. The New York Cancer Hospital is the setting for much of the story. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, and controversial. Some of the topics discussed are cancer and medical procedures in 1890, the division of wealthy and poor clients, and what was morally accepted at that time. Lillian Dolan has always dreamed of being a nurse but has to settle as a nurse’s assistant at The New York Cancer Hospital. Lillian is quite inquisitive and finds it difficult to fit in. She does become friends with Jupiter, a young man of color, who works in the crematorium. (in the hospital) One of the doctors does notice Lillian and becomes aware of her curious nature. Lillian has been given a warning not to get too personally involved with the patients. Lillian is kind and compassionate and has witnessed many things in the hospital. Lillian has become more involved in medicine and care than an assistant nurse should be, and would like to be a full-fledged nurse, which takes time. One of Lillian’s patients makes a difficult request of Lillian, one which can cause major consequences, Lillian is faced with quite a dilemma. What course of action will Lillian take? Several of the characters in this story feel they should live their lives, with how their heart directs them. This is quite a memorable, controversial and thought-provoking novel, that I highly recommend for other readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawnny

    This is a historical medical drama set in 1900's New York. Lillian Dolan is caring for her sister and can't afford nursing school. She works as an aide at the New York Cancer Center. Lillian is eager to learn and questions everything. The new surgeon has taken a liking to Lillian. Lillian gets attached to one of the patients she cares for even though she's been warned not to leaving her in a complex situation. This was a grit your teeth look back in time at the horrific medical treatments given. This is a historical medical drama set in 1900's New York. Lillian Dolan is caring for her sister and can't afford nursing school. She works as an aide at the New York Cancer Center. Lillian is eager to learn and questions everything. The new surgeon has taken a liking to Lillian. Lillian gets attached to one of the patients she cares for even though she's been warned not to leaving her in a complex situation. This was a grit your teeth look back in time at the horrific medical treatments given. A time when the poor were treated as less than compared to the wealthy. A time when blacks were treated as human medical experiments. This dives into many social and racial issues. A well written and compelling story. There aren't many medical historical reads and this was a really good read. Dawnny Ruby Novels N Latte Hudson Valley NY

  5. 5 out of 5

    K-BRC

    The writing was picturesque and I saw and felt the time, the atmosphere, the setting along with Lillian’s worries, fears, frustrations, her hunger for learning and how overwhelming it became. The social, medical, and moral realities of the day were just overwhelming. This is a book you’ll learn from and it will leave you evaluating then vs now and wondering just how much progress we’ve really made.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    Historical fiction and medical drama fans, you do not want to miss 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐩 𝐄𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐲. Step onto the lamplit streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen 1890 and go inside the New York Cancer Hospital, where Lillian Dolan has dreams of becoming a nurse. Lillian Dolan is only eighteen trying to care for and protect her sister, who has been left disabled by Scarlet Fever. She takes a nursing assistant position at the New York Cancer Hospital. Although Lillian has a resolve, she is unsettled by some of Historical fiction and medical drama fans, you do not want to miss 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐩 𝐄𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐲. Step onto the lamplit streets of New York’s Hell’s Kitchen 1890 and go inside the New York Cancer Hospital, where Lillian Dolan has dreams of becoming a nurse. Lillian Dolan is only eighteen trying to care for and protect her sister, who has been left disabled by Scarlet Fever. She takes a nursing assistant position at the New York Cancer Hospital. Although Lillian has a resolve, she is unsettled by some of the decisions being made at the hospital- how the wealthy patients receive special care over the poor, unauthorized surgeries in the name of research, and how Black patients are treated without anesthesia. Fortunately, Lillian does find a friend in Jupiter, the Black man who runs the crematorium in the basement. When a new surgeon arrives, he seems to like that Lillian is observant and asks questions. But again, she is warned, not to get attached to patients and to do her job. Lillian can’t help but want to help Mrs. Solokovia, a Russian immigrant, who seems to be in mental anguish. Lillian is put in a position where her ethics and emotions are put to the test. I will warn you that if medical procedures and descriptions make you queasy, be prepared, especially given the nature of these primitive techniques. Lillian and many of the other characters are well-written, and there is great diversity. This well-researched story may make you question the compassion of early medicine and the moral and ethical choices made. Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours for a spot on tour and a gifted copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bookoholiccafe

    OMG this book!!! review to come.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Noor

    Love ❤, Noor. ___ #booktour #netgalley THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY by Connie Hertzberg Mayo. Release date: 06/05/2022 Genre: #historicalfiction #medicalfiction 356 pgs ___ #qotd Have you noticed a fixed/ stoic demeanor depicted by docs/ nurses? Have you ever wondered what would happen if the medical staff in a hospital would get emotionally attached to a patient/s? ___ "Mayo's novel not only offers a close look at health care at the turn of the 20th century, but also addresses the racial, class, and sexual ten Love ❤, Noor. ___ #booktour #netgalley THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY by Connie Hertzberg Mayo. Release date: 06/05/2022 Genre: #historicalfiction #medicalfiction 356 pgs ___ #qotd Have you noticed a fixed/ stoic demeanor depicted by docs/ nurses? Have you ever wondered what would happen if the medical staff in a hospital would get emotionally attached to a patient/s? ___ "Mayo's novel not only offers a close look at health care at the turn of the 20th century, but also addresses the racial, class, and sexual tensions that existed alongside strict, bigoted Victorian-era standards of morality. Mayo brings her characters and settings to life with deft prose and careful research. Her descriptions of the crowded streets of New York are visceral and authentic...A compelling and diverse historical novel."- #kirkusreviews ___ I am not a huge fan of #historical novels but there is something about the era, the language, the ways which draws me to it. Also the fact that it is an amalgamation of facts & fiction weaved around it, makes me read the last page asap. I could relate to Lillian's struggle..her earlier jealousy & now love for her Lil sis.. her elder bro like cous.. the concept of gay men in that era.. Lillian's zeal to achieve something in life, be a nurse & her inhibitions.. her curiosity.. her humane attitude towards her patients. Her attitude towarda her mother Helen, did make me think twice.. Her problems at the hospital.. amongst her colleagues.. with her seniors/ doc.. her rapport with people below in hierarchy/ Jupiter..made me root for her till the very end. The atmospheric setting of the bygone era & the feel of working in that hospital, did give me goosebumps. I also love the #bookclub questions in the end, they are excellent for #buddyread too. Definately recommend for a seasoned reader of this genre or for anyone who loves reading anything about medicine or related field. ___ Blurb: New York City, 1890: Lillian Dolan is optimistic about her new job at the New York Cancer Hospital after dreaming for years of becoming a nurse. But she struggles to fit in, and her only friend at the hospital is Jupiter, a Black man who runs the crematorium. When the confident Dr. Bauer arrives as the new surgeon and takes a shine to Lillian, she is thrilled to be noticed. Lillian has been warned not to get too close to the patients, but Mrs. Sokolova draws her in, and Lillian wins praise from the nurses for making progress with a difficult patient. But when Mrs. Sokolova’s situation becomes dire, she puts Lillian in an impossible situation-—all while Lillian slowly loses control of her relationship with Dr. Bauer. Her decision to help her patient throws her life into chaos, and Jupiter may be the only person who can help her with an impossible choice: capitulate to Dr. Bauer’s demands or face possible arrest.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)

    Hey, where are all my historical fiction people? Where are all my medical fiction readers too? I have a heck of a great book you do not want to miss. THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY by @conniehmayo @heliotropebooks published 5/6 includes history, medicine, moral dilemmas, ethical dilemmas, racial issues, social inequality, sexual preferences and so much more. I mean this one is packed full of so much drama, I don’t know how much more it could possibly take. These are the kind of books I have a strong af Hey, where are all my historical fiction people? Where are all my medical fiction readers too? I have a heck of a great book you do not want to miss. THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY by @conniehmayo @heliotropebooks published 5/6 includes history, medicine, moral dilemmas, ethical dilemmas, racial issues, social inequality, sexual preferences and so much more. I mean this one is packed full of so much drama, I don’t know how much more it could possibly take. These are the kind of books I have a strong affinity for, you know, nurses, doctors and medicine in the 1890’s. Give me all the archaic surgical procedures and diseases, I just love it. Extremely well researched, New York Cancer Hospital in Hell’s Kitchen is where we meet Lillian, who dreams of being a nurse and takes on a nursing assistant position while caring for her younger disabled sister. Unfortunately Lillian falls into some distressing situations with both patients and staff. Some of her moral decisions, could possibly even get her arrested. Lillian has a strong resolve and is determined to pull herself out of her sticky circumstances but only manages to get herself in deeper. Fortunately, Lillian has made at least one friend and ally, Jupiter, a black man who runs the crematorium, who may be able to help her save herself. Filled with phenomenal characters, primitive hospital situations, old New York history, and multiple weighty social issues, this tale of secrets, love and perseverance will capture you right from the beginning and not let go. You never expect a historical fiction book to read with such palpable suspense but Mayo’s prose is so gripping it makes this read a nail-biting page turner right from the start. I anticipate this being a favorite among historical fiction readers and the perfect start to those who are new to the genre. Highly recommend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY by author, Connie Hertzberg Mayo Released: May 6, 2022 The Historical Medical Drama genre, has a new addition... Hell's Kitchen~ New York, 1890 Lillian Dolan~ inquisitive, strong, and full of dreams, is forging ahead with her decision in making a career for herself. One she so desperately wants~ becoming a nurse. As she faces balancing the care for her younger, yet disabled sister, and as the challenges and disappointments stack against her in the pursuing of her goals, Lill THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY by author, Connie Hertzberg Mayo Released: May 6, 2022 The Historical Medical Drama genre, has a new addition... Hell's Kitchen~ New York, 1890 Lillian Dolan~ inquisitive, strong, and full of dreams, is forging ahead with her decision in making a career for herself. One she so desperately wants~ becoming a nurse. As she faces balancing the care for her younger, yet disabled sister, and as the challenges and disappointments stack against her in the pursuing of her goals, Lillian's dream takes on a life of its own. THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY, is uniquely compelling! It's a page-turning detailed look into true-to-life issues~ some of which are sadly still relevant of today, and has been painstakingly researched throughout its historical elements, which allows the reader to feel as if they're a part of the world from long ago. This story deals with the sensitive, the emotional and ethical, and brings to life these well-written characters by revealing their personalities in a most caring, direct, and dramatic way. A powerful story that will settle deep within your heart. I thank Ms. Mayo, along with Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publishing, for my personal copy of this intriguing story, one I not only recommend, but enjoyed reading and reviewing. 4 Stars #TheSharpEdgeofMercy #ConnieHertzbergMayo #HeliotropeBooks Wild Sage Book Blog

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Rozier

    I LOVED this historical fiction novel that is set in 1890 in New York. This book touches on so many interesting topics and has a writing style that had me absolutely engrossed in the story. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue fantastic, and the subjects dealt with in the book are wide ranging and include: cancer treatment during last decade of the 19th century, social inequities, medical ethics, racial boundaries, and sexual orientation. Lillian has left home and taken her 14 year old sis I LOVED this historical fiction novel that is set in 1890 in New York. This book touches on so many interesting topics and has a writing style that had me absolutely engrossed in the story. The characters are fascinating, the dialogue fantastic, and the subjects dealt with in the book are wide ranging and include: cancer treatment during last decade of the 19th century, social inequities, medical ethics, racial boundaries, and sexual orientation. Lillian has left home and taken her 14 year old sister, Marie, who suffers severe effects from scarlatina with her. Lillian dreams of being a nurse but due to status, her sister’s care, and financial constraints is unable to pursue that course, but she does get a job as a nursing assistant at the women’s cancer hospital. While working in the hospital she attracts the attention of the new chief surgeon which turns out not to be a good thing. She befriends a black man, Jupiter, that runs the hospital crematorium. She finds a caregiver for Marie and friend for herself in an ex-prostitute and gay woman named Josephine. She also makes a decision that could cause her to loose everything. This book keeps you on your toes until the very last page.

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.A. Wright

    I love this story of Lillian. She is a bright and determined young woman who cares for her special needs sister and lives on the wrong side of town. To makes ends meet, Lillian takes a lowly job at a cancer hospital, hoping the job will lead to her becoming a nurse. But weeks of being bossed around by dismissive staff, adapting to how nurses treat impoverished patients, and getting overly involved with ill patients wears Lillian down. Then, when a new doctor arrives and takes a liking to Lillian I love this story of Lillian. She is a bright and determined young woman who cares for her special needs sister and lives on the wrong side of town. To makes ends meet, Lillian takes a lowly job at a cancer hospital, hoping the job will lead to her becoming a nurse. But weeks of being bossed around by dismissive staff, adapting to how nurses treat impoverished patients, and getting overly involved with ill patients wears Lillian down. Then, when a new doctor arrives and takes a liking to Lillian, she's flattered. He says she's smart and agrees to answer her various medical questions, but only in private meetings, so the hospital staff won't know. Lillian agrees to meet at this home but doesn't figure out until much later, after her unwise decision to assist a sick patient, that he was grooming her to become a willing participant in his fetish. The Sharp Edge of Mercy is a sharp and riveting read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    I have this beautiful book to share with you today. I have read a few books with late 1800's NYC healthcare, and I'm just really enjoying them! This book takes us into the hospital halls of New York City in 1890. Our MC, Lillian, is a new nursing assistant in a Cancer Hospital. She is so young and naive at the beginning of this story, and her character growth was wonderful. She is the main caregiver of her younger sister, and her struggles to find a balance between working and caring for her is g I have this beautiful book to share with you today. I have read a few books with late 1800's NYC healthcare, and I'm just really enjoying them! This book takes us into the hospital halls of New York City in 1890. Our MC, Lillian, is a new nursing assistant in a Cancer Hospital. She is so young and naive at the beginning of this story, and her character growth was wonderful. She is the main caregiver of her younger sister, and her struggles to find a balance between working and caring for her is great. Lillian's job sheds light on some horrific acts that were done to people in the name of medicine. It's hard to imagine, and it really made me stop and consider today's medical practices vs then. The entire book is captivating, and I would highly recommend it for readers that enjoy historical fiction! I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookish Heidi

    What a unique read! I love this book! I love stories set in historical hospitals. I find it fascinating how crude the treatments used to be. Set in the late 1800's, Lillian gets a job as a nurses assistant at the New York Cancer hospital. She cares for her younger sister who lost her vision and became simple due to a bout with scarlet fever and needed a respectable job to be able to care for her properly. Lillian is a curious girl and wants to learn as much as she can, but it's frowned upon beca What a unique read! I love this book! I love stories set in historical hospitals. I find it fascinating how crude the treatments used to be. Set in the late 1800's, Lillian gets a job as a nurses assistant at the New York Cancer hospital. She cares for her younger sister who lost her vision and became simple due to a bout with scarlet fever and needed a respectable job to be able to care for her properly. Lillian is a curious girl and wants to learn as much as she can, but it's frowned upon because she's not an "actual nurse". She's been warned to not make friends with the patients or doctors, but she does so anyway. Then she puts herself in an impossible situation and the man who runs the crematorium may be her only ally. Seriously a great historical medical drama!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Hale

    A historical fiction novel based on the real New York Cancer Hospital. Set in the late 1800s, young Lillian Dolan longs to be a nurse, but at the time women had to be a certain age to go to nursing school as well as live on the premises. Lillian wasn’t of age and she had her younger sister to care for as well, but she was able to get a job at the hospital as a nursing assistant. She was desperate for a job, but also for the change to absorb any knowledge she could about nursing. Lillian is very A historical fiction novel based on the real New York Cancer Hospital. Set in the late 1800s, young Lillian Dolan longs to be a nurse, but at the time women had to be a certain age to go to nursing school as well as live on the premises. Lillian wasn’t of age and she had her younger sister to care for as well, but she was able to get a job at the hospital as a nursing assistant. She was desperate for a job, but also for the change to absorb any knowledge she could about nursing. Lillian is very naive when it comes to the ways of the world and how cruel and unfair it can be, but she is also brave and very clever. Lillian lives in a world where cancer is thought to be contagious, gay people were shunned, and friendships between black and white people were abhorred. The mistreatment of patients used for medical research is chilling. Patients beg Lillian to end their misery with more whiskey than their one alloyed cup or something stronger. Lillian must balance on the sharp edge of mercy. Mayo does an amazing job of tacking a wide range of issues through engaging characters and an intriguing storyline. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received a free eaglet from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐋𝐄: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐩 𝐄𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐲⁣ 𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐑: 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐳𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐲𝐨⁣ 𝐏𝐔𝐁 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: 𝟎𝟓.𝟎𝟔.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐀𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 ⁣ ⁣ The Sharp Edge Of Mercy is a historical fiction novel set 1890 New York but the themes could not have been more timely and relatable. As a nurse, I am fascinated by the historical aspects of medicine, science, and all the intrigue that goes into the hospital setting, and all the complex relationships with physicians and patients. I found the story immersive and the writing well researched and rich i 𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐋𝐄: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐩 𝐄𝐝𝐠𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐲⁣ 𝐀𝐔𝐓𝐇𝐎𝐑: 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐳𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐲𝐨⁣ 𝐏𝐔𝐁 𝐃𝐀𝐓𝐄: 𝟎𝟓.𝟎𝟔.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐀𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 ⁣ ⁣ The Sharp Edge Of Mercy is a historical fiction novel set 1890 New York but the themes could not have been more timely and relatable. As a nurse, I am fascinated by the historical aspects of medicine, science, and all the intrigue that goes into the hospital setting, and all the complex relationships with physicians and patients. I found the story immersive and the writing well researched and rich in detail. I really enjoyed this and loved the ethical dilemmas the characters found themselves in. Wonderful novel! I enjoyed this one!⁣

  17. 4 out of 5

    Booksandcoffeepleasemx

    𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨! What a great read, a story that combines a bit of mystery, racism, heatlhcare, love and class. I was captivated with it, a fantastic and powerful historical fiction story. Impossible to put down. Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours and Heliotrope Books for having me on this tour. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗽 𝗘𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝘆 by Connie Mayo released May 3, 2022. https://www.instagram.com/booksandcof... 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨! What a great read, a story that combines a bit of mystery, racism, heatlhcare, love and class. I was captivated with it, a fantastic and powerful historical fiction story. Impossible to put down. Thank you Suzy Approved Book Tours and Heliotrope Books for having me on this tour. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗽 𝗘𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝘆 by Connie Mayo released May 3, 2022. https://www.instagram.com/booksandcof...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacquie

    A young, determined, inquisitive woman (Lillian) finds work as a nursing assistant at NYC’s famed Cancer Hospital. It’s 1890 and medical ethics are not what we expect. Well-researched with a diverse array of well-written characters! One of my favorite reads this year - highly recommend! Expected release date: 3 May 2022. Thanks to @netgalley for the ARC - I was under no pressure to provide a review

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Griffin

    The Sharp Edge of Mercy is a historical novel that touches on so many issues that continue to impact our lives today. Medical ethics in healthcare, racial and gender equality, and women and work. Timely and important topics explored in a narrative of complex choices, it’s a story that continues to resonate. Lillian is a strong independent character you will root for!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I love historical fiction, and this book set in historical New York City definitely did not disappoint me. This is the story of Lillian, who dreams of becoming a nurse. What unfolds is not only Lillian trying to save herself, but what roles the hospital employees played at a time of racial and class tensions. The writing is so amazing that I felt as though I was Lillian, and living her life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved the research that went into this to make it historically accurate. Knowing today's medical practices I couldn’t believe what they used to do during surgery and after. It really showed the difference between treatment of the ones who could afford it and the ones who could not. I loved following Lillian as we watched her try to further her education and take care of her sister. Even the secondary characters were a big part of her story and written just as well. It was a captivating read. Th I loved the research that went into this to make it historically accurate. Knowing today's medical practices I couldn’t believe what they used to do during surgery and after. It really showed the difference between treatment of the ones who could afford it and the ones who could not. I loved following Lillian as we watched her try to further her education and take care of her sister. Even the secondary characters were a big part of her story and written just as well. It was a captivating read. Thank you @suzyapprovedbooktours for my spot on the tour!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tamar Ossowski

    An exceptionally well-researched novel which in compelling detail, describes the fate of cancer patients in the 1890’s. The story is filled with twists and turns, ethical choices and their consequences. The plot is well developed, the dilemmas of the characters exceptionally relatable and the questions this novel raises are satisfyingly answered. A gripping read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christy Taylor

    I worked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a fundraiser for 18 years so it was really fascinating to read about one of the original hospitals that treated cancer prior to 1900. Surgery was the only option since chemo and radiation didn’t exist. I’ve been a huge believer in research for many years and wow does this book reinforce how research has improved cancer treatment protocols by leaps and bounds! This book also sheds light on inequities in healthcare, medical ethics and so much m I worked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a fundraiser for 18 years so it was really fascinating to read about one of the original hospitals that treated cancer prior to 1900. Surgery was the only option since chemo and radiation didn’t exist. I’ve been a huge believer in research for many years and wow does this book reinforce how research has improved cancer treatment protocols by leaps and bounds! This book also sheds light on inequities in healthcare, medical ethics and so much more. It’s a timely and fascinating read and truly a page turner. Lillian is such a delightful and determined character! I was rooting for her from page one and really enjoyed following her professional and personal journey as it unfolded.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Polikoff

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carissa Lindsey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Kuldell

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Crystal King

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reshma

  31. 4 out of 5

    Michellea

  32. 4 out of 5

    Christina Weston

  33. 5 out of 5

    Connie Mayo

  34. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  35. 4 out of 5

    Patty Killion

  36. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Smith

  37. 5 out of 5

    Karen Zarrow

  38. 4 out of 5

    Susan Zall

  39. 5 out of 5

    Patty Matty

  40. 4 out of 5

    Seema

  41. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  42. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

  43. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Blankenship

  44. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  45. 4 out of 5

    Francine

  46. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Snow

  47. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  48. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda

  49. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  50. 4 out of 5

    Kara Lance

  51. 4 out of 5

    Tracy L.

  52. 5 out of 5

    Bev

  53. 5 out of 5

    Buddys_Momma

  54. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Brill

  55. 4 out of 5

    Deirdre Stanley

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