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The Mercy of Thin Air    by Ronlyn Domingue order for
Mercy of Thin Air
by Ronlyn Domingue
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Atria, 2005 (2005)
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* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

Raziela Nolan lives life fully. Quirky and bold, she plans to become a doctor, and often slips illegal contraceptive pamphlets in library books. Her plans for life and love are cut short by her tragic drowning on July 10, 1929. Behind her she leaves her mourning fiancÚ Andrew, her close friend Twolly, and her family.

Raziela, or Razi, chooses to stay between - in a holding pattern after life and before the unknown beyond. Her voice narrates both the past and the future. Razi eventually finds a home with a young couple, Amy and Scott. As she haunts their house, she uncovers their secrets. Many aspects of their lives parallel Razi's, despite the years. Their troubles prompt Razi to finally uncover the mystery of what happened to her love Andrew. Although she has tried to trace his footsteps for the last seventy years, he is lost to her. Eventually, Razi discovers how he led his life without her, as she helps iron out Amy and Scott's difficulties.

Ronlyn Domingue beautifully captures love and loss in this debut novel. She creates an imaginary between world for Razi that is compelling and fascinating. Razi's ability to draw on her senses allows the reader too to become truly captivated and lost in this love story across the ages.

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