The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy
by Megan Bannen
Narrated by Michael Gallagher; Rachanee Lumayno
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Pub Date 23 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 22 Aug 2022
Hachette Audio, Orbit
"A uniquely charming mixture of whimsy and the macabre that completely won me over. If you ever wished for an adult romance that felt like Howl's Moving Castle, THIS IS THAT BOOK." —Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient
Hart is a marshal, tasked with patrolling the strange and magical wilds of Tanria. It’s an unforgiving job, and Hart’s got nothing but time to ponder his loneliness.
Mercy never has a moment to herself. She’s been single-handedly keeping Birdsall & Son Undertakers afloat in defiance of sullen jerks like Hart, who seems to have a gift for showing up right when her patience is thinnest.
After yet another exasperating run-in with Mercy, Hart finds himself penning a letter addressed simply to “A Friend”. Much to his surprise, an anonymous letter comes back in return, and a tentative friendship is born.
If only Hart knew he’s been baring his soul to the person who infuriates him most—Mercy. As the dangers from Tanria grow closer, so do the unlikely correspondents. But can their blossoming romance survive the fated discovery that their pen pals are their worst nightmares—each other?
Set in a world full of magic and demigods, donuts and small-town drama, this enchantingly quirky, utterly unique fantasy is perfect for readers of The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Invisible Library.
"Truly outstanding romantic fantasy." —India Holton
"An unabashedly offbeat adventure." —Freya Marske
"I cried twice and smiled plenty." —Olivia Atwater
"A little sweet, a little spicy, a little sharp and entirely moreish!" —Davinia Evans
"I showed up for the fantastic, fun fantasy setting but it was Hart and Mercy that kept me reading." —Ruby Dixon
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Thank you to NetGalley, Machete Audio and Orbit for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
CW: death of a loved one (past), grief, parental abandonment
I would recommend if you're looking for (SPOILERS)
-m/f fantasy romance
-frenemies to lovers
-I hate how attracted I am to you
Thank you to Sil for hyping this book. somehow this was a soft, soft romance that also dealt with death and immortality. The world building was effortless, immediately pulled you in and never let you go. I adored everything about this. The nicknames, the epistolary, how awkward they were with each other because they couldn't deal with their feelings, how they trusted the other so much.
Hart and Mercy just fit each other in the best ways. There were such thoughtful twists and turns, just the right amount of angst, and some zombies. These two accidentally falling in love, figuring it out, and just being the other's soft spot, just soft tenderness and I need more immediately. Cannot wait to read what is coming next from this author.
This was amazing as an audio and I loved how the letters were read.
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