The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner - a review & giveaway (ends April 4th)
Okay, when I selected THE SHAPE OF MERCY by Susan Meissner to review, it was with a little bit of trepidation. I read a short blurb about it and & to say the least I wasn't sure I would like the book. Well, I'm here to tell you I was wrong. I LOVED the book! I have never read anything by Susan Meissner but you can be sure I will be reading more of her work. She is definitely a gifted writer.
THE SHAPE OF MERCY is a contemporary story set in Santa Barbara & the Pacific Palisades in California. But the story is stirred by a 300 year old diary that was written during the Salem witch trials. The diary was written by Mercy Haworth, a young Puritan girl. and it was passed down through eight generations of Mercy's family and came into the care of Abigail Boyles.
The story begins with Miss Boyles hiring a student, Lauren Durough, from UC Santa Barbara, to edit the diary for clarity and to transcribe it into a language more readable for modern audiences. As Lauren works on transcribing the diary the reader is drawn into Mercy's world. Ms. Meissner has written the diary portions so well that I felt like I was there, in Salem, as the Witch Trials were happening.
This book is about three women, Mercy, Abigail and Lauren. All of different eras yet drawn together because of a diary. You experience their lives, loves and their love of God throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book and would give it a 5 star rating.
BLURB FROM BACK OF BOOK:
"WE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE WANT TO UNDERSTAND"
Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with her family's expectations and takes a part-time job from eighty-three-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles. The mysterious employer asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.
Immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstitions. Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy's story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.
The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge?
Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?
My copy of THE SHAPE OF MERCY was sent to me by Waterbrook Multomah for my honest opinion.
I would love to pass on my gently used copy of this book to one lucky reader.
1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada
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Giveaway will run through April 4th and a winner will be selected using Random.org.
I am a Pastor's wife living in a small town in Indiana. I love the Lord with all my heart and know that with Him, All Things Are Possible!!!
I am an avid reader. My favorite genres are Christian Fiction, Christian Romantic Suspense and Christian Historicals.
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