The Shape of Mercy – Susan Meissner

This has been a busy month with my work and with school. I didn’t realize the last book I reviewed was Amy Deardon’s A Lever Long Enough! Which was the ACFW Book Club book for March. The Shape of Mercy is the April Book. Regardless of my busy schedule I was able t read this book in a week. It was so worth it!

Lauren Durough has grown up with everything she needed or wanted, she comes from “old” money. However, Lauren wants to break out of the mold and be her own woman. She goes to a state college rather than Stanford, lives in the dorm rather than a plush apartment in a gated community. She takes a job, not in her father’s company but for an eldery woman. The task before her is to transcribe the diary of Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

This story is beautiful in so many ways. Susan does a wonderful job of drawing you into the lives of Mercy, Lauren, and Abigail. Three women that on the surface may appear vastly different, yet at their core they are so similar. I found myself many times in tears as I could relate with each character at different points in the story. Sometimes I just cried because I felt the pain of their loss.

The Shape of Mercy is a great book for anyone who enjoys history, romance, or just a well written story with strong characters.

You can visit Susan Meissner’s website at: http://www.susanmeissner.com

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By Susan Meissner / WaterBrook Press

Lauren Durough is a West Coast English major at the proverbial age of discovery. Sheltered in her childhood years by family wealth, she is just beginning to grasp how people judge others by what they want to believe about them; particularly, how the poor mistakenly view the wealthy and vice-versa. When she opts out of her family’s monthly financial support, she takes on a job as a literary assistant to Abigail Boyles, an eighty year-old reclusive, retired librarian. Abigail tasks Lauren with transcribing the diary of Abigail’s ancestral cousin, Mercy Hayworth–a woman hanged for witchcraft in seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts. The lives of Abigail and Lauren, two very different women, converge as they jointly piece together the life and death of Mercy Hayworth. Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived four hundred years earlier, who also struggled against undeserved cultural stigmatization, but lost. But the more she learns about Mercy, the more Lauren realizes this project is as much about Abigail as it is her ancestor. As secrets unfold, the extent to which the lives of these three women are connected comes to light, and both Lauren and Abigail find their lives and the very way they view the world irrevocably changed

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