When asked to read and do the book tour for this story I was very excited. The story sounded so fascinating. Modern, wealthy young college student trying to get out of the privelaged family mold and expectations finds a job transcribing a 300 year old diary written by a young girl who was tried and hung at the Salem witch trials. Taking the job because she loves literature, but soon finding a connection with the young diary writer, Lauren finds herself taking a hard look at her own life and her own perceptions.
Although I haven't quite finished the book yet, I am having a hard time putting it down. Susan Meissner hooked me from the very beginning as Lauren's story was given a foundation. Then as excerpts from the diary were added I felt my heart being pulled to the young woman who would soon be accused. A very compelling story.
An excerpt from the publisher:
Summary: Lauren Durough is a college student longing to break free of family expectations when she stumbles into a project for eighty year old Abigail Boyles—transcribing the journals of Mercy Hayworth, a seventeenth-century victim of the Massachusetts witch trials. Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with the mysterious Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to discovering the candid truth, Lauren must earnestly ask if she is playing the role of helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and recognize who she really is?
In our high-pressure, success-oriented culture, readers will identify with Lauren’s struggle to forge her own identity separate from the plan her family designed for her. Offering intrigue, romance, and heartbreaking drama, this contemporary novel with a historical twist conveys the intense beauty that emerges when we see how our stories affect the lives of others.
About the author:
From early school-day projects to becoming editor of a local newspaper in Minnesota, Susan Meissner’s love for writing has been apparent her entire life. The Shape of Mercy is her latest novel in a string of books that delve into the deeper issues of life. She is the author of nine novels and lives with her family in San Diego, California. Find out more about her at http://www.susanmeissner.com/.
And now I get to give away a brand spanking new copy. If the description of this story has grabbed you, just leave a comment and I'll draw next Tuesday for the book. As always please make sure you leave some way to get ahold of you, either blog link or email address. Unfortunately, Canadian or U.S. postal address only please.
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