Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Shape of Mercy

What a great, juicy novel this was! Susan Meissner's newest piece of fiction, The Shape of Mercy, combines faith, history, and true human emotion in a story that will leave you with feelings of true sadness for the characters, but an inner peace as well. She's such a great writer!

Lauren Durough comes from an extremely wealthy family, but is determined to provide for herself and not rely on her father's money. She takes a part-time job as a transcriber for an elderly librarian, Abigail Boyles. Abigail is quite mysterious about what she wants Lauren to transcribe but is convinced she is the perfect candidate for the job.

When Lauren begins her work, she soon realizes that she is transcribing the diary of Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the horrific Salem witch trails many years ago. She falls in love with Mercy's story and becomes extremely emotionally attached to all of the people described in Mercy's diary, finding pieces of herself within those individuals. As Lauren looks deeper into the diary, she also looks deeper into herself and the different relationships in her life, allowing true feelings and emotions she has never before experienced, shine through.

Meissner has this way of writing characters that just feel like real people you could be friends with. I could be friends with Lauren in a heartbeat and that one aspect made me want to know where she went in this story. I read a lot of children's and young adult books, needing a special adult novel to really draw me in...this was one of those special novels.

If you would like to learn more about Susan Meissner's The Shape of Mercy (or any of her other books) or to purchase this title, just click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

I'll also be having a giveaway of this title closer to Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled!


Nicola said...

Glad to hear you liked this! I just received a review copy in the mail the other day.

Lenore said...

Oh, I'll have to wish list this. Read the Heretic's Daughter recently - a perfect companion piece.