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The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner
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Jan 25, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2011

Lauren Durrough is the only child of wealthy parents. She wants to prove her family's wealth is not important to her and that she is different. She goes to the state university, lives in the dorm and does not want to totally depend on her father to pay for everything. Lauren decides to take a part-time job transcribing a diary for elderly Abigail Boyles. The diary was written by Mercy Hayworth, one of Abigail's ancestors, who is eventually tried for witchcraft during the time of the Salem witch trials.

This is a wonderful book that gives you a glimpse into the lives of three women from different generations. In some ways they are similar, but also quite different in others. Lauren thinks she understands the people in her life and what motivates them, but she learns she doesn't really understand them at all. Abigail made a decision many years earlier that was motivated by her family's wealth and status, but in retrospect truly regrets it. Mercy is young and perplexed by the witch accusations and trials and questions where God is in this situation.

Although, the story of Mercy Hayworth is fictional, the author did her research and gives us a brief historical look at some of the events of the witch accusations and trials. Meissner is a Christian author, so you will find no bad language or sexual content. You will find that the story is interesting, well written and thought provoking.

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Carolyn  C. I loved this book too...very nice review:)

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Catherine Thanks for the review. The book sounds interesting... just put it on my list:)

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