Lauren Durough wants to break free from her privileged upbringing, determined not to be Daddy’s little rich girl. Seeking out a job she doesn’t need, Lauren finds herself transcribing the diary of Mercy Hayworth, a young woman who became embroiled in the Salem witch trials of 1692.
Her employer, the elderly and reserved Abigail Boyles, is seemingly burdened by her own past but is unwilling to share with Lauren why the diary only deepens her sorrow.
As Lauren sees Salem and its people through the eyes of young Mercy, she is horrified how her own attitudes reflect those who allowed accusation, innuendo and fear to nullify good sense, compassion and mercy.
Susan Meissner writes with beauty, emotion and innate sensitivity in this astonishing novel of three women searching for purpose and love across the centuries. Abigail, Lauren and Mercy leapt from the pages into my heart instantly, as I followed their poignant journey towards forgiveness, love and redemption. Mercy’s story is both shattering and uplifting, set against the tragedy of the Salem witch trials and will cause you examine your own heart for what might be hiding there. Interwoven between Mercy’s diary excerpts is Lauren’s awakening to her own prejudice and the possibility of love and the revelation of Abigail’s broken heart. The Shape of Mercy is truly a beautiful tale and Susan Meissner at her exceptional best – this book is a must read of 2008.
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