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Shape of Mercy

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    The Shape of Mercy By Susan Meissner, A Review

    Lauren Durough was born into privilege. As the only child of her wealthy parents, Lauren feels the weight of bearing the Durough name and rebels by attending a state school and living in the dorms. As a further bid for individuality, Lauren decides to take a job to earn her own spending money. When she is hired by a wealthy matron to transcribe the diary of a young girl accused of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts during the infamous witch trials, she is unprepared for just how much her perspective will be changed.

    Susan Meissner has a quality in her writing that gives it an edgy sincerity. Her word choice and style make her easy to read, and are a credit to the genre. I did, however, feel that style waned a bit towards the second half of the book. Some of the characters are well developed, though some other characters feel a bit shallow. Somehow I was left wanting a little something more from some of them. The point Meissner is trying to make with her story is quite clearly stated, though a little too much for my tastes, as I tend to like excavating a story's lesson rather than have it served to me on a platter. But over all, The Shape of Mercy is a decent read.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011


    Lauren Durough comes from a family of great wealth and privilege. Convinced that she is nothing like the others in her life, she sets out to prove she can make her own way. While in college, she spies an ad on one of the job listing boards. Little does she know that by answering the inquiry for help transcribing an old diary, her life will turn upside down.

    The diary belonged to Mercy, one of the young girls tried and convicted in the Salem Witch trials. From hundreds of years in the past, one long-dead girl teaches Lauren some valuable lessons about life and who she (Lauren) really is.

    Susan Meissner weaves a tale that is mysterious and intriguing. This look at a young girl's coming of age and coming into her own is both inspiring & heartwarming. Like many her age, Lauren has many misconceptions about herself and a lot to learn.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

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    Transcribing a diary in the time of the Salem witch trials

    This book was set in modern day as Lauren Durough "a rich little girl" decides to do her own thing and not what her father wants for her. She decides to go to a college that is not just for rich kids and rooms with this very modern day girl. Lauren is an only child and is a loner. She enjoys English and literature so that is what she is majoring in. She decides to look for a job so that she could be more independent and found where a lady wants someone to transcribe and old diary about three hundred years old. She goes for the interview and get the part time job, but what she learns when she sees this very fragile book. It was written by Mercy Haywood back in the days of the Salem witch trials.

    This book was very interesting and it read as though sometimes you are indeed reading inside the diary. Lauren finds herself drawn into this diary and has dreams about it.

    I have never read anything about the Salem witch trials so this was a new read for me.

    Thanks to Blogging for Books for the copy of this book in order for me to review it, with no cost to me.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Better than I expected.....

    I received The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner as a member of Blogging for Books. It was better than I expected it to be. The plot seems so far fetched. A rich girl trying to make it on her own, okay, but then she meets a librarian who is actually a witch?

    Basically, it is a book about finding yourself. And it is very well writter. Afterall, the author was a newspaper editor before writing it.

    I enjoy books about the rich blue blooded. Think Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl. Just juicy gossip and drama all the time, LOVE IT!

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