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The Shape of Mercy October 15, 2008

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 8:38 pm
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Chris Cawthon is the lucky winner of one copy of For Young Men Only. Congratulations Chris, hope you enjoy!

I am excited to review the book The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner.

Women of all ages will appreciate this highly-readable, layered, and fast-paced story about self-discovery at all stages of life.  With rich undertones of intrigue and romance, this contemporary novel with a historical twist explores personal blinders and how upbringing and conditioning can shape people to judge others in ways that can lead to unhappy consequences.

Lauren Durough is a college student who finds herself on the road to self-discovery as she is hired by octogenarian Abigail Boyles to transcribe 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 Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul.  But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge?  Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

Readers will identify with Lauren’s struggle to break away from society’s expectations and her attempt to strike out on her own while figuring out what parts of her own story to hold on to.

Author Bio: 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.  Find out more about her at

I loved this book.  The historical side was incredible and the characters were interesting and unusual.  I didn’t want it to end and am still hoping we may hear more from Meissner about the character Lauren.  It wasn’t too heavy on the Christian influence but still made reference to faith and the character’s spirituality.  I am going to read more from Susan Meissner and hope many of you will leave me comments because I have two The Shape of Mercy books to give away.  If you like Christian fiction Meissner is sure to become one of your favorites!

You can purchase The Shape of Mercy at your local bookstore or at


2 Responses to “The Shape of Mercy”

  1. Mom Edmond Says:

    I love fiction!

  2. Alli Says:

    I love Christian fiction! Currently, I’m almost finished with the first book in Karen Kingsbury and Gary Smalley’s Redemption series. The book you’ve described sounds intriguing!

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