Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Tour: The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

The Shape of Mercy: A Novel

Praise for The Shape of Mercy:


“Meissner's newest novel is potentially life-changing, the kind of inspirational fiction that prompts readers to call up old friends, lost loves or fallen-away family members to tell them that all is forgiven and that life is too short for holding grudges. Achingly romantic, the novel features the legacy of Mercy Hayworth—a young woman convicted during the Salem witch trials—whose words reach out from the past to forever transform the lives of two present-day women. These book lovers—Abigail Boyles, elderly, bitter and frail, and Lauren “Lars” Durough, wealthy, earnest and young—become unlikely friends, drawn together over the untimely death of Mercy, whose precious diary is all that remains of her too short life. And what a diary! Mercy's words not only beguile but help Abigail and Lars together face life's hardest struggles about where true meaning is found, which dreams are worth chasing and which only lead to emptiness, and why faith and hope are essential on life's difficult path. Meissner's prose is exquisite and she is a stunning storyteller. This is a novel to be shared with friends.”

- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

"Insights... are stunning"
“Meissner has a gift for intriguing, meaningful stories, and this novel is no exception. Lauren's present-day life is mirrored in elderly Abigail's and again in the diary of Mercy Hayworth, who lived in the 17th century. The spiritual content is light, but the insights into perception and prejudice are stunning.”

- Romantic Times Magazine, 4 ½ stars

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