Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Shape of Mercy Book Review and Giveaway

I really don't think that anyone even looks at this blog, especially when I don't post for forever but this is my blog where I talk about my book reviews and do my book giveaways so if you actually read this and post a comment you have a really good chance of winning! I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It was smooth flowing, easy to read, engaging, and had a good message for everyone. When I finished this book I had a renewed vigor in helping those around me and in looking beyond what you first see to what is really inside each person. I also came away feeling that I am sometimes too hard on myself and that I need to stop focusing on my own faults and give myself the same courtesy that I give to others. A truly interesting and inspiring book!

Book: The Shape of Mercy

Summary: Lauren Durough is a college student longing to break free of family expectations when she stumbles into a project for eighty year old Abigail Boyles—transcribing 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 the mysterious Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to discovering the candid truth, Lauren must earnestly ask if

she is playing the role of helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and recognize who she really is?

In our high-pressure, success-oriented culture, readers will identify with Lauren’s struggle to forge her own identity separate from the plan her family designed for her. Offering intrigue, romance, and heartbreaking drama, this contemporary novel with a historical twist conveys the intense beauty that emerges when we see how our stories affect the lives of others.

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, California. Find out more about her at www.susanmeissner.com.

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Want to buy it? Go here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400074568

Want to win it? Just leave a comment before next Wednesday, Oct. 22 and I will use random.org to pick a winner. I also have lots of book giveaways coming up in the next few weeks so keep checking back!


  1. Oooh, I would love to win!!! Sounds like a good book--I found you on Becky's blog by the way, always up for a good free book! :)

  2. This isn't Sharla - It's her mother-in-law using her Blog: Sounds like a story that keeps you reading. Don't want to put it down type of book. I think I would like to read it.

  3. Put me in. I could always use another book to put on my "to read" list. :)



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