The Shape of Mercy - Susan Meissner

Price: $13.99

Format: Trade Paperback

ISBN: 9781400074563

Release: 9.16.2008

Fiction - Contemporary Women

Blogger's Website

Read Review on Blogger's Site

Review on Retailer Site

Read Chapter 1

About Susan Meissner

Author's Web Site


Share This
4.5 Stars
Find Retailers on Google

The Shape of Mercy

by Heatherly Sylvia
March 24, 2011
4.5 Stars
0 other readers have rated Heatherly's review.

Why do you need my email?
Close Window

In order to rank this review we require your email address as proof that, A) You’re a real person (and not a bot) and B) It ensures that only one person can rank a review one time (and protects from bloggers that might try to “pad” their rankings). Your email address will only be used for review rankings as part of the Blogging for Books program and will not be sold to 3rd parties or used by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers in any way. That said, if you check the box that says “Send me updates on the latest Christian books,” you’ll receive the WaterBrook Multnomah Bookends eNewsletter (sent monthly). You can always unsubscribe to this newsletter at any time.

Heatherly's overall score for this review: 0
Heatherly's average score for this review: 0.0
Close Window

Each review can be ranked and given 1 to 5 stars. Each star is worth one point. If a review is ranked 10 times and each time is given 5 stars, the overall score would be 50 points. For more on scoring visit the FAQ page. For why scoring matters visit the support page.

Susan Meissner has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She is more than an excellent author of historical fiction; she is a weaver of words, seamlessly tangling the lives of three women, one of whom lived more than 300 years ago.

In The Shape of Mercy, Meissner guides us as we explore the themes of wealth, prejudice, and the power of love for another.

Lauren Durough is a wealthy young woman desperately trying to prove that she does not need her family's legacy or wealth. When she accepts a part-time job transcribing a diary from the Salem Witch Trials, her eyes are opened to the tragedy of the historical hysteria. The diary's owner, Abigail, is saddened by her distant cousin's story, and burdened that it live on beyond the family legend it has become.

"I should have realized then that this wasn't about Mercy alone." Lauren herself quickly realizes that she has a lot to learn from the choices that Abigail and Mercy, the diary's author, have made. The diary becomes a catalyst for redemption for the two women, as each comes to terms with their own prejudices and relationships.

Because Lauren's perspective is revealed most often, we learn quickly that she is frequently unaware of her own prejudices and shallowness. At first, I found that I didn't like her; but although I was disappointed in my lack of adoration for the protagonist, Meissner gives her room to change and grow, and makes her teachable, without fixing all of her flaws by the novel's end. All in all, I came to appreciate Lauren, a woman willing to admit her faults and push through to do what is right.

Mercy's diary, the story within the story, was written into the novel beautifully, and was so well written that I had to remind myself that it was not a primary source document being translated into story form by Lauren.

Mercy challenged me to check my own opinions and caused me to ponder what I would truly be willing to do for one my heart loves. Meissner has created a story that will long stay with me, and will certainly be found on my list of favorites.

I highly recommend The Shape of Mercy for fans of historical and contemporary fiction, as it is a perfect blend of both.

*Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing provided a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I have not been compensated in any other way.

Most Active Bloggers (This Month)

Most Active Bloggers (This Year)

10-Days-Without_200x165.jpg

This content requires the Flash Player. Please Download and install it here.

Tastebook_General_200x165.jpg