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The Shape of Mercy

Author Susan Meissner
Narrator Tavia Gilbert
Runtime 10 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio Fiction
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Release Date August 12, 2008
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Lauren, a college student, helps Abigail Boyles, an 80-year-old recluse, transcribe the diary of Abigail's ancestral cousin, Mercy Hayworth--who was hanged for witchcraft. As secrets unfold, the extent to which the lives of these three women are connected comes to light, and both Lauren and Abigail find the very way they view the world irrevocably changed.

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Lauren, a college student, helps Abigail Boyles, an 80-year-old recluse, transcribe the diary of Abigail's ancestral cousin, Mercy Hayworth--who was hanged for witchcraft. As secrets unfold, the extent to which the lives of these three women are connected comes to light, and both Lauren and Abigail find the very way they view the world irrevocably changed.

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We are loved in spite of our faults
A gentle, moving story of a young woman who loses her life during the Salem witch trials of 1692. Her diary survives and is transcribed by another young woman, who assists a very old woman -- a descendant of the original victim. The caring relationship that develops between the student who undertakes the transcription and the old woman who owns the diary is very well envisioned. The narrator of the audiobook made listening to the story very pleasant.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/9/2011)
a surprise
I don't often read books with covers like this one and I'm reminded not to judge a book . . . The narration was understated and compelling. The narrator was very effective. And the story's resolution was unexpected. Now I'm really glad I took a risk and I listened. Thank you, Susan Meissner, Tavia Gilbert and Christian Audio.
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Review by / (Posted on 10/21/2010)
Having grown up in a wealthy...
Having grown up in a wealthy family, Lauren decides to defy the tradition of relying on family money and step out on her own. She attends a public college and has to fend for herself. Always interested in literature, Lauren sees an ad for a transcription job and immediately applies. Lauren gets the job. Her first assignment is to transcribe the diary of a teenage girl, Mercy Hayworth, set during the Salem witch trials, and is soon drawn into a tale she knows will end in heartbreak. As Lauren digs deeper into the diary she begins to see herself and her life in a new light.




Just as Lauren was drawn into Mercy's story I was drawn into this book. Lauren gripped me with her love for the written word and her determination to make a life for herself. I loved following both Lauren and Mercy as they asked themselves the same question about life and where they were going while living in two different eras, experiencing different situations. It proves that no matter how different we seem on the outside we are still similar on the inside.



I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrator had a gentle, almost haunting voice which seemed perfect for the scenes of the witch trial.



I received this book free for review from Christianaudio.com
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Review by / (Posted on 10/11/2010)
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