Friday, October 17, 2008

Shape of Mercy: Book Review and Giveaway!

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.
I am currently reading The Shape of Mercy, and I have a hard time putting it down!
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 http://www.susanmeissner.com/.
Would you like to win a copy of this great book? I have two copies to give away! This contest is open to all readers living in the Continental United States. Just leave a comment that you would like to win! Click here to see how you can earn extra credits to win, and click here to see guidelines and the official rules. Contest will end on October 30TH, at 7:00 PM CST.

96 comments:

Jenny said...

This looks like a great book! I think this period of history was tragic but interesting, and something we can learn from. The Crucible was one of my favorite classics so I would probably like this one too.

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Elizabeth said...

It looks like a neat book. I love to read!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I am always on the lookout for new authors and have not read a Meissner book yet. This one sounds particularly interesting to me because I previously worked at an assisted living facility and appreciate intergenerational stories.

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ANNE S said...

Sounds like a worthy book to read and share. One of my favorite quotes--don't know who said it-- is "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

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Jackie B. said...

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clynsg said...

I rather enjoy books that combine different eras of history.

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MonCherie said...

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Swtlilchick said...

I love to read books involving
self discovery.It is something
I can relate to because of having
struggles with other's expectations
of me and the way I viewed myself.
This looks like a well written book
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sito50 said...

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Thanks for the opportunity to win!

LINDA said...

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Anonymous said...

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