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The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner July 15, 2009

Filed under: Book Review,Giveaways — pattyleblanc @ 10:22 pm
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mercybook1Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with her family’s expectations by taking a part-time job from eighty-three-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles. The mysterious employer asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor, Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

Immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstitions. Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.

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?

My Review

Lauren is a college student who has no worries about money, yet she wants to prove to herself she doesn’t need it and lives at the dorm. She seeks out a job and finds herself transcribing a diary written by Mercy, a woman who was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. Just as Lauren enveloped herself in Mercy’s story, I found myself eager to turn “just one more page” to see what happens next. There were many messages in this story to all of us of learning who we really are and what drives us. It made me think about myself and how I view others. For Lauren this was a journey of self-discovery. I could relate to Lauren in some aspects of her character, and it made me love the story all the more. I would highly recommend this book. It gave me a desire to learn more about the Salem Witch Trials and what really happened during that time. There is definitely a spiritual element as well, which I would never have even thought about. This is a great book that will definitely be passed around.

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Author Bio:

Susan Meissner has been feeding her love of writing all her life. Her first novelWhy the Sky is Blue, was released in 2004, after she resigned her post as editor for a local newspaper in a rural Minnesota town. Since that time she has had eight books published and she moved to San Diego, where she lives with her family.


Susan has graciously agreed to give away a copy, so if you would like to win a copy of The shape of Mercy please post a message leaving your email in coded form to avoid spam such as patty[at]aol[dot]com. The drawing will be on July 19th.


The Flower of Grass by James E. Robinson July 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — pattyleblanc @ 8:05 pm
John Allen returns to his home town after the death of his alcoholic, abusive father. He has been gone 16 years and has become a successful writer, but with major addiction problems of his own. Now he struggles to make amends with his careworn sister and dropout younger brother – and, perhaps, to pick up the pieces of his teenage love affair with Jessie.
Flower of GrassBut Jessie has grown tired of waiting for letters that ceased to come, and has married. At what cost might theier love be rekindled?
An exquistely written, passionate and thoughtful novel, this is a classic love story framing deeper themes of mortality and passing time, the true nature of faith, and athe delicate balance of human relationships.
Author Bio
james e. robinsonJames E. Robinson is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many country, Christian and rock musicians. He also works as a professional recovery counsellor in Nashville, TN, for more information go to James and his wife Teresa have two children.
My Review
John Allen is in search of the one thing that he feels is missing in his life, his one true love. Years ago he left town to get away from his alcoholic father and also left Jessie behind. Now that he has been away he comes back to see what he can make of his life now that his father has died. The only problem is that Jessie is already married. What can he make of his life now? This story is full of pain trying to be eased and uncertainty of how to effect the easing of that pain.