Book Review and Giveaway

The Shape of Mercy is a facsinating novel with two story lines, past and present.  The past story brings The Salem Witch Trials to life, and the present story is about one young woman’s struggle to grow up and align her words and actions with her vision of herself.

While this is a work of fiction, The Salem Witch Trials are not.  Unfortunately.  No matter what you think you know about this dark period of our history, The Shape of Mercy will enlighten you and make it real on a personal, individual level. 

I’m not surprised by many things I read, but to be honest, when I got about halfway through this book, I was surprised.  As a result, I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. to finish the second half of the novel.  This is a great read. 

The best news is I have 2 copies to give away.  If you’d like to be entered in the random drawing, send me an e-mail with your name and mailing address to  Good luck!  The winners will be announced on Friday, October 17th, so hurry and send in your entry now.  If you aren’t one of the lucky two winners, you can purchase a copy from,,, and other booksellers.

Below is the book summary as well as some information on the author.

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


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