Shape of Mercy

  • by Susan Meissner
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two women, the ailing Abigail Boyles and exuberant, wealthy Lauren Durough, are brought together by their love of books and the discovery of a diary written by a young woman, Mercy Hayworth, who was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. Her inspiring, yearning, romantic diary proves to be an inspiration to both Abigail and Lauren, teaching them to cherish friendships, love, and life.

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Fascinating stories (3 interwoven together)

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This book was arguably the best I've listened to on Audible. It delved deeply into the Salem Witch Trials in a highly personal way - I learned a lot about mass culture hysteria and the consequences of it to a town. In addition to that, a story of the researcher unfolds that relates to the life of the main character in Salem, along with the elderly woman who hired her to translate the woman's diary. It all was fascinating and hard to put down. The reader was good, except for periods of transition from Salem to the translator. Something more needed to be done to give an alert that the transition was occurring. It took me a while to realize I was now in the present day rather than in Salem. Other than that, it was an amazing read (listen).

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- Gerig

Witch Trials or Which Trials

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I highly recommend this book: An historical event brought to light in modern literature, not in the usual sense.

When Abigail hires Lauren to help her transpose an old diary passed down for generations, neither could have guessed the emotions it would bring out in the life of each for separate reasons.

The Salem Witch Trials seemed a venture in ridding your foes by accusation. It lasted but a short time yet caused decades of hurt. The transposing of the diary written by one falsely accused during the Witch Trials helps to uncover many virtues of those accused, as well as those reliving the time through the written words of the diary.

This story is a great teaching tool for learning about the Witch Trials by living in the diary writer's shoes, it reveals a close relationship between employer and employee, and it adds a long ago love story, uncovered, which helps one recognize love and another realize what she lost. A very compelling and well written mystery for sure!


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- Dan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2009
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com