christianaudioThe Shape of Mercy - Audiobook on CD
Lauren Durough is a West Coast English major at the proverbial age of discovery. Sheltered in her childhood years by family wealth, she is just beginning to grasp how people judge others by what they want to believe about them; particularly, how the poor mistakenly view the wealthy and vice-versa. When she opts out of her family's monthly financial support, she takes on a job as a literary assistant to Abigail Boyles, an eighty year-old reclusive, retired librarian. Abigail tasks Lauren with transcribing the diary of Abigail's ancestral cousin, Mercy Hayworth--a woman hanged for witchcraft in seventeenth century Salem, Massachusetts. The lives of Abigail and Lauren, two very different women, converge as they jointly piece together the life and death of Mercy Hayworth. Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived four hundred years earlier, who also struggled against undeserved cultural stigmatization, but lost. But the more she learns about Mercy, the more Lauren realizes this project is as much about Abigail as it is her ancestor. As secrets unfold, the extent to which the lives of these three women are connected comes to light, and both Lauren and Abigail find their lives and the very way they view the world irrevocably changed.
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Customer Reviews for The Shape of Mercy - Audiobook on CD
This book was delightful surprise! I didn't expect it to be so well crafted. Through a diary from the Salem witch trials, the book brings together two women from completely different worlds with only one thing in common, God. An enormous amount of research when into this book as well as an amazing amount of creative license. I was really fascinated with the way the author just took a name out of history and created a whole person with her imagination. This is one of the better books I've read this past year, and I can't wait to read other books from this author.
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Review 2 for The Shape of Mercy - Audiobook on CD
Well crafted story
Date:June 2, 2011
Took a chance on this title and author, and I was not disappointed. Hooked me fast and kept me interested until the end. I recommend this book.