The Shape of Mercy Receives Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

Starred Review.

Meissner’s newest novel is potentially life-changing, the kind of inspirational fiction that prompts readers to call up old friends, lost loves or fallen-away family members to tell them that all is forgiven and that life is too short for holding grudges. Achingly romantic, the novel features the legacy of Mercy Hayworth–a young woman convicted during the Salem witch trials–whose words reach out from the past to forever transform the lives of two present-day women. These book lovers–Abigail Boyles, elderly, bitter and frail, and Lauren Lars Durough, wealthy, earnest and young–become unlikely friends, drawn together over the untimely death of Mercy, whose precious diary is all that remains of her too short life. And what a diary! Mercy’s words not only beguile but help Abigail and Lars together face life’s hardest struggles about where true meaning is found, which dreams are worth chasing and which only lead to emptiness, and why faith and hope are essential on life’s difficult path. Meissner’s prose is exquisite and she is a stunning storyteller. This is a novel to be shared with friends. (Sept. 16)

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About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS (2014), FLIGHT OF DREAMS (2016), and I WAS ANASTASIA (2018). Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and Book of the Month Club selections. She is the co-founder of SheReads.org and lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

One Response to The Shape of Mercy Receives Starred Review from Publishers Weekly

  1. Nevaeh January 12, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    Most help articles on the web are inaccurate or inoncereht. Not this!

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