The Shape of Mercy
“We understand what we want to understand.”Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a... show more
“We understand what we want to understand.”Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials. Almost 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 in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and 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?
Publish date: November 1st 2008
Publisher: christianaudio Fiction
Edition language: English
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I picked it up on a whim because it sounded like a good story, and it ended up having more depth than I anticipated. It's technically an inspirational, but in terms of overt religious content, it reads very much like mainstream fiction.Lauren Duroug...
If there was a rating of 3.5, that is what I would give this book. My interest was sparked with the Salemn Witch Trials and the transcription of an old diary. There is a wonderful underlying message gained from this book; don't judge others and don't turn your back on love. I believe it also show...