The Shape of Mercy

The Shape of Mercy

Large Print - 2008
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Lauren Durough is a college student and an heiress. Ready to break free from her family, Lauren stumbles upon a job - a project 80-something retired librarian Abigail Boyles is working on. Lauren is to transcribe the journals of Mercy Hayworth, a 17th-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 Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul.  But on the way to the truth, Lauren must ask herself if she is playing the role of helpless defendant or misguided judge. Can she break free from her own preconceptions and recognize who she really is?

A novel of intrigue, romance, and heartbreaking drama, The Shape of Mercy conveys the intense beauty that emerges when we see how our stories affect the lives of others.

Publisher: Thorndike, ME : Center Point Pub., 2008.
Edition: Large print edition, unabridged.
ISBN: 9781602853157
1602853150
Branch Call Number: MEI
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 23 cm

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CRRL_AdrianaP Jun 07, 2017

I enjoyed the alternating viewpoints and the historical info about the Salem Witch Trial.

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mathewhome
Oct 09, 2012

An interesting read, with the interspersing of the diary and the main woman character. Lots of thinking and twists to the plot. Very well written and compelling.

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csma
Jan 09, 2011

This is a book that is hard to put down, the plot is well developed and the characters keep your interest. Nothing like a little surprise and intrigue to make you eager for each new page.

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JGOODRICK
May 19, 2010

I read this book in one day!
It was so good.
The books portrayal of mercy was so touching. And here's a quote to think about: "You want to apologize so you can feel better about the way you think." HOw many times do I do that? Rather than apologize because I am truly sorry, it easily becomes more like a way to defend my opinions.
I loved this story

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