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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!
The Shape of Mercy is a lovely fiction book that teaches about the Salem witch trials and about making judgments about other people and making decisions that you will have to live with all your life. I probably didn't learn much from this book; I am a bit of a feminist history buff and I am old enough to be living with decisions I am glad I made, for the most part. Still this is a pleasant read.
This book is about the Salem witch trials but has a second story set in modern day. I don't know if it is about a real historical person but I imagine it is historically accurate. At times I found myself with tears in my eyes for the Salem characters as well as the modern day characters. I would recommend this book to a friend. That's got to mean something. ;)
Worthy story and generally well told. The exploration of presumptions was intriguing. I found the reading grating at times. When a reader can't do a certain voice well, I'd rather they just used their own voice.
I did like the narrator and she does the audio for several authors. I enjoyed the story of the Salem Witch trials. it was something you hear about, but I did not know, or remember that much about them. I enjoyed the love story entwined in it. I did not care for the ending as the earth is only 6000 some years old not 10,000. also, not much Christian about this book, but it was still a page turner.
Generational. Challenging convention.
Lauren invites her college roommate home with her. Clarissa is thrilled to experience the wealthy lifestyle for a weekend. It sets up other parts of the story for Lauren to grapple with how she perceives people and the assumptions she makes. Is she any different that those who judged Mercy?
I loved the main character, Lauren, from the start but I also really appreciated how she portrayed Raquel.
Abigail Boyles is a dignified older woman who is wrestling with her past. In many ways, her story is in the background until the end. Once it is uncovered it deeply impacted me and speaks to the nature of the quality of mercy for others and, even more so, for ourselves.
The Shape of Mercy shines a different light on the Salem Witch Trials while wresting with the facades and misconceptions of modern lives.
I could not put this down. Very surprising because I did not like the protagonist at all. Some of the voices of certain characters were not particularly good, but this was only a slight distraction from the story.
Haunting and unforgettable. A revelation of human tendencies and weaknesses through various lives and several generations. And ultimately of forgiveness and self-sacrificial love.
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