Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Review: The Shape of Mercy

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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

It took me a while to get to this book, because I found a box of more interesting books while I was waiting for this one to come in the mail.

Lauren, a college co-ed with a trust fund (or two), decides to support herself through college, starting this semester.  She finds a handwritten job notice about a transcription job, and after following up with the employer, Abigail, becomes intrigued.

Abigail wants a journal transcribed, and is very particular about how the work is done.

Lauren reads, transcribes and imagines, all while getting to know Abigail, one tiny droplet of information at a time.

The journal in The Shape of Mercy belonged to Mercy Hayworth, a young woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.  The journal is written as a first-person account of Mercy's life, in a small town quite near Salem, as the accusations of witchcraft began and gained momentum.  Though this account is fictional, it reads as if Mercy Hayworth actually lived, and left me wanting to delve into some history or read more first-person accounts.

I enjoyed the book, and can recommend it to anyone who enjoys a little bit of history, very tame romance, or journals/diaries from historical figures.  And though the backbone of the book is the journal and its entries, there was sufficient current storyline to keep me interested in the main characters who were living, as well.