In this new novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.
You may already know that my favorite genre is Christian Historical Fiction but did you know that my truly favorite stories to read are their own little sub-genre of a Christian Historical Fiction/Contemporary mix? Like that of Susan Meissner and Elizabeth Musser. Nothing grabs me in more than stories that bring you in and out of the historical context to a modern day to truly bring the characters alive and off the page. The Shape of Mercy and The Girl in the Glass are two such novels that I have read and enjoyed in recent years from Susan Meissner. Thus when I discovered that the New American Library from Penguin Random House was now publishing some new stories for her I had to look them up. Lately, I have been on an Edwardian kick and reading many early 20th century setting novels. When I was browsing through my to-reads list I noticed a few titles from. . .
*This post has been review refreshed, as it was originally posted in 2009. It is now updated with my new format, thanks to the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin on August 11, 2015.* When I heard about this new novel from Susan Meissner, I was extremely excited because to me The Shape of Mercy is now a classic that all students who study the Crucible should also have to read. While White Picket Fences is a completely different type of book it is still incredible writing. For me, I would not necessarily call it a favorite, but overall as a whole (redundant I know, but making a point here) I enjoyed it. Looking at the cover of this book tells you the most of what you need to know. There is the white picket fence slats and then a spiders web weaving it’s way right in. Perfectionism would make one want. . .
Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.
Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissanceisn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?