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.
*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?
A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss. As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.
When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.
With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.
While Jane Lindsay waits for her husband to decide if they’ll stay married, she finds a 16th-century betrothal ring. Certain that it belonged to Lady Jane Grey, she’s drawn to the parallels in their lives. Was Tudor England’s 9-day queen another victim of other people’s choices? Will Manhattan’s Jane realize she’s responsible for her own happiness? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
So, I’m reposting this one with a bigger cover image, so that you can get the full effect. This is one that I have available for giveaway from the author, but have yet to hear from a winner. Anyone else interested while I’m in a good mood and willing to give a chance?? *wink* White Picket Fences: A Novel by Susan Meissner Summary: Amanda Janvier and husband Neil take motherless niece Tally into their seemingly storybook life, all the while refusing to acknowledge that their son Chase is haunted by memories of the horrific house fire no one talks about. Secrets of the past can’t stay hidden forever behind their white picket fence. Author Bio: Susan Meissner cannot remember a time when she wasn’t driven to put her thoughts down on paper. Her novel The Shape of Mercy was a Publishers Weeklypick for best religious fiction of 2008 and a. . .
It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Peter Holmes and Susan Williams and the book: Church as a Safe Place Authentic (January 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Peter Holmes has combined a career in business and management consultancy with service in the church and international missions. He holds an MA in pastoral psychology and a doctorate in therapeutic faith community and is a lead reviewer with the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ therapeutic community program. Since his late teens, Dr. Holmes has been helping people grow in their intimacy with. . .
www.susanmeissner.com www.susanmeissner.blogspot.com (the following taken from Amazon) Editorial Reviews From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Meissner’s newest novel is potentially life-changing, the kind of inspirational fiction that prompts readers to call up old friends, lost loves or fallen-away family members to tell them that all is forgiven and that life is too short for holding grudges. Achingly romantic, the novel features the legacy of Mercy Hayworth—a young woman convicted during the Salem witch trials—whose words reach out from the past to forever transform the lives of two present-day women. These book lovers—Abigail Boyles, elderly, bitter and frail, and Lauren Lars Durough, wealthy, earnest and young—become unlikely friends, drawn together over the untimely death of Mercy, whose precious diary is all that remains of her too short life. And what a diary! Mercy’s words not only beguile but help Abigail and Lars together face life’s hardest struggles about where true meaning is found,. . .
Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 1400074568 ISBN-13: 978-1400074563 Blue Heart Blessed Harvest House, 2007 Left standing at the altar, Daisy Murien, a wounded but hopeful romantic, opens a secondhand wedding dress boutique, hoping to soothe her broken heart while giving doomed wedding dresses a second chance at love. Her predictable days take a sharp turn, though, when the retired Episcopal priest who blesses the tiny, blue satin heart she sews into each dress falls ill. Read More. [Expand/Collapse] When the priest’s brooding and recently divorced son arrives with plans to take his ailing father away, a contest of wills begins between two stubborn—and hurting—souls. While fighting to keep Father Laurent close by, Daisy finally begins to understand why she has routinely convinced potential buyers not to buy the one gown that started her business—her own: She doesn’t want to give up on the. . .
Praise for The Shape of Mercy: “Life-changing” “Meissner’s newest novel is potentially life-changing, the kind of inspirational fiction that prompts readers to call up old friends, lost loves or fallen-away family members to tell them that all is forgiven and that life is too short for holding grudges. Achingly romantic, the novel features the legacy of Mercy Hayworth—a young woman convicted during the Salem witch trials—whose words reach out from the past to forever transform the lives of two present-day women. These book lovers—Abigail Boyles, elderly, bitter and frail, and Lauren “Lars” Durough, wealthy, earnest and young—become unlikely friends, drawn together over the untimely death of Mercy, whose precious diary is all that remains of her too short life. And what a diary! Mercy’s words not only beguile but help Abigail and Lars together face life’s hardest struggles about where true meaning is found, which dreams are worth chasing and. . .
This was so hard, because there were quite a few of you that I really would love to send the book to. I’m sorry that I cannot send you all a copy, but I plead with you if you did not win and wanted to, go buy this book. It is so completely worth the money. I promise. You’ll buy it, keep it, and tell others about it. Without further adieu, the winners of two separate copies of The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner are: Carole cjarvis and Elizabeth blueviolet So, drop me an email with your snail mail addy, and I’ll see about getting those books off to you!!! cherryblossommj (at) gmail [dot] com
Please post your comments between Monday and Friday (October 13th- 17th). This is The Shape of Mercy blog tour! Earlier, you may have seen my review, if not, go back and read it, click here. Also, please notice that I have two copies of this book to giveaway, coming straight from my mail box to yours. Lauren Durough is a college student longing to break free of family expectations when she stumbles into a project for eighty year old Abigail Boyles—transcribing the journals of Mercy Hayworth, a seventeenth-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 the mysterious Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to. . .
The Shape of Mercy: A Novel by Susan Meissner My review rating: 5 of 5 starsThis is one of the most deeply moving novels that I have ever read, and without a doubt it is going on my favorites’ shelf in my permanent library. The Shape of Mercy is a story that crosses generations and is both historical and contemporary. I can easily find myself relating to Mercy from early American history as well as Lauren from contemporary life. Life and love is an incredibly deep concept and is amazing how they affect our day to day lives and decisions. As human beings, no matter what century we live in, we care about what other people think (no matter how much we argue it) and live our lives in a small manner to fit into a specific place. The sociology of our day to day environment shapes us and often. . .