Monday, October 5, 2009

Fantabulous Fiction Giveaway

I started a new novel last week that I'm loving so far. It's called The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner and it's already won two awards this year. Susan also wrote today's P31 devotion by the way.

This book drew me in right away, and Susan's writing is superb. It opens with a college student, Lauren Durough, embarking on an intriguing project with a librarian. I love novels set at universities! (If you have any university/student novels to recommend to me - please leave titles in the comments.) Here is the plot summary:

Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with her family’s expectations and takes a part-time job from eighty-three-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles. The mysterious employer asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

Immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstitions. Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.

The secret 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, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant of the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

Want to read this book too? Want a FREE copy? Pop over to P31's new site for fiction fans called She Reads and enter the drawing to win a copy of this book, plus a copy of Susan's next release White Picket Fences, plus a pretty leather-bound journal and pen set.

You can even read the first chapter at the She Reads site, so take a few minutes and check it out. And if you've got a book club - or ever wanted to start one - you'll also find links to discussion questions and activities to go along with the novel.

What are you still doing here?? Click on the She Reads link above and go enter to become one of four winners in this fantabulous fiction giveaway! Happy reading.


  1. Full Circle by Davis Bun (i think that's his name) is partly set at Oxford.

  2. So much fun! I'm in for any book with a character named Raul. Period.


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