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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Meissner Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Two women, the ailing Abigail Boyles and exuberant, wealthy Lauren Durough, are brought together by their love of books and the discovery of a diary written by a young woman, Mercy Hayworth, who was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. Her inspiring, yearning, romantic diary proves to be an inspiration to both Abigail and Lauren, teaching them to cherish friendships, love, and life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/16/2014

    " I was mesmerized by the telling of these three women and their stories, interwoven together with the thread of mercy. Each had regrets and a lesson in mercy. The author blended well the connection between these three, Mercy,a 19 year old accused as a witch in 1692 Salem Witch Trials (as told by her diary); Abigail, the old woman who owned the diary; and, Lauren, the 20 year old college student born to privelege attending a public university and hired to transcribe the diary. It will provide you a new facet in the meaning of mercy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian | 2/9/2014

    " Loved when she was reading the diary and that the book was totally clean. Not sure about the side stories though - a little cheesy "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadette | 2/8/2014

    " Quick easy read, but not light chick lit. Great perspective on the Salem witch trials. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 2/2/2014

    " Not the best writer ever, but a good story all the same. It was entertaining and had all the things I like in a book-history, romance and good characters. This book fit my mood which is usually the trick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 1/23/2014

    " I liked the story O.K. but somehow the diary didn't seem real to me. The writing lacks power to really touch the reader. I didn't feel much sympathy for Abagail either. The historical part about the Salem Witch trials was interesting. Some readers might enjoy the sentimental romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chmbrs | 1/17/2014

    " I thought this had some pretty profound insights. The story was intriguing and kept me interested and it was clean. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 1/7/2014

    " Wonderful! Another option for book club :) A contemporary novel as well as historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials. Best of all it has two love stories in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monique | 12/31/2013

    " good book surprise ending "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ddgarcia1861 | 12/25/2013

    " The only good parts were the diary entries and only because I didn't have to read about the whinny college kid. Bland all the way around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 12/20/2013

    " This book was mesmerizing. I think it really lifted the bar for inspirational fiction. There was nothing predictable or trite and the story stayed with me long after I'd finished reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 12/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed the audio of this book. Very well written with wonderful prose that brings you into the story and the lives of the characters. Recommended for lovers of historical fiction with an inspirational tone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/12/2013

    " A great book about the Salem witch trials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kym | 4/4/2013

    " A story about a girl transcribing a diary of a girl tried in the Salem witch trials. Interesting and intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Stout | 3/31/2013

    " So good! Romance and mystery, a great combination! Not to mention the history in it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/12/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It is about a journal written during the Salem Witch Trials, which I have always been interested in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 10/3/2012

    " Absolutely LOVED this book. Was the first book I read by Susan and thought it was fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn | 8/12/2012

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It's a wonderful story of three women and how their lives are intertwined. I especially liked reading the diary and appreciated the historical aspects of it. Overall, this was a very good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 7/20/2012

    " Switches between present day and Salem witch trials. Three women's lives are intertwined. Great pick for book club, Jackie. Can't wait to talk about this one...and also planning to read more about the Salem Witch trials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 3/28/2012

    " Very moving story!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Helme | 3/27/2012

    " I highly recommend this book. It is a fast read and quite fascinating. How can a diary of the Salem witch trials affect a rich young college student who is still trying to find herself? It is a love story, but much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melmac MacDonald | 3/4/2012

    " really enjoyed this one! Great depth of characters and story. Also loved the historical background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 2/3/2012

    " Not as good as others of hers that I've read. I don't think she portrayed Lauren's angst very well, though she did a good job with Abigail. I guess people can get hung up on these things for a lifetime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/27/2012

    " Very interesting, liked it a lot. Fast read. Switches between modern day and Salem Witch Trials. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya W | 10/9/2011

    " Good book... a lot of interesting ideas, but not believable in many ways. I think the ideas could have somehow been put together in a way that was believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Carrell | 8/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all-time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 5/14/2011

    " This is a really great book. It is easy to read and it has substance- about a girl that transcribes a diary from a girl during the salem witch trials. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ddgarcia1861 | 5/7/2011

    " The only good parts were the diary entries and only because I didn't have to read about the whinny college kid. Bland all the way around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pemberleyaddict | 4/21/2011

    " Another "bravo!" for Susan Meissner..how did I go this long without reading her work? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/18/2011

    " Switches between present day and Salem witch trials. Three women's lives are intertwined. Great pick for book club, Jackie. Can't wait to talk about this one...and also planning to read more about the Salem Witch trials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/16/2011

    " I could not put the book down!! Grabbed my attention and I listened to the audiobook after I read the book. A book I would read again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/1/2011

    " This was a good read, read quickly and was a good learning experience about the Salem Witch Trials. I very much enjoyed the character of Mercy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melmac | 3/8/2011

    " really enjoyed this one! Great depth of characters and story. Also loved the historical background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 3/7/2011

    " Loved this book! It's about a college student who gets a job transcribing a diary that was written by a girl who was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. It's interesting how she connects herself to this girl (Mercy) who lived over 300 years ago. It's definitely a good read. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Meissner

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She has published over a dozen novels, including A Fall of Marigolds, The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting, and A Sound among the Trees. She majored in education at Point Loma College in San Diego. She lives in San Diego with her husband, an Air Force chaplain, and is a mother of four.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time nominee for the Audie Award and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.