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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.
©2008 Susan Meissner (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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Three Women, Three Tales, Different Eras

This story of the diary of young Mercy Hayworth who was tried during the Salem witch trials, brings together the story of three women from three different eras in American history: Mercy from 1692, the elderly Abigail Boyles, age 83 (a descendant of Mercy), and Lauren a young college student, who Abigail hires to translate the diary. Lauren comes from a wealthy family, protected from life and from making her own decisions. Abigail lives a life of regret, having given up her only chance at love decades earlier. The secrecy with which she keeps the diary and the clues about Mercy’s death is a bit odd, as is her behavior towards Lauren, refusing to allow her to look any of the history about Mercy on the internet. The publisher’s summary about the death of Mercy isn’t accurate either. Overall the book is okay, with some good nuggets of wisdom. But the oddness of the secrecy and the ending of the book was off to me. However, I LOVE this author, and I have to say that I am a big fan of her books, especially her later ones.

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Fascinating stories (3 interwoven together)

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This book was arguably the best I've listened to on Audible. It delved deeply into the Salem Witch Trials in a highly personal way - I learned a lot about mass culture hysteria and the consequences of it to a town. In addition to that, a story of the researcher unfolds that relates to the life of the main character in Salem, along with the elderly woman who hired her to translate the woman's diary. It all was fascinating and hard to put down. The reader was good, except for periods of transition from Salem to the translator. Something more needed to be done to give an alert that the transition was occurring. It took me a while to realize I was now in the present day rather than in Salem. Other than that, it was an amazing read (listen).

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Interesting but slow

I struggled to get into the characters and didn't care about them much. It was difficult for me to stay engaged

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A treasure trove!

I chose this book as I loved Fall of the Marigolds and The Loss of Fragility and because of my interest in the Salem witch trials. Like her other books theSalem history was excellent but the story was also rich in other well developed themes on wealth, relationships and beautiful love stories. I could hardly it it down!

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Wonderful

Kept me going in a very busy day. The characters are so good. I really liked Abigail.

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Wonderful!

I simply love books by Susan Meissner; Tavia Gilbert puts so much feeling into the words; what a gift.

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Overall pretty good

I think the story was well done. My problem with the book was Lauren and her preconceived notion‘s about the different people in her life and how she really thought she was neutral even If she did eventually recognize her own shortcomings

Mercy’s story was very interesting, with a surprise twist at the end of the diary.

Narration was very good

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SPECTACULAR READ!

Susan Meissner has the uncanny ability to entertain, enlighten, teach and touch a much deeper you. Because of this book and her other book I have read, “As Bright As Heaven, she has taught me to be more introspective and not to assume or judge. Now that is some author!! My thanks and blessings go to her!! Tavia Gilbert is an excellent narrator! Marie

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Misleading

If you want a story about a girl during the Salem witch hunt this isn't it. The book is about two women in modern times that each come from a privileged family and the struggles they've created in their lives. Very disappointing.
The narrator could have been good but she E NUN CI ATES TOOOOOOO MUCH. I found myself so annoyed by her ridiculous narration that I had to constantly rewind to hear the story. I won't buy another book narrated by her.

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Couldn’t stop listening

Interwoven stories from 1692 and present day self-discovery. I️ loved the narrator’s emotion that played through the words.

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