The Shape of Mercy

The Shape of Mercy
A Novel

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release : 2010-06-02
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0307758338
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“We understand what we want to understand.” Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials. Almost 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 in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail. The strength 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 or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2016-01-05
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 0698197844
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this novel from the acclaimed author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship. Los Angeles, Present Day. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie.... Los Angeles, 1938. Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet...until each woman’s deepest desires collide. What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future. CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release : 2010
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0307458830
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After her husband leaves her, Jane Lindsay finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one other word: "Jane." Feeling instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing hernamesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring--and perhaps about herself and the lives of a sixteenth century dressmaker, Lucy Day, and the innocent young woman known in history as Lady Jane Grey.

Blue Heart Blessed

Blue Heart Blessed
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Harvest House Publishers
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 0736919171
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After being left at the altar, Daisy Murien opens a secondhand wedding dress boutique, where a retired Episcopal priest blesses the tiny, blue satin heart she sews into each gown, but when the priest falls ill, Daisy begins to understand why she has never sold her own dress.

White Picket Fences

White Picket Fences
A Novel

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release : 2009-10-06
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 0307458334
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year-old niece Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands– in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm–and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a “normal” life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Chase Janvier hasn’t seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn’t expect her arrival will affect him much–or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long-ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else. Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away. Will Tally’s presence blow apart their carefully-constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and reveal a hidden past that could destroy them all–or can she help them find the truth without losing each other?

The Nature of Fragile Things

The Nature of Fragile Things
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release : 2022-01-04
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780451492197
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed. Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly handsome. Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin's silent five-year-old daughter, but Martin's odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn't right. Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women. The first, pretty and pregnant, is standing on her doorstep. The second is hundreds of miles away in the American Southwest, grieving the loss of everything she once loved. The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear. From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.

The Amish Clockmaker

The Amish Clockmaker
A Book

by Mindy Starns Clark,Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Harvest House Publishers
  • Release : 2015-02-01
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0736957391
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Clockmaker (Book 3 in the Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives. Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family's tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold—and raises new questions about the location's mysterious past. Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone—including his own family members—believed he'd committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again. Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family's business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer? A timeless novel of truth, commitment, and the power of enduring love, where secrets of the past give way to hope for the future.

Why the Sky Is Blue

Why the Sky Is Blue
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Harvest House Pub
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780736914130
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What options does a Christian woman have after she's brutally assaulted by a stranger one night...and becomes pregnant? That's the heartrending situation Claire Holland faces. Happily married and the mother of two when she is attacked, Claire begins an incredible journey on the painful pathway to trusting God "in all things." When Claire's husband, Dan, confesses he could never become a father to the expected child, Claire's decision to put the baby up for adoption creates a sense of tremendous loss for Claire...and for her 12-year-old daughter, Kate. Then, 16 years later, the relinquished child re-enters the lives of the Holland family, with unexpected consequences. This wonderful and warm first novel isn't a "love story....but a "life story, presenting the twin themes of learning to trust God in tragic circumstances and reaping the rewards that eventually come with sacrificial loving.

The Amish Groom

The Amish Groom
A Book

by Mindy Starns Clark,Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Harvest House Publishers
  • Release : 2014-04-01
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0736957359
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives. Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime. Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him. When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all? A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

The Girl in the Glass

The Girl in the Glass
A Novel

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Waterbrook Press
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN : 0307730425
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Recommended for readers of Sarah Dunant, this new novel about disillusionment, love, and family takes readers from California to the piazzas of Florence, plunging them into a fascinating world of art and history.

A Bridge Across the Ocean

A Bridge Across the Ocean
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 045147600X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"In 1946, two European women, having married American soldiers, board the Queen Mary to reunite with their husbands. But as they journey to the United States, secrets are revealed that will alter their lives forever"--

Secrets of a Charmed Life

Secrets of a Charmed Life
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2015
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN : 0451419928
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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An elderly Oxford woman reminisces about her childhood during World War II, during which she was evacuated from London during the Blitz and was separated from her sister. Includes reader's guide. By the author of A Fall of Marigolds. Original.

A Fall of Marigolds

A Fall of Marigolds
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2014-02-04
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1101625546
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A beautiful scarf connects two women touched by tragedy in this compelling, emotional novel from the author of As Bright as Heaven and The Last Year of the War. September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries...and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. What she learns could devastate her—or free her. September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers...the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. But a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf may open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life. “[Meissner] creates two sympathetic, relatable characters that readers will applaud. Touching and inspirational.”—Kirkus Reviews

A Brain Tumor Changes Everything

A Brain Tumor Changes Everything
Searching for the Shape of Mercy in a Suffering Season: A Mother’s Memoir

by Jan Woltmann

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2021-03-08
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN : 1725287528
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What would you do if an inoperable tumor occupied the brainstem of your young adult son? What would your next steps be? How would you begin to pray? In 2011, Jan Woltmann's twenty-one-year-old son, Nate, was diagnosed with brain cancer: the cancer was lethal, the situation tragic, and hope gone. Medical science did everything possible through aggressive radiation and the strongest chemotherapy to delay the tumor's advance, even as Jan and her husband slipped deeper into darkness and grief. The couple did all the things parents do in the wake of heartbreak: they wept, ached, prayed, and planned for the worst loss imaginable. This is a story about suffering that sets a place for you at the kitchen table, around the Christmas tree, and inside the waiting rooms at CancerCare. This is a story for old souls--those for whom life has ripened, either suddenly or over time, and who find themselves in search of life's mystery and meaning in the midst of sorrow. Following a compelling medical narrative, and textured by contemplative Christian thinkers, A Brain Tumor Changes Everything speaks the language of grief, seeks the presence of mercy, and finds the surprise of God.

As Bright As Heaven

As Bright As Heaven
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Berkley
  • Release : 2019-01-22
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 0399585974
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the acclaimed author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

The Men of Lancaster County 5-in-1

The Men of Lancaster County 5-in-1
A Book

by Mindy Starns Clark,Susan Meissner,Virginia Smith

  • Publisher : Harvest House Publishers
  • Release : 2020-06-02
  • Pages : 1350
  • ISBN : 0736983325
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Come for a visit to Pennsylvania Amish country and meet the Men of Lancaster County! In this exclusive ebook-only bundle, The Men of Lancaster County 5-in-1 explores the lives of five Amish men in a close-knit community, their beliefs and struggles, and the women who change their futures. Written by Mindy Starns Clark, Susan Meissner, and Virginia Smith, each well-crafted tale tells of a journey taken toward love and truth by a conflicted and earnest young man. Enjoy these four full-length novels plus an additional ebook-only short story: The Amish Groom The Amish Blacksmith Lilies on Daybreak Pond The Amish Clockmaker The Amish Widower These stories of second chances and redeeming love follow the lives of several Lancaster County men, including prior Englisch military brat Tyler Anderson, now a questioning Amish farmer; Jake Miller, the blacksmith with a knack for gentling skittish horses; father Joel Miller, mourning the loss of his daughter to the Englisch world; newlywed Matthew Zook, who uncovers a decades-old mystery surrounding an exiled clockmaker; and Seth Hostetler, a twice-widowed young man whose pottery lessons may lead to a remolding of the heart. Each of these men has experienced loss and heartache. Will they find the love, forgiveness, and truth they are seeking? Come join the community at Lancaster County to see love at work!

A General History of the Burr Family

A General History of the Burr Family
With a Genealogical Record from 1193 to 1891

by Charles Burr Todd

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1878
  • Pages : 535
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A General History of the Burr Family, With a Genealogical Record from 1193 To 1891 by Charles Burr Todd, first published in 1891, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.

A General History of the Burr Family in America

A General History of the Burr Family in America
With a Genealogical Record from 1570 to 1878

by Charles Burr Todd

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1878
  • Pages : 436
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In All Deep Places

In All Deep Places
A Book

by Susan Meissner

  • Publisher : Harvest House Pub
  • Release : 2006-01-01
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 9780736916653
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Back home again after his father'sstroke Luke treis to unravel the mystery of Norah, his childhood friend plagued by misfortune.

The Shape of Scriptural Authority

The Shape of Scriptural Authority
A Book

by David Lyon Bartlett

  • Publisher : Augsburg Fortress Publishing
  • Release : 1983
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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