I am painfully aware of the many days that have passed since my last post. I have a string of excuses at my disposal and I am not afraid to use them. The truth is, though, “life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” I had to plans to post last Friday and again this past Monday. On Friday I was in Orlando at a writers retreat, which led to ICRS (the International Christian Retailrs Show) where The Shape of Mercy was introduced to a very nice crowd of book retailers.
I truly thought I’d be able to sneak in some blogging time during those busy days. It just didn’t happen. And I really did have some wonderful news to share, which I will share with you now.
Early last week I learned The Shape of Mercy, which hits bookstore shelves on Sept. 16, was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. I nervously headed over to its online home to read the review. This was the book’s first review and first introduction to the pubilc. PW is a discriminating general marketplace mag and I’d had yet to own the pleasure of fully impressing its staff of readers.
I clicked on the link to my review and scrolled down until I saw my name.
And there, much to my everlasting surprise, was a little red star.
I scrolled back up to the top of the webpage to make sure I had the correct URL and that I really was looking at a review of this book by Publishers Weekly. Yikes. I was.
With a shaking hand, I scrolled back down and just drank in the look and lustre of that little red star.
A starred review.
In Publishers Weekly.
They liked it.
Here’s what they said:
“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 which only lead to emptiness, and why faith and hope are essential on life’s difficult path. Meissner’s prose is exquisite and she is a stunning storyteller. This is a novel to be shared with friends. (Sept. 16)”
Hey, it’s always nice to hear when you’ve done something right. I know someone else might read The Shape of Mercy and not like it at all. I know with a deadline looming and an unfinished manuscript calling me at every spare moment that this is no time to rest on laurels or pillows or anything else.
But affirmation goes a long way with me. It empowers me to keep at the craft, keep reaching for new depths and new possibilities. And the little red star? Hope it doesn’t sound sacrilegious, but that felt like a kiss from God. Like maybe He really likes this one, too.
Thanks for hanging around to hear this. I will endeavor not to leave you dangling on the Edge in future days.
On Monday, some great new titles from some awesome friends of mine. . . See you then.