|A Sound Among the Trees
By Susan Meissner / WaterBrook Press
A house with a turbulent Civil War history becomes home to a new bride and stepmother in Susan Meissner’s richly absorbing tale of a line of women stuck living in patterns of regret.
For 150 years, Holly Oak, a spacious Southern home, has stood the test of time and wills in historic Fredericksburg with Civil War scars to prove it. Marielle Bishop marries into the family with multi-generational ties to the home, leaving behind her independence and her love of Arizona’s deserts to move to Holly Oak to become a wife and stepmother. But it isn’t long before Marielle is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings trouble and misfortune to all the women who live there. Local folklore has it that Susannah Page, a Yankee spy who housed Union soldiers, haunts Holly Oak because she’s longing for pardon. When Susannah’s great-granddaughter Adelaide McClane tells her that the house is "stuck" because of it’s tumultuous past, Marielle is determined to get past the rumors and uncover the secrets that are buried within its walls. With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must carve her new life out carefully as she sorts out the truth and makes peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.
My Review: Having read The Shape of Mercy I was excited at the opportunity to read another Susan Meissner story. This story followed the story of Susannah Page and her influence in the life of Marielle Bishop today. I enjoyed the characters in this story, especially Adelaide, at 90 she was still sharp as they come and making Confederate soldier uniforms for re-enactments. Yet she carried a heavy burden from the past. As her grandson-in-law remarries and brings his new wife home to Holly Oak.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, though I found the story line with Eldora a little disturbing. I wouldnâ€™t call this book overtly Christian though before it ends there is talk of the importance of forgiving one another and ourselves. And there were characters in the story that ended the story better people than they were at the beginning.
I canâ€™t tell you my favorite part of the story without giving away too much. But there is a section that was so enjoyable to read and visualize the events of that the author described. She did a masterful job of drawing you into the events and allowing you to feel many emotions.
I must admit I didnâ€™t enjoy this story as much as The Shape of Mercy but I found it not only an enjoyable read, but I have a better understanding of the Civil War and how hard that time was for our country.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was only obligated to provide my honest opinion of this story.
Give away: I have a copy of this book that I would love to share with one lucky winner. Iâ€™ll pick a winner on April 22, 2012 at 9:00 PM PDT.