Saturday, October 8, 2011

A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

5 out of 5 stars
Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, has grown up inside the historical civil war house. Though the town whispers about the ghost of her great-grandmother, Susannah Page, a supposed traitor during the War, Adelaide knows the house has nothing to do with a ghost. It is rather, the house itself that bears a grudge toward the women of Holly Oak. Marielle Bishop has just left her home in Phoenix to move into Holly Oak with her new family. But everywhere she turns, whispers of the past continue to drag her into the tragic fate of the women at Holly Oak. Marielle must sort out the truth of Susannah Page, and Adelaide's belief, before it's too late.

A Sound Among the Trees has to be about one of the most fascinating stories I have ever read. I couldn't put this book down. 

Susan Meissner pens a story that not only evokes a deep sense of nostalgic mystery, but also a deep sense of southern heritage that lingers in the midst of deep tragedy. Brilliant prose and outstanding symbolism fill the pages of this story, drawing us deeper and deeper to the characters and tragedy that surround the house. Even the house takes on a persona of its own.

I'm not sure if any other word besides "brilliant" can describe this novel. This story carries an amazing balance of women's fiction, southern fiction, historical, and a nostalgic-ghost-like suspense. 

I love that we get two stories in one with this novel! Susan Meissner introduces us to the descendants of Susannah Page, then to Susannah herself. She also divides this story into several sections (again, brilliantly done!) and takes us through Holly Oak as she unveils a complex and engaging story. 

Since it's so close to Halloween, I think A Sound Among the Trees is a perfect October read. This ghost-story is one of redemption and spiritual profoundness that a Christian can truly delight in. 

I highly recommend A Sound Among the Trees. In fact, I'm even adding this book to my "favorites list"! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange of an honest review. 

About the Author 

Award-winning writer Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2008. She is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four. When she's not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.

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Available in print and eBook format from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers


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