Book Review: Susan Meissner’s A Sound Among The Trees

  From Amazon: As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.
  When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.
  With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love. 
   This book was surprisingly better than I thought it would be. Most of the time when I’m sent Christian fiction I always expect a good amount of cheesiness, but this one didn’t read that way to me at all. I actually found it to be more realistic than a lot of books in it’s genre. The situations were all interesting too.
   I liked the fact that the couple met through online dating. It’s rare that I find any books where two people came to meet each other through that means, and I liked how the author tried to deal with a new situation of someone else marrying a widower. I’ve read books about people who remarried, but they didn’t seem realistic about how it would be to know your spouse has had to recover from a significant loss.  Those memories will never go away no matter how much you try to bury them. I was very much looking forward to seeing how their relationship would withstand them living in the house him, and his prior wife had resided in. The character’s are complex, and add to the story. 
    I also really enjoyed the ghost aspect of the story. I always like a bit of supernatural thrown into stories, and I thought the author did a good job at keeping the suspense there of what was happening in the house. You never know if the people living there are the ones creating these things in their mind because they are holding on to the past, or whether it’s the house that still has memories that haunts itself. 
   If you are looking for a good suspense novel then I highly recommend this story.  I’m glad that I chose to pick it up, and give it a try. You can check out the book at Amazon
This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for a review. 


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