A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
Synopsis from Waterbrook Multnomah:
A house shrouded in time.
A line of women with a heritage of loss.
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.
Oh, this book… add this to my list of favorites that I would gladly read again and again! Susan Meissner is my favorite author. I’ve read several of her books now and have absolutely loved every one of them. She has found the perfect balance of detail, offering up just enough to provide you with a lively visual but not too much detail so as to get distracting and boring. She flawlessly blends modern and historical times with her tales spun of love, loss and faith. Like all of her books, I enjoyed reading A Sound Among the Trees slowly. Most books I breeze through them quickly, but there is something about Meissner’s writing that I like to take my time. I read a chapter or two and then close the book to absorb what I read before moving on. Her stories have a way of really touching my heart. This one was no different.
Adelaide is convinced that her house, known throughout the story as Holly Oak, is stuck in it’s tragic past, unable to move forward. Everyone else seems to believe that it is not the house but the ghost of Adelaide’s ancestor Susannah Page. Everyone agrees, however, that Holly Oak is not like other houses. When Marielle marries into Adelaide’s family and moves in to Holly Oak she too is quickly swept into thinking perhaps Susannah’s ghost is present. Wishing to help Adelaide find peace in her home, Marielle sets out to solve the mystery of Susannah Page’s troubled life at Holly Oak and to find out once and for all if her spirit does still roam the halls and if so, why is her spirit so troubled? The pieces of the puzzle begin to fall together through an unexpected series of events, and with some unexpected help from an unlikely source.
If you are already a fan of Susan Meissner’s writing you will enjoy A Sound Among the Trees. If you’ve never read any of her work, it would be a lovely book to introduce yourself to her writing.
You can read the first chapter here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307458858&view=excerpt
And the book may be purchased here: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9780307458858
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.