“A Sound Among the Trees” by Susan Meissner- book review

A Sound Among the Trees is the newest novel by Susan Meissner.  It is a current day novel that tells the story of a family dealing with the past.  Holly Oak is the name of the family home in Fredricksburg, Virginia.  The home saw the turbulent days of the War Between the States and tragic way the war torn families apart.

Marielle comes to Holly Oak when she marries Carson.  She agrees to live at Holly Oak for the sake of Carson’s children from his deceased wife, whose grandmother still lives there.  As Marielle becomes apart of the Holly Oak family she learns the history of the house and the women who had come before her, some with seemingly troubled pasts.  While Marielle and Caroline clean out Sara’s (Carson’s first wife) are studio, they uncover letters and journals that shed new light on the history of the house. 

This novel is well written and captivating.  The intertwining of the history and modern day story are seamlessly done.  The characters are lively and believable.  The story does bog down a bit when it seems the reader will be left to read a pile of dusty letters long hidden and forgotten. The letters do answer many of the questions that had been hinted at throughout the years and solve mysteries that had thought to be held by the house.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from Waterbrook Press as a member of the Blogging for Books program.  All opinions expressed are my own.



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