Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Song Among the Trees By Susan Meissner

I received this book from bloggingforbooks.com for free for my honest review of this book.

Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:
A Sound Among the Trees is the first book by Susan Meissner I have read. I love stories with historical ties to the Civil War so this one caught my eye right away. The story comes from the history of Holly Oak, the Virginian mansion that survived the destruction of Fredericksburg during the Civil War. Many believe the house is haunted by its previous owner Susannah, who they thought was a traitor to the South because she helped the Union Army. Others believe the mansion is cursed and demands a blood toll from all the women that live there. This story goes through the whole history of this mansion and the women who lived there. It is believed by the neighbors and some of the occupants that it is haunted by Susannah Page. The story is a good one and the historical information is awesome. My absolute favorite part of the book was Part Four of the book where its all letters written by Susannah. Also the "chapters" were not numbered. Susan Meissner writes with A LOT of authority about the South during the Civil War and that time period. It is an interesting story that is a nice read. I look forward to reading more from Susan Meissner. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a good book for you.

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