Thursday, December 22, 2011

Book review: A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

Taking a break from the Disney posts.  Don't worry, they will be back tomorrow!

A little over a month ago, I was reading a post on my friends homeschooling blog, Living and Learning at home.  In this post, my friend had written a review on a book for a website called Blogging for Books.  If you're a blogger, then you can receive free books in exchange for a review on your blog.  This is a wonderful resource if you love to read and have a blog, because we all know how much new books cost and how quickly the cost can add up.  Since I love to read, I signed up and received my first book within a week.

The first book that I chose to review was A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
A Sound Among the Trees: A Novel

Read an excerpt from the book here!

This is the first book that I have ever read by Susan Meissner.  A Sound Among the Trees takes place in present day Virginia.  It is a story about a house (Holly Oak), it's inhabitants and everything that it and they have been though in the past 150 years.  Part of the story focuses on Adelaide, an almost ninety year old woman who has lived in the house her entire life.  Many people in the town believe that Holly Oak is haunted by the ghost of Susannah Page, Adelaide's great-grandmother.  It was rumored that Susannah was a Civil War spy for the North and that she was a traitor.  Many bad things have been happening to the people that have lived in the Holly Oak over the years, especially the women, and people believe that it is Susannah's ghost looking for a pardon.  Adelaide believes that it's really the house, not Susannah, that is causing all these misfortunes.  Marielle, has just married Carson, Adelaide's late granddaughters husband.  She joined the family fairly quickly and is starting to hear the rumors.   She wants to figure out what is really going on, is it the house or Susannah?  There are so many mysteries and rumors surrounding the house and family to uncover. 

Based on the description of the book, it was actually not at all what I thought it was going to be like.  The book description made it sound like the book was going to be a ghost story, when in actuality, I would describe it more as a love story.  There is obviously a love story going on between Marielle and Carson but also a love story going on with Susannah.

Overall, I thought that the book was very well written.  It was easy to follow and one could easily pick back where they left off (even if it was a few days!)  My favorite part of the book were the letters between Susannah and her cousin.  The author did an awesome job of using description in these letters, and this made it very easy to imagine what it would have been like during the time of the Civil War.  Susan Meissner will definitely be on my radar as an author to watch out for!  I can't wait to read more of her books!

**I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review**

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