I loved this book, my first by author Susan Meissner. I must admit that at first I couldn't get into the story. Adelaide and her musings about hauntings and such made me think the book was going to be different than it turned out to be. I'm so glad I persevered until Adelaide, Marielle, Caroline and Susannah pulled at my heartstrings.
This book has so many messages to carry. It speaks of young love, first love, redeeming love, unfailing love, saving love. It also speaks of memories, and truth, and how one can color the other. Memories can be faulty, colored by emotion or generations of hearsay.
I don't want to say more about the story than what you can read in the synopsis, but I urge you to read this book. I loved the peek into the Civil War as well, and from a different perspective than usual.
Review: This is the second book I have read by this author and I enjoyed this particular book much better than the first one I read ("The Girl in the Glass"). Set in modern day, "A Sound Among the Trees" is a story about one family's history and how many believe the house, "Holly Oak," is haunted by its ancestor, Susannah Page who was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North and a traitor. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn't believe that Susannah's ghost haunts the mansion.
When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and moves into Holly Oak with her new husband Carson and his two children (Hudson & Brette), she soon begins to believe that there may just be some truth to the story that the house is haunted. Carson's former wife Sara was Adelaide's granddaughter and she passed away while living at Holly Oak. It seems that misfortune has fallen to several of the women who have lived at Holly Oak and Marielle begins to wonder if she might be in for the same fate.
"A Sound Among the Trees" is well written and easily draws you into the characters. I particularly enjoyed the section of the book that dealt primarily with Susannah Page and her life during the Civil War. The author painted a very real picture of how a young woman may have felt during this period of history and the suffering many endured.
I'm most glad that I gave this author a second chance and read "A Sound Among the Trees." (rev. P.Howard)
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of A Sound Among the Trees was provided by the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah through its blogger review program Blogging For Books ï»¿in exchange for our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.
Susannah Towsley Page is nothing but a girl caught up in the War between the States in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Born in the North, she and her mother have sojourned home to the Holly Oak plantation after her father's death. Accused of being a spy for the North, Susannah does what she has to do in the name of love. Will the choices she makes prove to be more costly than she first realized?
One hundred and fifty years later, Susannah's great-granddaughter Adelaide, is the owner of the old southern plantation that survived the devastation of the War. At ninety years old, she truly believes that both she and Susannah have fallen victims to the tragic feelings of the house that had seen so much sorrow.
Marielle Bishop marries into the family, knowing nothing of the superstitious belief that Holly Oak bears a grudge against it's past and brings misfortune to all the women who make it their own. Will she discover the truth before it's too late? Or will the past finally bring about the resolution Holly Oak so desperately needs?
This novel encompassed two of my favorite elements in fiction: past and present. There is just something so romantically poignant and hauntingly beautiful about times and places we can re-create, but never live or experience for ourselves. Meissner takes up from past to present with such smooth transition, you never realize it happened. She draws you into the mystery of the house and the stories of all the women who were trapped there with such ease, you will loose yourself. I know I did.
A copy of this book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I really do not like posting a bad review, but its really impossible not to here. I read a book in less than two day, and I had to force myself to finish this one. I love Susan Meissner, she is an awesome writer, but this book was a let down. The characters were hard to like, I'm not sure it was that they were weakly written of if it was just the over all mood that killed the entire book for me. I'm sorry but I couldn't recommend this one.
Brilliant, Stunning, Emotional, Thought-provoking, are just of the adjectives to describe 'A Sound Among the Trees'! I was raised in New Orleans, so being a southern girl at heart I was extremely curious to read this novel! I also loved a good mystery, and was fascinated by the description and mystery shrouded within! The story centers around this beautiful misunderstood mansion 'Holly Oak', one of the last remaining antebellum homes. The author has such a unique way of storytelling, that you can almost feel like the house itself is living and breathing, just waiting to share it's centuries of memories! We begin from the viewpoint of Adelaide, current owner of Holly Oak, a hearty elderly great grandmother with quite a history of pain, regret, doubts and wisdom. Her widowed son has recently married the young and innocent Marielle, who soon finds out the marriage isn't what she bargained for - with ghosts, illusions, a past that shouldn't be acknowledged, will she have the courage to forgive and forget? Every person has a skeleton in their closet, and I love a good mystery! At the end of the day, you find that these are normal, relatable people, with personal struggles, joys, and loves! I just couldn't put it down!
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased, non-profit review.