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!
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This book was not what I expected it to be. At first I was scared that it would be a fantasy based tale filled with supposedly "real" ghosts and hauntings, but I gave it a shot anyway. And I am SO glad I did. As I read on I realized it is SO much greater that I even hoped it would be. Susan takes you on a great journey, and while I thought it would be wholly about the past and Susannah it held more about the descendants than I thought it would. Though it still tells Susannah's tale and unlocks real life truths. Such as God's will, plans, and timing are SO different and better that we could ever come up with. What you think is a heart breakingly tragic story is revealed to be Providentially Glorious. Adventure, love, pain, joy, heart break, fear, past, presents, and history fold into a great adventure that is in one word Beautiful. This is a MUST READ and had made it ti my Favorite Books List. With it's real feelings and journey this book has touched my heart and I know if you give it a chance it will touch your to. The only true crime with in this book is (WARNING: You may need to brace yourself!)...a couple of the main characters hate chocolate!!! :O WHAT A HORRIBLE CRIME!!! ;)
A Sound Among the Trees touched me so deeply, but I could not find a song that expressed my heart's feelings (I will keep looking and if I find it I will update). That said here are a few of the songs that could portray parts of the book: "Alive" by Avalon, "Wind Chime - Peaceful Soothing & Relaxing" by Wind Chimes, and "Lessons Learned" by Carrie Underwood
When Marielle married Carson, she knew he had been married before. For the sake of his children, she agreed to live in his first wife's family home with Sara's aging grandmother. She knew she might have to contend with Carson's memories of Sara, but she never dreamed she might be dealing with a Civil War-era ghost.
Susan Meissner's novel is a gripping read, especially for anyone interested in the Civil War. The chapters dealing with Susannah and her involvement with both the Union and the Confederate soldiers really held my interest. Her historic details were correct, which adds realism to the story. Also, for anyone who has ever felt that they were overwhelmed by the "ghosts" of past relationships, this is a must read.
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A story that keeps you reading for hours. I love a story that grips you and holds you.
Yet an ending not expected. A healing, a release or a new look at life however you want to see it.
A history of a family during the Civil War weaved around a house. How life choices sometimes are made for reasons not expected. Yet good can come out of it. As the story of Susannah and her marriage to Lt. Page unfold, strenth and weaknessed shape her.
A story of ghosts, mental illness, war, love and survival.
To quote from the readers guide, "A ghost story without a ghost." Sometimes a person gets stuck in life and doesn't see the truth.
I loved this book. It has something for everyone. There is the contemporary romance between Marielle and Carson. Marielle has moved across the country to in the house that Carson's first wife lived in. She is now raising his two children from that marriage. In the mix is the grandmother-in-law who is the matriarch of the house. Most of the people in the area believe the house is haunted. Adelaide doesn't. She believes the house holds a grudge that affects the women in the family. If Marielle is to survive in this new environment she must put to rest the ghosts, real or imagined, of this house. She must discover the secrets that have kept generations in the dark. I loved that the person who held the key (literally and figuratively) to those secrets was the one person most considered an outcast. She was also the one person that I really admired. She faced her ghosts head on.
This is a book that I whole heartedly recommend to anyone who likes romances, the Civil War and it's impact on families and a great mystery to tie it all together.