Marielle marries Carson and moves with him and his two children to Holly Oak, the historic Virginia home of Adelaide, the grandmother of Carson's deceased first wife. Shortly after moving, Marielle hears stories of the ghost of Susannah Page, Adelaide's great-grandmother, who haunts Holly Oak. Adelaide doesn't believe there is a ghost but is convinced that the house itself has some sort of hold over its inhabitants. Marielle finds herself on a journey to sort out the truth about Susannah, Holly Oak, and the generations of women who have lived there.
The story has a lot of depth, and is told through the eyes of multiple generations -- particularly, Marielle, Adelaide, and Susannah (through a number of letters she wrote to a cousin during the Civil War). Meissner's writing is very descriptive, allowing the reader to see and feel the atmosphere the characters are in. The plot, though, is slow-moving and is sometimes rather dark. Although there is some light and healing at the end, I'm not entirely sure I ever found the whole story.
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for an honest review.
A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner was a great read! The setting is in a Southern home that withstood the Civil War. 150 years later the home seems haunted by all that took place there.
Marielle Bishop marries into a family that has ties to the home leaving her beloved Arizona desert to become wife and step mother. She is led to believe the house is haunted and it is up to her to set the record straight.
Author Meissner does a fantastic job of writing that keeps you wanting to read to the end to see what really happens. I love this book because you cannot guess the ending.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
For some reason when I requested this book I was expecting a purely historical novel. I suppose the cover design was part of the reason for that. Part of the story was historical, sort of - almost a flashback. (One of the characters is reading things that were written during the Civil War.) Most of it, though, is contemporary.
The story setup and plot were excellent - a woman newly married to a widower with two children, moving into a house purported by many to be haunted. No complaints about the story.
The scene setting throughout the books was exquisite. Whether the author was describing the southern heat and humidity, a dusty old outbuiding, or a garden party wedding reception, I felt like I was there. I could feel the grass under my feet, hear the breeze in the trees, and feel the dust on my hands and clothes. My compliments to the author on crafting such a sensory treat. It's not often I find a book that really transports me into the story's setting.
I did feel like the plot was not explored and intensified to its full potential, though. When Marielle, the main character, begins believing that the house, Holly Oak, really is haunted, things could have become wonderfully exciting and thrilling... almost a modern/Civil War rendition of Northanger Abbey with a few twists. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it didn't achieve its potential in suspense and intensity. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting A Sound Among the Trees to be Northanger Abbey, but it did leave me feeling like there could have been more.
It was an enjoyable read, and I wouldn't mind picking up more of this author's work in the future.
I received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my review.