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  1. A Sound Among the Trees
    A Sound Among the Trees
    Susan Meissner
    WaterBrook / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    4 Stars Out Of 5 49 Reviews
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  1. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not Your Ordinary Historical Fiction
    February 18, 2012
    Steph Blogging for Books
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I am not normally a fan of historical fiction, but then again, A Sound Among the Trees is not your typical historical fiction novel.

    Ghosts. A cursed Civil War estate. Lost letters. Hidden journals. Buried soldiers. Have I piqued your interest yet?

    Susan Meissner breathed life into well rounded, three dimensional characters. She also presented a story I could see unfolding before my eyes. (Being a visual learner, that's a very good thing.)

    As I've said countless times before, I'm all about relationships. And this book is filled with the dynamics of many different relationships - among the living, the dead, and a combination thereof.

    I don't want to give too much away, but as a Christian, I don't typically read "ghost stories," but just as this isn't a typical historical fiction, it isn't a typical ghost story either.

    This book is definitely written for a female audience. The cast is made up almost entirely of women.

    I highly recommend this book and would give it a four or four and a half out of five.

    I received this e-book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  2. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Mixed Review
    February 13, 2012
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  3. comstock, NE
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 8, 2012
    debbiedeefisher
    comstock, NE
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. Midwest
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Story, but some unexplored potential.
    January 19, 2012
    MaryRuth
    Midwest
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Author: Susan Meissner

    Genre: Historical/General

    Publisher: Waterbrook

    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.
  5. Northern California
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful, touching complex family story
    December 27, 2011
    Jacque Bonesio
    Northern California
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is great. Characters are real. Family life is complex and perplexing any one new to the situation. Well written and REAL. I love Susan Meissner - one of my all time favorite authors.
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