Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Sound Among the Trees

Author: Susan Meissner
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-3074-5885-8
Genre: women’s fiction

A house shrouded in time.
A line of women with a heritage of loss.

As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.

When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.

With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.  

A SOUND AMONG THE TREES is kind of a weird story. I found it disturbing, and kind of spooky. The house is haunted. The main characters are dead. The house has a point of view. And it went against my biblical beliefs when they called a medium in to communicate with the dead… I don’t remember the biblical account exactly, but seemed to me that King Saul was sentenced to death for calling up the spirit of Samuel…

Okay, this story is haunting, but Ms. Meissner is a lovely writer. Full of decription, the reader can actually “see” what she is describing, from wedding gowns to flowers to rooms. Beautifully written. But the book felt wrong to me. People who like spooky, haunting, and ghostly tales might enjoy this book better than I did. $14.99. 336 pages. 

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