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A Bridge Across the Ocean

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,895 ratings  ·  1,247 reviews
Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women past and present in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life .

February, 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a Fr
Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Pam Haney I agree...I almost didn't go past the first couple of chapters. I felt the use of the Sight and ghosts wasn't really necessary, but that doesn't domin…moreI agree...I almost didn't go past the first couple of chapters. I felt the use of the Sight and ghosts wasn't really necessary, but that doesn't dominate the story. In the end I gave it 3 stars - I really enjoyed the story of the 3 women but didn't need the paranormal aspect of the story.(less)

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Always Pouting
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Books like this one are why I never read the description of books when I pick them up because I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. Brette can talk to 'drifters', people who have failed to pass over after dying and when she goes to visit the Queen Mary she encounters one who sends her on a search for one of the passengers that died on the ship. The story alternates between the past and the current day. I really wasn't expecting the story or the ending and so I enjoyed ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Meissners novels and can honestly say she never disappoints. Her ability to weave past and present together so seamlessly make her novels a joy to read. I was afraid that the paranormal aspect may take away from the story, but it ended up really adding a dimension to it that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. Really enjoyed. 4.5 stars. ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Note: I'd like to thank Penguin Random House, Berkley Marketing Team, and Goodreads Giveaways for an ARC of "A Bridge Across the Ocean," by Susan Meissner.

This book was a complete surprise to me in many ways.

When I entered the giveaway, the description of this book did not mention a character that could communicate with "Drifters." The first sentence of the first page of chapter one starts out: "A friend's baby shower was the first place Brette Caslake expected to encounter a ghost." I'm wonderi
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Three women, three stories, three connected lives.

Annaliese, Brett​e​, and Simone were connected by WWII and ghosts.

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN takes us from WWII to present day with three intriguing stories.

Annaliese was a German girl, Brett was a present-day American who had inherited an unusual gift, and Simone was a French girl who fell in love with an American during WWII.

Even though ghosts appear in this novel, the ghosts are what connects the present to the past for the three main characte
Diana | Book of Secrets
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars → Wonderful book! A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN is a lovely blending of ghost story, historical fiction, mystery, and women’s fiction. The story is told from differing points of view in multiple time periods, mainly during WWII, just after WWII ends, and also present day. It may feel a bit disjointed at first, but I promise the book quickly finds a nice flow and all the pieces come together for an amazing ending.

The majestic ship, the RMS Queen Mary, has served many purposes since its maid
Thanks for Netgalley and my respective publishers.
5 Shining stars.
Mind blowing literally...........
I've read the description before picking it but eventually I was so delighted.
After so many, I loved a book with shining stars.


Another book which expression all the emotions and requisite circumstances during WWII.
This was my first Susan Meissner's book which made to search further books of her.
3 leading character and all were girls and story have mixed with random stor
Cindy Burnett
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Bridge Across the Ocean is an absolutely fantastic book – a true must-read for anyone who likes historical fiction. Susan Meissner creates an intriguing and original cast of characters whose stories intertwine in a clever and unexpected manner. Brette Caslake lives in the present day and ignores her ability to see spirits that have not yet left earth. Slowly, as she is trying to comes to terms with her power, Brette is drawn into a mystery that began when the RMS Queen Mary transported thousan ...more
Rhonda Ruff
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like susan Meissner books and i did not like this story as much.. That being said in my opinion it would have been better without the whole ghost story part of it. To me it just distracted from the good story line. I still like her writing this was just not one of my favorites .
RoseMary Achey
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A blending of historical fiction with a bit of a contemporary ghost are probably thinking how will that work? Let me assure you it works beautifully. Even if you are not a big fan of ghost stories, give this book a chance. The historical story centers on two "war brides"-European women who married US Servicemen during WWII and were transported to the United States at the end of the conflict. Their individual back stories are fascinating.

Our contemporary protagonist has a gift-she i
Stephanie Anze
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annaliese lives in Germany and has a passion for ballet. As WWII approaches, Annaliese continues to dance and garners some unwanted attention. In France, Simone lives with her father and brother. All is well until the Nazis take over, causing her life to take a traumatic turn. Through difficult circumstances, these ladies meet on the trip on the RMS Queen Mary. In present day America, Brette struggles with a rather particular gift, one that only the women in her family inherit. Though unsure at ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I've read and enjoyed quite a few books by Susan Meissner over the years and so I was very excited to finally get my hands on a copy of A Bridge Across The Ocean and settle down for a lovely trip into the past.

However, all in all, I must say I was left a little disappointed and didn't quite enjoy this one as some of her other books. There's a certain angle in this story that's not mentioned in the book description so I won't either, but it completely threw me off. 

I preferred the chapters set in
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner is a wartime mystery novel about two women who have both gone through much during the war and are going to America on RMS Queen Mary as war brides. Simone Deveraux lost her father and brother who both got shot for being part of the Resistance. She had to stay hidden for fear of the Gestapo who is after her. Annaliese Lange married a brutal Nazi and the voyage to America is her ticket to freedom. On the voyage truths be revealed and only one of them wil ...more
Judy D Collins
Susan Meissner returns following (2016) Stars Over Sunset Boulevard with her latest, A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN — a character-driven tale of three women from modern day to the past of the 1940s, of fear, courage pain, love, and loyalty.

From the past to present, lost souls who had to cross many bridges from pain and suffering on their journey to self-discovery.

Brette Caslake, present day lives in the present. She has a gift. She sees spirits, the ones which linger. She is drawn into a mystery w
Martie Nees Record
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Pub. Date: March 7, 2017
Publishers: Berkley Publishing Group

I enjoyed the author’s previous novel “Secrets of a Charmed Life” which is also a historical novel focusing on World War II, so I was surprised, and disappointed that I didn’t care for Susan Meissner’s latest novel, “A Bridge Across the Ocean,” which is another novel about World War II. But, for me, this book seems more of a ghost story than historical fiction.

In “Ocean,” WWII has just ended. The story is not linear, told in the past
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: early-reads
I received a free ARC of this book through the Goodreads Giveaways program.

This book captured my attention from the start and made it hard for me to get anything else done since I couldn't put it down.

It's told through several different POV and different periods of time from WWII up through the present day. It was hard to predict the ending so it really kept me reading. I like reading about strong women, ghosts, and books at least partially-based in truth--all of which are in this book. It was r
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A 4.5 for this charming, easy to read novel.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was all set to love "A Bridge Across the Ocean," what I expected to be a typical WWII/present day historical fiction dual narrative. But I was quickly thrown for a loop when it was revealed that the modern day protagonist communicates with ghosts, and that's how the stories are linked (something conspicuously absent from the book blurb). Usually in books like this the past/present connection is accomplished with something like a letter, or a found diary, or a mysterious old manor, and perhaps ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Since I enjoyed Secrets of a Charmed Life, I was surprised by how disappointing this book was. The synopsis does NOT accurately describe the book, and in fact leaves out the predominant factor in the story - the paranormal. As I read the first chapter, I thought for sure I was reading the wrong book. This was more of a ghost story than a story about war brides on the Queen Mary (as I thought it would be). I am not a fan of books that go back and forth between the past and the present, and this o ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I picked up this dual time line read for the maritime history. The RMS Queen Mary really wasn't the focus of this read like I had hoped. While modern day writing isn't a favorite for me Brette's sole purpose in this story is to drive the ghost theme which really hasn't much at all in the end to do with the historical point of views of Simone and Annaliese. The story of these two women would have come together better without the modern Brettes point of view. Honestly the historical side lacked th ...more
Renee Rosen
Meissner's storytelling skills have never been sharper. This was a great complex novel with many layers and superb pacing. Part mystery, part ghost story, part self discovery and all with a spectacular twist that I never saw coming. Full review to come! ...more
Laura Rash
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fabulously intertwined story from WWII to present, alternating storylines & times. It wasn't just a mystery with a paranormal underline but also a story of war brides & their coming to the US after the war. ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
True confession, I didn’t actually finish this. But I got 136 pages through the paperback version, which is enough for me.

The back-cover description doesn’t include the fact that much of this is about ghosts. That would have been really nice to know up front. Now don't get me wrong, I’ve read ghost stories before, from Edgar Allan Poe-type classics to Jaime Jo Wright’s time-slip novels published recently. But this one...I felt unsettled from the beginning, and should’ve listened to that inner nu
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Book clubs will love this book. We have two war brides that have been through very tough times, and they manage to get aboard the Queen Mary. But we will learn in a few Flashbacks that their destinations are quite different. Why? As with any good story we don't find out until the end. Another story is entwined with the bride's, and it involves spirits, not the ones you drink, but the ones some see. Yes, one of our main characters sees an occasional ghost, in the present day, They like to find he ...more
A Bridge Across the Ocean was a total surprise. I went in expecting a fun WWII/present day back-and-forth and got that and so much more. Please don't let the supernatural element turn you off - not for a second does this ever stray into Sookie Stackhouse or Patricia Briggs territory. I'm slightly appalled that this is my first time reading Meissner's work but am absolutely delighted to have found such a fantastic author to devour!

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Mary Fabrizio
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm bucking all the great reviews on this one, but I found this book sophomoric. The 2 stars are because the stories of the women during WWII were interesting. The ghost story was just silly and the "mystery," when it was solved, was beyond ridiculous. ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book, but I got bogged down a few times with the switching back & forth between 1946, 1967 & the present day.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me right from the start. There are storylines of several women, most of whom survived WWII and are war brides coming to the US from Europe on the Queen Mary to join their American husbands. Another woman lives in the present day and has the gift of being able to see ghosts. The author's style of writing really captured my attention. The chapters were short and moved the story along smoothly. Each of the characters and their stories were engrossing, and although it deals with WWI ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
The descriptive blurb for this book is what got me going with this book but it was the author’s unique writing style that made it all come together!

The beginning chapters can be a little confusing so I would recommend setting aside a good amount of time to get into the characters and the flow of the book. We are introduced to several women who endured terrible hardships, emotional and physical, as a result of the Nazi’s occupation in France.

Simone Robinson fled her home after seeing her father
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"A Bridge Across the Ocean" is the story told in a few different times: during World War II, just after World War II, and in the present day. This is a historical fiction with the present day story line having a healthy dose of paranormal activity for interest. This was an engaging story with a memorable mystery at its center that kept me on my toes. This is a great release from Meissner!

The characters in this book are great. They are all different but at their center, all three of our main char
Nancy Baker
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story was told between the pages of this book. From war torn Europe during WWII to the shores of America at present day, the lives of several women delicately intertwine and mesh into a tale of courage, fortitude, forgiveness and embracing life.

Brette is a young present-day woman who was either gifted or cursed, depending on your point of view, with the "Sight" -- the ability to see and feel the spirits of those who have died but for whatever reason have not been able to give u
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Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling novelist with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. Her critically acclaimed works of historical fiction have been named to numerous lists including Publishers Weekly’s annual roster of 100 best books, Library Reads Top Picks, Real Simple annual tally of best books, Goodreads Readers’ Choice awards, Booklist’s Top Ten, and Book of t ...more

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