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A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
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Sep 30, 2011

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I won this book in a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway.

I would not classify this book as historical fiction. It's contemporary: a ghost story told in the bright sunlight of modern-day Virginia.

Of course, the ghost, if it exists, is "historical". The house in which our modern family lives (family = widower, his two children, his new wife, and the grandmother who raised his late wife) has been in the same family since before the Civil War. Eventually, in the search for the source of the house's haunting, a series of letters is discovered that were written before and during the Civil War. Those letters were the most interesting part of the book for me.

In the end, it's about love, family, loyalty and memory; about both holding on to the past and letting it go.

A nice read.

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