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A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner
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Jan 22, 2012

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About the book:

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.

My review:

I was drawn to this book because I love Historical fiction. I know war is not romantic, but to be able to find love amongst the rubble just makes me ... SIGH! I really wanted to LOVE this book.

Overall the book is very slow moving, I really struggled to get through it. The most engaging part of the book is the letters. I found out so much about the character writing them and really felt a connection with her.

As for the characters, I have to say I wanted to really like Marielle but even after reading the book, I don't feel like I know her or Carson. Also, Adelaide, who I would have thought was a main character was more an "accessory" until the very end. I felt in the epilogue is where I had the most connection with her.

This wasn't an unpleasant read, I think I learned a little more about the time period. I recommend it for readers who like Civil War era fiction.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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