I resisted the pull of this book more than once when the e-mail from Blogging for Books showed up in my inbox. I try not to overload myself with books to review, which is easy for me to do. I love to escape into a good novel. I finally gave in and requested A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner. The ties to the Civil War, family secrets, and a possible ghost were irresistible.
A Sound Among the Trees begins with a wedding reception in the garden of a Civil War-era mansion. Guests mingle and remark about the cannon ball embedded in Holly Oakâ€™s side. Adelaide, the homeâ€™s owner, watches the groomâ€”her grandson-in-lawâ€”and the bride greet friends and relatives, and everyone seems to be avoiding the fact that Carson used to be married to Sara, Adelaideâ€™s granddaughter.
It doesnâ€™t take long to realize that relationships in this family are complicated. Carson and Sara, along with their two children, had lived with Adelaide. Carsonâ€™s new bride, Marielle, will live there with him and the children too.
As if that werenâ€™t odd enough, the reception is barely over before Adelaide speaks to Marielle and alludes to strange goings-on in the house. The consensus among the people in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is that Holly Oak is haunted by Adelaideâ€™s great-grandmother, Susannah Page.
The story continues with secrets surrounding Adelaideâ€™s daughter Caroline, who left Sara to Adelaide to raise when Sara was just an infant. Caroline has rarely returned to Holly Oak through the years.
It all comes to a head when documents from the past are discovered, and the inhabitants of Holly Oak begin to learn the truthâ€”about the house, its previous owners, and themselves. The ending is unexpected and satisfying. Iâ€™m glad I gave in to the temptation and requested this book. I couldnâ€™t put it down!
Susan Meissner is an award-winning author whose books include The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting, and A Sound Among the Trees. She is the wife of an Air Force chaplain and a mother of four young adults.When sheâ€™s not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.
If youâ€™d like to know more about Susan Meissner and her writing, please check out Susanâ€™s website or follow her on Twitter. You can also enjoy this podcast about A Sound Among the Trees or read an excerpt!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of A Sound Among the Trees from WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. I received no other compensation for this review.