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A Bridge Across the Ocean Paperback – March 14, 2017
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Praise for A Bridge Across the Ocean
“I was utterly spellbound, beguiled, swept up in this ghostly mystery.”—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
“A beguiling tapestry of storytelling and a unique look at one of history’s most enigmatic ships.”—Sarah McCoy, New York Times bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children
More Praise for the Novels of Susan Meissner
“A shimmering novel of love and acceptance...A Fall of Marigolds turns fate into a triumph of spirit.”—Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author of A Quilt for Christmas
“Susan Meissner deftly casts a fascinating friendship between two complex women against a glittering 1930s Hollywood backdrop. You will love this book for its very human characters and for its inside look at one of the greatest movies ever made.”—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of The Precious One
“Sympathetic, relatable characters that readers will applaud. Touching and inspirational.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels.
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"A Bridge Across The Ocean" was no exception. Because I stalk her blog and Facebook, I read up on several interviews and sneak peeks leading up to this novel's release, so I was not at all surprised by the ghostly apparitions it contains. It was different, sure, but it was VERY well done and I think it worked absolutely perfectly in this story. The ghosts (Drifters, as they are called in the book) are not scary or creepy or anything. In fact, Meissner's book "A Sound Among The Trees" raised the hairs on my arms far more often than this book did.
Meissner's prose is magnificent and her research impeccable. While the setup of this book took a little longer, and there were far more leading characters to follow, I never felt lost or got overwhelmed. The slower pace in the beginning allowed me to savor each character as he or she was introduced, but as soon as I hit the first plot point I was done for. I could NOT put it down (typical Meissner style). Unfortunately, I completely irritated my husband because I was so absorbed in the story I couldn't hear either him or the children calling for me, haha. I stayed up until 2am to finish it, and what a satisfying ending it was! Normally I say that Meissner's books don't have “happy endings” but they “end well.” This one was both. And the plot twists had me guessing every time. Another beautiful read that I would recommend to fans of well-researched historical fiction with a literary bent.
**NOTE: The main portion of the story takes place during WWII. We all know what horrific crimes were committed during that time, on all sides. One of the characters in this book is raped, and while I was shocked that Meissner chose to narrate the incident, it was very brief (less than half a page) and very tastefully done. Just wanted to offer a heads up for those that might be concerned about that.
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It's ironic that I read this book at Passover time because I initially passed over it in 2017, thinking the subject matter wouldn't interest me.Read more