Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

Well, I'll start this review with my rating. . .I'd give it 3 stars out of 5. Average. Not especially interesting, not objectionable. The kind of book that if you are somewhere and have nothing to read, feel free to give it a try! Maybe you'll enjoy it.

The book introduces several characters, primarily Marielle (the new bride of widowed Carson), Adelaide (Carson's first mother-in-law), Carson (the husband), Sara (the deacesed wife), Susannah (Adelaide's deceased great-grandmother) and others. Marielle and Carson begin their newly-married life living with Carson's children and Adelaide in the old family home. This house is said to be haunted, or at least bad luck. Throughout much of the book Marielle is trying to find out the truth of the house and its family's past. She is searching for letters which will give the truth of Susannah's past and her possibly ghostly presence in the house. As a prodigal daughter returns to Adelaide, new information is revealed in the form of letters written by Susannah herself.

About 1/3 of the book is these letters, telling in Susannah's words her story of the Civil War, her love, marriage, and family situation. Upon reading these letters, some form of closure is arrived upon by Adelaide, Marielle, Carson, and others.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty "blah" book. It is not objectionable. . .it is not a ghost story. . .it is not religious. . .it is not a great love story. . .it did not make me cry :) . . .

I'd call it an average book, and I'll leave it at that.

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

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