By: Susan Meissner
Susan Meissner returns following (2016) Stars Over Sunset Boulevard with her latest, A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN — a character-driven tale of three women from modern day to the past of the 1940s, of fear, courage pain, love, and loyalty.
From the past to present, lost souls who had to cross many bridges from pain and suffering on their journey to self-discovery.
Brette Caslake, present day lives in the present. She has a gift. She sees spirits, the ones which linger. She is drawn into a mystery which began with the RMS Queen Mary brought thousands of War brides to the US.
Annaliese Lange, who is escaping from a marriage to a Nazi, and Simone Devereux, who lost her family in the war.
"Life will send us across a bridge we did not want to cross, but when we finally open our eyes on the other side, we see that there had been nothing to fear after all."
Brette becomes drawn into the lives of three women from the past. Two of the women are escaping the horrors of war and a brutal past of pain and suffering. Brette tries to solve the mystery of the death of one of the war brides when traveling to America on the Queen Mary in 1946.
Three women shared a cabin; however, one did not leave the ship when it arrived in America. Brette connects with the lost souls while struggling with her own abilities. The Drifters or spirits. The author unravels the events while connecting the stories of past and present.
While I enjoyed the stories of the courageous women from the past, the present day Brette was not as intriguing.
As always, Meissner has a unique way of transporting you to another time and place re-living the past which lives on. Timeless. With well-researched topics and interesting stories of strong yet complex women, family, and relationships.
Lovers of historical fiction, a little mystery, and complex multi-layered stories will appreciate as well as enjoying the special twist!
A special thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for an early reading copy. An elegant cover!