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review 2017-03-14 23:16
A Bridge Across the Ocean
A Bridge Across the Ocean - Susan Meissner

By: Susan Meissner

ISBN: 9780451476005 
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 3/14/2017 
Format: Other 
My Rating: 4 Stars

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!

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/09/01/A-Bridge-Across-the-Ocean
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review 2017-03-02 18:31
A Bridge Across the Ocean
A Bridge Across the Ocean - Susan Meissner


Three women, three stories, three connected lives.

Annaliese, Brett​e​, and Simone were connected by WWII and ghosts.

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN takes us from WWII to present day with three intriguing stories.

Annaliese was a German girl, Brett was a present-day American who had inherited an unusual gift, and Simone was a French girl who fell in love with an American during WWII.

Even though ghosts appear in this novel, the ghosts are what connects the present to the past for the three main characters.  It isn't a major theme, but a good one.​  The paranormal aspect didn't detract from the wonderful, detailed story line.​

​The characters were all ones that you couldn't help but sympathize with and love.​

​Annaliese's story was my favorite simply because of the mystery surrounding her.​  

Brette's story was interesting even though I am not interested in paranormal, but her ability to see spirits added another layer to the book and made connections between characters.  

Simone's story was sweet, sad, and very plausible.

​What I enjoyed was learning about the RMS Queen Mary that was first used as a war ship then a ship that brought WWII European brides back to America to be united with their husbands.​

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN is another truly enjoyable, emotional book by Ms. Meissner.   

The final pages and revelations are marvelous...loved the book. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Source: silversolara.blogspot.com
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text 2017-03-01 02:07
March Anticipated Reads
The Orphan's Tale - Pam Jenoff
Edgar and Lucy: A Novel - Victor Lodato
In the Name of the Family - Sarah Dunant
Havana: A Subtropical Delirium - Mark Kurlansky
Love in an English Garden - Victoria Connelly
A Bridge Across the Ocean - Susan Meissner
The Fall of Lisa Bellow - Susan Perabo
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole

There's a bit of all that I love in this line up for March. The early reviews for these are promising. I've been waiting for The Orphan's Tale and A Bridge Across the Ocean for, it seems like, over a year. Have you heard about any of these and are they on your March TBR list?



March 1


The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff



March 2


In The Name of The Family by Sarah Dunant



March 7


Havana: A Subtropical Delirium by Mark Kurlansky


Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato



March 14


Love In An English Garden by Victoria Connelly


A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner


The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo



March 28


An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

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review 2016-11-11 05:54
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard - Susan Meissner

The description of this book intrigued me, especially since it was set in old-time Hollywood during the filming of Gone with the Wind. Meissner populates her tale with a mix of real and imagined characters, as she follows two young women trying to find their way out of the secretarial pool at Selznick Studios. They have come to Hollywood with dramatically different goals, which is at times perfect and at others difficult for their budding friendship. I loved how Violet first discovered Audrey at the studio, how they became roommates, and soon, friends. The details were just right, the setting vivid and the characters, alive. I think Meissner worked hard to get me to dislike Audrey, a relentless schemer determined to get her break as an actress, but instead, I found Violet far more sinister, because she pretended to want nothing, but wanted everything.


Once the story is well under way, and Violet has committed what she acknowledges as a treacherous act, I had the relentless feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop. But for me, it never really does. Meissner introduces characters from the present day, adding, for me at least, an unnecessary, almost jarring sidebar. It seemed as if this was the only way Meissner could accomplish the “twist” alluded to by Violet earlier, but the characters here are barely sketched in, and their relative importance to the earlier story seemed weak.


In any case, there are definitely things to like about this book, especially if you are looking for a story that takes place in this time period but is not a story about World War II. I have not read Meissner’s other books, but Secrets of a Charmed Life was a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction in 2015.

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review 2016-03-30 20:12
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard - Susan Meissner


Violet, the Southern Belle, and Audry, the aspiring actress met by chance, became roommates, and worked at the same secretarial pool at Selznick International.

The stages of Gone With The Wind were the feature of the book along with Violet and Audry's personal lives.

STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD has the glitter of Hollywood, the disappointments of Hollywood, behind-the-scenes fun, and the wonderful, amazing friendship between Violet and Audry.

I really enjoyed STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD because of the warmth of the characters.  It wasn't as much about Hollywood, as it was about friends, lives, and choices.

STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD will enchant and delight all women's fiction fans and of course fans of Hollywood and Gone With the Wind.  

Don't miss reading this beautifully written, touching book.

You will not be disappointed with the love and tenderness along with some jealousy that oozes off the pages with Violet and Audry's enduring friendship.

A lovely, heartwarming read that will have you thinking about your friendships.

ENJOY....I definitely did.   5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Source: silversolara.blogspot.com
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