“She said it’s not how short or long an experience is, it’s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.”
Pauline and Tom are parents to three girls; Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa. Life in Pennsylvania in 1918 has its challenges! It’s a time of horrific war and the Spanish flu is killing off thousands! Moving in with Tom’s cousin and helping to run the family mortuary business gives the whole family a feeling of belonging and purpose. But before long, the flu ravages the community and makes its way into their home.
Meanwhile, love is in the air, war is imminent, sickness forced schools to close and families to retreat into survival mode. In an act of kindness, Pauline and Maggie make their way across town delivering soup and love to those who are sick. Much by accident, Maggie discovers something and somebody that will forever change her life and the lives of her sisters. Maggie will stop at nothing to protect those she loves!
Here’s What We Think…
Susan Meissner’s writing is pure and beautiful. Her character development and writing style will hook you right away. She makes you feel like you are transported back in time and living along side this family. You will cry with them and laugh with them. You will want what they want and feel what they feel. “As Bright as Heaven” was refreshing and beautiful. Highly recommend!!!!
Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include A Bridge Across the Ocean; Secrets of Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. Visit Susan at her website: http://susanlmeissner.com on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or at www.facebook.com/susan.meissner
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