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Is she out of her mind? New bride Marielle Bishop wonders if she made the right choice, moving to Holly Oak. 

Holly Oak. Home to her new husband and his two children. Home of her new husband’s tragically and unexpectedly deceased first wife’s childhood. Home where they lived as a family when she died; where her husband and two children continued to live in the years after her death.

Home to Adelaide, the grandmother of the deceased first wife, who raised Sara from infancy.

Home to rumor and superstition from the locals. Home to a long history from the Civil War. Home to a curse of the women who live in the house?

Susan Meissner is one of my absolute most favorite authors. Her storytelling has a way of sucking you in, while twining together the past and the present. In this case, I do think the characters each could have been a little more developed. This is one of those books that easily could have been twice as long without leaving the reader feeling fatigued.

When I got to the portion near the end (I won’t spoil it for you), it was so well written it gave me total appreciation of how Susan’s mind works. That little bit there gave huge insight into one character. At the end of the book, I found myself thinking the book might have been better had those bits been woven in throughout, so that both stories were being told at the same time.

That being said, I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book (along with her others, some of which are out on loan) to friends.

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


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I meant to post about this a while ago, before I got a book to review, but the last two weeks have been unusually busy, which means I didn’t get to it.

Blogging for Books is a great program for those who love to read and also blog.  This means me.  😀  When you sign up, you get to choose which kinds of books you want to review.  You choose a book from the list; they ship it to you (which takes about 1 to 2 weeks); you read and then review the book on your blog, their site and others that your frequent.

Below is my review of my first book, Lady in Waiting, by Susan Meissner.

Lady in Waiting, by Susan Meissner

I *love* this book!  As a big fan of historical reading, this book was a perfect blend of history and the present.  This is essentially two stories in one; two women with the same first name, tied together through history via a ring.

The modern Jane faces unexpected life changes, borne of decisions not of her choosing.  The historical Jane faces a lifetime of uncertainty, born into nobility and crafted into a political pawn in the Tudor reign. The contrast between eras and the role of women is striking.

Susan Meissner writes in a style that is completely immersing and gripping. This was a book I did not want to set down, and one that sucks you in and makes you lose all track of time. I felt like I knew the characters, and had an emotional investment in their stories. I was sad the book ended, and these characters are lingering in my mind.  I know I will be thinking about them for a good while.

I would definitely recommend this book to friends.  If you like historical drama, you will not want to miss this book! Please click on the image below to rank my review.

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