** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **
“You think you have a view of what’s waiting for you just up the road, but then something happens, and you find out pretty quick you were looking at the wrong road.”
― Susan Meissner,
Nothing is more wonderful than reading a novel and learning about history at the same time. It’s one of the reasons why I love historical fiction and Susan Meisser is one of the most gifted authors writing this genre. Her novel, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN (Berkley) is set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, and tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.
In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life.
But just months after arriving, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America claiming more than twelve thousand lives in their adopted city of Philadelphia alone. Their world is completely turned upside down. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their source of hope. Throughout the challenges and heartache they make decisions which affect their human spirit.
AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN engulfs you like a warm cashmere blanket. I suggest coupling this novel with a very rich Merlot.
Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses.
Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.
She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When she is not working on a new novel, she is directing the small groups ministries at The Church at Rancho Bernardo. She also enjoy teaching workshops on writing and dream-following, spending time with my family, music, reading great books, and traveling.
Thanks to Susan, Shelf Awareness and Berkley, we have one copy of AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN to giveaway. Just tell us whether or not you got your flu shock this year and if your think it’s important.
We’ll announce a winner next week. Good luck!