So, I have made myself stop and read because I have two more books after this one so I need to get on the ball. This one is called A Sound Among the Trees and was written by Susan Meissner.
I have never read a book from her so this was a new experience for me.
Do you believe in ghosts, spirits or just plain bad luck or a curse being on you? Several of the characters in this book think that a long ago relative during the Civil War did some things and was portrayed as a traitor in her own family.
Because of that all thru their history up to now anything bad that happens they blame on their dead great grandmother, Susannah.
She was a southerner who hid 3 Yankee soldiers that were wounded until they could travel and leave. So because of this her family blamed her for anything bad that happened to them. They thought they were being punished for what Susannah had done. Isn't it strange what people will believe so that they don't have to take responsibility for their own actions?
This book will leave you wondering and thinking about how it is best not to judge other people when you really don't know what preceded the action they took. Susannah was wrongly accused but it took a couple of generations later for the truth to come out and for her family to put her to rest.
Among those who come back to visit is Adelaide's daughter who left when she was very young and got hooked on drugs and drinking. She suddenly shows up one day and deposits her daughter on Adelaide and tells her she will never be back to get her. And she never does come back until after her daughter, Sara is dead and her husband marries Marielle and brings her back to the house to live with his and Sara's children.
Adelaide's daughter does show up around this time also and wants to get to know her grandchildren and regrets not coming sooner but she says it took her a long time to get her act together and she begs her mother for forgiveness. So, it is a shock to find out that her daughter's husband is married again and has moved his new wife into the same home he shared with Sara. There is alot of twists and turns in all of these people's lives and the more you read it the more you wish everyone would just come out and tell all the secrets they keep hidden! It is like they are their own worst enemy.
Here is an excerpt of what is in the book:
As a young bride, Susannah page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn't believe that Susannah's ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather that the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.
When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband's home, she is soon led to believe that the house she's just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.
With Adelaide's richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.
Marielle is the outsider so she is not as convinced as the others in all this curse stuff so she sets out to find the truth. Instead, she stumbles across her husband's dead first wife's journals that were hidden in a carriage house/studio. Her husband did not know his first wife kept journals or anyone else for that matter.
She stumbles onto secrets in the journal and is torn between what is right and what is wrong about keeping the information inside the journals to herself or let her new husband read them and watch him suffer for the things that are in the journal that he knew nothing about.
There are several other stories that unfold in this book along with Marielle's and the author does skip around alot from one character to the other so you have to really pay attention or you will get them confused. Because there are secrets all of them are hiding, they all are trying so hard to not let anyone see them struggle that they miss out on the opportunity to come together as a family.
It takes a little getting used to but eventually you figure out who everyone is and what they bring to the story. In the end it is Susannah's letters that she wrote and were never sent that will set the people inside the house free once and for all.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”. Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures.