A Sound Among the Trees

A Sound Among the Trees
Susan Meissner


      Rumored to be a Union spy during the Civil War, Susannah Page of Holly Oak plantation has left a legacy of secrets and loss. Her great-granddaughter, Adelaide, has had her own troubles and believes the house of Holly Oak is "stuck", bearing a grudge against its past.
     Marielle Bishop doesn't know what to think. After marrying Carson Bishop, whose first wife was Adelaide's granddaughter, the newlyweds agree to live at Holly Oak for the sake of Carson's children, and to keep an eye on elderly Adelaide. But it isn't long before Marielle hears rumors of Susannah's ghost, which is said to haunt the old plantation house. Is it just silly superstition- or something else?

     I've read other books by Susan Meissner (The Shape of Mercy and Lady in Waiting), both of which have a similar plot setup of a modern and past woman's intertwined stories. A Sound Among the Trees was different from the others, however: we learn about Susannah through her the letters that her descendants find, not through her point of view. At first I thought the story would be mainly about Marielle, but it's really about not only her and Susannah, but also Adelaide, her daughter Caroline, and her deceased granddaughter Sara.
     Of course, Holly Oak isn't really haunted. As the reader's guide in the back states, "A Sound Among the Trees is a ghost story without a ghost". Each of the characters have their own "ghost" or, as some people would say, their "skeletons in the closet". And as they come to terms with such and move on with their lives, their surroundings become a little less haunted.

Rating: 8 1/2
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


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