Wednesday, February 7, 2018

REVIEW...As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

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 they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without—and what they are willing to do about it.

My Thoughts…

The Spanish Flu?   I had heard of it but never read a book centered around it.     I’ve read books set in the WWI era but most of them centered on the war.    While this book did include the war and how it was affecting the United States this was not a war book.     

 The family, the Bright Family, is amazing.  I love this family.     The dynamic between husband and wife is so sweet and true that you could feel their love coming right off the pages.    Add in the children and you know that there will never be more love in a family.   These parents will do anything to keep their family safe, loved, and together.      I really liked that each character was able to tell their story in alternating chapters.   As a reader I read each chapter loving that I could learn more about the characters personally, learn their thoughts, their feelings, and what they truly were like.   

 I recommend picking up your own copy and enjoying this wonderful family, learn their secrets, and watch them grow together.

Thank you Danielle Kerr from Berkley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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