A SOUND AMONG THE TREES
Meissner has a gift for blending historical and contemporary stories. This one feels a bit heavy on the present-day drama, but the use of Civil War-era letters to enlighten modern characters is a wonderful way to communicate. Readers will identify with both Marielle and Adelaide in their desire for family and love.
Marielle marries widower Carson and becomes the stepmother to two young children. Unwilling to uproot the children after they have experienced so much loss, Marielle and Carson agree that she will move with him into Holly Oak, the plantation house that is also home to his deceased wife’s grandmother, Adelaide. Many believe the house is haunted by the ghost of Susannah, Adelaide’s great-grandmother, rumored to be a spy for the north during the Civil War. Adelaide believes the house contains great sorrow, and the women must look to the past to move forward to the future. (WATERBROOK, Oct., 352 pp., $14.99)