Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Blog Tour Book Review: As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

If there is one thing you know about me it is that I adore a good historical fiction novel. There is just something about learning about the past while being immersed in a good story that I can't resist. Which is why, I picked this up without hesitation. This time period has always been a favorite of mine and to learn more about it, in an unexpected setting was by far even better. 

I'm so excited to be a part of this tour and to be able to tell you more about this wonderfully written story. 




Title: As Bright as Heaven
Published By: Penguin Books (February 6, 2018)
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Description:
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which 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 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.

As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.



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About the Author:



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.






Beautifully poignant and beautifully written, As Bright As Heaven deals with one families trials and heartache during during a harsh time in American history.  One ripe with a war ending and a deadly disease on the cusp of infecting millions and leaving almost everyone affected by both.

Starting in 1918 and spanning the length of 8 years we get to meet the Brights who from the very first chapter are dealing with a loss no family should have to go through. 

This was a beautiful story told through the Bright women of what it means to survive, move on and to overcome the devastating heartache of not only death but of loss and despair. 

These four women, each with a unique voice, grow and become stronger as the story progresses and you can't help but admire how they tackle everything that stands in their way and their ability to still smile and most of all, love.

One fans of the time period and historical fans in general don't want to miss out on. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

52 comments:

  1. What a lovely cover! I love the sound of the four women and the setting seems so vivid!
    Great review, Ali!

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    1. Thanks Nick, it was a great setting and a lot of fun.

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  2. This sounds great. Susan Meissner is an author I want to try.

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    1. I'm glad I did, it was nice and I really liked her writing style.

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  3. This one sounds touching and I confess that it's the first time I hear about it

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  4. Sounds like a beautifully written and touching book. I do like historical fiction!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  5. Great review! I haven't read too many books on WWI so I'm curious to pick this one up.

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    1. I sadly haven't either but I want to read more now!

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  6. that came out today!! I totally forgot about it ugh, need to pick it up!!

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  7. I just got my audiobook copy of this from the library2 toda. I am looking forward to reading this, and meeting the women.

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    1. I'm pretty positive you are going to like this Heidi. :D

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  8. I think I'd really enjoy this. Philly has so much history. I really loved living there. It sounds like she captured it in the early 1900's perfectly.

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    1. I didn't know you lived there Tyler, that is awesome! You should definitely read this then, I bet you like it. :D

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  9. This sounds like a fantastic historical featuring some fierce women! Unique time period too!

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    1. It was and so true, they were all pretty brave.

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  10. Pretty cover and great review. Thanks for sharing.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. That sounds really good! Love the cover, too :)

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  12. Oo thanks for sharing! I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds great. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I need to read more historical fiction! And nonfiction too. 😀

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    1. I've really been loving it lately. It's been a nice change.

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  13. I always have trouble getting into historical fiction. They always sound intriguing, but I can't stick with them (with the exception of The Song of Achilles, but I don't know if that counts, lol). This one sounds great, though!

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. They can be tricky sometimes and really do have to be done well.

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  14. I'm still adjusting in this genre but this one sounds really good

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    1. It definitely isn't a genre that's for everyone but it is fun when you find really good ones.

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  15. I just read a novel during this time and I loved it. Need more and this looks great thanks Kindlemom

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    1. It's an interesting time period for sure!

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  16. A new to me author and a story that sounds really good.

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  17. Oh this sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Brilly review!

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  18. Lovely cover. I like the timeframe too, I've read a few historical fictions set during that time- so interesting!

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    1. It really is so interesting all that happened in our history in such a short time span.

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  19. This sounds pretty decent, and I love the font they used on the cover!

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  20. It's astonishing how many people died during this time period from the Spanish Influenza! Sounds like a heartbreaking and heartwarming story all in one. Beautiful cover, too. Wonderful review! :)

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    1. It really is. I knew the number was big but I didn't realize how big until I looked it up before reading this. Crazy for sure.

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  21. This sounds like a great glimpse into a families life with wonderful characters! Great Review Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  22. Wonderful review. This is new to me but I like the premise and seeing what each women went through.

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    1. It really was really interesting and I did like the different perspectives.

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  23. Ahh, the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 ... good times. lol. Seriously, this looks great!

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    1. It's scary how many people dies from it. I knew it was a big number but not that big! Definitely crazy times.

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  24. Nice review! I think I'd like this book. The cover is super pretty too.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

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    1. It does have a great cover, I agree. Thanks for stopping by!

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