A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
I have been on a huge historical fiction kick lately. I read the book, The Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner and loved it. I wanted to read the other books she had written. Looking online I came across her newest book, due out in March, A Bridge Across the Ocean.
I received a free copy of A Bridge Across the Ocean for review from Netgalley!
About the book:
February 1946. World War Two is over, but the recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for Annaliese Lange, a German ballerina desperate to escape her past, and Simone Deveraux, the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy.
Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to cross the Atlantic and be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. When the voyage ends at New York Harbor, only one of them will disembark…
Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old tragedy that will draw her into the heartaches and triumphs of the courageous war brides—and will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she has to sacrifice to achieve her own deepest longings.
I was born in Long Beach, where the Queen Mary is today and reading about the War Brides was so very interesting! I would love to plan a visit to see the Queen Mary again the next time I am in California.
The War Brides were foreign wives of US Military men who married during WW2. They had been separated from their American husbands and their trip across the ocean was going to reunite them after the war. Some of these women hadn’t seen their husband in months or even close to a year. As a military spouse myself, I can imagine how excited these women felt but also how nervous they must have been getting ready to start their new lives in America.
The only thing about this book is the multiple storylines. I felt like there was one too many. It made the book a little more confusing than it needed to be. But other than that, this book was another amazing read!
I am now on my library’s waiting list for A Fall of Marigolds, another one of Susan Meissner’s books!
A Bridge Across the Ocean will be published on March 14, 2017 🙂