Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

4 Star

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.

Sabrina-Kate - 4 Star

I am not typically a person who enjoys historical fiction, but sometimes when it is more modern, it can appeal to me. This book was one of the most enjoyable books of that genre that I have read. That may have been in part due to the fact that it alternated between modern and war time, telling the story of several war brides. 

I found it quite interesting how the author used ghosts and the paranormal in her book. At first I was not entirely sure why or what it added to the story but by the end of it, it all made complete sense and everything was brought together.

I truly adored the different love stories that this book spoke about. Especially since they were all so different but all showed great resilience and dedication! It was also eye opening about some of the things that people had to go through during wartime just to survive. Everyone's story was unique and touching in their own way and a few things happened that I was not at all expecting.

This was a great book, full of emotion and a bit of intrigue but very much realistic and down to earth, even with the paranormal factor. I enjoyed this book a lot and read it quite quickly.

Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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