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. ~Goodreads Blurb
A sneaky book, though in a rather good way. You start out thinking that this is going to be your standard family epic story with a bit of historical drama thrown in for good measure. In a lovely twist you end up with a historical mystery infused with a supernatural twist that adds to the story instead of detracting or distracting from the story line.
With plenty of viewpoints to look at the story, author Susan Meissner keeps shifting around showing new facets of the story. Though it can be a might confusing at first, if one sticks with it, the finished story is a fascinating thing. I wasn't at all sure that I would enjoy it at first because i was looking for more historic fiction rather than another supernatural story. The way Meissner used the supernatural aspect of it, actually made it all the better for me and I am looking forward to buying a hard copy for my collection when it comes out.
*This eBook was provided in exchange for honest feedback by NetGalley and Berkley Books*
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.
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