A sound among the trees

By Susan Meissner

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko



Do you ever get sucked into a book that you thought you wouldn’t?  Susan Meissner has a knack with this! Don’t start this book when you have to put it down or you may find yourself running behind like I did!  Sadly, I was 10 minutes later to pick up my son, something I never do, but he was fine….

This southern belle of a book will find you visiting a historical mansion in Virginia, complete with cannonball lodged in the side of it and perhaps a ghost or two, or so it is rumored. Marielle Bishop, new bride and transplant from Arizona finds that the state not only lacks hot peppers and does not even know what cilantro is, but also is full of refined secrets that only snippets are shared. When she goes on a hunt for answers, she wonders what she will uncover if anything.

Was the great-great- grandmother who lived long ago in this house, a Union spy, and is she still trying to make amends or is it just a superstition carried on through the ages?  What really happened during the war in this house?

Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, finds herself struggling with accepting her new granddaughter- in law, and is struggling to make sense of the loss in her life as well.  Will she be able to learn from history as well and find healing?


I loved, as usual, the historical letters and detail in Ms. Meissner’s book. I found myself drawn into the letters and feeling the love and the sacrifice, as well as the terror of the time period.  If you are a history lover, I imagine you will find yourself in the same place!  A wonderful story of healing and understanding, that I think anyone would enjoy!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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  1. Mimi Pearson

    Hi Martha,

    I’m looking for posts for the Mercy Come Morning tour. Please email me your link as soon as you get it up.


    Mimi Pearson

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