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Publisher's Summary

A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss.

As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.

When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.

With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak - and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.

©2011 Random House Audio (P)2011 Susan Meissner

Critic Reviews

“In A Sound Among the Trees, author Meissner transports readers to another time and place to weave her lyrical tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and letting go. Her beautifully drawn characters are flawed yet likable, their courage and resilience echoing in the halls of Holly Oak for generations. A surprising conclusion and startling redemption make this book a page-turner, but the setting - the beautiful old Holly Oak and all of its ghosts - is what will seep into the reader’s bones, making A Sound Among the Trees a book you don’t want to put down." (Karen White, New York Times best-selling author of The Beach Trees)
“My eyes welled up more than once! And I thought it especially fitting that, having already shown us the shape of mercy in a previous novel, Susan Meissner is now showing us the many shapes of love. A Sound Among the Trees is a hauntingly lyrical book that will make you believe a house can indeed have a memory…and maybe a heart. A beautiful story of love, loss, and sacrifice, and of the bonds that connect us through time.” (Susanna Kearsley, New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Sea)
“I have a dozen things to do (like sleep!), but here I huddle through the night, turning pages, mesmerized by yet another Susan Meissner novel. How does Susan create characters that stay with me long after I close the book? How does she transport a reader so easily to a mansion in the South, in this century, bringing one family’s challenge of the Civil War to speak to contemporary times? How does she address the emotions and memories that hold us hostage with such grace? How do her turns of phrase bring tears unbidden to my eyes? I keep reading, knowing I’ll discover a fascinating story and hoping I’ll infuse some of the skill and craft that Susan weaves to make it. A Sound Among the Trees is one more exceptional novel from a world-class storyteller. Jodi Picoult, make room at the top.” (Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of The Daughter’s Walk)

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Wonderful

Enjoyed the narrator very much. The story kept me intrigued all the way through. It's simple but still intellectual and exciting. Susan Meissner never disappoints me.

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Great Historical Fiction

Great Mix of Historical Fiction, a little Ghostly. Loved It!! The author really has a way of making you feel you have stepped back in time. Looking forward to reading another.

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Meh

Reading this book was like sitting in a strangers house at a family gathering listening to them recounting semi-interesting events in their lives. I liked the characters ok but nothing very interesting happened.

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Intriguing and charming

This book held my attention until the every end. I teared up many times listening to this story of love, redemption and forgiveness. I loved the elegant of southern history. This is a great read!

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Another interesting novel

Loved the times Susannah spoke. Susan Denaker’s voice was perfect for all characters. The Civil War was a horrible time for America.

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Incredible storyline, perfect narration!

Living in the home of your new husband's dead wife? Um, no thank you! This story had two parts, the contemporary part and the other part where the author reached back into history through these old letters to tell us the backstory of the house and those who used to live there. The book has something for everyone; mystery, quirky characters, humor, great storyline! Susan Meissner does not disappoint. Susan Denaker did such an amazing job narrating young voices, but also especially the elderly ladies' voices, Bravo! Enjoy! 😊

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Hit it out of the park. AGAIN!

Another outstanding story by Meissner. Simply the best at story telling. The way S. M. Is able to intertwine the past and present in her novels is captivating. Thrilling to read every page. The words flowing seamlessly into one's soul.. Love this book. As I have loved all the others previous.

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Too good to pass by...!

This novel fits near the top of my favorite books of this year! Set in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Taking place in both the Civil War and the present, it is well-researched novel. Author Susan Meissner tells of lies, deceit, sacrifice, and love during the 1860’s. You will love the mystery and suspense from the beginning. book fits toward the top of my favorite books of this year! Set in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Taking place in both the Civil War and the present, it is well-researched novel. Author Susan Meissner, it tells of lies, deceit, sacrifice, and love during the 1860’s. You will love the mystery, and suspense. Narrator Susan Denaker brings this novel to life. N

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review of the audible book lastğà

interesting g storey..not one of my favourite Susan Meissner books..different comps entry if story linea

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