The lowdown from Goodreads
Published March 14,2017
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.This book y’all- I was Really Into it.
No spoilers here, but this is a ghost story, a touching WWII Historical Fiction novel, a story about love, friendship, secrets & refuge rolled into one. Susan does the unthinkable & weaves this all together into a beautiful cohesive story.
One my buddies was initially turned off because a chapter or so in, we learn that Brette can see spirits or ghosts. This was a surprise to me as I didn’t remember reading anything about that in the publisher’s description. We both kept reading & although spirits are a part of the story, there’s so much more that is here, so please don’t let that deter you.
I loved reading about Annaliese becoming a ballerina & her friendship with Katrine. This is my first book by Susan Meissner & it certainly will not be my last. I had the pleasure of meeting her this summer at an event in Savannah, GA & she was so pleasant & kind. I’ve heard wonderful things about A Fall of Marigolds & Secrets of A Charmed Life.
If you’re a fan of The Nightingale or The Girl You Left Behind, I bet you will be Really Into This book as well.
Special thanks to Susan Meissner, Berkley Books & NetGalley for providing my copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.