A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner Book Review
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A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner Book Review

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner Book Review

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner Book Review

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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.

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner Book Review

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.


This book y’all- I was Really Into it. 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. If you love heartfelt historical fiction, you’re sure to be Really Into The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain.

Special thanks to Susan MeissnerBerkley Books & NetGalley for providing my copy in exchange for an honest & fair review.

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About the Author: Susan Meissner

A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner Book Review Susan Meissner
Susan Meissner

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include A Bridge Across the Ocean; Secrets of  Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults.

Momma, wife, baker, reader & smart ass. I am Really Into doughnuts, inside jokes, trash TV, pizza, 48 Hours & George Michael.


  • eivannoni

    We are twins, because I psychotically love The Nightingale and The Girl You Left Behind. I just read The Secrets of a Charmed Life a couple weeks ago and loved it. Will have to check this out. Thanks for the rec!

    • Sarah Slusher

      Whoa! WE are twins for sure. The Nightingale made me cry like a baby & I love Jojo Moyes so much. She has a new book coming out soon, The Horse Dancer. I will have to pick up Secrets of a Charmed Life soon. I really enjoyed Susan’s writing.

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