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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (537 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Meissner Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.    

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Heather McCubbin | 1/30/2014

    " This book pulled me in slowly and I wanted to find out if there really was a ghost haunting this house. However, when the personal letters written during the War, were found, I didn't care. I don't know if Meissner couldn't pull me in soon enough to connect with Susannah, the maybe-present-day-ghost, or if I just wanted to read the story while it was in the present. Either way, I put the book down after reading the first letter, then thought I'd give it another try and re-read the first letter. I couldn't get through it! I realized the entire last half of the book are the Susannah letters, then it sums up the story in the present at the very end. Some of the characters became tiring (Pearl) and repetitive, so I don't know who I would rec this book to...I guess if you love history and live in Fredericksburg, VA you may enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather Day Gilbert | 1/23/2014

    " From the moment I clapped *eyes* on Holly Oak, I was entranced with this story. I was transported to the South, both the contemporary South (with its blue-haired ladies and sweet tea), and the South of the Civil War. Throw in a newlywed trying to make sense of myths surrounding the house, an older woman convinced the house has it in for her, and a mother who's finally been released from the chains of drug addiction, and you have a book that's my new fave. Several reviews lament the supernatural (ghost) aspects of the book, but as you read it, you see that Meissner is biblical in her approach to the topic. I just loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kitty Tomlinson | 1/16/2014

    " Marielle Bishop marries into an old Virginia family and moves into the family home that belongs to her husband's deceased wife, which is reputed to be haunted by and ancestor, Susannah Page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashley Ludwig | 1/6/2014

    " I've heard civil war era stories are challenging, as the happily ever after is clouded by the time period, itself. Susan Meissner did a wonderful job as always if blending past and present, telling parallel stories with grace and showing God's redeeming power and love in the process. Well done! "

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