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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: October 2011 ISBN: 9780307944252
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanna | 1/6/2014

    " The first half of this book was kind of creepy ghost story ish which I'm not a fan of personally but by the end there were some really interesting things going on about human relationships and I actually did enjoy it by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 12/29/2013

    " Sap that I am I do enjoy the occasional book about a Southern family with a big house and Civil War ties, not to mention the possibly slightly malevolent ghost. Oh, and did I mention the eccentric grandmothers in both the present and during "The Wahr?" And the sweet widower with two lovely children with a new wife....Ah yes, it's not quite as much pure romance novel as this might sound -- just enough to be really fun and quick and satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/28/2013

    " What a fun book! I sure wish I had read this one earlier this summer! It's a perfect beach read and it has a bit of history in it and yes, a ghost story but not in the way one might expected. It kept me engrossed all afternoon! Perfect book to swing on the hammock with! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loriinengland | 11/28/2013

    " I enjoyed it but it was kind of slow in spots "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Price | 9/6/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked how the characters came alive and the suspense in the book. I also liked how she weaved the time periods together with the letters. The lessons to be learned from the characters were important. I would definitely read another book from Susan Meissner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 4/23/2012

    " Lovely story! Mixes the present and the past wonderfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Woods | 1/7/2012

    " A story about letting go and moving forward. Love the characters...current women and civil war women! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/16/2011

    " This is historical fiction that takes place during the US Civil War in Virginia. It was interesting to learn more information about the War in this area. This was a "nice" story, but I would certainly not call it "great literature." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 10/8/2011

    " I really liked it. Was a great gentle read. Author kept story flowing all the time & loved past & present presentation. "

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About the Author
Author Susan MeissnerSusan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels.
About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.