Review: As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner


Hardcover, 387 pages                                    Published February 6th 2018 by Berkley Books

ISBN13: 9780399585968                               Rating  5*

Set in 1918 Philadelphia, this was the story of an average family household of husband, wife, and three daughters, Evelyn, Maggie and Willa. The mother Pauline Bright had just lost her infant son and the and her family were dealing with their grief.  Change was in the wind men leaving to fight in the Great War and so life would go on.   However, when an opportunity came along for them to take their family out of the tobacco fields for a new life in Philadelphia, they decided to take the chance.

Not only was the Great War going on with daily lists of soldiers wounded or dead but an even worse enemy had entered the United States and that was called the Spanish flu.  The Spanish flu epidemic was a monster that killed with no cure in sight.  Yet, through it all the Bright family was reborn through the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world, not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

*** And with that said AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is probably one of the most moving books I’ve read in a very long time.  Brilliant!  The story shows the strength of the Bright family, the love and goodness of the family bond holding them together over overwhelming losses which would have crippled weaker souls to give up.    From each daughter you see the resolve and strength that kept them together weathering each hurdle that fate tossed in their path.     I simply could not put this book down once I started it and most assuredly am HIGHLY RECOMMENDING this be on your to read list.  FANTASTIC and MOVING story!

Marilyn Rondeau

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