Susan Meissner

1 A Fall of Marigolds

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2014-02-04
Description :  <b>A beautiful scarf connects two women touched by tragedy in this compelling, emotional novel from the author of <i>A Bridge Across the Ocean</i>.&#xa0;</b><br /><br /><i>September 1911.</i> On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?&#xa0;<br /><br /><i>September 2011.</i> On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

2 Secrets of a Charmed Life

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-02-03
Description :  <b>The author of <i>A Bridge Across the Ocean </i>journeys from the present day to World War II England, as two sisters are separated by the chaos of wartime...</b><i><b><br /><br /></b>Current day, Oxford, England.</i> Young American scholar Kendra Van Zant, eager to pursue her vision of a perfect life, interviews Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets about the war that she has kept for decades...beginning with who she really is. What Kendra receives from Isabel is both a gift and a burden—one that will test her convictions and her heart.<br /><br /> <i>1940s, England.</i> As Hitler wages an unprecedented war against London’s civilian population, hundreds of thousands of children are evacuated to foster homes in the rural countryside. But even as fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. Acting at cross purposes just as the Luftwaffe rains down its terrible destruction, the sisters are cruelly separated, and their lives are transformed...

3 A Bridge Across the Ocean

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-03-14
Description :  <b>Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women—past and present—in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of <i>Secrets of a Charmed Life</i>.</b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> <i>February, 1946.</i> 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 Résistance&#xa0;spy.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS<i> Queen Mary</i> 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...<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <i>Present day. </i>Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted <i>Queen Mary</i> 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.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED</b>

4 As Bright as Heaven

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2018-02-06
Description :  <b>From the acclaimed author of<i> Secrets of a Charmed Life</i> and <i>A Bridge Across the Ocean</i> comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.</b><br /><br />In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life.<br /><br />But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it.<br /><br /><i>As Bright as Heaven</i> is 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.

5 Stars Over Sunset Boulevard

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-01-05
Description :  <b>In this novel from the acclaimed author of <i>A Bridge Across the Ocean</i>, two women working in Hollywood during its Golden Age discover the joy and heartbreak of true friendship.</b><br /><br /><i>Los Angeles, Present Day</i>. When an iconic hat worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind &#xa0;ends up in Christine McAllister’s vintage clothing boutique by mistake, her efforts to return it to its owner take her on a journey more enchanting than any classic movie…&#xa0;<br /><br /><i>Los Angeles, 1938</i>. &#xa0;Violet Mayfield sets out to reinvent herself in Hollywood after her &#xa0;dream of becoming a wife and mother falls apart, and lands a job on the film-set of Gone With the Wind. There, she meets enigmatic Audrey Duvall, a once-rising film star who is now a fellow secretary. Audrey’s zest for life and their adventures together among Hollywood’s glitterati enthrall Violet…until each woman’s deepest desires collide. &#xa0;What Audrey and Violet are willing to risk, for themselves and for each other, to ensure their own happy endings will shape their friendship, and their lives, far into the future.&#xa0;<br /><br /><b>CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED</b>

6 The Shape of Mercy

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Religious  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2008-09-16
Description :  <b><i> “We understand what we want to understand.”<br /></i></b><br />Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials. <br /><br />Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail. <br /><br />The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the misguided judge? Can she break free from her own perceptions and see who she really is?

7 A Sound Among the Trees

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-10-04
Description :  <b>A house shrouded in time. <br />A line of women with a heritage of loss.</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

8 The Girl in the Glass

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Religious  Historical 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-09-18
Description :  <b><i>Renaissance </i>is a word with hope infused in every letter.</b><br />&#xa0;<br />Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.<br />&#xa0;<br />When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.<br />&#xa0;<br />When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if <i>renaissance </i>isn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what <i>is </i>isn’t <i>what has to be</i>?

9 The Amish Groom

Author : Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Religious 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-04-01
Description :  New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, <i>The Amish Groom</i> (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives. <br /><br />Born to an ex-Amish mother and an <i>Englisch</i> father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as a military kid until the age of 6, when his mom passed away. His dad, shipping off to yet another overseas post, placed Tyler in the care of his Amish grandparents, an arrangement that was supposed to be temporary. It lasted a lifetime.<br /><br />Rachel Hoeck is the young woman waiting for Tyler’s proposal. She senses that though he loves her and wishes to make a commitment to her and his Amish beliefs, part of him still wonders whether an Amish lifestyle is truly for him.<br /><br />When an opportunity to connect with his father unexpectedly arises, a visit to California causes Tyler to question everything, including a future with Rachel. Will the new girl in his life, Lark, cause him to remain in the Englisch world? Or will he choose to be an Amish groom after all?<br /><br />A poignant novel of hoping for romance and searching for identity, set in a beloved Amish community.

10 The Amish Blacksmith

Author : Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Religious 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-08-01
Description :  New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, <i>The Amish Blacksmith</i> (Book 2 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives. <br /><br />Apprenticed blacksmith Jake Miller is skeptical of Priscilla Kinsinger's innate ability to soothe troubled horses, especially when he has own ideas on how to calm them. Six years earlier, Priscilla's mother died in an awful accident at home, and Priscilla's grief over losing her mother was so intense that she was sent to live with relatives in Indiana. She has just returned to Lancaster County.<br /><br /> Not that her homecoming matters to Jake, who is interested in courting lighthearted Amanda Shetler. But Jake's boss is Priscilla's uncle, and when the man asks Jake to help his niece reconnect with community life, he has no choice but to do just that. Surprisingly, he finds himself slowly drawn to the beautiful but emotionally wounded Priscilla. <br /><br />Jake then determines to prove to her that it's not her fault her mother died, but what he discovers will challenge everything they both believe about the depth of love and the breadth of forgiveness.

11 Lady in Waiting

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance  Historical  Religious 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2010-09-07
Description :  <b>Love is a choice you make every day.<br /></b><br />Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay never expected to watch her husband, Brad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him, or the course of events that follow Brad’s departure.<br /><br />Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: <i>Jane. </i>Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.<br /><br />~<br /><br />In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey,&#xa0;an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.<br /><br />As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more influence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

12 White Picket Fences

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Religious  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2009-10-06
Description :  When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year-old niece Tally. The girl is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands– in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm–and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she, her husband Neil, and their two teenagers can offer the girl stability and a shot at a “normal” life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.<br /><br />Seventeen-year-old Chase Janvier hasn’t seen his cousin in years, and other than a vague curiosity about her strange life, he doesn’t expect her arrival will affect him much–or interfere with his growing, disturbing interest in a long-ago house fire that plagues his dreams unbeknownst to anyone else. <br /><br />Tally and Chase bond as they interview two Holocaust survivors for a sociology project, and become startlingly aware that the whole family is grappling with hidden secrets, with the echoes of the past, and with the realization that ignoring tragic situations won’t make them go away. <br /><br />Will Tally’s presence blow apart their carefully-constructed world, knocking down the illusion of the white picket fence and reveal a hidden past that could destroy them all–or can she help them find the truth without losing each other?<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

13 The Amish Clockmaker

Author : Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Religious 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-02-01
Description :  From bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, <i>The Amish Clockmaker</i> (Book 3 in the Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.<br /><br /> Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family's tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold—and raises new questions about the location's mysterious past.<br /><br /> Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone—including his own family members—believed he'd committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again.<br /><br /> Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family's business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer?<br /><br /> A timeless novel of truth, commitment, and the power of enduring love, where secrets of the past give way to hope for the future.

14 La sciarpa ricamata

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance  Historical 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2018-01-25
Description :  Una sciarpa, due donne: un secolo le separa, il destino le unisce<br /><br />«<i>Una narratrice straordinaria.</i>»<br /><b>Publishers Weekly</b><br /><br />«<i>Una narrazione evocativa ed emozionante.</i>»<br /><b>Kirkus Reviews</b><br /><br />Ellis Island, settembre 1911.&#xa0;Dopo aver perso l’uomo che amava, Clara ha scelto di prendersi cura degli emigranti che ogni giorno approdano all’isola, in attesa di ottenere il visto d’ingresso negli Stati Uniti. Un giorno, tra le migliaia di persone, un uomo attira la sua attenzione. Ha la febbre, forse è destinato a morire, e non si separa mai da una bellissima sciarpa con un motivo floreale su cui è ricamato un nome: Lily… <br />Manhattan, settembre 2011.&#xa0;Taryn lavora in un negozio di tessuti nell’Upper West Side. Rimasta vedova, è faticosamente riuscita a trovare un nuovo equilibrio e un po’ di serenità. Ma non riesce a cancellare il ricordo del giorno in cui le Twin Towers sono crollate, seppellendo suo marito. E neppure a cancellare il senso di colpa: lei infatti si è salvata grazie a uno sconosciuto che ora, a distanza di dieci anni, bussa alla sua porta, portando con sé la sciarpa che Taryn aveva quel giorno: una sciarpa antica, con un motivo floreale…

15 Neun Tage Königin

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-03-04
Description :  Die New Yorker Antiquitätenhändlerin Jane Lindsay findet in einem alten Gebetbuch versteckt einen kostbaren Ring mit der Inschrift &#34;Jane&#34;. Bei ihren Nachforschungen stößt sie auf das Leben der Adeligen Jane Grey, die im England des 16. Jahrhunderts zur Königin ausgerufen wurde, bis sie - nach nur neun Tagen - von Mary, der Tochter von Heinrich VIII., verdrängt wurde. Fasziniert taucht Jane immer tiefer in das Leben ihrer Namensvetterin ein, was nicht ohne Folgen bleibt ...

16 Dziewczyna z nagietkowym szalem

Author : Susan Meissner
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2017-05-23
Description :  <b>PONADCZASOWA HISTORIA O KOBIETACH, DLA KTÓRYCH MIŁOŚĆ JEST NA PIERWSZYM MIEJSCU</b><br /><br /><b>Wrzesień, rok 1911.</b> W porcie na wyspie Ellis Island przebywa pielęgniarka Clara Wood. Nie jest w stanie zmierzyć się z wizją powrotu do rodzinnego Manhattanu, bo właśnie tam w pożarze szwalni Triangle Shirtwaist zginął jej ukochany. Opiekując się ciężko chorym imigrantem, który również doświadczył podobnej tragedii, zauważa na jego szyi ozdobny szal przyozdobiony nagietkowym wzorem. Kobieta jest zafascynowana historią tego przedmiotu i postanawia odkryć jego tajemnicę. Czy to, czego się dowie zburzy jej światopogląd czy, wręcz przeciwnie, wyzwoli ją?<br /><br /><b>Wrzesień, rok 2011.</b> Na Upper West Side, Taryn Michaels oszukuje się, wmawiając sobie, że jest w pełni spełnioną kobietą. Lubi swoją pracę w sklepie i uwielbia spędzać czas z córką, którą wychowuje samodzielnie. Wszystko zmienia się, kiedy natrafia na starą fotografię opublikowaną w czasopiśmie. Wówczas mierzy się z okrutnym wspomnieniem – jej mąż zginął podczas ataku na World Trade Center. Co to ma wspólnego z tajemniczym szalem? Jak ta historia wiąże się z wspomnieniem roku 1911?<br /><br /><i>___</i><br /><br /><i>Wątki dwóch niewyobrażalnych tragedii splatają się w tej historii niczym złote nici na szalu zdobionym nagietkowym wzorem. (...) Poruszająca opowieść, która przeobraża przeciwności losu w zachwyt nad życiem.</i><br /><br /> – Sandra Dallas, bestsellerowa autorka z listy “The New York Times”<br /><br /> —–<br /><br /><b>Susan Meissner</b> –&#xa0;kobieta, która mówi o sobie, że jest „powołana do pisania”. Urodziła się w 1961 roku w San Diego w Kalifornii. Wydała kilkanaście powieści. Niektóre z nich okrzyknięto najlepszymi książkami „Publisher’s Weekly”. Mieszka z mężem pastorem w San Diego. Jest matką czworga dorosłych dzieci.



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