Marielle Bishop doesn’t know what she’s getting herself into when she agrees to move into her new husband’s dead first wife’s childhood home with the grandmother who raised the first wife so that the first wife's children won’t have to move from the only home they’ve ever known. She starts learning quickly, though. Either the house is cursed or haunted, or something deeper is going on.
I can’t say much more without giving crucial information away. But Susan Meissner has done it again. I love this story which, like her others, blends the present with the past teaching those who live now what those who lived then learned. A good section of the book contains Susannah Page’s Civil War letters which help the women of this story, Marielle, Adelaide, and Caroline, discover what’s really going on at Holly Oak, so that healing can take place at last.
Caroline was my favorite character. She’s the dead first wife’s mother, Adelaide’s daughter, and the mentally disturbed, drug addicted runaway who returns to Holly Oak with an urgent message for all. Hers is a story of redemption and grace and restoring the past by helping those headed into the future. Sometimes God uses those who've suffered deeply to bring healing to those who may not even realize they are in pain--and that's a truly beautiful thing!
I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
Note to the Publisher: Though I'm a dedicated Susan Meissner fan, I almost skipped this book just because of its cover. You decapitated Susannah! Why, oh, why, oh, why would you do that?!