Book Of The Week
This was my first Book Of The Month pick, which means it will always hold a special place in my heart! Besides it being immensely good it made me love BOTM in a way that I never thought I would! When I started BOTM I never thought that over a year later I would still be a subscriber, I never thought I would talk about it constantly, I never thought I would just be as obsessed as I am with this subscription box. So, if you’ve never done it before, I highly encourage trying it!
Now, back to the book! When I picked this book I really had no idea what to suspect. I had never read Susan Meissner before and I was a little annoyed with historical fiction at that time. A few days before I started BOTM I had been staring at the best sellers shelf at work and was just annoyed at how many WWII books were there. I was SSSSOOOO sick of the entire WWII genre and just ranted at my poor co-woker. I asked him what about WWI? There are never any books about WWI- we gloss over it in school and just focus on WWII and Vietnam. Literary, As Bright As Heaven was kismet! It was like BOTM and Meissner read my mind and dropped this book in my lap! It was amazing! The way Meissner was able to make think of death in an entirely different way was just so surprising! This entire book blew me away.
If you’ve been thinking you should try Book of the Month- then do it! If you haven’t read As Bright As Heaven- then do it! These are win-win situations! Try something new!
To read my review of As Bright As Heaven click here.
Title: As Bright As Heaven
Author: Susan Meissner
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean 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.
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.
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.
As Bright as Heaven 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.