A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

A Bridge Across The Ocean

Summary: Wartime intrigue spans the lives of three women past and present in the latest novel from the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life .

February, 1946. 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 Resistance spy.

Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary 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…

Present day. Facing a crossroads in her own life, Brette Caslake visits the famously haunted Queen Mary 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This was my first Susan Meissner book and I really enjoyed it! Well, up to the end.. Don’t get me wrong- the ending is not bad, just a part of the reveal felt a bit off to me and kinda left me feeling a bit off.


What I liked:

The cover. Gah, so beautiful. The colors. The flower. THE COLORS!!!

How the story was set up between past and present. Loved that.

Learning a bit more about WWII. In my history classes at school- we learned about WWII, but we did not even scratch the surface of all the things that happened and the aftermath. Reading historical fiction can break my heart (my heart still hasn’t completely recovered from The Nightingale) but I do love me some historical fiction books!

How I could not completely decide what happened THAT night. I had theories. I was considering drawing up charts outlining my theories and why that theory had to work. And Susan threw a twist- which I loved!


What didn’t wow me:

When a part of the ending was revealed- I felt… let down, I think is the best way to describe it. I had my own theories and expectations and when I saw she wasn’t going those ways- I was ok. But I wasn’t sure how she would explain one tiny wrinkle and when she did- it worked. But it was like wanting a decadent piece of chocolate, craving it- and then finding that someone had snatched the last piece.


Bottom line: I would read other Susan Meissner books and I still think this one is great!



*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

**A Bridge Across The Ocean was a March #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T. It was also a She Reads Spring Book Club selection.**


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Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

5 thoughts on “A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

  1. Wonderful review….I love how you structure your reviews, Tamara.

    I enjoyed your review and the book. I didn’t guess the end either.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a great week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

  2. I read this one too and liked it but it wasn’t my favorite. I really like Susan Meissner’s books! If your ever in the mood to try another one from her I highly recommend Secrets of a Charmed Life.

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