I was fortunate to read an early copy of A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner. I love books that combine the past with the present, and this book gives it a fresh twist. Add to that, compelling characters I cared about in all the storylines and timeframes — and it’s a winning combination. Susan Meissner has mastered this type of storytelling — and I’ll tell you one thing — I’m taking notes!
In this story we have strong women whose stories intersect in the past and the present. To me, this was seamless. I like nothing more than multiple timelines making sense. The fact that much of the story takes place on, and is about, The Queen Mary, in the past and in the present. This makes for seamless transitions and to me, natural integration of the past and the present. That’s one of Sue Meissner’s strengths.
The characters are layered and believable, the story gives us insight into the past, and a peek into the possible — because the main character in the present, Brette, has the ability to see/feel/interaction with “spirits.” It’s not a ghost story per se, but I love a book that allows me — no, requires me — to suspend my disbelief.
Isn’t that what we need sometimes? To be whisked away and made to think? To hope? To wonder?
I know I do!