A Sound Among the Trees

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Home for the Holidays

<p>Christmas has a way of beckoning us home, doesn&rsquo;t it? We long for our loved ones to be seated at our holiday tables, gathered cozy in our festive living rooms, and posing for family photos at the blazing hearth. Expectations can be high and disappointments can run deep when what we want – everyone home for Christmas – isn&rsquo;t what we have. We want to be home and we want everyone we love to be home with us.</p>
<p>It&rsquo;s interesting that we should feel this way when we consider that Joseph and Mary were far from home the night Jesus was born. The shepherds that celebrated with this little family on that starry night were strangers, not loved ones, and the setting wasn&rsquo;t cozy or festive. And yet when we think of that first Christmas, we think of joy, serenity, warmth, peace. Home.</p>
<p>It&rsquo;s true that there&rsquo;s no place like home for the holidays. And equally true that there&rsquo;s no home where God has not placed Himself this Christmas. </p>
<p>That&rsquo;s the heart of the holidays. God came to us. </p>
<p>He is our home.</p>
<p><em>&ldquo;Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.&rdquo; Psalm 91:1</em></p>
<p>Original devotion by Susan Meissner, author of <em>A Sound Among the Trees</em></p>
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<p><strong>Daily Reflection: </strong>How will you be reminded of God’s presence in and out of your home this holiday season?</p>


READING GUIDE: A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

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Marielle Bishop gets more than she bargained for when she leaves the Arizona desert she loves to marry into a Fredericksburg family with deep historical roots. As rumors of a Civil War ghost abound and secrets begin to be unearthed in her new home at Holly Oak, Marielle must sort through it all as she learns to embrace her new life as wife and stepmother. When a prodigal daughter unexpectedly shows up, new revelations bring about surprising truth, prompting all to wonder whether the perceived curse can be lifted.

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NEWS: “A Sound Among The Trees” Gets Rave Reviews!

A Sound Among the Trees is getting rave reviews from professional sources and book bloggers alike!  Check out what others have said and then pick up a copy for yourself! Publisher’s Weekly - starred review: "Meissner delivers a delightful page-turner that will surely enthrall readers from beginning to end. The antebellum details, lively characters, and overlapping dramas particularly will excite history buffs and romance fans." Book Bloggers & Readers Just Like You: Suzanne: Meissner has solidified her place as a top author with this one, it's sure to win awards. - ClickingHerHeels.blogspot.com Erin: Susan Meissner has quickly become on of my favorite Christian fiction writers because her books are easy to read and very engaging—and they aren’t cheesy. -  Thinking Out Loud Robin: This book captured my heart! Oh my goodness, I couldn't put it down once I began reading. I stayed up through the night to finish it! So many twists and turns. Just when you think you’re at the best part, it gets even better! - RobinsNest66.blogspot.com Linda: 5 stars. I absolutely loved this book. An amazing story of self-discovery (no matter what one's age may be) and heritage. My favorite part was learning about life during the Civil War for a woman who had family on both sides of the armies.  I laughed and cried. - Books4Linda.blogspot.com Casey: Defining what a novel should be… Susan Meissner’s voice in Christian fiction and her authority with words sucks me in with the cadence of her writing in the story she weaves. Her dialogue is swift and to the point, her characters three-dimensional. Deep and wide, her stories always leave me craving more. - EnjoyingtheWritingCraft.blogspot.com Candy: I was so taken in by this book that I could literally feel the places and emotions the author described.  I definitely give this book five stars, and now I have to go back and read Susan's previous works! - My Reading Life More Reviews:

  • - Romantic Times-4 stars:  "Meissner has a gift for blending historical and contemporary stories"
  • - Book Bargains & Previews-5 stars: "This is a fantastic book!  The author is a master wordsmith."
  • - Novel Journey: "Masterfully drawn by great word artist Susan Meissner."
  • - Book Reviews R Us-5 stars:  "Susan Meissner always delivers!"
  • - Five Star Books And More-"Look for the insightful conversation on page 302.  It's a lesson for all of us about letting go."
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NEWS: Susan Meissner On Being A Military Wife Now And In The Civil War

Susan Meissner, award-winning author of The Shape of Mercy and, most recently, A Sound Among the Trees, was interviewed on 10/19/2011 by radio host Susie Larson on "Live the Promise."  Listen HERE as Susan discusses her book as well as her experiences as a military spouse and a pastor's wife.  Susan's husband is currently deployed as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and in A Sound Among the Trees she used the story of one character to explore what it might have been like to be a soldier's wife during the Civil War.


NEWS: Tips for Writers from Susan Meissner on Novel Rocket

Get writing tips from "great word artist" Susan Meissner, author of the contemporary/historical novel A Sound Among the Trees, by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Ane Mulligan, editor of Novel Rocket, a website that helps up and coming authors promote their books and hone their craft, says: "Masterfully drawn by great word artist Susan Meissner, A Sound Among the Trees is an intriguing and complex story, delving into relationships and traditions... Novel Journey and I give A Sound Among the Trees a high recommendation."  Read the rest of Ane's review here.

Read Susan's article on Novel Rocket and learn how to "Make Your Setting A Character"


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NEWS: Susan Meissner Guest Blog Featured on eHarmony.com

Susan Meissner, author of the novel A Sound Among the Trees (released October 4, 2011), wrote a guest blog post for the eHarmony relationship blog, entitled "Not All Baggage Is Bad."  

In the book, Marielle Bishop, who has watched all her friends marry and begin families, has at last found love online. She leaves the Arizona desert to marry a Virginia widower, joining him and his two children —and his first wife’s grandmother— in an ancestral family home where it seems like ghosts are everywhere, real and imagined.  As Marielle struggles to fit into her new role as wife and stepmother, unsettled by the strange sense of sorrow she feels inside Holly Oak’s walls, she must uncover the truth about Susannah, and reconcile her belief that it is people—not houses—that hang on to the past.  History can’t be undone, but truth uncovered can set the women of Holly Oak free.  Start reading chapter 1 now.

In her blog, Susan shares insights on how to give the past a proper place in a new relationship.  Read it here.


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SNEAK PEEK: A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

sneak-peak_1852A house stuck in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss. Click here to download chapter one of A Sound Among the Trees. 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. Click here to download chapter one of A Sound Among the Trees.


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