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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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(Contemporary Romance category)

About the Book:
Everyone in Redford, Colorado, has a secret—even Police Chief Jonah Westfall and the woman who loves him. Will the revelations drive them apart? Or make them indivisible?

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(Young Adult category)

About the Book:
Lies and ugliness are his living, but the charlatan’s boy is forever on the lookout for the truth about where he comes from. Owing more to Twain than to Tolkien, [ … ]


Read the first chapter of A Sound Among the Trees.

A house stuck in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss.

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.


Susan Meissner’s Lady in Waiting (WaterBrook Press, Sept. 7, 2010) chronicles the stories of modern-day Jane Lindsay and 16th century Lady Jane Grey and one ring that bind the women separated by centuries. The book alternates between Jane Lindsay in modern-day Manhattan and Lucy Day, the seamstress for Lady Jane Grey. Jane struggles to trust in God with her marriage and Lucy struggles that England can’t make up its mind whether to be Catholic or Reformed. Meissner’s writing flows comfortably between the two Janes and gives readers a hopeful message for the modern-day Jane.

Cindy Brovsky
WaterBrook Multnomah

PW REVIEW: Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

09/27/2010 Fiction

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Susan Meissner, WaterBrook, $13.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 9780307458834Veteran author Meissner (White Picket Fences) blends past and present in this compelling novel about making choices. Jane Lindsay never thought she’d be alone, but after her husband leaves her, she must face the reality of her marriage and life choices. One small ring, found in the binding of a book bought at an English rummage sale, changes the course of Jane’s thinking as she researches another Jane, whose name is inscribed in the ring. Readers jump back in time to England after the death of Henry VIII. Lucy Day is ordered to Sudeley Castle, bearing a dress for Lady Jane Grey. Lucy narrates the tale of Lady Jane, [ … ]

SNEAK PEEK: Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner

Love is a choice you make every day.

Download and read the first FOUR chapters of  Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner.

Jane Lindsay is not accustomed to making her own decisions.  But after her husband packs his things and moves out, she finds herself on an unfamiliar path to finding her own peace and contentment.  When she finds an ancient ring that may have belonged to sixteenth century’s Lady Jane Grey, the story from the past begins to spur her on towards a new definition of happiness.

Download and read the first FOUR chapters of  Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner.