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. (From Goodreads)
I rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars
Huge thank you to BookishFirst and Berkley Pub for sending me an ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review.
This book was outstanding. And so breathtakingly beautiful. I have discovered a new love for Historical Fiction, so even though I have not read very many, I believe this is my favorite one, hands down. The characters were so well developed, and written so well, I felt what they felt, when they had ranging emotions, so did I.
“AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN” is full of heartbreak, I kept asking myself when is the Bright family going to catch a break? Why do they constantly have to suffer? They deserved so much more than the hands they were dealt during the book, and I was so pleased to see that the end of the book was ended so satisfying. There was not one thing that I would change about it.
When you read this one, one thing you will come to understand, is that the Spanish Influenza was horrific, it wasn’t until I read this book that I understood the THOUSANDS of lives lost to it. In tandem with the Spanish Flu was the war in France, drafting young men all over the U.S.A. and having them fight in the war, sending them back to their families broken, and some of the shells of who they used to be. Way back before P.T.S.D. was ever a medical thing. Susan captured all of this, every single emotion tied to these horrific events in out history. I suffered along with the families of both the Brights, and the families who lost loved ones to the flu and to the war.
I am so grateful that I was able to read this book before it’s available to be sold. This was my first Susan Meissner book, and now I look forward to reading, any and everything she has and will be writing. I cannot stress it enough guys, when this book comes out on on Feb. 6th. Please Please read it! I will include pre-order link down below.