When Marielle marries Connor she becomes an instant mother to his children. His wife, Sara, passed away in childbirth four years earlier. Marielle leaves all that she has known to become his wife and she moves to the home that he lived in with Sara – a stately manor which bears the scars of the Civil War: Holly Oak.
Holly Oak has been in the family for generations and there are rumors that the house has a “memory” of the trauma it has witnessed over the years. Surely, there was trauma. The house still bears the wound of a Union cannonball in the north wall.
“A Sound Among the Trees” is a superbly written novel by seasoned author, Susan Meissner. She weaves a tale of “now” and “then” together beautifully. The novel begins with Marielle and Connor’s wedding and that sets the stage for a story that weaves throughout many generations of southern women who lived at Holly Oak.
This is not a “haunted house” story so if you’re looking for one of those, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a novel with rich character development, a thought-provoking theme (there are discussion questions at the end of the book — perfect for book clubs) and a lyrical glimpse into life in Virginia during the Civil War…look no further.
**I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review as part of the publisher’s Blogging For Books program.**