Book Review: ‘A Bridge Across The Ocean’ By Susan Meissner

The past and the future collide in this epic look at the history of three women spanning World War II up until today. A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; available Tuesday, March 14).

RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California plays a big part in the story. She was used during the war to bring women over from England that married American soldiers during the war. The story revolves around Annaliese and Simone and Phoebe, who are traveling to America to be with their new husbands. Only Annaliese has a big secret (one that comes out while she’s on the ship).

In present day Brette Caslake, who has a gift of being able to see ghosts, comes across Annaliese on the Queen Mary. She is haunted by the encounter and is determined to find out what happened to her on that boat many years ago.

The story goes back in forth from Annaliese, Simon and Brett and gives their back stories on who they are and what they have gone through. It’s an interesting look at WWII and what women and people in France had to go through to survive the German invasion. I also didn’t know about the Queen Mary and women marrying Americans and then coming here. It’s a good history lesson on what is one of the darkest times in our history.

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