As Bright as Heaven

As Bright as Heaven

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 fres From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philade...

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Title:As Bright as Heaven
Author:Susan Meissner
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0399585966
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:387 pages pages

As Bright as Heaven Reviews

  • JanB
    May 24, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

  • Elyse Walters
    Apr 28, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

  • Marialyce
    Feb 20, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

  • Carol (Bookaria)
    Apr 29, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Dec 11, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

  • Lisa Wingate
    Aug 07, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

  • Cindy Burnett
    Oct 29, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

  • Dem
    Jun 04, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

  • Lori
    Jan 15, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 20, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

  • Susanne Strong
    Apr 29, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

  • Angela M
    Sep 28, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

  • Pam Jenoff
    Aug 07, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

  • Connie
    Jun 08, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

  • Dianne
    Dec 24, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

    Home isn?t a place where everything stays the same; it?s a place where you are safe and loved despite nothing staying the same. Change always happens. Always. As Bright as Heaven is a beautiful story about love, loss, and the surprising strength that can be found within during...

    The Spanish Flu is not something I know very much about and admittedly it?s not something that I?ve ever had a great interest in but Meissner writes such gorgeous prose that I was utterly fascinated by it while reading this. I honestly think she could write about anything and I wou...

    They journeyed from the tobacco fields of home to the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia in 1918. The Bright family saw a future, although unknown, with the possibilities of being as bright as their name. Little did they know, with young men going off to join the Great War, and the nigh...

  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    Mar 18, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

    Home isn?t a place where everything stays the same; it?s a place where you are safe and loved despite nothing staying the same. Change always happens. Always. As Bright as Heaven is a beautiful story about love, loss, and the surprising strength that can be found within during...

    The Spanish Flu is not something I know very much about and admittedly it?s not something that I?ve ever had a great interest in but Meissner writes such gorgeous prose that I was utterly fascinated by it while reading this. I honestly think she could write about anything and I wou...

    They journeyed from the tobacco fields of home to the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia in 1918. The Bright family saw a future, although unknown, with the possibilities of being as bright as their name. Little did they know, with young men going off to join the Great War, and the nigh...

    All the stars!! Full review to follow. ...

  • Nikki
    May 02, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

  • Hazel Gaynor
    Aug 07, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

  • Jeanette
    Feb 22, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

    Home isn?t a place where everything stays the same; it?s a place where you are safe and loved despite nothing staying the same. Change always happens. Always. As Bright as Heaven is a beautiful story about love, loss, and the surprising strength that can be found within during...

    The Spanish Flu is not something I know very much about and admittedly it?s not something that I?ve ever had a great interest in but Meissner writes such gorgeous prose that I was utterly fascinated by it while reading this. I honestly think she could write about anything and I wou...

    They journeyed from the tobacco fields of home to the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia in 1918. The Bright family saw a future, although unknown, with the possibilities of being as bright as their name. Little did they know, with young men going off to join the Great War, and the nigh...

    All the stars!! Full review to follow. ...

    I read the entire, but the last PART which occurred in 1925 I read far more quickly than the rest. No synopsis in any detailed measure but the short or tall of subject matter with my reaction. It's a heartfelt tale of a family by the separation narrator sections for each female...

  • Karen
    Feb 15, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

  • Amy
    Feb 09, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

    Home isn?t a place where everything stays the same; it?s a place where you are safe and loved despite nothing staying the same. Change always happens. Always. As Bright as Heaven is a beautiful story about love, loss, and the surprising strength that can be found within during...

    The Spanish Flu is not something I know very much about and admittedly it?s not something that I?ve ever had a great interest in but Meissner writes such gorgeous prose that I was utterly fascinated by it while reading this. I honestly think she could write about anything and I wou...

  • Lynn
    Mar 15, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Nov 30, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

  • Pamela
    Apr 25, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

    Home isn?t a place where everything stays the same; it?s a place where you are safe and loved despite nothing staying the same. Change always happens. Always. As Bright as Heaven is a beautiful story about love, loss, and the surprising strength that can be found within during...

    The Spanish Flu is not something I know very much about and admittedly it?s not something that I?ve ever had a great interest in but Meissner writes such gorgeous prose that I was utterly fascinated by it while reading this. I honestly think she could write about anything and I wou...

    They journeyed from the tobacco fields of home to the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia in 1918. The Bright family saw a future, although unknown, with the possibilities of being as bright as their name. Little did they know, with young men going off to join the Great War, and the nigh...

    All the stars!! Full review to follow. ...

    I read the entire, but the last PART which occurred in 1925 I read far more quickly than the rest. No synopsis in any detailed measure but the short or tall of subject matter with my reaction. It's a heartfelt tale of a family by the separation narrator sections for each female...

    I simply LOVE this bittersweet yet charming, beautifully rendered, character rich and storyline enchanting work of historical fiction with subtle hints of supernatural wonder. Once again, Susan Meissner has written a sure to be best seller that will withstand the test of time and a...

  • Andrea
    Jan 07, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

  • Jen
    Mar 04, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

  • Kaila
    Mar 07, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

    "As Bright As Heaven" shows how the love of their family keeps the Bright family on a hopeful course during a difficult historical time. The family and their neighbors are touched by World War I, the deadly Spanish Flu of 1918, and Prohibition. Thomas Bright's childless uncle invites t...

    One of the loveliest benefits of author life is being given the opportunity to peruse upcoming books before they make their way to the rest of the world. When an early copy of Bright as Heaven came my way (still in a plain white wrapper, no gorgeous cover yet), I couldn't wait to crack...

    I was lucky enough to have an early read of this wonderful book set in Philadelphia around the outbreak of WWI. It is a unique premise and gloriously written! ...

    I was very lucky to read an ARC of Susan Meissner's forthcoming novel and it totally swept me away. Beautifully written and vividly imagined, AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN is a mesmerizing portrayal of the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, a devastating event in our global history that I haven't rea...

    4.5 stars rounded up. This is a beautifully written book of historical fiction centered around the time of the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI. The Brights, a farm family with three daughters, move to Philadelphia in 1918 to help their uncle in his mortuary business. When both WWI and...

    Home isn?t a place where everything stays the same; it?s a place where you are safe and loved despite nothing staying the same. Change always happens. Always. As Bright as Heaven is a beautiful story about love, loss, and the surprising strength that can be found within during...

  • Brandice
    Apr 14, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

    5 Brilliant Stars Evocative and heartfelt. The Brights lost something immeasurable. Little Henry. And now they are left empty, searching for something they can?t quite express. Unable to fill it, they leave Quakertown for Philadelphia. Finding a new home with Uncle Fred, livin...

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story stars Sometimes a story just comes together and as you unwrap its layers, you find yourself more and more in love with what was written. This was the case with this reader. Susan Meissner told this story with love and a devotion to show us what the ra...

    4.5 stars This was my first book by this author. I love her writing and will be looking for more of her books. This novel focuses on the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 that killed more people than WWI. ?The flu took whoever it wanted, no matter what any of us did or didn?t do.? ...

    This is a wonderful novel that takes place when the Spanish flu epidemic hit the world in 1918. It appears that the words "Spanish flu" and "wonderful" should not be in the same sentence but in this case what makes the book captivating are its characters. The novel follows the ...

    Perfection! I absolutely adored this novel. I have never read anything about the Spanish Flu and was astounded at the number of people & families it affected. Meissners writing is flawless. She draws you in with her remarkable characters and storytelling. This is a novel not to be ...

    3. 5 Stars A nice easy read that was entertaining and insightful in bringing the flu epidemic to the attention of readers who like myself may not have read much about this time in history. I listened to this one on audio and the narrators were good. I enjoy historical fiction stor...

    5 GLORIOUS stars (and 5 random thoughts): 1. My first ARC! Thank you to the publisher for providing my with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. 2. Apparently, 100 years ago, fifty-million people worldwide perished from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the deadliest ...

    Five BRIGHT stars!! ??it?s not how short or long an experience is; it?s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.? I feel like I should send Susan Meissner a thank you note for giving us this gem of a book. I wanted to hug it and never let go....

    From a small town in Pennsylvania as a family rolling tobacco leaves for a living to Philadelphia as a family living and working in a funeral home. The Brights made a big change from their quiet life in Quakertown to the noisy, big city of Philadelphia. Both the city and the job T...

    Sue Meissner?s books just get better and better with each new one; every time I pick up her latest book I hope that it will be as good as her last ones, and instead I end up liking the newest one the most. Very few authors can sustain that level of excellence; it is quite an impressi...

    I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven, a historical fiction story set in Philadelphia from 1918 through the mid-1920s. The story revolves around the Bright family: parents, Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie, and Willa. There are plenty of additional characters ...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    May 06, 2018

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...

    1918, a family after a tragic loss, moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia when the childless uncle invites the father of this family to work with him as an undertaker and become heir to his business and home. Philadelphia is a place where Thomas Bright thought he could give a better li...

    The Great War. The Spanish flu. A year that took more than just soldiers in 1918. This one took me by the heart and squeezed it until I lost my breath and then slowly released it. Such heartache in a family who have experienced the pain of losing a baby. The Bright family moves ...

    I had previously read ?A Bridge Across The Ocean? by Ms. Meissner and I was anxious to read this new novel. Wow, it is one of the best books that I have read this year!!! The prose is beautiful and flowing and amongst all of the heartache and physical and emotional difficulties the...

    I just loved this family, the Bright?s. This book begins in 1918 during the Great War and the Spanish flu epidemic, when this family of five, the parents and three daughter?s moves from Quakertown to Philadelphia. The father?s uncle gives him the job of undertaker to his funeral ...

    Audiobook....read by Cassandra Morris, Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, and Abigail Revasch The first thing I noticed from the Audiobook is that the reader/readers SPEAKING VOICES WERE GOOD- they had the potential to hold my attention, but I honestly thought some of the writing felt l...

    1918, Philadelphia, a city with many opportunities, a city that the Bright family, Pauline, Thomas and their three daughters move to for just that purpose. Thomas's elderly, childless uncle wants them to live in his large house, and for Thomas to train and takeover his mortuary busines...

    Brenda and I were lost in a coulee with four of our Traveling Sisters reading As Bright as Heaven and we were all drawn into this eye-opening, emotional, and heartbreaking read. It led to a very interesting discussion where we shared our thoughts on the things that we learned from this...

  • Melisa
    Aug 09, 2017

    Susan Meissner?s writing is like a warm hug or a slow dance or a good wine. It just flows seamlessly and gets you into your soul. Personally, I have a tendency to romanticize the past - historical fiction holds such a dear place in my heart, I love that I can be entertained by fi...