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

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • MaryannC.Book Fiend
    Nov 10, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Dec 05, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

    This story is about love, family, the Spanish flu .. it?s heartbreaking and sad. The author tells this story like all of her stories so well. It took me awhile to get Into it but I kept going and i ended up really liking it in the end. I liked the 2nd half better than the first half ...

    Beautifully poignant and beautifully written, As Bright As Heaven deals with one families trials and heartache during during a harsh time in American history. One ripe with a war ending and a deadly disease on the cusp of infecting millions and leaving almost everyone affected by both....

  • 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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Kathleen
    Nov 16, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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! ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Susan Peterson
    Nov 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

    This story is about love, family, the Spanish flu .. it?s heartbreaking and sad. The author tells this story like all of her stories so well. It took me awhile to get Into it but I kept going and i ended up really liking it in the end. I liked the 2nd half better than the first half ...

    Beautifully poignant and beautifully written, As Bright As Heaven deals with one families trials and heartache during during a harsh time in American history. One ripe with a war ending and a deadly disease on the cusp of infecting millions and leaving almost everyone affected by both....

    As Bright as Heaven is a novel about how a family is completely transformed by the 1918 flu epidemic. The book is narrated by the four women in the Bright family: Pauline, mom, who has finally made peace with the sudden passing of her son; Evie, 15; 12 year old Maggie and 6 year old Wi...

    An average farm family moves to Philadelphia during 1918 to help run an uncle's funeral business. This move is a huge cultural change for the parents as well as their three daughters, but little do they know how much change they and their newly adopted city will endure. The topic of th...

    Thank you so much Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read and also for inviting me to join the blog tour. This was a beautifully written story that gave me so many emotions. I was immediately drawn in to the Bright family from the first chapter. I loved the way...

    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
    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...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Toni
    Dec 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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

    This story is about love, family, the Spanish flu .. it?s heartbreaking and sad. The author tells this story like all of her stories so well. It took me awhile to get Into it but I kept going and i ended up really liking it in the end. I liked the 2nd half better than the first half ...

    Beautifully poignant and beautifully written, As Bright As Heaven deals with one families trials and heartache during during a harsh time in American history. One ripe with a war ending and a deadly disease on the cusp of infecting millions and leaving almost everyone affected by both....

    As Bright as Heaven is a novel about how a family is completely transformed by the 1918 flu epidemic. The book is narrated by the four women in the Bright family: Pauline, mom, who has finally made peace with the sudden passing of her son; Evie, 15; 12 year old Maggie and 6 year old Wi...

    An average farm family moves to Philadelphia during 1918 to help run an uncle's funeral business. This move is a huge cultural change for the parents as well as their three daughters, but little do they know how much change they and their newly adopted city will endure. The topic of th...

  • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

  • Sherri Thacker
    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

    This story is about love, family, the Spanish flu .. it?s heartbreaking and sad. The author tells this story like all of her stories so well. It took me awhile to get Into it but I kept going and i ended up really liking it in the end. I liked the 2nd half better than the first half ...

  • Jennifer
    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

    This story is about love, family, the Spanish flu .. it?s heartbreaking and sad. The author tells this story like all of her stories so well. It took me awhile to get Into it but I kept going and i ended up really liking it in the end. I liked the 2nd half better than the first half ...

    Beautifully poignant and beautifully written, As Bright As Heaven deals with one families trials and heartache during during a harsh time in American history. One ripe with a war ending and a deadly disease on the cusp of infecting millions and leaving almost everyone affected by both....

    As Bright as Heaven is a novel about how a family is completely transformed by the 1918 flu epidemic. The book is narrated by the four women in the Bright family: Pauline, mom, who has finally made peace with the sudden passing of her son; Evie, 15; 12 year old Maggie and 6 year old Wi...

  • 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...

  • Book of the Month
    Jan 01, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

  • Jennifer Vining
    Feb 03, 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    Love in the Time of Influenza By Judge Stacey Armand I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intima...

    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 hope I can do this novel justice as I review it because this was such a touching, heartfelt, amazing book that this is one not to miss. This story begins with the Bright Family, a family living in Quakertown, Pennsylvania in 1918, they are father Thomas, wife, Pauline and their 3 dau...

    Wow, did this book pack a punch. Stunningly written and the story itself was full of the darkest and lightest moments in life. It is a serious tearjerker but it leaves you full of hope. It's told from four POVs, a mother and her three daughters, over the course of several years. Normal...

    As Bright As Heaven is a beautifully written story about a family...its loves, its heartaches, its passions. It starts with an intriguing premise, as the family lives above a mortuary, and they all become involved in the family business. But there is no morbidity, the story is not maud...

    This story is about love, family, the Spanish flu .. it?s heartbreaking and sad. The author tells this story like all of her stories so well. It took me awhile to get Into it but I kept going and i ended up really liking it in the end. I liked the 2nd half better than the first half ...

    Beautifully poignant and beautifully written, As Bright As Heaven deals with one families trials and heartache during during a harsh time in American history. One ripe with a war ending and a deadly disease on the cusp of infecting millions and leaving almost everyone affected by both....

    As Bright as Heaven is a novel about how a family is completely transformed by the 1918 flu epidemic. The book is narrated by the four women in the Bright family: Pauline, mom, who has finally made peace with the sudden passing of her son; Evie, 15; 12 year old Maggie and 6 year old Wi...

    An average farm family moves to Philadelphia during 1918 to help run an uncle's funeral business. This move is a huge cultural change for the parents as well as their three daughters, but little do they know how much change they and their newly adopted city will endure. The topic of th...

    Thank you so much Berkley Publishing for sending me a copy of this book to read and also for inviting me to join the blog tour. This was a beautifully written story that gave me so many emotions. I was immediately drawn in to the Bright family from the first chapter. I loved the way...