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Susan Meissner

Autor(a) de Secrets of a Charmed Life

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About the Author

In 1995, Susan Meissner was working as a part-time reporter for a county newspaper. In 1998, she was named editor of the Mountain Lake/Butterfield Observer Advocate, the town's weekly paper. The paper was named the Best Weekly Newspaper in Minnesota by the Minnesota Newspaper Association in 2002. mostrar mais She retired later that year to write her first book, Why the Sky is Blue, which was published in 2004. Her other books include The Girl in the Glass, The Shape of Mercy, In All Deep Places, and A Fall of Marigolds. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Susan Meissner

Secrets of a Charmed Life (2015) 890 exemplares
A Fall of Marigolds (2014) 795 exemplares
As Bright as Heaven (2018) 688 exemplares
The Nature of Fragile Things (2021) 498 exemplares
The Shape of Mercy (2008) 363 exemplares
The Last Year of the War (2019) 351 exemplares
A Bridge Across the Ocean (2017) 319 exemplares
Stars Over Sunset Boulevard (2016) 187 exemplares
Lady in Waiting (2010) 185 exemplares
A Sound Among Trees (2011) 181 exemplares
Only the Beautiful (2023) 153 exemplares
The Girl in the Glass (2012) 144 exemplares
White Picket Fences (2009) 132 exemplares
Widows & Orphans (2000) 112 exemplares
When We Had Wings (2022) 106 exemplares
Why the Sky Is Blue (2004) 104 exemplares
Sticks & Stones (2007) 99 exemplares
The Amish Groom (2014) 92 exemplares
A Seahorse in the Thames (2006) 89 exemplares
A Window to the World (2005) 89 exemplares
Blue Heart Blessed (2008) 80 exemplares
The Amish Blacksmith (2014) 74 exemplares
Days & Hours (2007) 69 exemplares
In All Deep Places (2006) 62 exemplares
The Remedy for Regret (2005) 59 exemplares
Pumpkin Day at the Zoo (2023) 19 exemplares
A Window to the worl 2 exemplares
As Bright as Heaven 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
San Diego, California, USA
Locais de residência
San Diego, California, USA
Minnesota, USA
Blytheville, Arkansas, USA
Mountain Lake/Butterfield Observer Advocate

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Award-winning writer Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2008; White Picket Fences; and Lady in Waiting. She is a pastor's wife and a mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.



An uplifting yet heartbreaking book, "Lady in Waiting" is one book that needs to make your must read list! It contains two stories, one about Jane Lindsay that takes place in the present, and one about Lady Jane Grey that takes place in the mid 1500's.

The Present day Jane is waiting for her husband to make the decision of what he wants to do about the emptiness in their marriage, just as she has waited for him and her parents to make the decisions that have shaped her entire life. While she waits she discovers a ring hidden in a recently acquired book that she decides could have belonged only to Lady Jane Grey. Jane’s quest to learn more about the 16th century Jane leads her on a journey inside her own soul – a journey that leads to the discovery of what duty and choice mean, and the decisions she needs to make to preserve her marriage.

Each character is memorable and realistic. Lady Jane Grey will be a character I will remember for a very long time. Her story broke my heart and yet she amazed me with her strength. Jane Lindsay will also be one that I will not soon forget. Her story is of finding one's self and gaining both strength and insight and learning exactly what she wants.
Both stories, although different, were still about the same thing - choices. Those choices that were made for us, and those that we ourselves make, and what we do with them.

This is a fantastic book that has definitely been one of the best I've read in a long time. I'm now going to be hunting down more Susan Meissner books. She's an author that could easily make my favorite's list!!
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chaoticmel | 32 outras críticas | May 18, 2024 |
I love this book for so many reasons! To start, Susan Meissner is a gifted writer who creates characters that I care about as a reader. In this story, Clara and Taryn are women connected by a beautiful scarf and unspeakable tragedy. Both of their stories take place in New York City; Taryn's in 2011 and Clara's in 1911.
As a survivor of a tragic house fire, I related to both of their reactions to witnessing historic tragedy: the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, and the 9/11 Twin Tower collapse. Both women retreat into an "in-between place". This is a common reaction.
The book also has a strong sense of place. Having worked in the World Trade Center, Meissner took me back to downtown NYC when writing about Taryn's experience. Clara, a nurse at Ellis Island, interacts with immigrants suffering from scarlet fever. One of these is a tailor. I thought about my grandparents who came through Ellis Island during the same period, one of whom was also a tailor. This story fleshed out their experience for me.
I also liked how she used Keats' "Ode to a Grecian Urn" as a means of understanding longing and loss. The poetry book itself is a McGuffin within the story, just to name a few.
Lastly, I love scarves. Having lost my collection in my house fire, family members have lovingly shared theirs with me. My new, small collection is dear to me because I can relate each scarf to the person who shared it with me, as do the characters in this book.

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Chrissylou62 | 46 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Wow. Well this is definitely an eye opener for me. I thought this book was very well written and researched thoroughly. Its good to know this mutilation of people isn't happening in our part of the world anymore.
mchwest | 13 outras críticas | Mar 22, 2024 |
Susan Meissner juxtaposes the Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 with the 9/11 Twin Tower tragedies and the aftermath for two women in this novel that are connected by a scarf decorated with marigolds.

Clara Wood, a nurse on Ellis Island, lost a man with whom she felt very connected despite few encounters prior to the factory fire. Taryn, newly pregnant, lost a husband on 9/11. Most of the story concerns Clara whom I found to be self-absorbed and cold. She is pining for what might have been with a man she didn't know very well and is indifferent to anyone offering solace or solutions to her self-imposed exile. A young doctor on Ellis Island is especially concerned about her welfare.

I expected to like this story more than I did because I like Meissner's novels, but I couldn't find myself caring much about Clara. Taryn's grief was much more understandable; however, the tie-in with the scarf seemed implausible.
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pdebolt | 46 outras críticas | Mar 10, 2024 |



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