Pub. Date: March 7, 2017
Publishers: Berkley Publishing Group
I enjoyed the author’s previous novel Secrets of a Charmed Life which is also a historical novel focusing on World War II, so I was surprised, and disappointed that I didn’t care for Susan Meissner’s latest novel, A Bridge Across the Ocean, which is another novel about World War II. But, for me, this book seems more of a ghost story than historical fiction.
In Ocean, WWII has just ended. The story is not linear, told in the past as well as the present. In the past, European war brides are to be reunited with their American husbands via the illustrious ocean liner the RMS Queen Mary. In the present, a reluctant psychic is trying to solve a ghost mystery surrounding the ship.
Once I finished this book I “googled” to learn that the Queen Mary has a history of being considered haunted, but I didn’t read anything about war brides. I wish Meissner would have concentrated more on the history part of her story. I enjoyed reading about the French Resistance, and Germans hiding Germans from the Nazis as well as the difficulties the war brides had in entering America. If she didn’t mix the genres, I would have found her tale a much more interesting read.
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