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As Bright as Heaven (2018)

av Susan Meissner

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"From the darkest hours rises life in all its glory ... 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 fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life. Their dreams are short-lived. Just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges that surround them, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it. Under the Canopy of Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it"--… (mer)
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This book wrenched my heart and left me breathless. ( )
  kimberlyrivera1473 | Sep 23, 2020 |
An interesting book about many of my favorite topics: historical fiction and strong women. My only criticism is that the happy endings were a little far- fetched. Sometimes it is better to leave the ending to a reader's imagination. Sometimes an unhappy ending is ok too, if it is more realistic.

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  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
It came like a thief in the night, this virus that didn’t care if you were young or old, or rich or poor. It struck with no warning. It left some sick, but weak and recovering. Many others it took within days of being infected, coughing and gasping for breath at the end. Even if you weren’t infected, someone in your family was, or your neighbor, or your friend. This disease touched everyone, in one way or another. Schools were closed, hospitals were overcrowded, people were dying at home. Those giving aid, or food, or comfort wore masks for protection, for there was no cure. Homes were quarantined, people avoided crowds. The year was 1918. Author Susan Meissner has written a chilling account of World War I and the Spanish Flu. A family moves north to Philadelphia where the husband becomes an undertaker, working with his uncle. He and his wife have thee daughters, and for a while, life is good. But then the flu strikes, and no one remains untouched. It’s a gripping tale that illustrates how an innocent act can have devastating effects years in the future. Maggie and her mother, taking food to the sick, find a baby whose mother is dead, and whose sister is dying, and rescue the baby. In so doing, they begin a wondrous yet heart-breaking journey. This well-written story is filled with vibrant characters placed in a fascinating and terrible time and place. This is a story of fiction, but its roots are in a history that echoes through the years, even a hundred years later. This well-researched novel is one you will be glad you read. ( )
  Maydacat | Jul 11, 2020 |
AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN by Susan Meissner
In 1918 there was the Spanish Flu. It was devastating. Millions died. This is the story of how one ordinary family was affected.
The Bright family choses to move to Philadelphia where they will take over the family mortuary just as the Great War and the Spanish Flu descend upon the city. Thomas and Pauline and their three daughters, Evie, Maggie and Willa, take up residence and intend to have a better life than tobacco farmers. The victims of the flu upend their plans as the mortuary fills and then is inundated with bodies. Disease strikes every family even as the war takes away the young men.
This picture of how a family and a city is changed, gives a realistic picture of medicine and funerary practices as well as family life in a middle class family. Well written and researched, the book is compelling even as Corona 19 claims lives today.
5 of 5 stars ( )
  beckyhaase | May 1, 2020 |
Stay at home orders means I have a lot of time for reading, so then I end up reading about another pandemic. I'm not sure if the characters grew as much as I would have expected, but it was a different time then. I was a little disappointed with Willa and Evelyn at the end, but overall I liked all the characters. Before this it had been a long time since I read books by this author, but I won't let it go so long now. ( )
  eliorajoy | Apr 22, 2020 |
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"From the darkest hours rises life in all its glory ... 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 fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life. Their dreams are short-lived. Just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges that surround them, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it. Under the Canopy of Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it"--

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