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 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.

But 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, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it.

As Bright as 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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  • Melisa

    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 f...

  • Angela M

    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 a...

  • Jen

    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 f...

  • Diane S ?

    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...

  • Karen

    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...

  • Marialyce

    5 oh my gosh I loved this story starsSometimes 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 read...

  • Lori

    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 ...

  • Dorie

    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 an...

  • Andrea

    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-millio...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    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 i...