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As Bright as Heaven

By Susan Meissner
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Jorjeana Marie, Cassandra Morris & Abigail Revasch / 13 hours 27 minutes
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As Bright as Heaven

“This is an incredibly written novel that takes place during a rarely talked about but horrendous time in history. While I was reading I couldn't help but imagine myself in the place of these incredible characters. Meissner wrote about death and experiencing death in such an extraordinary way- by the end of this book i was completely changed. I could not help but look at death differently. It was a life changing book.”

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From the acclaimed author of A Bridge Across the Ocean and The Last Year of the War 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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