Just a year ago, February 19, 2019, I authored the following book review that was published on our local social club website. If you’re looking for a read that is interesting and encouraging, you may want to consider this novel. Hope you enjoy this review!
As Bright as Heaven, by Susan Meissner, is a historical fiction novel that takes place in 1918. During this time in history, a great influenza epidemic struck the entire world, and in America alone approximately 675,000 people perished from this devastating illness known as the Spanish Flu. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was one of the cities hit the hardest, and more than 12,000 of its citizens died in a short period of time. The novel’s central characters are the Bright family, parents Thomas and Pauline, and their three daughters ranging in age 6 to 15. The story, while sounding like a depressing read, is one that focuses on survival during tragedy and loss and portrays the tenacity of the human spirit. The writer beautifully sheds light on an era we hear little or nothing about. The following quote from this novel says it all:
“Change always happens… We adjust to it. Somehow we figure out a way. We straighten what we can or learn how to like something a little crooked. That’s how it is. Something breaks, you fix it as best you can. There’s always a way to make something better, even if it means sweeping up the broken pieces and starting all over. That’s how we keep moving, keep breathing, keep opening our eyes every morning, even when the only thing we know for sure is that we’re still alive.”
◄ Deuteronomy 31:6 ►. Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.