Monday, November 9, 2009


Things are not always what they seem behind the white picket fences. As young girls we dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. It seems to be the picture of a home that is just perfect. But as we get to know the Janvier family, we see there are secrets, secrets that are silently breaking this family apart. As Tally's father leaves her with her Aunt Amanda, we see the secrets beginning to unfold. We find Chase, the teenage son who is struggling with remembering a past that haunts him, while his parents would rather leave it behind. We see Tally and Chase form a bond as they begin a school project. During their project they meet two Holocaust survivors who share their stories, and as their stories unfold, the past of secrets is becoming clear. Amanda wants to confront Chase with the past, but her husband Neil wants to leave it where it is, not wanting to face what could be. Susan Meissner brings to light that secrets can destroy a family. Secrets hurt those who are holding them, and those too who are in the dark. When the Janvier family uncovers the truth, they are set free from a past that has haunted them. I enjoyed reading each page of this story, a story that touches so many of our lives, a story of secrets. I could identify with the mother, Amanda, who loves her son so much she wants to see him unleash the past so he can move forward, but also the father, Neil, who is fearful of what remembering the past may do to his son. Susan Meissner weaves the characters of this story together so well, you feel as though you are there right with them. This is one that I will share with friends, one that shows us to be open and honest with those we love. Secrets do not protect us, they destroy all that is good. Come and find out all that happens to the Janvier family through this beautiful, but haunting story of secrets. This book was given to me by Multnoma WaterBrook Press for the reviewing of its content. Susan Meissner cannot remember a time when she wasn’t driven to put her thoughts down on paper. Her novel The Shape of Mercy was a Publishers Weekly pick for best religious fiction of 2008 and a Christian Book Award finalist. Susan and her husband live in Southern California, where he is a pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves. They are the parents of four grown children. Remember, this is a book give a way. If you would like to win your own copy of White Picket Fences please leave a comment here or on the other book give a way post, along with your email address so I may contact you, sending you your new copy of White Picket Fences. I will chose the winner on November 13!


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