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a bridge across the ocean book coverReviewed by Charity Lyman

Have you ever started a book and found yourself unsure of where the author was going to take you? Well, that is where I began my journey through A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner. I entered a world of ghosts, intrigue and ethereal people. Believe me, I don’t think I will be the same after reading this book.

The plot bounces back and forth between many different time periods, including present day California, and 1940s Boston, England and France. There are many characters who are a part of the tale, but all are connected in some manner or another. Even if only by the fact that they can see ghosts, or people from other dimensions.

I will try and explain what I enjoyed, as well as the things I didn’t care for, in this novel. This book was very hard to get through, mainly because of the point of view changes. It was difficult to keep track of who was who, as well as what was going on throughout the story. In the first five chapters or so, you meet at least that number of people, all with their own little story going on. Believe me, this can become quite a mess, and I often had to flip back and forth to remember the back story for the particular character I was reading about.

Now…as for the rest of the book. A Bridge Across the Ocean deals with a subject that I don’t often read about. Yes, it has mystery and intrigue, but both are mainly focused on ghosts. Or, as they are described by the author, beings who are trapped in a different dimension. Some of the characters in the book are able to talk and interact with them, giving tidbits of history but also searching for pieces of themselves. And in this manner, a mystery is solved from years ago, in the present day.

I wish I could say I enjoyed the story more but it was just too different – and not in a good way – from what I normally read.


Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Berkley. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.