Thursday, November 12, 2009

"White Picket Fences" Book Review Giveaway!


























Story Summary:

When the storybook-perfect Janvier family temporarily "adopts" their teenaged niece, Tally, they assume they'll be helping her. But when Tally befriends her cousin, Chase, she soon realizes that he badly needs encouragement, too. When the troubled teens interview two holocaust survivors for a sociology project, will they trigger the healing process that everybody needs?


MY REVIEW:
I really liked Susan's book, "The Shape of Mercy" but it raises the bar awfully high for any future books she has come out. She does not disappoint. In White Picket Fences we meet Neil and Amanda and their kids Chase and D who live the perfect life in a house with a white picket fence. They take in Amanda's niece, Tally, when her dad disappears. Tally turns the family life upside down (not intentionally) by befriending Chase and all kinds of issues arise to the surface. Is Neil and Amanda's perfect marriage really perfect? What really happened when Chase was in a fire at age 4? Why is Tally's dad in Europe when his daughter needs him?

Chase and Tally have a school project that leads them to interview two old men at a nursing home that survived Treblinka during the Holocaust. This opens doors to the past that no one new existed. Susan Meissner has a gift for bringing the past to the present in an inspiring way. She does it again in this book and I loved it! Secrets are exposed, mysteries unravel and darkness comes to light in "White Picket Fences".

**************Special thanks to Staci Carmichael for the review and giveaway copies of this book!*****************************
For a chance to win a copy of this great book leave a comment telling me if you have read a book by Susan Meissner and what you thought... be sure to leave your email address. Good luck!

30 comments:

Wanda said...

So far I have not read any books by Susan Meissner but I would LOVE to. Please enter my name in your draw. This book looks wonderful.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

rubynreba said...

I have not read any of Susan Meissner's books but I would really like to read this.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

The Perfect Trio said...

What if you haven't read a book by Susan? Can we still win? I would love the opportunity!

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Anonymous said...

I have read several books by Susan Meissner and have enjoyed them all..thanks for the opporunity to read her newest novel.

karen k
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LoveMy2Dogs said...

I have not had the opportunity to read one of her books yet but this one does sound really great.

jrandtam[at]columbus.rr.com

Marjorie said...

This book is on my wish list, please count me in.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Hope said...

I read Susan Meissner's "Widows and Orphans" book. Very well written.
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MJ said...

This would be my first.

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AmandaSue said...

I haven't read any of Susan Meissner's Books, but I have added her to my reading list! Thanks for the chance.

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Jolene said...

Sounds like a great book Enter me in the drawing

Martha A. said...

Wow, lots of people missing out with not reading Susan's books!!! She is one of my favorite authors. Shape of Mercy was incredible of course, but I think A window to the World was one that really touched me as well. The books I have read have been really unpredictable, which I like as after you read alot, it is easy to not be surprised anymore.
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Deb K said...

I have not read any books by her as to date~But after reading about it I would love to win!

deb55106{at}gmail{dot}com

Lady Araujo said...

I've never read any of her books but I'd love to.
God's blessings
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Stacie said...

I have not read any books by her yet.

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Linda said...

I, too, have not read any of Susan's books. Please add me to the contest to win this one. Thank you.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I haven't read any of her books yet...but am looking forward to reading this one. Keeping my fingers crossed...
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Carole said...

I read Susan's first book, Why the Sky Is Blue. I enjoy books that deal with family relationships and Susan does it very well. I would love to read White Picket Fences and appreciate the giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Anita Yancey said...

I have not read any of Susan Meissner's books yet. But this one sounds great, and I'd really love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

Gin said...

I have read at least 3 of her books, and they have been page-turners. I love her books.

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Winning Readings said...

I've not read any of her books and would love to read this one!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

We posted about this at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/11/white-picket-fences_7517.html

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Annette said...

No I haven't read any of Susan's books, but you make this sound fabulous!

Merry said...

I've read Susan's Blue Heart Blessed which was really touching. I'd love a chance to win White Picket Fences. Thanks!

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Michelle said...

I have not read any books by Susan Meissner . . . yet!

Thank you for entering me!

Blessings,
Michelle
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Diana D said...

This author is new to me. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

Julie said...

I have not read any of Susan's books ,yet :)

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Michelle Sutton said...

I'm a Meissner fan. :) Enter me, please. joyfulhutch[at]msn[dot]com

Jo said...

I have enjoyed reading Susan's books and would love to read this one. Please enter me.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Cheryl said...

I have been wanting to read this book. Please enter me in the contest. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Carolynn W. said...

I haven't read any books by Susan, but this one sounds so good I would love to!
carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com

Janna said...

And the winner is...

Hope!

Congratulations!