Susan Meissner

Only the Beautiful

By Susan Meissner - Published 2023


Meissner is riveting in this striking novel that brings together WWII Austria and late-Depression-era California wine country. In the late 1930s, Rosie Maras ...Read Review

When We Had Wings

By Ariel Lawhon - By Kristina McMorris - By Susan Meissner - Published 2022



Set during WWII in the Philippines, When We Had Wings is the story of the first American women POWs of the war. After ...Read Review

The Nature of Fragile Things

By Susan Meissner - Published 2021


Young women and a young girl must face stunning truths and summon the courage to survive the devastating wake of the Great San ...Read Review

The Last Year of the War

By Susan Meissner - Published 2019


A metaphorical thief. The war. Lost friendship. And Davenport, Iowa, my hometown. The Last Year of the War grabbed me from the first ...Read Review

As Bright as Heaven

By Susan Meissner - Published 2018



Writing with tremendous empathy, Meissner shows how a family is transformed by tragedy and hope during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Pauline Bright has finally ...Read Review

A Bridge Across the Ocean

By Susan Meissner - Published 2017


This is a complex novel that alternates between past and present, with slight elements of the paranormal. In 1946, World War II has just ...Read Review

Stars over Sunset Boulevard

By Susan Meissner - Published 2016


Following the paths of two women, this story takes readers to 1930s Hollywood and the glamorous film set of Gone with the Wind. ...Read Review

Secrets of a Charmed Life

By Susan Meissner - Published 2015


In 1940, sisters Emmaline and Julia Downtree are sent to a small Gloucester village during London’s evacuation of children. Emmy, eight years Julia’...Read Review

A Fall of Marigolds

By Susan Meissner - Published 2014


Clara Wood and Taryn Michaels are both survivors, the former of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the latter of the September 2001 World Trade ...Read Review