A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner is the story of the World War II brides who came over on the RMS Queen Mary. The story opens with a presence watching as the passengers come aboard the beautiful ship and one passenger sees this presence. Fast forward to present day San Diego where Brette Caslake is at a baby shower and encounters a ghost. Brette has the Sight, a gift which is passed on to the daughters on her mother’s side. The gift seems to skip generations and appear out of nowhere. Brette has grown up trying to keep the ghosts at bay and not let on about what she sees. She learned that lesson the hard way. Until one day when an old high school classmate looks her up and desperately asked for her help. His daughter swears she saw her late mother during a tour of the Queen Mary. Soon Brette is brought into a mystery aboard the ship as a ghost leads her to a name, Annaliese Kurtz. The story moves back and forth in time as the mystery is revealed about what happened to Anneliese. Brette is determined to help a young girl grieving her mother as well as set the record straight about Annaliese Kurtz. Will she be able to find out the truth?
A Bridge Across the Ocean is a beautiful story about a piece of history that many do not know. The RMS Queen Mary has been docked in the Long Beach since her retirement in 1967 and now serves as a tourist attraction, hotel, museum and event facility. I’ve lived within driving distance of the Queen Mary all my life and have yet to visit her. After reading this book, I will definitely visit her now. A Bridge Across the Ocean intertwines the present and past with a beautiful story and an interesting premise. The Queen Mary has been rumored to be haunted since her docking in Long Beach. Whether or not you believe in ghosts or hauntings, you will love this story of women trying to escape the horrors of the life they left behind and rebuild in America. I highly recommend A Bridge Across the Ocean.
A Bridge Across the Ocean
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