Monday, November 09, 2009

White Picket Fences - Book Review

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?

Author Bio:
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.

My thoughts:
I am only halfway through this book but I'm really enjoying it. It is so well written
and of course not surprising considering who the author is.....Susan Meissner.

Just fair warning though, there are quite a few storylines going on at the same time but don't let that scare you off because everything is explained, everything is understood and nothing is left hanging.

This book delves into families, into the way of life, into those walls that some tend to build to protect themselves, what do you do when the storybook perfect life you've built is about to crumble?

I absolutely love that at the end of the book we get an interview with the author and she does answer a lot of questions that seem to plague your mind while you're reading.

Like I said, I haven't quite finished the book yet but I should have it all read by tonight, it's that good of a book. I find myself sneaking little peeks here and there, in the car while waiting at the school for the gate to open, at the grocery store while waiting to pay and even while watching tv during commercials.

If you love Susan Meissner, you will love this book.

To purchase the book for yourself, you can go here.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


  1. I absolutely loved this book and didn't find it confusing at all. Don't worry all questions will be answered as you read! The author ties it all together wonderfully and she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

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  3. Never heard of it. But I like how you did a short and sweet book review. Thanks!

  4. It does sound like good reading. Will have to check it out.


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