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Shifting between the war years in Europe, the 1946 voyage, and present day California, A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN is told from the alternating perspectives of Annaliese Lange, Simone Deveraux, and Brette Caslake.
In the aftermath of WWII, Annaliese and Simone join hundreds of other European war brides aboard the Queen Mary. Both have suffered greatly during the war: Annaliese is a German desperate to escape her abusive Nazi husband, and Simone is the only surviving child of a French Resistance spy. Their stories converge when they meet in line to board the ship. Both are desperate to leave the war behind and start over. As the women sail toward their new lives in America, tightly-held secrets are revealed in their shared cabin.
When the ship docks in New York Harbor, only one of them will live out her American dream.
In present day, facing a crossroads in her own life and coming to terms with her family’s dark legacy, Brette visits the rumored-to-be-haunted Queen Mary. What she finds will lead her on a search to solve a decades-old mystery connected to Annaliese and Simone’s fateful crossing.
What a stellar novel! I immediately fell in love with the heroines of A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN and their heartbreaking tales were told with such skill, my heart ached for them. One of my favorite books this year!
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