“Meissner’s prose is exquisite, and she is a stunning storyteller.”

—Publishers Weekly, starred review


AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN: Fall 1918 – When Pauline Bright’s husband is made heir to his uncle’s very successful Philadelphia funeral home, they move to the city optimistic that they can now give their three daughters—Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa—a wonderful, carefree life. Just months later, however, the Spanish Flu descends, turning their lives and the world around them upside down. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, Pauline and her daughters learn what they cannot live without—and what they are willing to do about it.

“Strong, resilient, and determined to make their way in a changing world, Meissner’s characters step off the page and into history.”—Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“With stunning prose and keen detail, Meissner has deftly created a heady mix of love, politics and survival…A must read!”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

“A potent story of courage and survival set against an unusual WWI backdrop pushes readers to reevaluate what they know about the era and the lives of people not directly involved in the war. As readers immerse themselves in this detailed story of one family, told through several points of view, they are lured into a time and place that gets its richness from Meissner’s lively characters’ voices and the lush, realistic historical details. For many, the information about the Spanish In?uenza epidemic will be new and thanks to Meissner’s storytelling talents, something they will remember. As Bright As Heaven is heart wrenching, well written and unforgettable.” – ROMANTIC TIMES 4 ½ stars, TOP PICK

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An American girl’s life is changed forever when her German immigrant parents are sent to a Texas WW2 internment camp…

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June 1, San Diego, CA –  Join me at the Run For Cover bookstore in Pacific Beach for store’s book club discussion of THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR | 4912 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107| 6:30 PM. Free.

June 6, La Jolla, CA –  I will be at Warwick’s in conversation with Melanie Benjamin as we discuss her new book, MISTRESS OF THE RITZ | 7812 Girard Ave. La Jolla, CA 92037 | 7:30 PM. Free. Reserved seating is available when Melanie’s book is pre-ordered from Warwick’s for the event.

June 20-22, National Harbor, MD –  I will be teaching at the annual Historical Novel Society conference in the D.C. area. This is a top notch conference with an vast line-up of your favorite historical fiction novelists!

Sept 21, Oklahoma City, OK –  Join me for a fun-filled day at the 2nd Annual Oklahoma Book Festival which will take place at the Boathouse District | 732 Riversport Dr. Oklahoma City, OK | 9 AM to 5 PM. I’ll be on a panel talking about THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR. Free event.


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