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White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner

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White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner

Reviewed by Rel Mollet

"...a moving and thought provoking story that reveals Susan's sublime talent."

The Janvier family has it all, a comfortable marriage, a lovely home, two well adjusted teens, even a white picket fence...or so it seems. When Amanda Janvier's niece is abandoned by her nomadic father, the Janviers welcome Tally into their home believing they can provide her with the stable environment she has missed all her life.

He was fairly certain he could trust Tally. She had secrets too.

Seventeen year old Chase Janvier is intrigued by his cousin and her unusual life, but troubled by his own. As he and Tally share a school project interviewing two Holocaust survivors, Chase realises he may have finally found someone he can confide in about his troubling dreams and disturbing memories of a house fire from his childhood.

And life was easier pretending that something didn't exist, especially if that something could send your world spinning off its axis.

Amanda Janvier knows her marriage is not what it seems but will she consider the unimaginable? Neil Janvier prefers to escape to his woodworking than face his fear of his son's rejection. Will their perfect world shatter when the truth finally comes to light?

Poignant prose and understated characterisation are hallmarks of Susan Meissner's novels and White Picket Fences is no exception. A beautiful tale of a past tragedy that remains unacknowledged, giving it a power the Janvier family cannot see. Tapping into the heart of a family struggling to realise the depth of pain they are hiding from each other, this is a moving and thought provoking story that reveals Susan's sublime talent. As in The Shape of Mercy, Susan weaves historical fact into her contemporary story as two elderly Holocaust survivors share their part in smuggling Jewish babies out of the Warsaw ghetto in the 1940s. White Picket Fences will pull at your heart strings as Amanda, Neil, Chase and Tally discover that the truth really can set you free.

Rel MolletRel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".