Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blog Tour/Book Giveaway: White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner

Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Pages: 358
Source: Publisher's Review Copy
This book can be purchased at
Random House

The Publisher has graciously provided a copy of White Picket Fences to be given away. To enter this giveaway please leave a comment in the comment section. Please leave your email address so that I will be able to contact the winner. On the 20th I will use the Random number generator to pick the winner. Enjoy the review and good luck to all!

When Tally's father disappears she is welcomed into the home of her aunt Amanda. She feels like she really belongs there and they believe that they will be able to help her overcome so many things. None of them expect things to turn out the way they did. Instead of helping Tally, they find that old memories and secrets they have let lie are surfacing. As much as they try to shove them away there comes a time when they must be faced. There had been signs all along. Amanda sees her son is troubled and tries to talk with her son about it. Her husband makes excuses for the strange behavior and dismisses his wife's concerns.
When Tally, Chase and his best friend prepare to do their project on the holocaust they decide to interview two old men at a nursing home that Chase has met before. As Chase is talking about the opening scene of their video, he lets it be known that to personalize it they will be using Tally's father, who is in Europe looking for relatives who died in the Holocaust. Tally is against this. She won't tell them the real reason that her father is there. These were just a few of the subplots throughout the book. I found it easy to keep all of them separate and at the same time they all tied together.

I loved this book. It was all about secrets and how sometimes holding them in and not talking about the issues will eat away at us until there is nothing left. It is also a book of hope that shows there can be forgiveness and healing. I have really fallen in love with the work of Susan Meissner and look forward to reading many more of her books.

Check out Word Vessel for her review of this book


  1. This book looks really interesting. My book budget has been seriously slashed in anticipation of Christmas expenses, so I appreciate the chance to win!

  2. I hadn't heard of this book but I am interested in reading it now thanks for your review

  3. I haven't heard of this one. Sounds intriguing! We're all about 'no secrets' in our house so this story has a great lesson. If you think it would appeal to YA and not just MG go ahead and enter me in the contest. Otherwise, I'll just say thanks for the review!