This post contains affiliate links.  As I mentioned before, my personality is that when faced with something new and potentially scary, like a certain virus making its rounds across the globe, I want to learn more.  Last week, I shared that the girls and I had read Fever 1793 about the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia.  Then, I read As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner.  This book was set in Philadelphia during the time of the Spanish flu.

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

About As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

The Brights live in the country, but they make the difficult decision to move to Philadelphia to help their aging uncle run his funeral home with the plan of eventually taking it over.  They adapt to Philadelphia and enjoy their life there, but little do they know that 10 months after arriving, the Spanish flu will race through Philadelphia and the world.

When the flu comes, it takes lives swiftly.  Many people are only sick for three days before they succumb to the virus.  The city doesn’t know what to do with all of the bodies.  The Brights’ funeral home is overrun with bodies.

Amidst all the chaos, the middle of the three daughters, Maggie, goes with her mother to deliver soup to the sick in a poor neighborhood.  While waiting for her mother, she hears a baby crying.  She goes in and rescues the baby, but this action is filled with repercussions that will affect the family for years to come.

The Brights lose friends and family during the flu, but about half of the book is concerned with the eight years after the flu.  Then, readers see the reverberations of actions and deaths eight years ago.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner.  Indeed, it’s my favorite book I read this year behind The Nightingale.

Sometimes, this virus that is affecting us now can seem overwhelming.  However, this book helped me see that no matter how bad things get now, life will go on.

There will be a time in the future when we get back to normal.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.


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