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Posted August 26, 2006
In All Deep Places is a poignant, heart-wrenching story of a gallant boy and a hapless girl, both driven by the unrealistic expectations of their youthful friendship. The title is apt, and Meissner has drawn deep from a well of emotion. Though much of the book deals with tragic events, it's not dark, but it is haunting¿a story that will remain in your heart. A book you can't read and remain the same.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2006
Susan Meissner¿s ¿In All Deep Places¿ is a tale within a tale. Luke Foxbourne, an award-winning mystery writer, hits writer¿s block and doesn¿t know why. Forced by his father¿s stroke to return to a hometown he¿s made every effort to forget, Luke realizes the secret to his dilemma lies in a past saturated with Norah, the girl who¿d lived next door. Luke sets his stalled novel aside to write another story. His own and Norah¿s. Meissner weaves a believable coming-of-age tale about a boy who senses his duty is to protect Norah and her brother from what appears to be a family curse. When tragedy and sorrow leave the adults in Norah¿s life bitter and broken, Luke and his tree house become her only refuge. In the process of assisting her, Luke confronts fear, disgust, hate, and first love. But ultimately he proves an inadequate savior, and when yet another tragedy rips at the fabric of her life, his own fear and frailty drive him to try to put Norah out of his life and mind forever. ¿In All Deep Places¿ doesn¿t offer easy answers, but like the outstretched branches on Luke¿s tree, it points heavenward to where the answers lie. Luke returns to face what he fled and, in rediscovering his true calling, finds his passion for words again. Meissner¿s use of symbolism and metaphor add depth and richness to a story-world where honestly flawed characters live, bleed, grow, and learn. With them we come to understand why we live with longing and always will this side of Heaven.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2006
Wow! Susan Meissner is not only a topnotch writer, she is a woman with a heart for God and a depth of spiritual understanding that few can rival. She writes in a way that enables readers to become the main characters, and she accomplishes this because she digs deep enough to find the commonality in all of us, that longing for something more, something better, something¿something that was lost in the Garden and can never be regained in this world. In All Deep Places speaks to us of that longing and reminds us that we are nothing more than homesick pilgrims. This is a book that births discontent with our lives, regardless of circumstances, and points us in the only direction that can ever dispel that discontentment. Thank you, Susan, for a story that woos our hearts in the telling¿.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 23, 2006
Lyrically written, sensitively wrought, Susan Meissner¿s In All Deep Places captivated me from page one. Meissner¿s strength is displaying the inner emotional landscape of her characters, this time putting the reader in the head of a male protagonist. Woven in such a way that beckons instead of dictates, Meissner¿s message of redemption and heaven will stay with the reader long after she puts the book down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2013
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