As Bright as Heaven
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By Susan Meissner

historical fiction | 387 pages | Published in 2018

From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love.In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life.But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. 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, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it.As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world, not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.

ISBN_13:9780399585968

Quotes

Grief has no expiration date, no time stamp, and no right or wrong way to do it.

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Sometimes the worst thing that happens to you, the thing you think you can't survive... it's the thing that saves you.

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Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won't happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.

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The past is always with us, he has said, and it is up to us to find a way to make peace with it.

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Sometimes we have to let go of who we are in order to embrace who we can become.

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In the end, the beauty of life is in the living of it, not in what we accumulate or what we accomplish.

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Some things are meant to be, even if they do sometimes go off course.

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Apologies can be powerful, but they don't always make things right.

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Life is a tapestry of moments both big and small, woven together by the threads of our choices.

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Sometimes the things we can't change end up changing us.

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