Historical Fiction

As Bright As Heaven

by Susan Meissner

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Quick take

This story of love in the time of the Spanish Flu pandemic is equal parts heartache and romance.

Good to know

  • Romance

  • Emotional

  • Heavy Read

  • Mutiple Viewpoints

Why I love it

I love when a book makes me experience such powerful and raw emotions that, days after turning the last page, I find myself still completely immersed in that world. Such is the case with As Bright as Heaven, a stunning and intimate family saga that follows the lives of the Bright family women against the backdrop of World War I-era Philadelphia during the little-known Spanish flu pandemic that t...


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 cobbl...

Member thoughts

61% Love
33% Like
4% Dislike
  • Paula K.

    Roundup, MT

    "What a wonderful book. I could not put it down. "

  • Dana G.

    San Antonio, TX

    "Loved this book. It is a great historical fiction book about an event I did not know much about, the 1918 flu. I have read several of Susan Meissner's books and this is my favorite. "

  • Brooke R.

    Fresno, CA

    "A wonderful novel, hard to put down. Definitely a unique take on the end of the first World War."

  • Robin M.

    Deerfield, NH

    "I absolutely loved this book. Even though there were so many sad and unfortunate events, in the end I felt happy for the characters. "

  • Kathy R.

    Napa, CA

    "This was a well written novel set during teh1918 Philadelphia flu epidemic. Written though the eyes of the daughters the ending was unexpected. I highly recommend this book!"

  • Amelia P.

    Brighton , MA

    "This ones a tear jerker! Well written and uplifting. This book will make you count your blessings. "

  • Rachel Y.

    San Francisco, CA

    "Quick read, heart-warming, fast-moving. All the things I ask for in a book. + historical fiction is my favorite genre. "

  • Angie R.

    Wichita, KS

    "My first book from Susan Meissner and I'm hooked. This was an emotional book and the characters drew me in to the story."

  • Aubrey M.

    Washington, DC

    "The epitome of historical, wholehearted fiction. I loved it. "

  • Katherine G.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "Loved the short alternating chapters! Engaging & topical! Loved this read!!!"

  • Rebecca C.

    Brush, CO

    "This book made me feel so many different emotions. At one point, I was sobbing over about 20 pages, but by the end I felt a sense of relief and serenity in the nature of life."