About the Event
Adventures by the Book™ is excited to present a Queen Mary Adventure with the wonderful, multi-published author, Susan Meissner and her latest vividly written novel, A Bridge Across the Ocean.
Join us as we follow the path of Susan's main character, Brette Caslake, to the notoriously haunted RMS Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, California. Our group of Adventurers, along with Susan Meissner, will take a private tour of the Queen Mary, discovering its history and intrigue along the way. Susan will act as our personal story teller as she elaborates on how she was inspired to create a fascinating cross-generational featuring war brides who emigrated to the United States after World War II.
We will depart San Diego at 8:00 am by bus for fabulous day trip. Upon arrival in Long Beach we will have a brief break before boarding the Queen Mary and starting our exclusive private tour of the historic ship promptly at 11:15 am. After the tour Adventurers will be treated to lunch aboard the ship where they will have the chance to intimately mingle with our wonderful and knowledgeable author, as well as, a very special guest: one of the war brides who traveled to America on the Queen Mary! After our meal and exclusive conversation with Susan and the woman who helped shape her knowledge of the brides of WWII, we will hop on our private bus and return to San Diego. By the time guests leave this amazing trip, they will not only walk away with a signed copy of A Bridge Across the Ocean, but also a deeper understanding and appreciation for the context of the story, making their reading experience even more magical.
Your Adventure includes a copy of A Bridge Across the Ocean, transportation to and from the RMS Queen Mary, lunch, author talk, book signing, and the chance to spend the day with the author up-close and personal in an intimate and authentic setting.
About the Author and Book
Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014, and The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University. Susan is a pastor’s wife and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not working on a novel, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church.
Beginning in February, 1946, A Bridge Across the Ocean, starts when World War Two is over, but recovery from the most intimate of its horrors has only just begun for a German ballerina desperate to escape her past and the wronged daughter of a French Resistance spy. Now the two women are joining hundreds of other European war brides aboard the renowned RMS Queen Mary to be reunited with their American husbands. Their new lives in the United States brightly beckon until their tightly-held secrets are laid bare in their shared stateroom. Meanwhile in the present day, Brette Caslake – a young woman with the ability to see ghosts – visits the famously haunted Queen Mary at the request of an old friend. What she finds there will set her on a course to solve a seventy-year-old mystery; a pursuit that will ultimately lead her to reconsider what she’s willing to sacrifice for her own deepest longings.
Please note that no physical tickets will be issued. Due to the special nature of this event, no refunds are available after May 13, 2017, or for no-shows. Only books pre-purchased below or at the event will be eligible for signing.
ONE BOOK IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TICKET, however extra copies of A Bridge Across the Ocean will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order an extra signed copy below to be be delivered at the event.