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A Seahorse in the Thames [Paperback]

By Susan Meissner (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2006
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736917608  
EAN  9780736917605  

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In this new novel by critically acclaimed author Susan Meissner, readers will again applaud the storytelling efforts that last year resulted in the author?s previous book, A Window to the World, being named by Booklist Magazine as one of the top ten Christian novels of 2005.

Alexa Poole?s older sister, Rebecca, has lived at the Falkman Residential Center since an accident left her mentally compromised?vulnerable, innocent. Now, 17 years later, she has vanished.

As Alexa searches for Rebecca, disturbing questions surface. Why did the car that Rebecca was riding in swerve off the road killing her college friend, Leanne McNeil? And what about the mysterious check for $50,000 found in Rebecca?s room signed by her friend?s father, Gavin McNeil?

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Award-winning writer Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker and workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2008. She is a pastor's wife and a mother of four. When she's not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.

Susan Meissner was born in 1961.

Susan Meissner has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Men of Lancaster County

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Beauty and hope are in unexpected places  Jan 22, 2007
Reviewed by Kelli Glesige for Reader Views (1/07)

"A Seahorse in the Thames" is the contemporary story of Alexa Poole who is spending her week of vacation at home, recovering from minor surgery. Stephan Moran is the handyman who has been hired to do repairs to Alexa's roof. Alexa soon realizes her attraction to Stephan when he falls from the roof and finds himself injured and inches from the hard ground, hanging from a Hawthorn bush. Alexa helps to get Stephan to the hospital and does all she can to see him through his recovery. After some tests, the doctors learn that Stephan has a more serious medical condition that has returned from his past.

Alexa has an older sister Rebecca, who has been living at the Faulkman Residential Center for the past 17 years, after injuries from an auto accident left her mentally challenged. Suddenly, Rebecca is missing and Alexa, fearing the worst, takes it upon herself to search for Rebecca. To share her concerns, Alexa contacts her twin sister Priscilla, who is living in England. Surprisingly, Priscilla decides to come immediately to help Alexa in her efforts to find Rebecca, even though Priscilla has been estranged from the rest of the family for some time. Priscilla also tells Alexa she has important news to share with her when she arrives, but it is too important to tell over the phone. Alexa is quite surprised when Priscilla disembarks from the plane with a new family member. And the mystery of the disappearance of Rebecca is further complicated when a check for $50,000 is found hidden away in a box in Rebecca's room at the Faulkman Center, dated shortly before Rebecca's unfortunate accident and signed by the father of Rebecca's good friend Leanna, who was the driver in the auto accident and who was killed.

I found "A Seahorse in the Thames" to be quite exciting, fast paced, and enjoyable. It is a story of faith, love, and taking chances. Alexa helps Stephan in his recovery and her family in resolving past discrepancies, but both help Alexa in her recovery too.

I highly recommend "A Seahorse in the Thames" to adult readers who enjoy a contemporary romance with an added element of mystery along with an underlying Godly message. "A Seahorse in the Thames" is about finding beauty and hope in unexpected places. I found Susan Meissner's writing enjoyable and meaningful.
Wish I could give it ten stars!  Nov 25, 2006
For me, Seahorse in the Thames was a completely riveting and thoroughly engrossing novel unlike any I've read this past year. The mystery of the heroine's sister's disappearance is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg in this intense novel. Meissner immediately drew me in to the story with her opening chapter. Her masterfully-crafted pacing and tension kept me reading to the very end. This book was truly hard to put down. I felt like Alexa AKA Lexi was my friend. My heart went out to her because of the struggles she had with her family. I understood her desire for a relationship and clearly saw where the need came from. Also, Lexi's heart for Stephen and the way she saw him intrigued me. In short, I cared about every character in the story. Even the "bad guys."

Meissner also tucks a wealth of life-changing spiritual material seamlessly into the pages of this novel. In many ways the message she delivers is subtle, yet it rings with such a profound and universal truth that for the believer the lesson goes straight to the heart of the matter. Just like the story of the seahorse found in the Thames, the treasure discovered by the fisherman in the murky, polluted waters of the river, a precious lesson was unearthed during one of the worst times in Lexi's life. I was blown away by the author's insight and amazed by the impact this novel had on my heart. I devoured every page. Words can't adequately express how much this story ministered to me. In fact, I'll stop trying, since I've barely skimmed the surface of what I'd meant to say.

On the easier-to-explain craft of writing, I found the characters and their problems to be very realistic. They seemed more like friends than characters in a book. The plot had many unexpected twists and there was nothing cliche or predictable. I loved that about the story. The emotion was genuine, and not once did I feel manipulated by the author. And to top that all off, the setting was so rich I felt like packing up my belongings and heading for the beach! If I were to grade this novel I'd give it an A++. Well done and highly recommended!
Dive into Thames!  Oct 16, 2006
A Seahorse on the Thames, by Susan Meissner, is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, memory, and hope. Meissner's characters are so real, I can hear their voices as I read. She paints folks as flawed, yet yearning--needy, yet strong. I wanted her protagonist, Alexa Poole, to grow, risk, and untangle the story of her past. Expertly plotted, warmly written, Meissner once again proves she's one of the best CBA novelists.
captivating  Sep 4, 2006
Once again Susan Meissner has brought her readers a captivating novel peopled with real characters. Seahorse is about new relationships built on truth and trust, and old ones mended by confession, forgiveness, and acceptance. She has a real sensitivity for her characters and their lives. I look forward to her next novel.

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