***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction–Mid-Atlantic***
***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER-- Literary Fiction***
For every woman who thinks she left her past behind…Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story...
It's 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous “killing smog.” Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family. When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies.
When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?.
"My funniest Christmas moment was when my older brother, my sister and I pretended to be elves so our little brother would think Santa was real and that he had helpers watching him all the time. We made beards of cotton balls and dressed in robes and hats--it was a success--he believed. A close second was when we did a rendition of the Christmas story and used that same little brother as baby Jesus--he was probably 6 months old--we put him in a doll cradle and as we were all reading our parts, he crashed through the bottom, adding levity to a serious tale!"
Best thing about Christmas....
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