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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Book Review - Johnstown (Tiny Historical Stories Book 2) by Kathleen Shoop


JOHNSTOWN IS A SHORT STORY
Little Maggie Brown's family and neighbors weather another storm, hoping, no, believing the dam that sits on top of the world, up at the South Fork Club will hold as it always does. Maggie's father promises, “Sharing fish with all us regular folk would be against their principles. That dam’ll hold out of sheer, miserly spite." And everyone exhales with relief. Join Maggie as her universe shifts and survival is all that matters. Well, almost all that matters...

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Heavy rains were predicted but the warnings fell on deaf ears.
For a really short story this brought quite a lot of emotion, it was heartbreaking as I read the devastating tale reminding us of the harsh realities of nature's force. The author's writing, as always, had me feeling like I was a spectator watching everything unfold, my heart went out to little Maggie so much and at one point I had to catch my breath. A little story with a huge emotional impact!

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People stop and look twice at Louis Smith. His gangly arms and legs and oversized head bring jeers as often as the sun rises. Lonely in a small town at the turn of the century, Louis finds joy with one particular girl, Hilde. Her parents notice the affection between the two and send her to finishing school. With bad luck doubling up on Louis, can he trust Hilde to return? Will his heart break once and for all? Set in Donora, Pennsylvania in the early 1900's, Louis asks himself the most basic question: Is he lovable? Is he doomed to more than his share of life's unfairness?

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About Kathleen Shoop

Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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