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After The Fog by Kathleen Shoop

A Nurse’s Obligation
A Town’s Demise
A Mother’s Regret
A Son’s Calling
A Daughter’s Mistake
A Time to Forgive

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?

***2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist***
***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction–Mid-Atlantic***
***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER– Literary Fiction***

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Here are my thoughts on the book;

Going in, I knew this book wasn’t your typical romance novel, and I had some serious doubts about whether or not I would like it or whether it would hold my attention or not. It did. Absolutely no problem. I’ve read quite a few of Kathleen’s books, and this was nothing like what I was used to! Change is a good thing sometimes! I completely thought that this book was awesome. Rose was a hard person to understand, especially at first but the more I read about her, the more I began to understand and sympathize with her! This book is a “dark” book, but it’s still absolutely awesome!


“Shoop masterfully details familial struggles, secrets, and consequences that keep the reader riveted til the end.” – Melissa Foster

“A great and satisfying read. Rose’s triumph over adversity touched me deeply. Ms. Shoop truly knows how to tug the heartstrings. S. K. McClafferty, author of The Ghost and Devlin Muir.” – S. K. McClafferty, author of The Ghost and Devlin Muir

“This is a well-written story set authentically in a historic place and time, around an intricate plot which includes most of the elements that provide for a good “soap opera,” or a book that would be accepted by Oprah Winfrey.” -Historical Novel Society

About the Author

After the Fog is the second novel by bestselling Kindle author Kathleen Shoop.  Her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011.  A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen has also written award winning Love and Other Subjects and her stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

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Photobucket I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.




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  1. I was absolutely hooked on this one!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Wasn’t it good!! That just goes to show that I don’t need to judge a book before actually reading it!! By the description on it, I was so iffy!! I loved it though!

  2. I just watched a documentary about the accident in Donora a couple a days ago. It is an interesting and at the same time terrifying story.

    I guess the book will be as intriguing as the documentary I saw.

    Check out my blog: What Comes Next?

    1. Jessica says:

      I definitely recommend reading it! It was very good!

  3. Kathleen sure knows how to write emotional stories.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yes she does!

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