Sunday, October 2, 2016


The Woman in the Photo - Mary Hogan

Product Description(
In this compulsively-readable historical novel, from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of two young women—one in America’s Gilded Age, one in scrappy modern-day California—whose lives are linked by a single tragic afternoon in history.
1888: Elizabeth Haberlin, of the Pittsburgh Haberlins, spends every summer with her family on a beautiful lake in an exclusive club. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains above the working class community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the private retreat is patronized by society’s elite. Elizabeth summers with Carnegies, Mellons, and Fricks, following the rigid etiquette of her class. But Elizabeth is blessed (cursed) with a mind of her own. Case in point: her friendship with Eugene Eggar, a Johnstown steel mill worker. And when Elizabeth discovers that the club’s poorly maintained dam is about to burst and send 20 million tons of water careening down the mountain, she risks all to warn Eugene and the townspeople in the lake’s deadly shadow.
Present day: On her eighteenth birthday, genetic information from Lee Parker’s closed adoption is unlocked. She also sees an old photograph of a genetic relative—a 19th Century woman with hair and eyes likes hers—standing in a pile of rubble from an ecological disaster next to none other than Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Determined to identify the woman in the photo and unearth the mystery of that captured moment, Lee digs into history. Her journey takes her from California to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, from her present financial woes to her past of privilege, from the daily grind to an epic disaster. Once Lee’s heroic DNA is revealed, will she decide to forge a new fate?
Paperback: 432 pages 
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 14, 2016) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 006238693X 
ISBN-13: 978-0062386939

MY THOUGHTS:  This is my book club's choice for September.  This is a really awesome book, I really enjoyed reading it.  If you love to read about history, this is a great book that takes you back to 1888, Johnstown, Pennsylvania for the great flood.  There is a historical person in the book also, Clara Barton, who started the American Red Cross.  It jumps between 1888 to present day with ease, the story line just follows the past and the present wonderfully.  I give this book 5....

This book is also for 1 of my reading challenges......
Women's Fiction Challenge

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