Friday, October 17, 2014

After the Fog Review & Giveaway

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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?


Kathleen Shoop never disappoints.  She has written another wonderful book based on history and human nature.  She has this uncanny ability to bring her characters to life and have you feeling empathy for her characters no matter how mean they may seem.  Her main character Rose appears to be a very stern, uncaring person.  However, once you realize everything she has gone through, you will understand that this is her way of protecting herself.

Before I started this book, I thought the book would mainly be about a catastrophe that happens to the town.  I was wrong.  I mean the book does deal with the catastrophe but it is mainly about Rose and her family.  The book touched my heart, and me rethinking how I might behave in some situations.  I haven't gone through everything that Rose has but I have dealt with some of the issues.  I know that I have a habit of not allowing people to get too close to me.

I strongly recommend this book.  It is well written.  Kathleen Shoop brings this historical event to life while portraying how one woman deals with all of the adversities life has thrown her way.  If you love historical fiction, you will love this one.  There are a few adult situations that might not be appropriate for all ages.  I give this book 4 1/2 stars.

***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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“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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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. Such a wonderful read, I felt quite a few similarities with Rose myself xx

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words, Kelli! I can't say enough what an honor it is to have you read my work. So glad you liked it!

  3. I normally don't like historical fiction, but so far have loved each of Kathleen's books.