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The sins of the mother...

In the mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous 1948 "killing smog", headstrong nurse Rose Pavlesic tends to her family and neighbors. Controlling and demanding, she's created a life that reflects everything she missed growing up as an orphan. She's even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her loving husband, dutiful 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?

©2012 Kathleen Shoop (P)2015 Kathleen Shoop

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Riveting and beautiful

This is the first book I've encountered by this incredibly talented author, but it won't be my last. Moving, tragic, and yet still uplighting and, at times, funny, this is a realistic and touching depiction of a family in crisis and a town in terrible danger. Kudos to Kathleen Shoop for giving a voice to the people affected by one of the worst industrial disasters in American history. Like Nurse Rose breathed life into her dying patients, Ms. Shoop brings back the stories of those long forgotten souls who succumbed to the poisonous gas that invaded their town. Fascinating story, and an important read for everyone.

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Not a fan of the narrator.

I listened to this on the way to and from work each day. I couldn't fully get into the story because I disliked the narrator's style so much. When voicing characters, she was ok, but when narrating straight text, she had a flat, unpleasant delivery.

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Great story

I liked learning about the Denora tragedy and seeing the changes made after this event. The Boston accent instead of a western PA accent was confusing. I felt that Rose's internal dialog was repetitive. I did love her character, but felt that the author could have said some of the once or twice, but not 4 or 5 times. The number of people that lied and the significance of the lies seemed unbelievable.

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incredibly boring

I couldnt even see where this story was going while wading through terrible cliche love sceens. I gave up after chapter 2.