Three Rivers Rising

A Novel of the Johnstown Flood
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Sixteen-year-old Celstia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam. Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel's hired boy. It's a friendship she must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it's a love that could get Celestia disowned.

These affairs of the heart become all the more wrenching on a single, tragic day in May 1889. After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing 20 million tons of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below - the town where Peter lives with his father. The town where Celestia has just arrived to join him.

This searing novel in poems explores a cross-class romance and a tragic event in U.S. history.

©2010 Jame Richards (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Beautifully connects reader with American history

Highly Recommend! I loved listening to this book. The writing is beautiful and dramatic. It felt lovely and real. I felt like I could feel joy, sorrow, pity, love, and frustration with all the characters. The verse format did not seem out of place as a listener; the narrators performance gave it rhythm and flow.

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Three Rivers Rising

I enjoyed it because if was fiction mixed with facts--but the narrators seemed to me to be bland not showing a level of excitement that I would have expected with situation they were caught in. Emotional level at about 1 star!!