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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?

About the Author

Mary Hogan

Welcome both teen and adult readers.

A bit about me: I'm proud to be the Nappa Award-winning author of seven Young Adult novels. My first mainstream book, TWO SISTERS (William Morrow Publisher) was published in March. It tells the emotional story of one family, two sisters and a lifetime of secrets. One of the sisters, Pia, was inspired by my own sister, the late Diane Barbera Cote.

I've also written for several national magazines. Personal stories, mostly. Look for my true story, "Lasting Lessons" in the March 2014 issue of Woman's Day. You'll also find a review of TWO SISTERS in the March issue of Fitness Magazine. Previously, my articles have appeared in magazines from Family Circle to Seventeen, on subjects ranging from my addiction to talk radio (latest obsession: "Taking Stock with Pimm Fox") to life as a blonde. Born brunette, I bleached my hair PLATINUM blonde and chronicled daily life in the light-haired lane. Sheesh, what a difference. Let me say this: As soon as I was able, I dyed it back. Some people just have a brunette personality...

On a personal note, I live in New York City with my husband, actor Robert Hogan, and our freckly rescue dog, Lucy. Photos on maryhogan.com or FB.


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