About the Book
Introducing a new series of 6 exciting novels featuring historic American disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. Whether by nature or by man, these disasters changed history and were a day to be remembered.
Pastor Montgomery Childs has tended his flock in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for two years. While his pews are full every Sunday, he most desires to see a reckoning between God and the kings of industry who recreate on Lake Conemaugh. The pleasure grounds, flowing alcohol, and business dealings of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club taunts Monty as he works to heal the wounds inflicted from his own privileged childhood among Pittsburgh society. Like Noah, Monty prays against the evil surrounding him, but he never expects God to send a flood.
It takes five days for the Red Cross to respond to the Johnstown flood disaster, but when it does, Annamae Worthington is ready to help. Apprenticing under Clara Barton has prepared her for the job, but nothing can prepare her for the death and destruction that awaits. As if the survivors haven’t suffered enough, typhoid fever ravages the town, resurfacing suppressed emotions regarding her father’s death.
Narrowly surviving the flood and the horrifying things he’s witnessed, Monty’s faith is floundering. Then a Red Cross nurse puts him to work helping with the typhoid fever victims arriving at the hospital tents every hour. Monty and Annamae work together distributing disinfectants and supplies, housing orphans, and serving those left behind. Slowly, his faith resurfaces. A kinship forms between them neither can ignore. But when an investigation into the collapsed dam points to the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club, secrets emerge that may tear them apart.
In My Opinion
When the Waters Came by Candice Sue Patterson is the first in a new series by Barbour Publishing. Each book (written by a different author) will focus on a tragic day in history.
Patterson’s story opens with the breaking of a dam and the horrible flooding in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889. Readers are immediately immersed in the horrors of the townspeople trying to survive the rushing waters sweeping away homes and loved ones.
After the eventful opening, the book slows down with the Red Cross volunteers coming in to help (including nurse Annamae).
While this novel gave me a good look at this moment in history, I didn’t ever really connect with either Monty or Annamae. Their instant attraction and subsequent romance were fast and not fully developed (at least for me), and the issues that rose between them were the lack of communication type that frustrate me. A simple conversation and the conflict between them would be gone. There was much more conflict between Monty and his uncle.
Overall, When the Waters Came is a story that will give you some good history and a strong romance thread. I’m interested to see what day the next book shares about.
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