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After the Fog Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The main character of the story is Rose, a community nurse fighting for the funding to continue her vital role, whilst trying to hold together her family against the odds of decades-old secrets, a gambling brother-in-law and a useless sister in law. As if that’s not enough, her teenage children are making plans of their own for their futures, casting aside the future Rose has planned for them. Her husband has his own secrets.
Rose is both likeable and controlling in equal measure. Her husband Henry hits on a raw point, when he points out that she might be treating her patients more favourably that her own family:
“Can’t you be as generous with us as you are with your patients? For once. Cut your own family some slack”
And that sums her up entirely – at once an incredibly generous, hardworking woman, going out of her way to help others and a controlling matriarch.
I’m not going to describe the rest of the story – that would relieve you of the need to read this great book. Suffice it to say that right from the start, you feel that there is more to know about the main characters, secrets to be uncovered and it leaves you wanting to know what happens to these people.
One thing I would say is that whilst this is described as a romance, it’s really not. There are relationships involved, but it’s not a romantic novel in the usual sense.
A good read, highly recommended
Set against the backdrop of the real life tragedy of the Donora Smog (1948), After the Fog tells the story of Rose and her family - ordinary, hardworking people, trying to make their way in a town where obstacles are rife. From the huge disaster of the Donora Smog, to lack of funding in the town, to general prejudice and misunderstanding, the challenges are many.
I thought After the Fog was an excellent read and the amount of research that Kathleen Shoop must have put in is evidenced by the excellent attention to detail within the story. Shoop must have researched the Donora history, the 1948 smog event and mid-twentieth century nursing thoroughly to have produced such an excellent piece of historical fiction.
In addition, Shoop shows great skill in writing a main character - Rose - who is not entirely likeable, yet who still elicits a great deal of empathy. It's easy to judge Rose as being absorbed in her work, taking her family for granted and so forth. Yet by the end of the book it seems impossible not to care about Rose and we have a much clearer understanding of the character.
If I dealt in half scores, this would - without doubt - be 4.5. As it is, it's certainly a very solid and well deserved 4 out of 5. This is a great book, with a wonderful story and Shoop is certainly a writer to keep an eye on in the future.
**I received a copy of the book in exchange for my fair and honest review.**
The book had a wonderful balance of fact and fiction; following Nurse Rose Pavlesic struggle to care for her patients and balancing it with her family life. It's nice to see that women had the same guilty balance then as they do now; working hard whilst trying to raise the family the best they could. Sometimes society seems to forget this and that it is the modern woman who invented this. It's comforting to see that women have been strong characters for longer than what we think.
I loved how Rose's character was strong and bold; I really felt for her at the beginning of the book and almost experienced her exhaustion that emulates from the story. It is contrasted wonderfully with the character of Sara Clara, whose laziness drives you to irritation in comparison to Rose's whirlwind life.
There was some lovely imagery throughout the book; even little details conjured up the biggest pictures. One of my favourite's was the description of Unk recycling the baby jar's - screwing the lids into the wood on the walls and filling the jars with construction items, then screwing these back into the lids. I could just picture this wall dotted with baby jars containing nuts and bolts.
I almost felt like I was choking along with the residents of Donora as the smoke from the zinc mills gets freakishly trapped by the weather. Another beautiful piece of imagery is the smoke not rising properly and visibly hitting a 'wall' in the sky that seems to push its poisonous gases back down to earth. That in itself has me gasping for breath.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kathleen Shoop hypnotises readers with her words bringing the story to life in such an encapturing way that it is so hard to put the book down. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2014 by beckvalleybooks
Kathleen Shoop never disappoints. She has written another wonderful book based on history and human nature. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2014 by Kelli R. Guilbeau
A remarkable fictional story based on a factual event. A poisonous smog descends upon the town Rose Pavlesic has created a life in. Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2014 by Debbie Denny
After the Fog was a very good read. The book made me really think about me and my life. Rose works to care for everyone and them totally has no clue what is happening around her. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2014 by DeDa Studios