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A REAL SENSE OF LIFE IN A TRULY DREADFUL ERA!

As Bright as Heaven, spans 1918 to 1926, following a Philadelphia family as they experience the final months of World War I, the ravages of the wide-spread Spanish flu epidemic, and the long-lasting effects of both events. We become a close observer of three teenaged sisters. Evie, the oldest, is the scholar, practical and level-headed. Maggie, in the middle, is caring and passionate. Willa is willful and possesses a temper; she is no stranger to smashing delicate objects when she doesn’t like the way things are going. Their mother, Pauline, is a quiet woman mourning the recent loss of her infant son, and their father, Thomas, is a hard-working man who is learning his uncle’s trade as a mortician. The unexpected flu deaths of family and friends and the aftermath of war touch them all, and each sister copes in her own way. The book starts slow. But once the flu hits, the pace picks up, and one gets a real sense of what life was like in that dreadful era. The ending is almost too tidy, but the story has enough tragedy that one can simply accept and appreciate the good.

~ Rosemary Fifield (TopShelf Reviews)