When the Waters Came
by Candice Sue Patterson*
Published: January 1, 2024
Series: A Day to Remember
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Setting: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1889
What happens when two people who fall in love in the midst of catastrophe only to be pulled apart by bitterness and secrets?
Monty Childs left behind his privileged upbringing to be a pastor at a church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, for two years. No one in his congregation knows who he is or where he came from, and he's afraid that if they did, they'd reject his ministry.
Annamae Worthington is a dedicated Red Cross nurse whose father was killed in an accident on the job years before. The bitterness over her loss rules her heart and her decisions.
When a nearby dam collapses and floods Johnstown, Annamae Worthington leaves her home in Washington D.C. to aid the injured, including Monty and many in his church. As they work together to help the typhoid fever victims the flood has left in its wake, Annamae and Monty forge a bond unlike anything they've experienced before. As the waters recede, both want answers about why the dam broke and who is responsible. Unfortunately, the trail leads back to Monty's uncle—the man Annamae holds responsible for her father's death—and threatens their new-found love.
Author Candice Patterson does a masterful job of blending actual events into a work of romantic fiction. When the Waters Came honors the memory of the 2,208 people who died in the horrific Johnstown flood of 1889, while illustrating the evils of power and greed.
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