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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (401 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen Cambor Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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An Elegantly Crafted Love Story Set in Post-Civil War America

In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden tells of a bittersweet romance set against the backdrop of the greatest industrial disaster in American history: the construction and subsequent collapse in 1889 of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, dam. It was a tragedy that cost 2,200 lives, implicated some of the most illustrious financiers of the day - Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon - whose carelessness contributed to the disaster, and irreparably changed the lives of those who survived it.

This is the story of these men and of the families who lived in the shadow of the dam: the daughter of the lawyer who filed the charter for an exclusive club on the shore of the artificially created lake; the Quaker steel mill owner who tried to stop the dam's construction; a librarian, escaping to a bustling mountain city from a loveless life in Boston; a young man determined to expose and undermine the greed and carelessness that shaped the last years of the 19thcentury.

A cautionary tale for our new century, In Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden is a story of youthful promise and devastating loss, of power and its misuse, and of greed and the philanthropy that is too often a guilty by-product. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/20/2014

    " Gorgeous fiction about the Johnstown flood. Amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Watkins | 1/25/2014

    " Informative and easy way to learn about a key event (Johnstown flood), as historical fiction usually is, but after a good background and build up of the Pittsburgh wealthy folk (Carnegie, Mellons, and such) and engineering lapses, lost steam at the end (then it flooded, and they all died). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2014

    " This book is about people and events leading up to the Johnstown Flood. I think I read this book years ago. The relationship of Nora and Daniel were familiar but I don't actually remember much else about the book. I learned some new vocabulary words such as pelerine, antimacassar, what a yellow dog contract is and more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 1/22/2014

    " About the Johnstown flood. Interesting story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/18/2014

    " Great historical fiction, interesting characters, based on a true story. Writing was excellent "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 12/28/2013

    " Npr. Historical novel set at Johnstown flood 1889. Interesting story but too convoluted. Too many characters too many times. -- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathey Biondo | 12/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book. I know it was fiction but having the real characters, ie, Carnegie,Mellon, Frick made it much more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/28/2013

    " Extraordinary re-invention of the Johnstown flood: the flood of greed and hubris, arrogance and blindness, love and death. Soaring, sweeping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/21/2013

    " If you are fascinated by the Johnstown Flood as I am, this fictional account will please you mightily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 7/13/2013

    " Five stars! I loved almost every aspect of this book...the history, the setting, the characters, the prose, the suspense. I was a little disappointed in the denoument, but I do think this would be a tough tale to satisfyingly resolve. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/20/2013

    " A wonderful portrait of the era and the tragedy of the Johnstown Flood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/28/2013

    " Excellent historical fiction. I had never heard this story before. Money talks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/25/2013

    " I debated between a 4 or 5 star rating. I had trouble keeping the characters straight but overall loved the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/25/2013

    " I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book, more than I did the actual story. The fact that it took place in my home state and names/places were familiar to me, was a true bonus! However, there were times when I felt like reading this was more of a chore than a pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/24/2012

    " I enjoyed learning about this flood. I wish I could've had longer periods of reading time. My few minutes here and there made it a bit confusing at first, since the characters change so often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 12/3/2012

    " Good story, though I was disappointed that the big event didn't happen until the end of the book - I thought more of it would be about the aftermath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisse | 10/14/2012

    " Wonderful story about what happened before the Johnstown floods. Good local PA history with a nice story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 4/6/2012

    " A well-written fictional book about the Johnstown flood. It explores the people and events that lead up to that fateful day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorraine | 12/31/2011

    " This book never really gets off the ground, I was very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 4/17/2011

    " Good story, though I was disappointed that the big event didn't happen until the end of the book - I thought more of it would be about the aftermath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merry | 3/30/2011

    " About the Johnstown Flood and the evil robber barons who built a dam so they could have a lake at their country club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/20/2010

    " Extraordinary re-invention of the Johnstown flood: the flood of greed and hubris, arrogance and blindness, love and death. Soaring, sweeping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 8/29/2010

    " I enjoyed learning about this flood. I wish I could've had longer periods of reading time. My few minutes here and there made it a bit confusing at first, since the characters change so often. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/9/2010

    " I learned a little history with this book but had trouble keeping the characters straight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2010

    " dont know if i can finish this, thought it was going to be about the flood but it's more like an american girls novel for adults "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 12/2/2009

    " I really liked this book. Although I did have trouble kwwping up with some of the side characters here and there, the writing was lovely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joannah | 11/25/2009

    " Great historical novel and excellent imagine inspiring back drop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/20/2009

    " Five stars! I loved almost every aspect of this book...the history, the setting, the characters, the prose, the suspense. I was a little disappointed in the denoument, but I do think this would be a tough tale to satisfyingly resolve. "

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About the Narrator

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.