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When the Waters Came

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An act of greed or an act of God?

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 Fishing and Hunting Club, secrets emerge that may tear them apart.

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Candice Sue Patterson
BISAC Category:
FICTION / Christian/Romance
Page Count:
Paperback / 5.5 x 8.375
A Day to Remember

2 Reviews

  • 5
    This is a gut retching book.i went online to see pictures of this flood and could not believe the destruction that occurred!.

    Published by Theresa on Feb 07, 2024

    Very informative and well worth the read.

  • 5
    Fantastic Historical Fiction!

    Published by Connie Porter Saunders on Jan 19, 2024

    Gut-wrenching and soul-searching! It's only mid-January but I've just found my first favorite book of 2024! I started reading "When the Waters Came" during a rainstorm, so I was immediately caught up in the vivid descriptions of torrential rain, rushing flood waters, and human suffering beyond imagination. Author Candice Sue Patterson blends fictional characters and real people to share her story of the devastating Johnstown Flood of 1889, and the results are mesmerizing! . When the Waters Came is a captivating story that's rich in historical details, raw emotions, and resiliency that springs from hope, faith, and trust in God. I recommend this inspirational page-turner to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own opinions.

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