Release Date:April 20, 2023
About The Book:
1934. Isabel longs to escape her squalid San Francisco neighborhood. While her mother struggles to make ends meet and her older brother serves with the CCC at Yosemite, she manages the household and comforts her younger sister with stories about an idyllic imaginary world. Desperate for a taste of freedom, she takes matters into her own hands — with tragic consequences.
IDistraught, she flees to Yosemite, where she falls in love with its majestic beauty. Inspired by Enid Michael, the park’s only female ranger-naturalist, Isabel hikes, learns new skills, and discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. But even as she relishes her independence, she hides her grief, along with a terrible secret she fears will destroy relations with her family. And when she receives upsetting news from home, Isabel must decide if she can assist her family without sacrificing her chance at a new life.
Rich with historical detail and lyrical prose, The View from Half Dome is a moving coming-of-age story about hope, forgiveness, Nature’s healing power, and the courage to overcome societal boundaries and grow, regardless of age.
About The Author:
Jill Caugherty’s debut historical novel, Waltz in Swing Time, was published in 2020. Her short stories have been published in 805Lit, Oyster River Pages, The Potato Soup Journal, The Prospectus Blog, and The Magazine of History and Fiction. After holding software development, product management, and marketing positions in the high tech industry for nearly thirty years, she now writes full time. Jill is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers’ Association and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Please visit https://www.jillcaugherty.com for more information.
A touching coming of age tale set against the towering beauty of Yosemite National Park, where a young woman’s dreams reach as high as its tallest peaks.”–Jean M. Roberts, author of The Heron, The Angel of Goliad, and The Frowning Madonna
“Well-developed characters, careful attention to historical detail, a gorgeous setting and a story that will stay with you. 5 Stars!–Gail Ward Olmsted, author of Landscape of a Marriage and Miranda Writes
“Historical fiction at its very best: a wonderful story that immerses the reader in a distant era. Readers of Sue Monk Kidd and Kim Michele Richardson will enjoy Caugherty’s deeply touching story.”-David Rabin, author of In Danger of Judgment
“Open this book to enjoy the scenes in Yosemite, and stay for well-drawn characters that include the park’s first female ranger-naturalist, Enid Michael. Highly recommended.”–Linda Ulleseit, author of Aloha Spirit and Under the Almond Trees
“Isabel will steal your heart with her hopeful spirit.”–Kerry Chaput, author of Daughter of the King
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