Project Description

Kathleen Shoop holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, was a Chick Lit Finalist in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Her second novel, After the Fog, was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her debut novel, The Last Letter, is a Kindle bestseller and multiple award-winner, including a Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

about THE ROAD HOME

1905—Katherine Arthur Zurchenko is doing her best to honor her mother in death the way she struggled to do during her life. But fragile nerves and tender wounds bring regret further to the surface. With the puzzling rush of mourners who arrive to say goodbye to Jeanie Arthur—people her children did not even know existed, Katherine and her brother Tommy realize they missed so much of their mother’s remarkable life. Fresh off of having learned of “the last letter,” they begin to understand there is so much more to the story… Will the mourners provide needed, comforting answers to the grieving children? Can Tommy begin the process of healing like Katherine has? Have things gone too far for him to offer and find forgiveness—for him to fix the life he’s steered so wrong? Or will he run again?

1891—Fourteen-year-old twins Katherine and Tommy Arthur have done their best to make each house they boarded in feel like home. But tensions rise as they are thrust into questionable circumstances just to survive. Each has reached a breaking point and they must take control, find a way back home to their mother, back home to the family they’ve missed for so long. Meanwhile their desperate mother is hit by growing disappointment, confronted with breaking yet another promise to her children. And then a miracle descends and hope rises up on a cold, rainy night that changes everything. If Jeanie could just get word to Katherine and Tommy, she is sure she can set their lives right again. Follow Katherine, Tommy and Jeanie as they rush back to each other, energized by the idea that they can live as a family yet again, trusting that no matter how bad things get, there is nothing like being home.

about LOVE AND OTHER SUBJECTS

For every woman who wonders if she chose the right career…

Carolyn Jenkins strives for two things—to be the greatest teacher ever and to find true love. She’s as skilled at both as an infant trying to eat with a fork. Carolyn’s suburban upbringing and her genuine compassion for people who don’t fit easily into society are no match for weapon-wielding and struggling students, drug-using colleagues, and a wicked principal.

Meanwhile, her budding relationship with a mystery man is thwarted by his gaggle of eccentric sisters. Carolyn depends on her friends to get her through the hard times, but with poverty-stricken children at her feet and a wealthy man at her side, she must define who she is. The reality of life after college can be daunting, the road to full-fledged adulthood long and unscripted. Can Carolyn take control and craft the life she’s always wanted?

about AFTER THE FOG

The sins of the mother…

In the steel mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous 1948 “killing smog,” headstrong nurse Rose Pavlesic tends to her family and neighbors. Controlling and demanding, she’s created a life that reflects everything she missed growing up as an orphan. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her loving husband, dutiful children, and large extended family.

When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life,making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?

about THE LAST LETTER

For any daughter who thinks she knows her mother’s story…

Katherine Arthur’s mother arrives on her doorstep, dying, forcing her to relive a past she wanted to forget. When Katherine was young, the Arthur family had been affluent city dwellers until shame sent them running for the prairie, into the unknown. Taking her family, including young Katherine, to live off the land was the last thing Jeanie Arthur had wanted, but she did her best to make a go of it on a domain of natural disasters, temptation, hatred, even death.

Ten-year-old Katherine had loved her mother fiercely, put her trust in her completely, but when there was no other choice, and Jeanie resorted to extreme measures on the prairie to save her family, she tore Katherine’s world apart. Now, seventeen years later, and far from the prairie, Katherine has found the truth – she has discovered the last letter.