It’s April 1912.
Able-bodied seaman Kieran Gregor survives the sinking of Titanic ravaged by guilt and the horror of what he witnessed.
Anxious to start over, he accepts a job with his uncle in Dayton, Ohio, taking a room at a boarding house downtown. There, he meets Hannah, the eighteen-year old daughter of the boarding house operator.
Sparks fly the moment they meet, but conflicting loyalties, guilt and propriety keep them apart. Kieran soon must confront the demons of his past when a catastrophic flood slams through the Ohio Valley, putting the city’s residents and the boarding house’s inhabitants in peril, while Hannah must fight for what she wants in a world turned upside down by unspeakable loss.
Told from the point of view of these strong-willed characters, Torrential is a story of survival, forgiveness and love against all odds. Weaving in historical details of two horrific disasters, Torrential brings the bustling energy of turn-of-the-century Dayton to life.
TORRENTIAL is the first historical novel of Dayton native Anne Wainscott-Sargent, who grew up hearing stories about the flood from her grandmother, a flood survivor. Please connect with Anne through one of the social links below to keep up to date on her writing milestones or publishing news on when her book will be available.
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