Coming your way in February 2018

Words don’t adequately express how much I LOVE the cover for this new book of mine which will be released into the wild on February 6, 2018. Under the Canopy of Heaven will be my first hardcover; a little detail that has me feeling excited and nervous and elated all at the same time. It’s also the first book of mine in 10 years to feature only a historical time and place. But you know what? It’s the way the book needed to be. I didn’t want to force a contemporary overlay where a second story wasn’t needed just to stay in the dual-time periods lane. I think you will agree when you read it. And I really am so anxious for you to read it.

I had the rare and wonderful opportunity when I was in NYC last week to meet the graphic designer who created this cover. Her name is Colleen and she deserves the kudos for her work here. Thank you, Colleen. You are brilliant.

This story is about a family — a father and mother and their three daughters ages 15, 12, and 7 — who move to Philadelphia in early 1918 when the dad becomes heir-apparent to his uncle’s very successful undertaking business. They have no idea within months of their arrival that the Spanish Flu will also arrive in Philadelphia. Told in alternating chapters by this mother and the daughters, the story reveals what the deadliest pandemic in history was like, not just for the wife and children of a newly trained undertaker, but for Philadelphia, America, and the world.

Swann Fountain in Logan Square as it is today. This photo was taken by me a couple days ago. It was placed here in 1924.

I will be telling you more about his book in the coming months, but for now I want to share with you a photograph from last week’s research trip to Philadelphia as I wrapped up the last edits. The fountain at right, which was erected just a few years after the Spanish Flu pandemic, and which sits in beautiful Logan Square (one of William Penn’s planned green spaces from back in colonial times) is the fountain you see on the cover. The young woman represents one of the daughters — Maggie —  in 1925, when Part Two of the book takes place. The butterfly motif shows up here and there in the pages of the story because they are the perfect example of the beauty and frailty and preciousness of life.

I love those little butterflies on the cover, and the delicious font, and the framing with the Gates of Paradise and especially the golden color palette that makes it seem your hand would come away warm if it you laid your palm across the book.

I’m hoping you love this story when you finally get the chance to read it. I won’t lie. The story might make you cry. Probably will. But it’s a story that in the end celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of love to carry us when we cannot carry ourselves. There will be more on this later, I promise. For now, though, I would love to hear what you think so far. Thoughts?


Author: Susan

This post has 8 Comments

  1. Andi Tubbs on May 9, 2017 at 5:55 am

    SQUEE!! The cover is gorgeous and the story sounds wonderfully intriguing. Excited to read this one.

  2. Patti on May 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Sounds like a good setting for a story! As always, I look forward to your new book!!

  3. Susan on May 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks, Patti!!

  4. Susan on May 9, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I think you’re going to really like this one, Andi 🙂

  5. Anette on May 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Hi susan,i am from germany,and this days i reed your book die Farben des Lebens. It is very lovley and touched my heart. I at my one wrote also christian romans,but till yet without much publik, also for friends.they enjoy them. May god bless you.i will loke to get more from your books to reed. Greatings anette

  6. Shaela on May 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I think I am more excited about this book than any of your other books. I know, I say that EVERY TIME you release a new book, lol. But it’s so true!!

  7. Carol on June 9, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Looking forward to reading your upcoming book. Not only is historical fiction my favorite reading material, this will also be more personal as my grandfather’s 16 year old sister was a victim of the Spanish flu pandemic. I have a photo of her that my grandfather passed on to my mother and it is just hauntingly beautiful. Reading this book will give me a better understanding of the tragic and devastating outbreak in which so many lives were lost.

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