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    Kathy Steffen

ISBN: 9781605420868

Theater Of Illusion

by: Kathy Steffen

Book 3 in the Spirit of the River Series

Children of an abusive father who spiraled into madness and murder, Sarah and Tobias Perkins survived by holding to each other.

As adults, the siblings live and work on the Spirit of the River, the riverboat that saved their mother from their father’s wrath. Yearning to pilot the riverboat herself, Sarah is forced by custom to stand by as her childhood rival, Jeremy Smith, becomes not only pilot but first officer. It is 1910, and the River Board has specific opinions about where a woman belongs—and it is not behind the wheel of a riverboat.

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Kathy Steffen's previous novels, First, There Is a River and Jasper Mountain, have won numerous awards, including the CRW Award of Excellence, the HOLT Medallion Award, and the Beacon Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her books have been finalists in the Benjamin Franklin Awards and at the London Book Festival. Her first published short story appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction.

Kathy pens a monthly column on writing, Between the Lines, for southwest Wisconsin’s Voice of the River Valley. She’s taught writing at AllWriters’ Workshops and the University of Wisconsin’s Writer’s Institute, Write by the Lake, and Rhinelander School of the Arts. Kathy is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Novelists Inc.
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Overview

Children of an abusive father who spiraled into madness and murder, Sarah and Tobias Perkins survived by holding to each other.

As adults, the siblings live and work on the Spirit of the River, the riverboat that saved their mother from their father’s wrath. Yearning to pilot the riverboat herself, Sarah is forced by custom to stand by as her childhood rival, Jeremy Smith, becomes not only pilot but first officer. It is 1910, and the River Board has specific opinions about where a woman belongs—and it is not behind the wheel of a riverboat.

Tragedy strikes when Théâtre d’Illusion—a traveling theater extravaganza—comes aboard to entertain passengers during the journey downriver. One of the performers vanishes, and then one by one, the passengers and crew members on board theSpirit of the River fall victim to a mysterious and deadly illness.

Plagued by the voice of his murderous father, Tobias finds peace only during overnight drinking binges. But when he awakes each day to a trail of death and destruction, he begins to fear his father’s spirit has possessed him. As the sins of the past threaten to destroy the future, Sarah races against time to stop a vengeful killer. Will she bring the Spirit of the River and the surviving passengers home, or is all hope of escape an illusion?

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ISBN: 9781605420868
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2010
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“Those who enjoy powerful . . . heroines, especially those in historical settings who challenge the status quo, will enjoy Theater of Illusion by Kathy Steffen. It’s an R-rated story reminiscent of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, a woman doing a man’s job in a time when society preferred women barefoot and pregnant.” ~ Axie Barclay, Portland Book Review