(From the publisher):
It is 1906, and the world is about to change forever ....
April 18, 1906, San Francisco is shaken and shattered by a nightmare earthquake. Among the many victims are two teenage girls—one poor, one wealthy. Kate Keely, a strong-minded, independent orphan, has to quit high school and go to work to support herself and her elderly aunt. Jolie Logan, still recovering from an almost fatal case of scarlet fever, is devastated by the accidental death of her beautiful mother.
Their lives collide a year later, when Kate is hired as Jolie's "personal companion"—an odd combination of maid, nurse, and perhaps, friend. But the two girls are equally proud and stubborn. They are still getting used to each other when Jolie's father suddenly decides to send them to Ireland. Kate is ecstatic, until he entrusts her with the Logan family secret, one she must keep from Jolie no matter what happens.
The two make the exhausting journey by train and boat to Ireland, where they stay with Jolie's aunt and thrive—in ways Dr. Logan would never have expected...
Original title: A Sea So Far
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ United States and Canada