Meet a Remarkable Woman. Read an Unforgettable Love Story. Johanna Swan is a survivor. She escaped death twice-as a child in China during the Boxer Uprising of 1900 and twelve years later as a young woman aboard the Titanic. An educated suffragist and social worker, Johanna is too petite and inelegant to show to advantage in the era of the graceful Gibson Girl. Not that she cares about her inadequate fashion sense or lack of style. She's an heiress, after all, with ambitious plans to help the poor and immigrant women of Chicago using the progressive services of the Anchorage, one of many Crittenton homes that were established throughout the United States in the late nineteenth century to offer assistance to abused and destitute women-precursors of present-day women's shelters. Johanna manages life the same way she runs a business. Invest sensibly and ensure a sensible return. Never be obligated. Keep emotion out of decision making. Reduce risk. Maintain secure profits. Keep firm control of your assets. As she maneuvers through the turmoil in her family and the increasing confusion in her own heart, however, Johanna discovers that she cant direct other people's lives-or her own life, for that matter-as if each were a commercial enterprise. Life and love are t so orderly. Her own relationship with charming, sentimental, and-she fears-deceitful Drew Gallagher runs parallel with her cousin Pete's love for an immigrant girl from the Chicago streets and with her cousin Jennie's engagement to the son of a wealthy and socially prominent family. Each of the three couples encounters obstacles on the road of love; one will t survive the strain. Johanna may live in 1912, but her experiences with family and career and romance remain universal and timeless. Karen J. Hasley's fascination with women's voices from the past began while writing her master's thesis on seventeenth-century female poets. Now she uses her own distinctive story-telling voice to combine fact and fiction into satisfying historical vels. Circled Heart is the latest compelling vel from this popular author. Other books include Lily's Sister, Waiting for Hope, and Where Home Is.