Light in the Sky Author:Agatha Young Among Cleveland's roaring blast furnaces in the 1870's, John Fenno--titan of industry--ruled his fledgling steel empire. At his side was the one person he loved: his daughter Willoughby--beautiful to behold, ruthless in her acquisition of power and men. Around Willoughby the gossip of Cleveland drawing rooms rippled like the molten fire htat ... more »lit the night skies above John Fenno's mills. That same fire inflamed Fenno's enemies, and forged to white heat young Sam Hadley's desire for Willoughby. In Fenno's ornate Victorian mansion, his wife, Matild, lived like a wraith. There, too, his younger daughter Lettie, ate her heart out in the shadow of Willoughby's conquests.
Agatha Young writes of the transition period from iron to steel, an era when Eastern giants like Jay Cooke came to grips with men like Jay Cooke came to grips with men such as John Fenno in the West. It was a time when ore ships plied the Lakes under sail, and the use of steam was just beginning. In contrast to the shocking poverty of the dock workers, the elegance of society unfolded: smart carriages wheeling to Sunday church while scandal raged behind fluttering fans. This was the moment in destiny when John Fenno sought to raise himself and his family to the sky--and found, instead, damnation.« less