New historical novel gives readers a glimpse of health care during the era of mass immigration to America

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Mary F. Belmont announces the release of ‘Stepping Over Rooftops’

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Mary F. Belmont marks her first foray in the world of fiction with the release of “Stepping Over Rooftops” (published by Archway Publishing).

Similar to Jennifer Worth’s “Call the Midwife,” this historical tale follows the journey of a young Italian nurse trainee into adulthood as she works alongside patients, teachers and other students to contribute to the promise of America through healthcare. The stories are taken from actual diaries and photos of nursing students from the late 19th century. These young women overcame prejudice and their own insecurities to succeed as pioneers in the healthcare of underserved people. It depicts the mystery, joy of saving a newborn, sadness of separation from the people and places they love, and romance all wrapped in the history of the era of mass immigration to America.

“I want young readers to know that you should never give up your dreams and that life is enriched by giving to others and that life is enriched by giving to others less fortunate,” Belmont says.

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Stepping Over Rooftops
By Mary F. Belmont
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 84 pages | ISBN 9781665732482
E-Book | 84 pages | ISBN 9781665732499
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Ferguson Belmont is a first generation American and understands many of their challenges concerning religion, culture and language. She is most proud to have followed her mother’s and grandmother’s career as a nurse midwife and her father’s service in the United States Army. A graduate of Cornell University New York Hospital School of Nursing and Columbia University Teacher College, Belmont has taught in both the United States and Great Britain. She is currently a distinguished lecturer at Hunter College Bellevue School of Nursing. She has had wonderful experiences with two generations of toy poodles visiting veteran patients at a VA Medical Center and Mary Manning Walsh Home in New York City.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the worldwide leader in self-publishing, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 844-669-3957.

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