I absolutely loved this historical fiction set in the Titanic.
Apart from beautiful historical detail, this book had a really good plot, which kept it going and kept my interest alive all the way.
I liked the heroine a lot, with her inner struggles and her efforts to find God's plan for her life. That's what all the good books are about, in my opinion. Anyway, the reader follows her journey, both physical and spiritual, until the great tragedy of the Titanic.
I won't spoil the surprises that take place as soon as the ship goes down, but the atmosphere on board the ship was just delicious.
The romance was subtle and realistic without being too obvious.
But most of all, what I loved about this book was how it came through that God is in control of what happens to us, and He can take our lives and take them in the direction He wants them to go in the most miraculous ways, if we trust Him.
I have always been a huge fan of historical fiction, and have been fascinated by the Titanic so Tricia's latest book was a perfect marriage of the two for me!
Even though readers know what is going to happen regarding the Titanic, this book was interesting in that it gives some insight as to the frenzy taking place in the days prior to the ill-fated voyage. The characters are interesting, and there's scandal and deception right from the start so from page one, I was drawn into Trica's writing. As always, Tricia managed to weave sound morals and faith all through the book, solidifying what she stands for.
One of the main characters, Amelia, is sweet and unassuming. She's also a bit naÃ¯ve and soon finds herself in a bit of a love triangle. And to muddy the waters even further, she's on the Titanic for the purpose of meeting up with her beau in America, Mr. Chapman. If you've read any of Tricia's books, then you will love this one just as much as her others. If you haven't read her books yet, this is a great one to start with.
Having read very few books by Ms.Goyer, I didn't know quite what to expect with By the Light of the Silvery Moon, so I took a chance, and boy, am I glad I did! This book is something of a Prodigal Son type story, with very strong themes running along those lines.
I loved how Ms. Goyer really captured the atmosphere and feel of the Titanic. Distinguishing those in First Class, from those in Second and Third Class, with a strong use of body language. I could feel the atmosphere changes that occurred when we went from class to class from the chill of First Class, to the warmth, hope, and a few unsavory characters in Third.
I really didn't have a favorite character in this book, every single one was so well balanced, and none of them really outshone the others, they were all amazing. And I really liked how the relationships between the many characters felt very natural, and unforced.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book. It is a well written tale set against one of the most startling events of the 20th century, filled with forgiveness and hope. And let's not forget the romance! A fantastic book that grabbed me at the very first chapter and didn't let go until I'd turned the last page down.
Final Rating: 4.8 out of 5
I received this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity in return for an honest review.
This fictional account, set on the Titanic, draws on destiny and human nature as the dramatic story unfolds. Amelia Gladstone is traveling to America to meet a man with whom she's been corresponding. In fact, Mr. Chapman funded the trip and hopes this will lead to their marriage. Accompanying Amelia is her aunt, Neda, who raised Amelia from age six after her mother went back to serving as a stewardess aboard ship and was never heard from again. Her cousin, Henry, ends up in jail, so Amelia bestows his ticket on an unfortunate man she meets while they're waiting to board.
Quentin Walpole's life parallels the parable of the prodigal son and the longing father. He's ready to shake off his failures and seek a new future. Returning to the country of his birth also means returning to the land where he caused his mother's death. How can he face the pain? And he continues to avoid his wealthy father since he knows he's devastated him too. His brother, Damien, works to ensure Quentin won't bring his father further pain.
Both brothers are attracted to innocent Amelia and she to them. But what about sensible Mr. Chapman? She feels compelled to remain loyal to her benefactor, yet her heart calls for a different conclusion. And then comes the unforgettable disaster, which submerges these romantic notions along with the sinking ship. Has she lost her true love?
Tricia Goyer takes readers on a fantastic voyage of history, romance, and suspense, throwing in some surprises before the Titanic disappears from sight. She truly brings the voyage and the passengers to life. I think this novel would make a great movie too.