"By the light, of the silvery moon, I want to spoon, To my honey I'll croon love's tune. Honey moon, keep a-shinin in June. Your silv'ry beams will bring love's dreams, We'll be cuddlin' soon, By the silvery moon."
Chorus to "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" published 1909. Music written by Gus Edwards. Lyrics by Edward Madden. This popular song was a Tin Pan Alley song during the time period shortly before the tragedy of The Titanic. The main character Amelia Gladstone in Tricia Goyer's book by the same title, "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" refers to her love of Tin Pan Alley songs.
Amelia Gladstone and her Aunt Neda left their home of Southampton, England and are moving to America to live near Neda's daughter Elizabeth. They will be traveling as 2nd Class passengers on the RMS Titanic. Neda's son Henry was to travel with them, but he has gotten in to trouble again and will not be joining them. Amelia has lived with her aunt since she was a young girl. While embarking on the "Ship of Dreams" Amelia and Aunt Neda witness a scuffle and then a young man who was a stowaway being forcibly taken off the ship. Out of the kindness of Amelia's heart she offers him Henry's unused ticket. This young mans name is Quentin. When Amelia gazes in to "the dark depths of his brown eyes, her heart beats fast." Amelia has become Quentin's rescuer, and subsequently his friend, confidante, and advocate.
On April 10, 1912 the Titanic left England for its 1st stop Cherbourg, France, in order to pick up more passengers. Among the passengers were the wealthy John Jacob Astor IV and his new young wife, and Margaret "Molly" Brown. These passengers would be some of those traveling in 1st Class.
Those that traveled 3rd Class were primarily emigrant's wanting to start a new life in America.
The Titanic was advertised as the "ship of dreams" and was thought unsinkable because of its water tight compartments. History has shown that mistakes were made and thus the Titanic did sink on its maiden voyage. This year marks the100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Tricia Goyer has written a wonderful story that gives the readers a view of those few days before the tragedy, as well as the plight and chaos during the disaster. Through Amelia's eyes we are given a grand tour of what the ship looked like, the various people that worked on the ship, and the cultures and standards of the 1st Class.
I loved this book for several reasons.
1. Amelia is a character that is neither 1st Class nor 3rd Class, she is like most of us, in the middle; thus I felt I could more readily relate to her.
2. Amelia is noted as beautiful to some, those that see the beauty of her heart; but to others she is insignificant because of her status.
3. The tale of 2 brothers is weaved in to this story. A tale we've been told before in Church. In this story a remarkable outcome transpires that I did not expect.
4. We are given mini-stories of other travelers, those traveling both in 1st and 3rd Class, and those working on board the ship. This gives not only a panoramic feel to the story, but enlarges the story-----the characters are a forefront to this large expansive and impressive ship.
5. The book ends with, in my opinion, an open option for a book 2.
Thank you to Barbour and Litfuse Group for my free review copy!
I rarely buy books, but saw this in a Barnes and Noble while on vacation two days after the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, so I picked it up. I read the prologue and was immediately drawn in by the tragic opening and decided I must read the rest of the book. I have a fascination with the Titanic's sinking and that whole tragedy anyway, so I couldn't resist the urge and ended up buying it. I'm so glad I did. I read the book in two days and enjoyed it very much.
There were so many things to like about this story. The author did a great job with setting and making me feel like I was there on the ship. Amelia was compassionate and a very likable heroine. The brothers were both endearing in their own ways. I felt pity for the father and his pain from not knowing the well-being of his youngest son. I loved how the author had written a parallel story similar to the prodigal son from the New Testament. Some of the dialog was even the same. That part of this book was particularly moving and brought tears to my eyes. Which one of us hasn't felt worthy of someone's love and forgiveness at some point in our pasts? The emotion of the characters as they dealt with repentance and forgiveness was very touching as was the way Amelia ministered to Quinton's spiritual needs.
The thing that intrigued me most about this story was not knowing which brother was going to come out as the survivor in the end. Not only that, but I was anxious about who was going to live and who was going to die other than the well-known passengers like John Jacob Astor. The description of the passengers' trauma following the sinking was well done. I can't imagine the survivor's guilt many of them must have felt. Each brother had special traits that the heroine loved, but she had to choose who would hold her heart in the end. At times I even fluctuated on who I thought that should be. This was a heartwarming story with a very satisfying ending. The romantic elements tugged on my heart strings as well. Highly recommended.
I am not really good at reviewing but here goes. I loved this book even though there was a tragedy involved, it is also the story of a prodigal son, without giving away much, Tricia Goyer is in good form in this book, the only complaint I have is that it mentions a piano being part of the band and there was no piano on the Titanic!!!! Other then this little oversight it is a great book.
Tricia Goyer is an incredibly talented writer who tells a beautiful story of redemption set on the Titanic. She brings the Titanic to life in a way that surprised and impressed me. I felt the magic of what it would be like to be a passenger on that impressive ship and the tragedy of what it was like in those last final moments of the ship's sinking. Tricia also incorporates touching stories of people who were actually on the Titanic. I loved reading these little-known stories of passengers . . . and I thought it was a wonderful tribute to them. As is true with all of Tricia's novels, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by the Titanic or just loves a touching story. [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
As we observe the hundred year mark of the sinking of the Titanic we are remembering that cruise.
Amelia Gladstone is about to embark of the journey of a lifetime. She is traveling to Connecticut with her Aunt Nelda. Her cousin Henry was to join them, but ended up in jail. She has his ticket, and when she observes a man being manhandled and thrown off the ship, she does what she does best, and goes to his rescue.
Quinten gladly takes the ticket and boards. God has his hand in all of this...I am in awe of all that happens. Yes we relive this tragedy, but we also find wonderful God Loving people. Enjoyed reading the description of this great "unsinkable" ship, such opulence.
You meet the Rich and famous and some with a lot of notoriety...and we know the fate of most. We relive the moment of the iceberg hit, and the loading of the life boats...even if we wish things would change here it doesn't.
While reading this enjoy going with Amelia around the ship, and we hear her thoughts! Great! We also experience the wonderful experiences of "Forgiveness". I loved embarking on this cruise, thank you Tricia Goyer.
I received this book from the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.