The R.M.S. Titanic has fascinated many writers, film-makers, and photographers. The fascination has led to a plethora of stories that take readers and viewers through the last moments of the Titanic as we view it through the eyes of a character.
Stories set on the Titanic are hard for people to get into, yet By the Light of the Silvery Moon poses no problem in grabbing a reader's attention. This story gripped me and left me longing to know what would happen next--in spite of the fact I knew the ship would sink.
Tricia Goyer creates an interesting story. While I'm not entirely sure how plausible the romance portion of the story would be, she definitely takes the reader's heart captive with it.
This story is refreshing because it does something most Titanic stories fail to do by giving us characters in the second class. We know all about the details and happenings of the third and first classes, but we never hear anything about those in second class. I was excited to see a story told from a second class passenger's point of view.
Don't worry, for those of you love first class, she includes them too.
Another refreshing part of this novel is how Tricia Goyer introduces a plot other than romance. She gives us a prodigal-son story. To be honest, it's amazing how wonderfully she made it fit for a Titanic story-line. My only regret is that, at times, she would quote the parable verbatim when it came to the dialogue. I would have like to have seen original dialogue in those instances.
If you're reading this book simply because you're a hardcore Titanic enthusiast wanting to know about the ship itself, you will love this novel. Tricia Goyer has no problem bringing the ship to life with her accurate details in society. And If you like James Cameron's famous movie, Titanic, then you'll certainly love By the Light of the Silvery Moon.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Amelia Gladstone had been corresponding with an American man for some time. Finally she was going to meet him. Perhaps there will be a wedding in her future. To make the voyage even more exciting, she would be traveling on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.
What she didn't realize is that what would impact her the most wouldn't be the grandeur of the Titanic but who she would meet on its decks. (12)
As Amelia waits with her aunt to board the ship, she sees a potential stowaway thrown off the ship. Sensitive to his plight, she gives him the ticket that was supposed to be for her cousin who suddenly cannot go on the journey.
Quentin is from a wealthy American family. While a child he was instrumental in his mother's death. As a troubled young man, he asks for his inheritance and makes a fortune in England - and then loses it. He is penniless but hopes to make a new start in America.
Amelia finds out Quentin's father and older brother are aboard the Titanic, having been to England searching for Quentin. As Amelia begins to fall in love with Quentin, she is convinced he must be reconciled to his family.
She must think about her own situation too. The Titanic is nearing its destination and she has no idea what she will tell the man she planned to meet in America, now that her heart belongs to another. Her aunt has wise words for her. "Will you become all God made you to be if you join with him in marriage? And in the joining will you help him be all God made him to be?" (177)
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This novel contains a wealth of information about the ship, its structure, the opulence, the classes of passengers, etc. And the way Tricia has woven into the plot the experience of a prodigal son is wonderful. Even the angry older brother...well, I don't want to give it away, but within the midst of tragedy one sees great efforts of self sacrifice.
This well written novel kept me reading way too late. I didn't want to put it down. What's missing? There is no reader's discussion guide and I would have loved to have had a CD of the song!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
The heart of Tricia Goyer's novel is a beautiful retelling of the parable of the prodigal son.
After demanding his portion of inheritance, Quentin Walpole strikes out on his own to make a name for himself apart from his father's high society influence; a position earned after years of hard work investing in the transcontinental railroad. Through a series of poor choices and youthful bravado, Quentin squanders all investments and burns many bridges to expanding the family business abroad, all while tarnishing the family's good name. Quentin's reckless and self-indulgent behaviour leaves him penniless and homeless, living a rootless existence for several years. As Quentin attempts to stow aboard the Titanic in search of a fresh start back home in America, we find him in desperate condition: full of shame, regret, and running from the pain of a tragic childhood accident that took the life of his mother.
Unaware to Quentin, his father and brother are aboard the Titanic. Clarence Walpole, railroad tycoon and family man by nature spent a good portion of time and money scouring the streets of London for any hint of his missing son. Returning home to America without word of Quentin's whereabouts or safety is more than his heart can bear. While Clarence grieves the loss of his son and the depravity of Quentin's condition, he dreams of the day when he will welcome Quentin home and see the Walpole family reunited.
Damien Walpole, on the other hand, could care less about his brother's whereabouts. The longer Quentin's estrangement from the family the better. Damien is nursing some pretty deep anger as a result of Quentin's careless actions. After all, it is Quentin's fault their mother is dead. It is Quentin's fault their father's business lost half its capital. It is Quentin's fault the family name is sullied and the subject of gossip within high society circles. Quentin's selfish and thoughtless actions have placed a heavy burden on Damien's shoulders: to pick up the pieces of their father's broken heart and business. To this end, Damien sacrificed all to reclaim the Walpole legacy in the role of his father's right-hand man. As a result, Damien learned to wear a mask: he is what others expect for a person of his position in society to be, always projecting the image of composure, wealth, and status.
Enter Amelia Gladstone. Amelia is young, compassionate, truthful, and able to see beneath the surface. For the most part she wears her heart on her sleeve and comes from very humble means. Amelia is on voyage to America to meet Mr. Chapman, the man she's been corresponding with; the man who secured passage for her travel to America. The man, if all goes well, she intends to marry.
Tugging on Amelia's heart while boarding the Titanic are thoughts of her mother's abrupt disappearance many years ago. Why did her mother abandon her as a child for a life on the sea? To find freedom from the restrictions of home-bound responsibility? To secure a Captain's love? Amelia has spent the greater part of her life longing for answers. When she runs across a servant aboard ship who has worked with her mother, Amelia just may've found a way to understand the past.
The message of Goyer's novel is one of hope.
Themes of grief, shame, loss, forgiveness, self-worth and letting go are tenderly woven throughout the story in such an honest way that I found myself drawn into the character's lives almost immediately. Each bears a wound that forms the filter through which they perceive the world around them. The Titanic's maiden voyage offers the prospect of change. Confined to the quarters of the ship (be it the grandest ship ever), there is no place left to run or hide from the past. In this context, the characters reveal and wrestle with various pain and insecurities that live right below the surface, each finding healing in the most unexpected of places.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.
Be prepared to be swept up in an action-packed drama while reading By the Light of the Silvery Moon. Tricia Goyer has written a book that borrows from the elements of Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, throws in a love story that will have women the world over swooning in delight, and perfectly captures the heart-breaking story of the Titanic with a new spin! The characters are unique and their stories are ones that will pull on your heart-strings. I especially felt heart-ache for the character of Quentin, who had suffered at such a young age and then made foolish decisions out of his heartache, decisions that almost cost him everything he held dear. Amelia Gladstone is an equally likeable character for her heart of mercy and her refusal to judge a person by their outer shell. We definitely need more Amelias in this world! The details surrounding the history of the Titanic are perfectly interwoven into the plot, from the excitement and wonder that surrounded the Titanic's maiden voyage, to the orchestra bravely and tragically continuing to play while the ship was sinking around them! I found the book difficult to put down, as Goyer skillfully entertains with a story that lives up to her excellent reputation as an author.
I highly recommend this story for readers who enjoy historical fiction and who are are wanting to be held captive by a love story that has a satisfying conclusion. I award this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer was a book I looked forward to reading and I wasn't disappointed.
As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking on April 10th, I wonder what that time was like. What were the hopes and dreams of the passengers and the crew. Many of those stories are gone forever. Tricia Goyer, wrote a story of what might have been.
Although I enjoyed the story I was conflicted with wanting to put the book down and not read further and continuing reading to the end of the story. The reason? I was caring for the characters more and more and knowing what happened to the real Titanic I didn't want to know who didn't survive, but I did continue to the end, because I really wanted to know what would happen.
There is a strong Prodigal son theme, as well as, God's plan of redemption within the pages of this book. Quentin Walpole is the Prodigal. His mother drowned saving him from drowning when he was 5 years old. He had been running and hiding ever since. When he became an adult, he asked his father for his inheritance and moved to London to begin a business of his own, his business did well for a time, but when competition moved in, he lost it all: his business, money, home, friends, and he lived homeless for two years.
Amelia Gladstone has a giving heart and serves God by serving others. While she and her Aunt Neda are preparing to board the Titanic, Amelia sees some of the stewards roughly taking a man off the ship. She has an extra ticket that was for her cousin, who wasn't able to travel, so Amelia gave the ticket to Quentin.
Clarence and Damien Walpole-- Quentin's father, and brother, are also on the ship. Clarence prays daily for his son and hopes that someday he will return home. Damien wishes his brother will never return.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
** By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.