Since first reading Tricia's Liberator series (WWII), I've been a fan of her books. Some I've liked better than others, based on the time period or various subjects.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon is on the Ã¢â¬Ëliked better' list!
I just recently read another great book with the Titanic as a main focus (Promise Me This :: Goehlke). The morbidly fascinating truth of an Ã¢â¬Ëunsinkable' ship that actually sank lends itself to some great Ã¢â¬Ëwhat if' fiction.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon is an early 1800 story of a prodigal son. Misplaced guilt as a young boy has driven Quentin to make poor choices. So many, in fact, that he believes he can never return home.
At his very lowest, a kind-eyed woman hands him a ticket to the beautiful Titanic on which, unbeknownst to him, his father and brother are also passengers.
So knowing the end of the Titanic, how could any story be that exciting? Oh, but it is, if your storyteller is Tricia Goyer!
Tricia brings her characters to life so that you can't help but long for their rescue as the disaster is taking place. You already know the unfortunate ending of the great White Star liner, but what keeps you turning the pages is not only whether or not this character or that one survives, but will any of them understand the bigger-than-Titanic importance of reconciliation before it's too late?
Great read. Kept me up late into the night (always a sign of a good book)!
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*
Amelia is heading to America on the new ship Titanic she is traveling with her aunt and plans to possibly marry a man in America. She has never left Southampton but is excited to start this new adventure. Quentin is down on his luck and tries to sneak onto the great ship that is being called Titanic but he is caught and Amelia just happens to see him as they drag him off. She has an extra ticket because her male cousin ended up not coming on the trip. Being a kind and caring person she gives him the extra ticket and the adventure begins.
I really enjoyed this book. I have watched the popular movie that came out in 1997 but I have never read a book based on titanic. I found myself counting down the pages until the fateful night and hoping the charters I had come to love made it off the ship okay.
What I liked: This book was well written and I felt like I was there on the ship seeing the beauty that was the great ship on its maiden voyage. The characters where well written and believable. I also liked that this was a great telling of the prodigal son. It followed the biblical story very well and I thought it was a neat storyline to tell it.
What I did not like: Not to much over all. I was not a big fan of Quentin's brother and the storyline between Amelia and him was okay. It got a little boring for me at times. Also it seemed like once we got to the sinking the storyline went really fast. The first part of the book seemed to take its time and then it went lightening fast once they hit the iceberg and it just felt a little weird to me.
Over all this was a very enjoyable book. Not only did the writer do a great job of telling about the ship and the time period she did a great job of bring a favorite bible story to life and giving it a new twist. If you love historical maritime books your in for a treat. Also if you have any interest in the titanic you will be pleased as well. Great detail and facts are included. The spiritual depth of this book besides the story itself was very good. Both Amelia and Quentin has to over come some obstacles. How by knowing each other they do this and fall in love in the process makes it a great story.
This is my first Tricia Goyer book but will not be my last. Her story about the Titanic comes at a most timely point as its 100 year anniversary is approaching. Thus making her subject and plot all the more interesting to me.
By incorporating a compassionate woman, wealthy yet loving father, stubborn son, and prodigal son, the author definitely set you up for an unforgettable journey. It was not until I was half way through the book, that I realized the story was written in a time period spanning only a week. This made for a fast read. The author did a wonderful job at describing the surrounding scenery aboard the great floating palace. You could very well feel the lush carpets in first class, imagine the joy the second class passengers experienced at being on the ship of dreams, and almost hearing the rumble of different languages below in third class.
The majority of the story was aboard the Titanic, however, the sinking of the so called unsinkable ship was retold magnificently. Vivid descriptions allowed one to envision each the battle of emotions waging war in the hearts of man-from confusion and shock, screams of horror, even anger, to the sheer joy of being alive.
Though the majority of the book took place on the magnificent ship and lasted only a week, the author ended the story well leaving no loose ends to tie up. It incorporated everything from romance, to the power of forgiveness, the transformation of man through God, redemption of the prodigal son, and true everlasting love found only in Jesus. I would give this book a 5 out of 5.
This was an excellent love story on the "Titanic". Best book I have read by Tricia Goyer! Such a good plot and ending. She keeps you guessing which brother will win the heroin's heart. Christian love & values are woven throughout the story. This was one of those books that I did not want to end!
On the approaching 100th anniversary of the Titanic, Tricia Goyer has once again written an outstanding historical romantic novel, By The Light of The Silvery Moon. I must say I was personally challenged to read a romantic fictional novel based on travels on the fated Titanic without thinking about James Cameron's theatrical version, but I can honestly say I was enchanted and captivated by her words.
Meet Amelia Gladstone who is traveling aboard the Titanic in search of a future relationship with a man known only to her through his written correspondence as Mr. Chapman. He believes that because they have related so well through their letters, a face to face meeting might prove to be advantageous to them both. As they are about to board, Amelia comes face to face with a man known only as Quentin, dressed in rags and about to be tossed off the ship for attempting to be a stowaway.
When Amelia's cousin, Henry Gladstone was arrested in London last minute, she was left with his ticket. Being one with a heart of gold, she offers the ticket to Quentin as a gift he doesn't have to repay. Now that he has a legitimate reason to board the ship, he stays in Henry's room wondering just what God has in mind with this last chance offer.
Quentin believes his good fortune is divinely inspired when he begins to learn more about Amelia's pure heart despite the fact that he has made too many mistakes in his past. Those mistakes have cost him everything from his family to his financial standing when he kept running instead of facing the consequences of his actions. What will happen aboard the Titanic will change the lives of Amelia and Quentin forever and show that God does have plans for all of us, and nothing passes through His hands without His knowledge.
I received By The Light of The Silvery Moon compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and have to rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars. I've been a huge fan of not only anything Tricia Goyer has written but also of the Titanic as well. So when I had to opportunity to review this one, I knew I would immediately love it. This one plays out as a great historical romance that Tricia did an exceptional job breathing life into, and also portrays a different version of the prodigal son from the Bible. This one I highly recommend and it will captivate you from the very first page. I could not put this one down.