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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

By the Light of the Silvery Moon...Review

About the book:
Destiny Brought Them Together. Will Tragedy Draw Them Apart?

Amelia Gladstone's mind is filled with promise as she gazes at the marvelous new ship, ready for its maiden voyage. The Titanic holds the promise of a reunited family. . .and of possible love waiting on American shores. Nothing could mar Amelia's joy, until she sees a ragged stowaway being escorted down the gangplank.

Down-and-out after squandering his fortune, Quentin Walpole thought his voyage to America ended on the Southampton pier. Then a sweet lady--his angel of mercy named Amelia--secured his passage with a spare ticket. Now he's headed to America, eager for a second chance.

But once the voyage begins, the past confronts Quentin when he discovers that his wealthy railroad tycoon father and older brother Damien are also on board. As Amelia tries to bring about reconciliation between father and son, she suddenly finds herself the center of both brothers' attention with a choice to make: Who can she trust with her heart?

Then the fateful night arrives, and one brother faces a greater choice.

Will Amelia's fate ultimately be one of love or loss?

I was curious that several Titanic-themed books have come my way for review because I hadn't realized it was the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy this year.  Tricia Goyer has done amazing research and her recreation of the Titanic experience is lush and elegant and her descriptions rich and colorful.

When Amelia Gladstone impulsively helps a stranger secure passage on the Titanic, she has no idea how their futures will be entwined, because helping others is just part of her generous nature and she is traveling to America to marry a man she's never met.  When Quentin accepts Amelia's help, he has no idea how she will affect his life, because he's squandered his fortune and lived on the streets for far too long.  When he discovers his estranged father and brother are also on board ship, he feels undeserving of love or second chances.

For what is a tragic subject, this isn't a heavy recounting of the ship sinking.  Rather it's a sweet retelling of the Prodigal Son parable.  It's not overly preachy, but the Christian elements are obviously very strong.  Amelia was a bit too perfect, but this was a book that was enjoyable and easy to read.  A nice diversion before the fire on a cold, rainy afternoon.

Thanks to Amy at Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Tricia Goyer here.  You can purchase your own copy here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.

Read 3/12

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