Tuesday, April 3, 2012

By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer

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!

Tricia Goyer lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and four children, including a newly adopted daughter. She has written more than thirty books, fiction and nonfiction combined. See more at www.triciagoyer.com.

See the book trailer here.

Barbour Publishing, 319 pages.
To buy this book, please visit your local Christian bookstore.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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