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Ship of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Hiatt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Half a century before Titanic . . .
 

. . . another famous shipwreck captured the hearts and
imagination of the world. In 1857, laden with gold and adventurers fresh from
the California Gold Rush, the luxury sidewheel steamer SS Central America went
down in a hurricane off the Carolina coast. Many were saved, many were lost,
and lives were changed forever. Relive the experiences of her passengers, as
told through the eyes of a fictitious couple who find love and danger on the
high seas aboard this first "Ship of Dreams."

 

On her own in wild, wicked, post-Gold Rush San Francisco,
Della Gilliland has become a bit of a con artist, though a harmless one.
Falsely accused of murder by a rival snake-oil salesman, she is forced to flee
the lawless city's vigilantes aboard an outbound steamer. Surely her quick
wits--and tongue--can convince someone to help her until her pursuers are far
behind.

 

Stuffy New York businessman Kent Bradford is shocked when a
lovely redhead he's never met suddenly introduces herself as his wife to an
important business contact. Fearing a scene, he plays along . . . for the
moment. But moments turn into weeks and growing attraction becomes something
more. Then, only days out from New York, their ship encounters a hurricane that
threatens not only their budding love, but their very lives.

 

"Ship
of Dreams
starts as light adventure then swirls the characters and the reader
into passion and danger that challenge body, heart, and soul. A gripping
read." - Jo Beverley, New York Times bestselling author


Editorial Reviews

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"Brenda Hiatt delivers both a rousing adventure and a grand romance in this exciting new book. Charming and audacious Della is a true original. Don't miss it!"  --Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

"Hiatt is an author who has an easy, enjoyable writing style that makes for the best kind of reading." -- -- The "M" Word Book Reviews"

"[A] wonderful and talented author." -- Under the Covers"

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt has published nearly twenty novels to date, including traditional Regency romance, time travel romance, historical romance, humorous mystery, and a new teen science fiction romance series.

In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she recently achieved her 2nd degree black belt), hiking, traveling, and pursuing new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, where she served as President in 2006.

For the past dozen years, Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website, brendahiatt.com You can also find Brenda on Facebook at facebook.com/BrendaHiatt and on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/Brenda_Hiatt

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brenda Hiatt (December 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHN6RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read and a memorable story January 17, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had never read any of Brenda Hiatt's works but was tempted when this became available on Kindle. What a nice surprise.
Ship of Dreams was clever and smart. It had a creative yet believable plot, well developed characters and "heroes" with admirable traits like character, humility and empathy.
Ship of Dreams was less like the sappy romance I expected and more like a good Danielle Steel -style novel which I have enjoyed in the past. To learn at the end that Ship of Dreams was based on historical events was a nice surprise making me appreciate it even more - sort of like The Titanic - in book form.
I am glad I gave Ms. Hiatt a try and will likely read more of her books (on my Kindle of course) in the future.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work April 9, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1857 San Francisco, Della Gilliland had made a living selling perfectly safe patented medicine. However, her situation changes when the husband of one of her patients accuses Della of selling him a poison that killed his wife. Not only do customers want their money back, but also an apothecary substantiates the claim that Della murdered a client. Realizing her business is ruined and she probably will face a charge of murder, Della flees the city through a ruse.

Near a steamer with the police searching for her, Della introduces herself as the spouse of New York businessman Kent Bradford, a fellow passenger. Kent remains silent about her ploy because he is conducting a major deal with an investor and Della's claim furthers his chance for success. As the couple becomes acquainted on the long voyage, they fall in love, but neither knows what Mother Nature has in store for them on the ill-fated Central America journey.

SHIP OF DREAMS is more than an Americana romance. The tale is an excellent work of historical fiction built around the actual nineteenth century sinking of a steamer due to a storm. From page one till the finish, the story line remains exciting. It provides insight into the era through real and make believe characters and makes that time period feel very real. The lead couple is an enchanting pair that will garner reader empathy. Brenda Hiatt provides a wonderful novel that deserves cross genre appeal by fans of romance and historical fiction.

Harriet Klausner
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unsinkable Romance! May 12, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brenda Hiatt has penned another great historical. I thoroughly enjoyed her characters -- Kent who was the epitome of an upperclass, somewhat uptight hero and Della, the miner's daughter who not only had the spunk to intrude on Kent's life, but to also teach him how to enjoy life! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing June 18, 2011
By TFD
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I just finished "Ship of Dreams" - I really, really enjoyed it. The style and smoothness of the writing is excellent, and the story builds and builds tension...and then BAM! I knew nothing about the SS Central America and how it sank before I read this book, but I felt like I was back in 1857. Even though I wouldn't usually pick up a love story, I think the tight mix with some interesting history and captivating writing made me very glad I read it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read! December 16, 2010
By The G
Format:Kindle Edition
Finally a Kindle version of this wonderful story! Always a joy to see that spark grow between Della and Kent. A great read!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent for a freebie but not memorable June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Amazon Best Seller's free list under romance is rough as all get out. 99.4% of those books are God awful. It's rough, really rough to find a diamond in them. Ship of Dreams isn't a diamond but in that company, it's about the best you're going to get. I picked this up when it was number 1 on the freebie list.

I couldn't help but think of the characters as on the Titanic even though they weren't. The beginning wasn't great but it was hooking enough to get my attention but it lags more often than not.

Towards the middle I found myself skimming because it got a little boring. Not horrible but just boring to where I wanted to snap my fingers and say move it along people.

A decent fictionalized semi-love story based around a true event but you forget that because the story itself is really kind of boring in way too many places.

Then it ended up in a nice bow. A little too 11thr hour for my taste. I hate all issues being wrapped up and characters finally getting it together when my Kindle for PC tells me the book's at >95%. That feels like a waste and that the rest o the book was just filler.

If you have Prime, it's not an awful read so why not. But currently it's $3.99. It lagged too much for 4 bucks. It's a $0.99 cent story without a doubt because it's just decent. Not even close to be noteworthy and really unmemorable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Regan
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This was my first book by Hiatt and I was impressed with how well she portrayed an historic event through the eyes of a man and woman falling in love. I love historical romances that integrate real history and real historical figures (and do not just use historical settings as background "wallpaper"). This one does it very well.

SHIP of DREAMS is a romance, yes, but a romance wrapped around the true story of the sinking of the luxury sidewheel steamer SS Central America (aka the Ship of Gold for all the gold it carried) that went down in a hurricane off the Carolina coast in 1857.

Della Gilliland, seller of herbal tonics and the daughter of a gold miner, and Kenton Bradford of the wealthy "New York Bradfords" meet in San Francisco onboard a steamship as Della is fleeing a false accusation of murder (for one of her tonics). Seeking to hide among the first class passengers, Della introduces herself as Kent's wife. Startled, he plays along with the ruse and finds himself falling in love with the beautiful Irish girl, no matter he is engaged to another woman, a woman he does not love.

Hiatt is a superb storyteller and I soon found myself absorbed--both in the romance and life aboard the steamship. Della is a strong, unpretentious, unselfish heroine and Kent is a noble man whose love for the adventurous Della changes him into a better man. The emotion between Della and Kent is believable, the chemistry real and the love scenes appropriate. The steamship travel from San Francisco to the East Coast via Panama and the hurricane that hit the ship are an integral part of the story and obviously reflect considerable research. All in all, I think Hiatt did an incredible job of bringing both the Victorian period in America and this incident in history to life. I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid historical romance
Well-developed characters, with shipboard romance to boot! Nicely done attention to historical accuracy. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Dandee Book Worm
3.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable
this was an exciting read to me. I wanted to keep reading and reading it. would highly recommend this book
Published 6 months ago by misty decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I am a sucker for romance in movies and tv shows and have tried again and again to get into the romance genre of books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ruthie
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
This book was good enough for me to finish. That's saying something right there. It certainly didn't grab me enough to be a 5. I liked the protagonist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Laurel Brookes
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
When Della Gilliland flees California in fear of a lynch mob, she attaches herself to the only gentleman aboard ship who would be likely to help her. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kyreader
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes an easy smooth read. I enjoyed the book and the main characters, however I sure wish the book wouldn't have ended as abruptly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by michelle wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Historically accurate and a wonderful romance to boot! I Ives Kent and Della both so different and yet so alike in their morals and life goals, Della, a poor immigrant god miners... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary B.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Easy reading and entertainment for a few days. I enjoyed escaping the everyday world and slipping into the story of this book.
Published 15 months ago by cat woman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and exciting.
The antics of the female character Della are humorous and inventive. She's quite a go-getter but still innocent in the ways of love and romance. I like the lead man Kent too. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Vikimac
3.0 out of 5 stars Ship of dreams
This book was quite slow and the story left me feeling like there needed to be more excitement or a deeper love connection between the main characters. Read more
Published 18 months ago by barbara hopkins
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Whatever the genre or subgenre, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt writes sparkling romantic adventure stories. To date, she is the author of six traditional Regency romances, one time travel romance, eight historical romances (most set in Regency England), one upbeat mystery and a brand new teen sci-fi romance series. In addition to writing, Brenda is passionate about embracing life to the fullest, to include scuba diving (she has over 60 dives to her credit), Taekwondo (where she achieved her 2nd degree black belt in 2012 and recently competed in the USA Taekwondo National Championship tournament), hiking, traveling, and pursuing all kinds of new experiences and skills. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and Novelists, Inc, an international organization of multipublished novelists, of which she is a past president. For more than a dozen years Brenda has also collected data on writers' earnings, which she shares at her website, http://brendahiatt.com You can also find Brenda on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BrendaHiatt on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/Brenda_Hiatt and on tumblr as Brenda Hiatt.

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