- File Size: 2319 KB
- Print Length: 248 pages
- Publication Date: February 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IA8SUQU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Author
(Eastland is a re-issue of Merely Dee, with a dramatic new cover, a new first chapter, an unexpected twist at the end, and plenty of surprises in between)
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Author of the Embrace Series
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However, I do wish that the main character, who the story is pretty much completely told through, was more relatable to me, or even more likable overall. I could feel the pain and scope of the story as told through her eyes; she did feel like she really mourned her friend and fellow co-workers. Yet, there seemed to be a very real lack of maturity to her. For parts of the story, she juggled two men, relationship-wise, even doing so right in front of both at the same time. It almost felt like she was playing one off the other, and I hate that in female characters. She also seemed to be very focused on how everything was affecting her rather than everyone else.
I'm definitely giving this book a solid four because the historical research and world-building are incredibly done. The reader experiences the tragedy and aftermath vividly and learns at the same time. Yet, I really wish the main character won the hearts of readers as quickly, at least this reader. She felt very shallow and immature, even after the Eastland disaster happened. But give this book a read, if only for the historical and emotional experience. It's a doozy.
Michael McCarthy, author, Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck that Shook America
While many stories take the reader to new and exotic worlds, this captivating historical novel recounts the tragedy of the SS Eastland in a way that transports the reader to a world before house phones, a time when ice boxes, streetcars, and milk delivery was the norm.
Dee is aboard the Hurricane (top) Deck of the Eastland, chatting with her best friend Mae’s brother, Karel, when the ship lists, and then capsizes. Mae was trapped belowdecks, and Karel—after ensuring Dee is safely settled on the ship’s hull--dives into the putrid water to find his younger sister.
Hours later, having witnessed more dead bodies than survivors recovered, shock has set in for Dee. Desperate without her childhood friend, she nearly topples into the murky depths, but is rescued (again) by a crewman—Lars.
Dee is whisked off the boat and driven back to the grief-ravaged streets of suburban Cicero—home to Western Electric’s headquarters and many of its employees. Then the long hunt begins to track down the missing Mae.
This meticulously researched work provides a rare glimpse into a tragedy that consumed Chicago. Dee and Karol search hospital after hospital only to be ushered ever closer to the makeshift morgue. Days of mourning and wakes, enormous funeral masses presided over by the Bishop. Through this melancholy, Dee realizes that she must remain strong. Stronger than she ever had to be, before. At times, she is bolstered by Karol and Lars—both men who survived the harrowing ordeal and recognize the need for moving on with life.
In the week following the tragedy, Dee returns to work—finding that only one other woman in her 30-person division had survived. The loss of so many workers propels Dee into a managerial position—but she struggles to get over the loss of so many of her friends.
The development of not one, but two, potential romantic entanglements allows Dee to grow further out of her meek shell. Being a survivor will do that, too.
Dee learns, like Karol and Lars, to appreciate the best things in life. Despite the gruesome event and realistic setting, the hopeful ending and clear promise of love will resonate for young and old alike. I loved this book and recommend it to all fans of romance, historical fiction and YA romance.