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BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON Paperback – March 1, 2012
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s doomed voyage, acclaimed author Trisha Goyer has penned a dramatic tale of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice. Amelia anticipates a reunion with her sister and an introduction to an admirer. But when she offers a spare ticket to a down-and-out young man, her hopes suddenly change.
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The setting is vividly described, and brings to life the opulence of one of the finest ships ever built! And despite the fact that you know the ship will sink, it doesn't take away from the intrigue and suspense of the story. I still felt the heart-pounding tension brought on by the sinking of the ship, and the suspense of not knowing what would happen to the characters.
The characters are well drawn, likeable, and very realistic. I came to like all of the characters, and was impressed by the solid, natural dialogue throughout the novel. The romance is sweet, as Amelia is torn between the affections of three men. I was never quite sure how the love story would turn out, and Tricia does a great job of keeping you guessing until the very end.
Being familiar with the stories of the Titanic and the prodigal son doesn't detract from this story in any way. I highly recommend it to all who enjoy solid, well-written Christian historical fiction. Tricia Goyer is an outstanding author, with an exceptional skill for storytelling. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!
Amelia has a heart for others. She's not wealthy, but there's a man across the Atlantic waiting to see if they can build a relationship. When Amelia sees the opportunity to help a ragged man board the Titanic, she doesn't hesitate. She sees something in his eyes that tells her there's much more to his story than the poor, dirty man who was trying to sneak on board the great ship.
Quentin is the prodigal son whose poor decisions in life have led him to the place where he's beaten and dragged off the Titanic. When he was young, his mother died tragically, and he feels the blame is his. He's been on the run since then, taking his inheritance before his father dies and trying to make his own way in the world. When everything is taken from him, he sinks down to the point where he tries to sneak onto the Titanic.
Amelia and Quentin are intrigued by each other, but when Amelia finds out that Quentin's father and brother are on board, she realizes that it's the hand of God. Quentin wants to just hide, but Amelia pushes him to face things he's avoided for years. He tries to keep his distance from her initially, he feels that he will only ruin her life, but he can't help but be drawn to the woman who doesn't only make him rethink his life but also has her own internal beauty.
While I was satisfied at the ending, I did have my moments of sadness. I mean, it is the story of the Titanic, and the author does a nice job describing the event. The anticipation was horrible for me. I kept noting which day I was reading and knowing I was getting closer and closer to that fateful night. Thankfully it was close to the end and didn't take up so much of the book that you end up dwelling on that sadness for much of the book. In the end, you get a bittersweet happy ending, but I believe overall it was a well written book that's definitely worth reading.
But there were some problem areas also. Horrible editing for one. Several times I stumbled over sentences due to inaccurate punctuation and indenting. Other times I didn't know who was speaking because conversations were pushed together in one paragraph with no break. This is not the author's fault, but does take away from the book. Another issue was the extremely blatant and very literal translation of the Prodigal son (from the Bible), practically word for word in some parts. It made it a little hard to read due to some of the scenes being rather unbelievable.
Other than that, Ms. Goyer wrote a beautiful rendition of the Titantic story. Her descriptions of the ship are worth reading alone!