Last Updated on Monday, 11 June 2012 09:07 Posted by Clash Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:48
Review by Rachelle Rea for Inspiring Daring
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?
What I Loved
Wow. With a back cover copy like that, who isn't entranced by By the Light of the Silvery Moon? And the story contained within that beautiful cover does not disappoint. I found Amelia easy to relate to with her compassionate heart and eye for the outcast. Quentin was more intriguing because of the prologue that offers an up close look at a trauma he endured as a young child (Tricia Goyer's excellent writing clued me right in to the fact that he was very young ~ loved how I could immediately tell that!). Each of the characters seemed very real and I loved reading about them.
I especially appreciated the way the author went to such effort to show everyone's optimism about the Titanic's being unsinkable--and yet neither Amelia nor Quentin felt perfectly comfortable with the complete faith everyone else put in the ship. It added to the tension and suspense, I think, for me to see all those colorful characters waltzing across the pages...knowing that in just a few short chapters, the unthinkable would happen. For knowing how the "end of the story" (of the ship, at least) would unfold, By the Light of the Silvery Moon kept me guessing.
Why I Recommend This Book
For readers entranced by the story of the Titanic, this book will be a worthy addition to your bookshelf. Though it was released the year of the 100th anniversary of the sinking, this is a wonderful romance between a prodigal son and a young woman looking for the promise of a new beginning. I had tears in my eyes as I read the last few pages.