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Book Review: By The Light Of The Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer

"By the light, of the silvery moon, I want to spoon, To my honey I'll croon love's tune. Honey moon, keep a-shinin in June. Your silv'ry beams will bring love's dreams, We'll be cuddlin' soon, By the silvery moon."
Chorus to "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" published 1909. Music written by Gus Edwards. Lyrics by Edward Madden. This popular song was a Tin Pan Alley song during the time period shortly before the tragedy of The Titanic. The main character Amelia Gladstone in Tricia Goyer's book by the same title, "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon" refers to her love of Tin Pan Alley songs.


Amelia Gladstone and her Aunt Neda left their home of Southampton, England and are moving to America to live near Neda's daughter Elizabeth. They will be traveling as 2nd Class passengers on the RMS Titanic. Neda's son Henry was to travel with them, but he has gotten in to trouble again and will not be joining them. Amelia has lived with her aunt since she was a young girl. While embarking on the "Ship of Dreams" Amelia and Aunt Neda witness a scuffle and then a young man who was a stowaway being forcibly taken off the ship. Out of the kindness of Amelia's heart she offers him Henry's unused ticket. This young mans name is Quentin. When Amelia gazes in to "the dark depths of his brown eyes, her heart beats fast." Amelia has become Quentin's rescuer, and subsequently his friend, confidante, and advocate.
On April 10, 1912 the Titanic left England for its 1st stop Cherbourg, France, in order to pick up more passengers. Among the passengers were the wealthy John Jacob Astor IV and his new young wife, and Margaret "Molly" Brown. These passengers would be some of those traveling in 1st Class.
Those that traveled 3rd Class were primarily emigrant's wanting to start a new life in America. 
The Titanic was advertised as the "ship of dreams" and was thought unsinkable because of its water tight compartments. History has shown that mistakes were made and thus the Titanic did sink on its maiden voyage. This year marks the100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Tricia Goyer has written a wonderful story that gives the readers a view of those few days before the tragedy, as well as the plight and chaos during the disaster. Through Amelia's eyes we are given a grand tour of what the ship looked like, the various people that worked on the ship, and the cultures and standards of the 1st Class.

I loved this book for several reasons.
1. Amelia is a character that is neither 1st Class nor 3rd Class, she is like most of us, in the middle; thus I felt I could more readily relate to her.
2. Amelia is noted as beautiful to some, those that see the beauty of her heart; but to others she is insignificant because of her status.
3.  The tale of 2 brothers is weaved in to this story. A tale we've been told before in Church. In this story a remarkable outcome transpires that I did not expect.
4. We are given mini-stories of other travelers, those traveling both in 1st and 3rd Class, and those working on board the ship. This gives not only a panoramic feel to the story, but enlarges the story-----the characters are a forefront to this large expansive and impressive ship.
5. The book ends with, in my opinion, an open option for a book 2.

Thank you to Barbour and Litfuse Group for my free review copy!

Published March 1, 2012 by Barbour 
Historical Fiction/The Titanic/Romance
320 pages
Link for book @ publisher:
http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/By-the-Light-of-the-Silvery-Moon,8943.aspx?Tab=Books&sj=787

Link @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?isbn=9781616265519&event=AFF&p=1023420
Paperback $9.99
eBook $8.99

Link @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1616265515/barbourpublis-20/002-2896034-7584051?creative=327641&camp=14573&link_code=as1
Paperback $11.51
Kindle $10.39

Comments

Rissi said…
I've hear a lot of great things about this novel. I may have to pick it up. =)
Valerie said…
This one is at the top of my "to-be-read" pile, I'm going to start it as soon as I finish my current book. I'm not completely sure what to expect from a book that's based on such a tragic event in history, however it's still something I want to read.

I went to a Titanic exhibit around 10 years ago that had artifacts from the wreckage and other things on display.... It was extremely interesting.
Annette said…
Hello Rissi and Valerie thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Valerie, that must have been quite interesting to see the Titanic exhibit.
I've read 2 children's books on the Titanic, my reviews are at http://missdaisyanne.blogspot.com
I have heard that books on the Titanic have really become popular this year because of the 100th anniversary and media coverage of it.