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Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. By doing a search of her name on our site, you will find many of her titles that I have reviewed, along with high praise for each one of them. Tricia’s most recent novel, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, is another enjoyable story to add to her list of engaging novels.
There has been much talk about the 100 Year Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and By the Light of the Silvery Moon is Tricia’s fictional portrayal of several passengers aboard this fateful voyage. Amelia is a sweet, young lady ready to board the Titanic in hopes of meeting a possible suitor in America. Before boarding, Amelia gives an extra ticket to a seemingly rough character named Quentin. Once aboard, Amelia learns more about Quentin and his estranged family, and she strives to help Quentin resolve some of the hurts and mistakes from his past. Like the Biblical story of the prodigal son, Amelia helps Quentin to see that returning home to a loving father is always the best option. Of course, as the Titanic sinks, Tricia Goyer throws in her usual twists and turns to keep the story fresh and the reader engaged.
I had to laugh at myself as I read this story because I read it the week before I left for my first-ever cruise. Thankfully, there are no iceburgs near the Bahamas, so I could enjoy the story without too much worry. Even though we all know the history of the Titanic and know the ship will meet its end during the voyage, Tricia manages to tell a fresh tale that kept me interested until the final pages. At times, I felt there were similarities to Rose and Jack from the movie version of Titanic, but nothing so strong that I couldn’t separate the two and enjoy each rendition separately. For fans of historical fiction and Tricia Goyer, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, is an entertaining read with a valuable life lesson. I encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself!
Lauren is a wife, mother of two, and an avid reader. She blogs at Baseballs and Bows.