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Ship of Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Hiatt
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Romantic historical fiction, originally published by HarperCollins Publishers. The story centers on the actual events of the final, disastrous voyage of the SS. Central America and the experiences of her passengers, as told through the eyes of a fictitious couple who find love and adventure on the high seas.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1316 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brenda Hiatt (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHN6RM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Life is all about change, so it's not surprising that over the past twenty years my career--and my life--have changed a lot. I expect that will continue to be true, and my intention now is that every change will ultimately be for the better. When I started writing traditional Regency romances, I was a stay-at-home mom to two toddlers, determined to sell a book before my youngest started first grade, so that I wouldn't have to get a "real job." I met that goal by the skin of my teeth, and went on to sell six Regencies and a Superromance to Harlequin over the next few years. I'd found the perfect career for an Army wife, and life was good--and relatively predictable. Then, within the space of a year, Harlequin closed their Regency line, my husband changed careers, our family moved from Texas to Indiana and I lost both of my parents. My writing stalled for a while as I tried to find new bearings. When the muse became insistent again, I began writing single title historical romance and found a new home with HarperCollins, where I published a total of eight books, most of them set in my comfy Regency period. After a while, however, my muse became restless, just as I was trying to adjust to a new change --an empty nest. A period of self-discovery followed, and I gradually came to the realization that happiness in life and my career were no one's responsibility but mine. What a freeing, terrifying concept! I began to pursue more outside interests, to include scuba diving (I have over 70 dives to my credit now), community theater and Taekwondo, where I am now a second degree black belt. Hiking became another love of mine, and in the summer of 2010, I hiked the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain with a group of like-minded women, some of whom were also writers. I also began experimenting with other kinds of writing: plays, women's fiction, then my new and current love, teen science fiction romance.

Throughout my career, despite all of the inevitable changes, I have been passionate about helping other writers, particularly educating them about the realities of this business so that they might avoid the myriad pitfalls lurking for those of us who live on dreams. To that end, for twenty years I moderated a weekly Novel Workshop on AOL where I answered questions on every writing topic imaginable; I taught (and still occasionally teach) online writing courses, and I began collecting and sharing data on author earnings from various publishers, so that writers could make more informed decisions about their careers. I feel strongly--have always felt strongly--that in this business as in any other, knowledge is power. Historically, it has been difficult for writers to gain the knowledge they need to make informed career decisions, and I have tried to do my part to change that. I plan to keep changing and growing, and I challenge everyone reading this to do the same.Today really is the first day of the rest of your life. Seize the day!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read 24 April 2011
By mazzer
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Loved this book, was not aware it was a true story (at least the part about the ship, not the romance obviously) but really loved it and have read several times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LOVE STORY 12 July 2012
By gj
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Really enjoyed this love story but didn't realise until the end that it was based on true events . Don't usually read or enjoy love stories but this was a bit different with quite a bit of action. Give it a read, you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ship of Dreams 24 May 2015
By katymay
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Absolutely brilliant as I don't usually read novels focused upon ships but once I had started I couldn't wait to find out how it ended. The graphics of the storm and the angst suffered by the individuals kept me riveted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice period tale 26 Jun. 2012
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i liked this book very much. ideal for a holiday read if you like period tales. about a strong woman and her survival against all odds. nicely told.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to read and a memorable story 17 Jan. 2011
By J. Mayer - Published on
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I had never read any of Brenda Hiatt's works but was tempted when this became available on Kindle. What a nice surprise.
Ship of Dreams was clever and smart. It had a creative yet believable plot, well developed characters and "heroes" with admirable traits like character, humility and empathy.
Ship of Dreams was less like the sappy romance I expected and more like a good Danielle Steel -style novel which I have enjoyed in the past. To learn at the end that Ship of Dreams was based on historical events was a nice surprise making me appreciate it even more - sort of like The Titanic - in book form.
I am glad I gave Ms. Hiatt a try and will likely read more of her books (on my Kindle of course) in the future.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work 10 April 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1857 San Francisco, Della Gilliland had made a living selling perfectly safe patented medicine. However, her situation changes when the husband of one of her patients accuses Della of selling him a poison that killed his wife. Not only do customers want their money back, but also an apothecary substantiates the claim that Della murdered a client. Realizing her business is ruined and she probably will face a charge of murder, Della flees the city through a ruse.

Near a steamer with the police searching for her, Della introduces herself as the spouse of New York businessman Kent Bradford, a fellow passenger. Kent remains silent about her ploy because he is conducting a major deal with an investor and Della's claim furthers his chance for success. As the couple becomes acquainted on the long voyage, they fall in love, but neither knows what Mother Nature has in store for them on the ill-fated Central America journey.

SHIP OF DREAMS is more than an Americana romance. The tale is an excellent work of historical fiction built around the actual nineteenth century sinking of a steamer due to a storm. From page one till the finish, the story line remains exciting. It provides insight into the era through real and make believe characters and makes that time period feel very real. The lead couple is an enchanting pair that will garner reader empathy. Brenda Hiatt provides a wonderful novel that deserves cross genre appeal by fans of romance and historical fiction.

Harriet Klausner
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unsinkable Romance! 12 May 2000
By Judie Aitken - Published on
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Brenda Hiatt has penned another great historical. I thoroughly enjoyed her characters -- Kent who was the epitome of an upperclass, somewhat uptight hero and Della, the miner's daughter who not only had the spunk to intrude on Kent's life, but to also teach him how to enjoy life! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 18 Jun. 2011
By TFD - Published on
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I just finished "Ship of Dreams" - I really, really enjoyed it. The style and smoothness of the writing is excellent, and the story builds and builds tension...and then BAM! I knew nothing about the SS Central America and how it sank before I read this book, but I felt like I was back in 1857. Even though I wouldn't usually pick up a love story, I think the tight mix with some interesting history and captivating writing made me very glad I read it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent for a freebie but not memorable 20 Jun. 2012
By SunFlowers - Published on
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The Amazon Best Seller's free list under romance is rough as all get out. 99.4% of those books are God awful. It's rough, really rough to find a diamond in them. Ship of Dreams isn't a diamond but in that company, it's about the best you're going to get. I picked this up when it was number 1 on the freebie list.

I couldn't help but think of the characters as on the Titanic even though they weren't. The beginning wasn't great but it was hooking enough to get my attention but it lags more often than not.

Towards the middle I found myself skimming because it got a little boring. Not horrible but just boring to where I wanted to snap my fingers and say move it along people.

A decent fictionalized semi-love story based around a true event but you forget that because the story itself is really kind of boring in way too many places.

Then it ended up in a nice bow. A little too 11thr hour for my taste. I hate all issues being wrapped up and characters finally getting it together when my Kindle for PC tells me the book's at >95%. That feels like a waste and that the rest o the book was just filler.

If you have Prime, it's not an awful read so why not. But currently it's $3.99. It lagged too much for 4 bucks. It's a $0.99 cent story without a doubt because it's just decent. Not even close to be noteworthy and really unmemorable.
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