- 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
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #520,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ship of Dreams Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
SHIP of DREAMS is a romance, yes, but a romance wrapped around the true story of the sinking of the luxury sidewheel steamer SS Central America (aka the Ship of Gold for all the gold it carried) that went down in a hurricane off the Carolina coast in 1857.
Della Gilliland, seller of herbal tonics and the daughter of a gold miner, and Kenton Bradford of the wealthy "New York Bradfords" meet in San Francisco onboard a steamship as Della is fleeing a false accusation of murder (for one of her tonics). Seeking to hide among the first class passengers, Della introduces herself as Kent's wife. Startled, he plays along with the ruse and finds himself falling in love with the beautiful Irish girl, no matter he is engaged to another woman, a woman he does not love.
Hiatt is a superb storyteller and I soon found myself absorbed--both in the romance and life aboard the steamship. Della is a strong, unpretentious, unselfish heroine and Kent is a noble man whose love for the adventurous Della changes him into a better man. The emotion between Della and Kent is believable, the chemistry real and the love scenes appropriate. The steamship travel from San Francisco to the East Coast via Panama and the hurricane that hit the ship are an integral part of the story and obviously reflect considerable research. All in all, I think Hiatt did an incredible job of bringing both the Victorian period in America and this incident in history to life. I highly recommend it.
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.