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Ship of Dreams by [Hiatt, Brenda]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dolphin Star Press (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHN6RM
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 49 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Historical Read! 10 Jun. 2012
By Leah Courtney - Published on Amazon.com
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This read was one of those free Kindle reads that turned out to be a very pleasant surprise.

The story is about Della, daughter of an Irish immigrant living in San Francisco in the early 1900s. Unjustly accused of a crime, Della flees her home and pretends marriage to the heir of a well off business from New York in order to board a chip to freedom. On the ship, their relationship begins to develop; but a hurricane will endanger the ship, posing a threat to their lives and their love.

I had thoroughly enjoyed this read. Della was a great heroine and Kent and great hero. The story line was god. The characters were real and believable. The action was rousing. There were a few intimate scenes, but these were not gratuitous and over done. And then I finished the story, already pretty impressed; and I discovered that the whole thing was based on true, historical facts. The incident of the sinking of the ship in the hurricane and the wealthy honeymooners all found aboard the vessel were all true! I love it when I read a book that I feel is a good historical read; and then find, to my surprise, that the event actually happened!

I give this one a strong four stars. I would give it an R rating for the scenes of intimacy. But, again, I didn't feel these were gratuitous. And there were only a few. I think you could easily read the book for the enjoyment of the historical fiction and overlook those bits.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure Aboard a Sidewheel Steamer in 19th Century America--Simply Superb! 28 Jan. 2013
By Regan - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first book by Hiatt and I was impressed with how well she portrayed an historic event through the eyes of a man and woman falling in love. I love historical romances that integrate real history and real historical figures (and do not just use historical settings as background "wallpaper"). This one does it very well.

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.
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 Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) A lucky find on the kindle freebies 28 May 2012
By Misfit - Published on Amazon.com
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San Francisco, 1857. Della Gilliland has been making her way in the world by selling harmless medicines, but one of her *patients* has just died and she's being wrongfully blamed for it. With the law hot on her heels and justice in San Francisco somewhere questionable, Della figures her safest bet is to get on the first ship heading out-of-town. But how to get on board when there's not enough money for it? Why, she marches up to ever-so-handsome Kenton Bradford (of the New York Bradfords!) and introduces herself to his business associate as his wife. Bemused, Kenton plays along at first, but confessing the truth could squash his hopes of a business deal, so he finds himself stuck in the role for the entire trip back East.

This being a romance novel and all I think you'll guess where the rest of the story is headed, although Hiatt lets that part of the story build slowly. Della and Kent start off talking about their lives and getting to know one another as friends - you aren't going to get insta love and steamy kisses on every page. Once that spark ignites, the path to true love gets a bit rocky when they face a wee bit of a storm at sea...

Here's the deal. Despite that seriously cheesy cover on the older edition, this is not a sexed up romance, so if that's what you're looking for I'd suggest you pass and keep on looking. As I mentioned, Della and Kent spend a great deal of the first part of the book talking and getting to know each other. The latter part of the book is based on a real historical event, the final voyage of the SS Central America, so they're a bit too busy with other priorities to be bed-hopping.

My thoughts? While not the greatest book evar, this was a good solid read for me and really couldn't put it down, and one of the better Kindle freebies I've picked up. Adding a lesser known bit of history, and keeping events as close to what happened as possible is a huge plus for a history geek like me, and I thought the author did a nice job with it. According to the author's notes at the end (always appreciated!), several of the characters she wrote into Della and Kent's story were passengers on the SS Central America. 3.5/5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Book 1 May 2015
By Larena Hubble - Published on Amazon.com
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Historical Romance

Della flees San Francisco aboard a ship after being accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Della then introduces herself as Kent Bradford’s wife to an important investor, shocking Kent. Determined to not cause a scene he goes along with the ruse.

The story is set amid the real events of the final voyage of the ill-fated SS Central America.

This is a story that takes the reader back in history and brings a tragic part of history to life for the reader. The reader gets to know some historical people that were on a voyage that ended up having a very tragic end. While the ship had a tragic ending the story of Della and Kent does not. The reader is pulled into the story so well that they can picture the people and everything that happened quite well. Based in fact the story reads more like a story that is pure fiction and not the reality it really is. For readers that enjoy history and romance this is definitely a book worth reading and getting lost in.

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