book review: By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

Title: By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Author: Tricia Goyer

Publisher: Barbour Publishers

Complimentary Copy from Litfuse Publicity Group

Rating: A

Non-fiction is my world. It’s my happy place. But, I needed a change. Hence the reason I began blogging about books … to branch out from the intriguing world of non-fiction. And when the advanced *fiction* copy is an enjoyable read outside of my favored genre, well that’s just icing on the cake.

The heart of Tricia Goyer’s novel is a beautiful retelling of the parable of the prodigal son.

After demanding his portion of inheritance, Quentin Walpole strikes out on his own to make a name for himself apart from his father’s high society influence; a position earned after years of hard work investing in the transcontinental railroad. Through a series of poor choices and youthful bravado, Quentin squanders all investments and burns many bridges to expanding the family business abroad, all while tarnishing the family’s good name. Quentin’s reckless and self-indulgent behaviour leaves him penniless and homeless, living a rootless existence for several years. As Quentin attempts to stow aboard the Titanic in search of a fresh start back home in America, we find him in desperate condition: full of shame, regret, and running from the pain of a tragic childhood accident that took the life of his mother.

Unaware to Quentin, his father and brother are aboard the Titanic. Clarence Walpole, railroad tycoon and family man by nature spent a good portion of time and money scouring the streets of London for any hint of his missing son. Returning home to America without word of Quentin’s whereabouts or safety is more than his heart can bear. While Clarence grieves the loss of his son and the depravity of Quentin’s condition, he dreams of the day when he will welcome Quentin home and see the Walpole family reunited.

Damien Walpole, on the other hand, could care less about his brother’s whereabouts. The longer Quentin’s estrangement from the family the better. Damien is nursing some pretty deep anger as a result of Quentin’s careless actions. After all, it is Quentin’s fault their mother is dead. It is Quentin’s fault their father’s business lost half its capital. It is Quentin’s fault the family name is sullied and the subject of gossip within high society circles. Quentin’s selfish and thoughtless actions have placed a heavy burden on Damien’s shoulders: to pick up the pieces of their father’s broken heart and business. To this end, Damien sacrificed all to reclaim the Walpole legacy in the role of his father’s right-hand man. As a result, Damien learned to wear a mask: he is what others expect for a person of his position in society to be, always projecting the image of composure, wealth, and status.

Enter Amelia Gladstone. Amelia is young, compassionate, truthful, and able to see beneath the surface. For the most part she wears her heart on her sleeve and comes from very humble means. Amelia is on voyage to America to meet Mr. Chapman, the man she’s been corresponding with; the man who secured passage for her travel to America. The man, if all goes well, she intends to marry.

Tugging on Amelia’s heart while boarding the Titanic are thoughts of her mother’s abrupt disappearance many years ago. Why did her mother abandon her as a child for a life on the sea? To find freedom from the restrictions of home-bound responsibility? To secure a Captain’s love? Amelia has spent the greater part of her life longing for answers. When she runs across a servant aboard ship who has worked with her mother, Amelia just may’ve found a way to understand the past.

The message of Goyer’s novel is one of hope.

Themes of grief, shame, loss, forgiveness, self-worth and letting go are tenderly woven throughout the story in such an honest way that I found myself drawn into the character’s lives almost immediately. Each bears a wound that forms the filter through which they perceive the world around them. The Titanic’s maiden voyage offers the prospect of change. Confined to the quarters of the ship (be it the grandest ship ever), there is no place left to run or hide from the past. In this context, the characters reveal and wrestle with various pain and insecurities that live right below the surface, each finding healing in the most unexpected of places.

About Tricia: 

Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of thirty-two books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

More info: Living Inspired ( and

Celebrate the release of By the Light of the Silvery Moon with Tricia by entering her giveaway and RSVPing to her Titanic party.  (click here. )

One “unsinkable” winner will receive:

  • Flip HD video Camera (Make your own dramatic saga!)
  • Titanic movies from the ages {Titanic (1953) Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Titanic (1997)}
  • Secrets of the Titanic (Get the facts from National Geographic.)
  • And the Band Played On (Music Played on the Titanic.)
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer (Be swept away in this tale of love and courage.)

Enter today! But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 9th. Winner will be announced at “Silvery Moon” Titanic Facebook Party on 4/10.

Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club). During the live chat Tricia will have a *special guest* join her. More details coming soon!

So grab your copy of By the Light of the Silvery Moon and join Tricia on the evening of the April 10th for a fun chat, trivia contest (How much do you know about the Titanic?) and lots of giveaways. 

Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on April 10th!

Link to buy the book.

See what others are saying on the Author’s tour by clicking here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.


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