Ship of Dreams by Brenda Hiatt

Leah Courtney

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.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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