It was called “The Titanic of the South.” The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten–until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Timesbestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.
When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she’s shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can’t resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking.
Everly’s research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah’s society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.
Everly has been struggling for quite a while. Her best friend was killed in a hit and run and Everly has been lost ever since. But, she has been recruited to help put together a museum exhibition about the sinking of the steamship Pulaski. As she dives into the research of the tragedy she discovers family ties and history she never expected.
Well! This book is wonderful! I loved the dual timelines and the author wove them together so well. I was hooked from the very first. Everly, in the present time period is heartbroken but she is strong and determined. Then there is Lilly from the past. I was captivated by her plight. You will have to read this to find out!
Oh, and the setting of Savannah! This is one of the prettiest cities in the south. And after reading this book…I am ready to go back!
You do not want to miss this one…really…grab your copy today. You will not be sorry!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.