Friday, March 4, 2022

DRAWN BY THE CURRENT by Jocelyn Green, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Based on an actual historical occurrence, the capsizing of the SS Eastland on July 24, 1915 in Chicago with the loss of hundreds of lives, Jocelyn Green’s new book is a beautifully-written and superbly-researched gem of a story. With colorful, layered characters and vivid imagery, this little-known slice of history comes alive on the page. I enjoyed getting to know insurance agent Olive Pierce and newspaper photographer Erik Magnussen as they interact and attempt to investigate cases concerning the tragedy.

Although the main characters of the story are fictional, a few of the minor characters were actual people, and parts of the plot are based on actual happenings. It was interesting to read the author’s note at the end of the book giving added information about the incident and her writing of the story.

With plenty of adventure, suspense, action, several twists and turns, and a dash of romance, this book is a treat for historical fiction lovers. Themes of individual worth, integrity, and the importance of family are woven throughout the story.

“What we do is not the sum of who we are.”

“You were made in the image of God, and who you are is bigger than what you do.”

Although this is the third book in the Windy City Saga series, it can be read as a stand-alone. The other two books are based around the Chicago fire and the Chicago World’s Fair and are also fantastic and beautifully written.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb: 
Lives depend on the truth she uncovers.
She can't give up her search.

A birthday excursion turns deadly when the SS Eastland capsizes with Olive Pierce and her best friend on board. Hundreds perish during the accident, and it's only when Olive herself barely escapes that she discovers her friend is among the victims.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Olive returns to her work at a Chicago insurance agency and is immersed in the countless investigations related to the accident. But with so many missing, there are few open-and-shut cases, and she tries to balance her grief with the hard work of finding the truth.

While someone sabotages her progress, Olive accepts the help of newspaper photographer Erik Magnussen. As they unravel secrets, the truths they discover impact those closest to Olive. How long will the disaster haunt her--and how can she help the others find the peace they deserve?
Bethany House Publishing, February 1, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy Drawn By The Current at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 

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