"I think - I think this is how we both escape. You and Addie to your lives, and me from mine."
"Claire wasn't even supposed to be on that ship." But she had been, thanks to her best friend's insistence. Olive Pierce had been shocked to learn the true circumstances surrounding Claire's current living situation, and was convinced that a day away to celebrate a milestone birthday would be just what Claire needed; a happy memory. Instead, a nightmare sent them down into the dark, cold depths of the Chicago River.
Following the horrific capsizing of the SS Eastland, Olive tries to bury the traumatic images circling through her brain by working even harder in her role as an insurance agent for MetLife, aspiring to become a case investigator for the company. Her first-hand experience with the river disaster allows her a modicum of freedom to do just that, however her kind and compassionate heart becomes the motivation to compromise company policy, resulting in a dangerous web of deceit. When an imposing man offers to aid her search for answers, Olive's world is once again turned upside down in a much different way; trusting Erik Magnussen could be the best, or perhaps the worst, decision of her life.
"For years and years, I had been wondering where I belonged. And now - well let's just say I don't wonder that anymore."
Exhibiting beautiful word flow, this story captures one's imagination while painting a realistic framework around a devastating historic event. Readers will instantly bond with the book's inspiring characters, who were not only written in to survive this particular catastrophe, but to surface more alive than ever before. And then there's more. The story serves as a poignant reminder that we are not defined by our "work", each and every one of us is a unique creation with a God-given purpose; to glorify Him, and a God-given promise; to be forever loved.
* 4.5 stars. I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.
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?