Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan @pcalhenry @BerkleyPub #historicalfiction #pulaski @absltmom

Many of us love the historical fiction genre, but feel it is being marred by the amount of romance being thrown into the mix and therefore ruining a type of story that was once alluring and educated us. I am happy to say Surviving Savannah was not one of the aforementioned books. While there is a bit of romance, it does not overwhelm the story that Patti Callahan was trying to tell, that of a devastating sinking of the Pulaski in 1838. Often referred to as the Titanic of the South, this ship afforded luxury to its passengers, many of which were Savannah’s very well to do citizens.

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The story unfolds as we are introduced to Everly Winthrop, a history professor who along with the fiancé of her best friend just suffered a colossal loss the previous year. As Everly tries to come to terms with death, she is called in to curate a museum that will house the remnants and artifacts found on the bottom of the ocean where the Pulaski went down. Everly is fascinated by both the discovery and the various mysteries that surrounded the people who survived this devastation. Everly concentrates on the women, trying o find out what happened to these courageous and brave souls who lived for days without water and food and endeavored to survive. Everly realizes that just as in her own life, she is burdened with wreckage that life always carries, these women too, carried wreckage of loss and devastation.

The story was marvelous, not only because of the seamless way Miss Callahan united the past with the present, but also because of the extensive research she did that makes this book quite alluring and fascinating. I always love to read about things I knew nothing of and this ship exploding because a shipmate poured cold water into the boiler filled with stem, was one of one many items that enhanced the telling of this story.

However, this is a story of the women, a story that is well developed and point to their grit and the fortitude to go forward when up against insurmountable odds. This is a story made for lovers of historical fiction. Kudos to Miss Callahan for both this telling of this tragedy and restoring for a time my faith in historical fiction.

and here’s the author:

Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award — A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. Patti is also a contributor to the weekly life lesson essay column for Parade Magazine. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

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