Award winning author, Trevor D’Silva introduces us to his novel, “Fateful Decisions”:
A Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist 2018
It’s 1915 in the heat of WWI. Two friends heading to England aboard the British ocean liner, RMS Lusitania, meet and fall in love with a charismatic woman. After battling for her affection, Rachel Williams makes her decision, beginning a journey that no one can predict or soon forget. For the next thirty years, Rachel is forced to live with the choice she made, as the dominos fall around her, sequentially.
Is there a sinister force at work? Who can Rachel trust? Will Rachel ultimately regret her decision when she learns how it impacted others?
Set in America and Europe, history and fiction intertwine, commencing with the sinking of Lusitania. Historical events like The Russian Revolution, Prohibition, The Great Depression and World Wars I and II also play important roles in the lives of the characters and the decisions they make to love, betray, forgive, and reconcile.
At first, it seemed to be very plainly written, almost simple. After a few dozen pages I began to enjoy the genius of the writing. I grew to appreciate the writing style and how the story was weaving back and forth. A beautiful tapestry was being built before my eyes with glowing threads of joy and mysterious threads of tragedy skillfully filling the warp and woof. Just like real life.
It is no mystery why this book has won the accolades it has. They are well deserved. I love how the author blended so many important and earthshaking events into the story, it brought a flavor of realism that seldom is found.
Clarity is the secret ingredient in all aspects of this book. The action is plentiful, scene setting is perfect, every word has earned its place on the page. The dialog is pleasing also, harking back to a different age.
I award a score of 4.9 stars to “Fateful Decisions”, the score would have been higher except for a small handful of spelling errors.
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Tags: historical fiction, fiction, war, finance, romance, military, murder, adventure, suspense, thriller
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