I read Fateful Decisions, at the request of the author, Trevor D’Silva, and I am so glad I did. This sweeping story of two generations covers the life of a young woman, Rachel Williams, who survives the sinking of the Lusitania, then goes on to marry and become the heiress to a hotel empire. Fans of historical fiction will find Rachel’s story completely captivating as she and her children live through major events in history, and as the author takes you through the United States and war-torn Europe.
Fateful Decisions explores how the choices we make can affect not only ourselves and our families, but generations to come. Through the voices of characters who step right off the page and into your heart, D’Silva recounts events and injustices of the early 20thcentury. He acknowledges the women who served their country in time of war in many ways, but were refused the right to vote. He examines how the rise of organized crime created by the Prohibition Act disrupted and often destroyed the lives and livelihood of innocents such as vineyard owners.
On the Lusitania, Rachel meets two young men, Fredrick “Fred” Johnson and Rudolph “Rudy” Holzmann. Unbeknownst to Rachel, both Fred and Rudy have fallen in love with her. Her choice of husbands eventually leads to her managing the Johnson hotel empire, but not before a series of tragedies happen to her and her family – tragedies such as the suicides of men during the stock market crash of 1929, and a kidnapping reminiscent of the kidnapping of the Lindberg baby.
Fateful Decisions is a book you will sit up late into the night reading; a book you won’t want to put down; a book you will hate to see end. For historical fiction fans everywhere, it is truly a trip through history. While it is a wonderful story, there is often cumbersome, formal language. Still, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys recent history.
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
- A lack of research such as:
- Referring to the Air Force at a time in history when there was no U.S. Air Force – only the U.S. Army Air Corps;
- Using modern-day two-letter abbreviations for states on a letter mailed in the 1940s;
- some unnecessary commas;
- a lack of commas where needed;
- referring to a person as “that” instead of “who”;
- occasional verb tense disagreement.