Fateful Decisions

Fateful Decisions

by Trevor D'Silva

Paperback(First Printing ed.)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612969831
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Edition description: First Printing ed.
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 791,716
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Fateful Decisions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
I read Fateful Decisions, at the request of the author, Trevor DeSilva, 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, DeSilva recounts events and injustices of the early 20th century. 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, and some wording that causes me to suspect English is a second language for the author. Still, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys recent history. The story deserves 5 stars, but the writing deserves only 3, so I have given it 4 stars. 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; • a lack of commas where needed; • some unnecessary commas; • referring to a person as “that” instead of “who”; • occasional verb tense disagreement.
tinman97030 11 months ago
As I began to read this book seemed to be very plainly written, almost simple. After a few dozen pages I appreciated the writing style and how the different plots of the story were weaving back and forth. A beautiful tapestry was being built before my eyes with glowing threads of joy and dark threads of tragedy skillfully filling the warp and woof. I am not surprised this book has won well-deserved awards. I love the way the author brought so many important historical 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. There is plenty of action, scene setting is perfect, every word has earned its place on the page. The dialog is pleasing also, reminding me of 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.
DanRandolph3 More than 1 year ago
Great historical fiction with unique tales of Pearl Harbor and France during WW II I read 2017 edition of "Fateful Decisions." It is quite a far-flung mystery novel and reminds me of an outline of a James Michener book, "The Source", but about 800 pages shorter. I got a little confused in one part with a lot of characters interacting together, but this was later cleared up at the end as part of the mystery. My favorite character was the French woman, Catherine, who was part of the French resistance. I think of her as a French version of Virginia Hall, who was American, and the first female S.O.E. operative to be sent into France. It was a good read overall.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Fateful Decisions by Trevor D'Silva is a historical novel set against the backdrop of WWI in 1915. The novel explores the ills of the time and readers will be interested to notice the place of women in the early part of the 20th century and social issues resulting from the war. We meet Rachel Williams, a very interesting and charming woman, aboard the RMS Lusitania, bound for England. She meets Fredrick “Fred” Johnson and Rudolph “Rudy” Holzmann, two friends who both take a great interest in her. Rachel thinks about becoming a nurse and helping at the war front and has never given any thought to getting married. Then she receives two marriage propositions from Fred and Rudy. She thinks choosing to marry Fred could be the best thing, but she soon discovers that some choices can have devastating consequences and can affect the lives of many. This is a story with great characters, a lot of drama, and emotionally charged moments. Rachel is a compelling character, but one who is destined for a fate she can’t control. The plot is compelling, intelligently imagined and written with surprising moments. Trevor D'Silva’s gift for character and plot comes out strongly in this narrative and I enjoyed the way the author weaves historical elements into the narrative; the social commentaries give more flesh to the story and situate readers within a well-defined historical context. The conflict is well-handled and readers will enjoy the psychological and emotional aspects of the conflict while following Rachel as she struggles to come to terms with the inevitable situations resulting from her choices. Fateful Decisions is a good treat for fans of historical novels, especially those set within the period following WWI in Europe and America.
Kay Phillip More than 1 year ago
Get ready to be surprised. Mr. D'Silva took historical facts and wrote a very interesting and true in human nature novel. I don't want to give away any spoilers--so I won't say a lot here. I'm looking forward to his second novel. He has a unique style -- it's refreshing and I think he has a long second career ahead of him. He may be an engineer, but he has an incredible writing ability as well.