Donna Van Cleve does a great job of weaving the historical facts of the town of Galveston and the flood/storm that almost wiped the island off the map, and the fiction side which shows the steadfastness of Grace and Finn. Although at times during the reading of this story I felt like she spent too much time on the descriptions of the town, by the end of the book I was ready to pack my bags and go visit this place called Galveston! This is her 5th book of the Taylor family and although you can easily read it as a stand alone, I highly recommend you read them all, because they are all great stories and many of the stories are mentioned in this book (Grace Falling Like Rain, Mercy's Face, Torn Asunder, & Anchor Point).
Grace is leaving Waco, Texas and moving to Galveston to take a teaching job after being turned down by her proposal to the man she has loved all her life, Finn. She arrives with a broken heart, but Lucius, her best friends brother who lives on the island, quickly tries to get her to forget Finn and concentrate on him. When the storm starts to hit, Finn decides to re-enter the picture and once the storm hits things start to happen fast! I must say I had forgotten what the weather was really like outside after reading the pages of this book. I felt like I would look out the window and see storm clouds, rain and lots of wind. The author did an excellent job of combining history with fiction. And a special thanks for the actual photos at the end of her book of the actual damage this storm created.
Hardcover: 290 pages
Publisher: Two Story Publishing House (February 16, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches