Everly Winthrop grew up listening to her Papa tells stories about the Pulaski and its passengers, while she marveled at the painting of the steamship that hung in her family's home. Now as an adult, she has been asked to guest curate a special exhibit on the recently discovered Pulaski and the artifacts that have been found nearly 180 years after its tragic sinking. As Everly's research brings her closer to the truth of what happened to many of the passengers, including the 11 members of the Longstreet family, Everly also begins to reflect on what it means to be a survivor and how in essence you survive the surviving.
I am truly amazed at the level of research that Ms. Callahan did to bring this story to life and I am so grateful that she did. Not only did I learn about the Pulaski, but I also felt immersed in the city of Savannah itself. To realize that in real life, the artifacts and treasures on board the Pulaski are being recovered from the ocean floor just about 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina some 180 years later is amazing. The novel and the true story of what transpired as well as the recovery of the ship's contents are riveting.
Surviving Savannah is a story that will stay with me for a long time. It's a story of determination, grit, perseverance, faith and love. It is a book you will want to discuss with someone so I'd recommend buying your best friend a copy too. Trust me, I've talked to my family about this book so much that my 9 year old son can tell you all about the "Titanic of the South" and they want to plan a trip to Savannah next spring to see the full exhibit of the artifacts.
If you are a historical fiction fan or simply love a great story, you should drop whatever else you are doing and start reading Surviving Savannah today!
I received this book courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.