Sunday, June 5, 2022

Book Review: Drawn by the Current by Jocelyn Green

About the Book:

Lives depend on the truth she uncovers.
She can't give up her search.

A birthday excursion turns deadly when the SS Eastland capsizes with Olive Pierce and her best friend on board. Hundreds perish during the accident, and it's only when Olive herself barely escapes that she discovers her friend is among the victims.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Olive returns to her work at a Chicago insurance agency and is immersed in the countless investigations related to the accident. But with so many missing, there are few open-and-shut cases, and she tries to balance her grief with the hard work of finding the truth.

While someone sabotages her progress, Olive accepts the help of newspaper photographer Erik Magnussen. As they unravel secrets, the truths they discover impact those closest to Olive. How long will the disaster haunt her--and how can she help the others find the peace they deserve?

My Thoughts:

In Drawn by the Current, Jocelyn Green recalls the USS Eastland tragedy with smooth writing and intriguing historical details. This aptly named novel explores the trauma of nearly drowning and its aftereffects in the life of Olive Pierce. As circumstances force Olive into the entanglement of deceit, she finds herself unmoored from her ideals and drifting in a riptide of physical danger. The author handled Olive’s PTSD with authenticity and gentleness.

Compassionate and determined to serve her clients well, Olive is a strong female lead, but a particular incident caused me to like her less. Although my fondness for Olive never quite recovered, I still enjoyed her journey from finding worth by assisting others to the fulfillment of trusting God and stepping into a new time of life. I admired how the author intertwined statements of wisdom and the fruition of spiritual themes with Olive’s journey.

Drawn by the Current concludes The Windy City Saga by Jocelyn Green. I recommend reading the series in order as Meg, Sylvie, and their backstories integrate with Olive’s story. Since I loved Veiled in Smoke and Shadows of the White City, I already held affection for this family and felt immediate interest in Drawn by the Current. Four stars!


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful series. I don't know much about the USS Eastland tragedy.