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The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic Paperback – 22 April 2014
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- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062316868
- ISBN-10 : 0062316869
- Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.2 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Avon - US (22 April 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 102,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A phenomenal book that is a must read!"--Examiner.com
"I've been a huge fan of the Titanic for quite some time and LOVE reading everything from fictional based novels to non fiction about the lives that were forever changed that night. [...] I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion."--Reviews from the Heart
"A beautifully imagined novel rich in historic detail and with authentic, engaging characters - I loved this book. Hazel Gaynor is an exciting new voice in historical fiction."--Kate Kerrigan, author of Ellis Island and City of Hope
"Readers will enjoy this lovely, heartfelt story."--RT Book Reviews (4 Stars)
From the Back Cover
A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .
Ireland, 1912 . . .
Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again.
Chicago, 1982 . . .
Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about Titanic that she's harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction--and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.
Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.
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This is the kind of novel that you can almost hear the author sobbing as she discovered their story and transferred their voices on the page. I felt the tears prick my eyes as this was a very moving story. Who was on that ship? What kind of person decided to emigrate? What were they hoping to do when there and what did this ship mean to them?
Towards the end of the novel the author places you on that New York dock as people stand, waiting for the unsinkable Titanic to sail into the harbour. People are starting to hear rumours that something bad has happened. Characters in the city wait for characters we have all become friends with on the ship. Boy, this was emotional. I wanted to hug them as they faced the devastating news.
The dual time line works extremely well here. Modern day and of course 1912 allows the stories to breathe and come full circle. We are there every step of the way with these remarkable people and I hope somehow they realise that their voices have been heard via this book.
In 1982 Maggie’s family suffers the tragic loss of her grandson and her great-granddaughter is devastated. Grace gives up her college education to stay with her mother also leaving her boyfriend.
I was moved to tears several times as the characters on the Titanic were brought to life in the first few days of that ill fated journey. I don't wish to give any spoilers but threads are pulled together very nicely. The trauma faced by many people is well written with many people’s lives affected deeply.
Well worth a read, highly recommended.
I don't know what made me change my mind. Maybe the centenary documentaries on tv stirred my memories of how A Night To Remember gripped me and re-kindled my interest in the Titanic. Or it may have been because I learned that the novel's plot centred on Irish passengers aboard the ship and I am always drawn to books with an Irish connection. Whatever the reason I downloaded the novel and started to read - and I didn't find it a well-worn story at all. The characters and the story ensnared me. The world one hundred years ago came alive and I enjoyed stepping back in time, even though the events unfolding were harrowing. This novel was well worth the read for its entertainment value and for the interesting snippets I learned about the sinking of the ship and the aftermath. So I would heartily recommend it to other readers.