The Girl Who Came Home : A Novel of the Titanic Paperback
by Hazel Gaynor
Inspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic-a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. 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 Seamus, the sweetheart she left behind.
When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives.
Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again. Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next.
When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction-and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 24/04/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780062316868
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Review by WizardsofWorch
This was not really a YA book but was well suited to YA.
Review by Cherylk
What a wonderful story author, Hazel, has weaved in The Girl Who Came Home. Maggie was a great character. For me she is what really made this book special. I did not really care about what most of the other people in this book. Well except for Harry, Maggie's friend, Peggy, and Grace, which is pretty much the main group of characters in this book. Although, I was not so much into Grace in the beginning. But as the story progressed and I got to know Grace better, I warmed up to her. What a happy ending for all. There is nothing you can do to really improve on for such a well known subject matter as the Titanic. The only thing you can really do is bring the story to life with good characters. Which as I stated before, I thought the author did a nice job in this area. As I was reading this book, I felt like I was one of the passengers on the Titanic. I could picture the upper class deck that Maggie walked on, saw the dining room, pictured her room in the lower deck, felt the water spray on my face, and could feel the cold water and the screams of fear. I look forward to reading more books from this author.
Review by grumpydan
Maggie Murphy is 87 years old and a survivor of the Titanic, but has never spoken about it until now. She decides to share her story with you great-grand daughter Grace. What unfolds is a truly an inspirational story of love and second chances.Hazel Gaynor has taken facts about the Titanic tragedy and a group of women who left Ireland to find a better life in America and interwoven into this wonderful story of these women then and now. I really enjoyed how she added actual copies of telegraphs that were sent before the beginning of each chapter. As the story changes back from 1912 to 1982, I ached to find out what would happen. We all know what happened with the Titanic but I was curious to know about the characters involved. Very enjoyable story.
Review by dpappas
Review by Kimaoverstreet
Maggie Murphy, a recently orphaned Irish teen, is leaving her small village to emigrate to America with her spinster aunt. She will travel aboard the Titanic on its doomed maiden voyage. Seventy years later, her great-granddaughter, Grace Butler, struggles to find her way forward in life after the death of her beloved father. The stories of these two women (and a few more minor characters) are woven together in Hazel Gaynor's fiction debut, The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic.Originally self-published before being picked up by William Morrow, the story is highly readable and fairly light. It should appeal to readers of Victoria Hislop and Rosie Thomas, and would be a nice vacation book.I found parts of the tale to be overly contrived and the language a bit "cheesy" at times, generally leaning more towards chick lit than literary fiction. While I would have preferred more in the way of plot and character development, I did find the reading of this novel a pleasant way to pass a rainy day indoors.
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