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.
My Review: 5 out of 5 stars. I’ve always had a curiosity and interest in Titanic. It struck the iceberg at 11:50pm on my birthday, April 14th. Even before I learned that I shared a birthday with the day that Titanic began to flounder, I was fascinated by it. Picking up this book, I already knew part of the outcome. I knew there were survivors and I knew there were plenty more that were lost to the sea. Hazel Gaynor created a beautiful story around Titanic. A story around one of the survivor’s. It’s beautifully written and had me sucked in from the get-go. If you like historical fiction, I’d pick this one up. It’s a great read!
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