I keep wondering about Tess, she is outspoken one minute and very timid the next, not speaking up when she should, and speaking up when she should have kept her mouth shut. It is a good story, just a bit slow at times and at other times, I carry my iPad around the house with me so I don't have to stop the story. Overall, I liked it and would recommend it to anyone taking a road trip. The characters are well developed.
Part of me says this only deserved 4 stars because it wasn't something profoundly deep, but my love for the story of the Titanic and fashion and NYC and history combined?? A total treat for me! I'm a Titanic nerd but hadn't heard a lot of the stories and facts in this book, which were fun to read about after I was done. It had some fascinating info about the ship and all that surrounds it, fresh perspectives about what it was like, and I loved the social hierarchy info about the time and life in NYC.
This could have been a heart wrenching story, but it was one step up from a Harlequin Romance. If Kate Alcott had gotten rid of the love triangle, which added nothing to the story, and focused more on the drama of the inquiry it would have been more compelling.
The most interesting part of the story was the testimony at the inquiry. The author's note said that much of it was taken from the actual transcripts. There were some moments when the reality of the tragedy really hit home and when you could almost feel the fear that ruled people fighting for their lives. While the author did focus on this human tragedy, she whitewashed it with a stupid love story.
The least interesting was Jack. He was superfluous to the story.
I thought Susan Duerden was very good when it came to dialogue. She spoke naturally, and conversationally. She gave unique voices to many of the characters. Perhaps the strongest voice was that of Lady Lucille Duff-Gordon. The problem came when there was no dialogue. She accented words at the end of each sentence which gave it a rise and fall in rhythm, hence a very sing-song voice. I found that tendency to be distracting.
Good question. It was an okay story, and I finished it.
No. I assume the printed version was better as the narrator was distracting
Tess was my favorite character.
Her reading style was irritating and distracting to a well written book
The narrator played to stereotypes when differentiating the characters, which made me more annoyed than sympathetic with their plight.
The story was not good and the title misleading. What I thought would be more about her dressmaking/designing abilities was more a reiteration of journalist (paparazzi) opportunism. Lucille seemed the more unstable version of Miranda from "A Devil Wears Prada." The story was often predictable and the writing unoriginal.
The round of applause for Tess after she successfully cut the expensive fabric. Very predictable and incredibly cheesy.
I didn't get past the first part and abandoned the book after the Titanic sank. I got tired of the simpering personality of the heroine. I wanted her to just stand up for herself just once and quit apologizing. I also thought when she talked to the reporter how stupid she was. I could see that coming like a freight train. I just dislike authors who write helpless, stupid women heroines.
I've always had a fascination for stories centered around Titanic, especially those that contain factual details. This story brings the characters to life in a way that doesn't make you question whether events did or didn't actually happen.
For the first time in a long time, I had a serious issue with the inflection of the narrator's voice. At first, I thought that it was the accent and that I would get used to it, but it ended up feeling like nails on a chalkboard. If I hadn't wanted to read the book so much in the first place, I would have never made it through the whole thing.
The story was worth it, but I wouldn't recommend the audible version, sorry.
If you're a history buff, this book is for you. If you're looking for a sweeping historical romance, take a pass on this one and grab a Coleen Cable novel. I was SO bored with the Senate hearings, the flat dialogue and lackluster protagonist. I enjoyed the narrator's English accent, but the high-pitched, breathy voice she used for Tess drove me up the walls. I'm sure she didn't intend to make Tess sound like such a ninny, but I kept picturing a brainless bimbo every time Tess spoke up. I admit, the backstory about the completely unfair lifeboat situation is rather intriguing, but I was hoping for more fun and fluffy fiction mixed with historical facts. This will be my first and last book by this author.
Wow, great story! One of my favorite books I've read in a long time.
If you like the Titanic history at all you will really enjoy this book. It was very interesting all the way through.
Tess of course was my favorite. But I also like Eleanor.
Eleanor could always saw her sister's side and vulnerabilities and tried to make Tess see them even when she did not agree with how Lucille treated others.
This would make a great movie.