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The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic | [Hazel Gaynor]

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman…. 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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Publisher's Summary

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 17-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Samus, 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.

©2014 Hazel Gaynor (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Elaine Richards Fort Worth, Texas, US 03-04-15
    Elaine Richards Fort Worth, Texas, US 03-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator was as cold as the iceberg the Titanic hi"

    This story could have been a really great story but between the dull monotone of the narrator and that extra spark from the author, it was a nice story. The narration did improve about halfway through the book as if the reader woke up and realized what she was supposed to be doing. It still never developed into its full potential.

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    R. A Brosam Springfield VA 01-26-15
    R. A Brosam Springfield VA 01-26-15 Member Since 2011

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    "very nice love story anchored to titanic disaster"

    Good amount of surprises weaved among cliches. the ending is worth the voyage. You can almost feel the waves beneath you as you steam through the book. I assume the similarities to the movie is due to the research of facts about things that really did happen.

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    Maine Knitter 01-25-15
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    "I couldn't put this down"

    I couldn't put this down. Once I got over the confusion of Maggie and Margaret and Peggy the book was a delightful, although sad, story. I was teary in Chapter 3 before they ever got on the Titanic. Seamus and his letters! I'm glad this wasn't a re-telling of James Cameron's movie (which was not as good as earlier movies) and was instead the tale of a group of friends from a small Irish village. My grandparents left Ireland at about the same time so I was very moved by the story. I usually don't like audiobooks with multiple narrators but this worked well to differentiate the change in time and POV. The ending was a bit predictable (there were subtle clues) but I enjoyed this very much.

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    Jenna 01-22-15
    Jenna 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love the narrators! I'm a new fan of being read2"

    omg! I wanted to old movie face slapping a woman thing to KATIE and THAT DAMN HAT! LET IT GO ............



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    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 11-11-14
    Frances Whittier, CA, United States 11-11-14 Member Since 2012

    It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

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    "LOVED IT! WILL LISTEN TO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Came Home to be better than the print version?

    YES!! The narrators were excellent! This was very well done to listen too! Loved it!


    What other book might you compare The Girl Who Came Home to and why?

    Unfortunately, I haven't read any other books to compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There wasn't one scene was my favorite, the entire story was very well written and had me in every scene. From the beginning to the end, I don't want to give anything way, you won't be disappointed.


    If you could take any character from The Girl Who Came Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maggie and Peggy, I would loved to learn more about their lives after the Titanic.


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you that love romance stories, in my opinion this was the best story! It puts you in the mind set on "what if" and it's a nice reminder never take life for granted. This will be a great movie, especially during the Holidays!

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    Vicky 08-16-14
    Vicky 08-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story for Titanic Enthusiasts!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Came Home the most enjoyable?

    The change in spoken accent which switching characters helped to recognize the change in time and location.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love any books about the Titanic, so this story was not only kept my interest but also had a good plot to it. Listening to the characters made me want to know how it ended.


    What about Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr ’s performance did you like?

    They portrayed the characters very well. They helped me to easily follow the story line from one time period and location to another.


    If you could take any character from The Girl Who Came Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Grace. She put her life on hold to care for her mother, and showed so much love for Maggie by not only allowing her to tell her story as she wanted and spent time with her on a regular basis.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several fiction books about characters that sailed on the Titanic. This book was one of the better ones. I felt that Maggie and the others really could have been passengers on the ship.

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    Simone 07-06-14
    Simone 07-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Great Idea – Awful Execution"

    I hate it when that happens! When a good idea for a tale is ruined by a poorly written story… it’s so annoying!

    I was looking forward to a good book and the idea was promising but the execution was a huge let down, packed with clichés and eye rolling coincidences and silly developments; such a shame.

    The book was: Insipid. Cliché. Formulaic. Trite. Simple. Flat. Predictable… Pick any one, they all fit.

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