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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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Awesome Book about Titanic.

Would you listen to The Girl Who Came Home again? Why?

Absolutely, I love all books about The Titanic! I wish I had more titles in mind to order more! This was fiction? But I could definitely see reality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Came Home?

The grandmother was able to keep quiet and not pass judgement throughout the entire story on to the granddaughter. Lovely story!

Which scene was your favorite?

When she found the box in the attic.

Who was the most memorable character of The Girl Who Came Home and why?

The grandmother of course.

Any additional comments?

Just a very nice relaxing read. LOVED IT ALL!

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Wonderful story

Just finished! What a wonderful, well written tale of a Titanic survivor. A must read or audiobook.

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Love Titanic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this book! I was very well done. Instead of a single time line, this book want from 1912 to 1982! I fell in love with all the characters. I loved the ending, it made me cry! I would recommend this book highly!

Have you listened to any of Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was genius having to narrators with very different dialects! The ladies brought life to the characters!

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Loved it!

Such a lovely story and so well performed! I loved the readers voice and accent. Soothing and perfect for this story.

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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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Loved it ! And disappointed, too

Loved the historical setting, didn't like the present-day (1982) sequences quite as much, but the alternating stories kept me engaged, until the big "climax". Such a cheat ! I hate it when authors think it's a plot twist to withhold information until the final reveal. ( I don't want to give anything away, but most astute readers will see what's coming, so it's anti-climatic). It's not a plot twist, it's deceiving the reader😔
However, until that big let-down of an ending, with everything too neat and HEA ( happily ever after), this was really wonderful. Great narration !

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Sweet Story

A little predictable but wonderfully read. Narrator did an amazing job with her accents. Listen if you love a little sap.

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  • Debbi
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • 06-19-18

I couldn't turn it off!

Have tissues ready but there are laughs too! I stayed up late ever night until it was finished... The real surprise is close to the end... You will know what I'm talking about when you hear it!

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Moving and beautiful

What a wonderful story of the Titanic tragedy. The characters so exquisitely developed. Loved the surprises. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the history and romance of Titanic.

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History unfolds in a mystery...

What made the experience of listening to The Girl Who Came Home the most enjoyable?

The slow unfolding of the story through family history, while still telling the story we're all SO familiar with. I love how Gaynor took a commonly known and frequently told historical event, and gave it a new and fresh spin. This is told from the perspective of one person, and it's not all about the Titanic - the Titanic is more of a backdrop with a role to play in the story rather than the focal point.

Have you listened to any of Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr Collins ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, but I definitely would in the future. These two narrators made a great team!

Any additional comments?

Narration was great, the two narrators complemented one another well and really helped the listener to easily transition between the two time periods.

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  • shine-on2
  • 03-09-17

Superb!

Written with such compassion, the author and narrators really made you feel as though you were a part of the story.

The emotion got to me several times, which rarely happens!

Looking forward to more by this author!

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  • alison
  • 06-03-15

Charming tale, lacking a bit of substance

A charming tale of loves lost and found, but I just felt that it could have been so much better. I liked the links between 1912 and 1982, which for the most part flowed well, but I would have liked to have known a little more about the events directly after the sinking and how it had impacted on the survivors in the story. Little things niggled - it is a fictitiuous tale so why name characters with similar names, it just makes it confusing for the reader/listener. As much as I like a happy ending, would the fact that Maggie had been married to her Seamus all along really never have come up with her family some where over the years?
That said, I still enjoyed the book. I liked the descriptions of Irish life, the protrayal of the class inequality aboard the ship and depiction of the terrible heartache and tragedy as the ship was sinking, all of which made for a good story.
It was very well narrated too.