A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman….
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.
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
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.
Just finished! What a wonderful, well written tale of a Titanic survivor. A must read or audiobook.
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!
It was genius having to narrators with very different dialects! The ladies brought life to the characters!
"Great story for Titanic Lovers"
Love the History of the Titanic braided into a beautifully told story. Grabbed and pulled me in from the first sentence.
Realizing that Chemus was James
Such a lovely story and so well performed! I loved the readers voice and accent. Soothing and perfect for this story.
"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.
"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 !
"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.
"Interesting Story, But the Execution Leaves Something to be Desired"
Maggie's story presents a fascinating viewpoint for such a well-known event. I've been fascinated by the Titanic since I was little, but I confess to not knowing as much about the steerage passengers as I do about the opulent life in first class that's so often portrayed in books and movies. Gaynor does a wonderful job of arousing sympathy and anger at the elitism shown onboard. However, some aspects of the story were a bit frustrating. She repeats the same bits of narrative in a way that's quite unnecessary. We just heard Maggie tell her story to Grace; we don't need to hear Grace repeat it to her boyfriend a scene later. It's superfluous exposition that usually seems to happen off-page in other books. I also found the shifts in POV within the same scene a little clumsy. Finally, I found the epilogue eye-rollingly maudlin. In fact, if all the 1980s parts were excised, I think the book would have been better for it.
This is a beautifully written story and the narration was well done. I highly recommend The Girl Who Came Home.
"Awesome Book about Titanic."
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.
The grandmother was able to keep quiet and not pass judgement throughout the entire story on to the granddaughter. Lovely story!
When she found the box in the attic.
The grandmother of course.
Just a very nice relaxing read. LOVED IT ALL!
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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