One review criticized that the author mentioned the Heimlich Maneuver some years before Heimlich was born. The words Heimlich and maneuver never appeared. At one point a character slapped another on the back who was choking and the lodged food flew out, but not once did she say anything about Heimlich or Maneuver. Another criticism was that it wasn't historically correct. How so? If there were any discrepancies, keep in mind literary license perhaps, or if there were any historical discrepancies they were so minor as to be unnoticeable and I do know a bit about Titanic, having read about it for years.
All in all, I must say those bad reviews seemed to come from people who just wanted to complain out of jealousy or ignorance. I don't know if the book was self published or not, but it was the best job of editing I've ever seen in recent times. I recall no spelling errors either. As to the names "being too similar" complained about There was Maggie, Kathleen, Katie, Peggy A terrific book!
I loved the historical story of Ireland and the lives of modest folk. The vivid story of a young girl leaving the life she knows and traveling on a train for the first time to get to the ship. The description of the opulence Of the ship and the sheer size of it. I was pleased to read the 3 rd class accommodations were decent and the crew treated them well. The horrific event of the sinking was heartbreaking. I cannot imagine the terror those people went through with the freezing temperatures and Fridged water. I felt as I was there enjoying the socializing on the ship and then the terrible night!
The final events of Maggie's story was uplifting and very moving.. Very well written. I e never read anything by this author, but, I will be sure to read everything she has written! Her writing is superb! Her attention to detail was so vivid, it was hard not to FEEL as though you were a part of the story yourself! She effortlessly traveled in time from to , and between America and Ireland without any confusion or awkwardness. It was a side of Titanic that I hadn't been exposed to before How communities United to aid those in need, and comfort those who grieved, much in the same way we approach tragedies in modern times.
Most stories I've read or seen relating to the Titanic end with the survivors on the decks of the Carpathia, which is a disservice to the story. Although there wasn't the media presence there is today to document everything, this gave Such an accurate description, you almost didn't need film to capture it In a world where we are so accustomed to instant gratification, this author made the reality of the lack of it, and the pre-technological world achingly clear. The waiting and not knowing often took days, weeks, or even months or even years to disseminate information or communicate.
Excellent book, phenomenal writing, don't Miss This One. Everyone knows the story of the Titanic: yes, it sank. Hazel Gaynor has cobbled a group of travelers from the small town of Ballysheen, based on actual passengers from that area in Ireland, and presents their backstories and experiences of leading up to their departure on the doomed ship, as well as the people the group meets on board in their third class accommodations. The grandeur and opulence are well presented and the reader finds herself imagining the smells, the cacophony of the celebrations and entertainment, then the terror and confusion during the evacuation and it's aftermath.
Present day journalist, Grace, recovering from the death of her father and in desperate need of "the story" to secure a job in the publishing field, researches the history of her grandmother, Maggie, a Titanic survivor. Through her grandmother's narratives and some long-lost items returned to her, Grace begins a new chapter for herself and learns a lot about the strength it takes to move on from tragedy.
A good read for lovers of historical fiction. One person found this helpful. When you read this you are transported back in time.
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Gaynor has written a really wonderful novel. This book really pulled me in and made me cry and made me think. The author's perspective was very introspective and gave me yet another way to remember tales of the Titanic. I have seen both. We all recall the basic tales, the lives lost, the glamour of the ship, the tragedy. This novel brought you closer to what it feels like to survive. I am sure many people have asked, "why did I survive? If you have been lucky enough not to have been in that situation, this wonderful novel will take you there.
The writing was great. It is supposed to be the story of Maggie, a young Irish woman in , about to travel on the ill-fated Titanic; simultaneously, it incorporates the story of Grace, her granddaughter in As far as I can tell, there is not much point to incorporating Grace into the story; Grace's father dies and she is having trouble moving on, Maggie's story helps her get off her ass, to be a little crass, but I really don't see the point of having Grace in the This book suffers from a short attention span.
As far as I can tell, there is not much point to incorporating Grace into the story; Grace's father dies and she is having trouble moving on, Maggie's story helps her get off her ass, to be a little crass, but I really don't see the point of having Grace in the story besides having the reader catch up with Maggie 70 years later.
Obviously, the story is about the Titanic. I've read my fair share of books about the Titanic, most of it from the POV of passengers in first class. This book offers a change in that the POV is from those in third class and a steward serving the third class cabins. The main character, Maggie, is a year old woman leaving her sweetheart behind in Ireland to travel to a new life in America, along with 13 others in her little village. The book mainly describes her experiences and bewilderment on board the Titanic and her amazement even at the little things, since she has been so sheltered her entire life.
I enjoyed the description of life in third class, but that was one of the few things I found enjoyable about this book. I got this book for free on Kindle, so I don't know if it is a formatting problem, but a good half of the book was in italics. Usually, the italics don't bother me; they delineate flashbacks. Enough with the flashbacks of flashbacks of flashbacks already. The book takes place in and in There were flashbacks in There were flachbacks of There were multiple points of view, from a random sister of someone who happened to be the mother of someone else on the Titanic to a random aunt traveling along with them.
I have no problems with flashbacks. I love getting more insight and details into the main characters' lives and thoughts. My main problem with the flashbacks in this book was that there were too many of them; I was not exaggerating when I say they literally take up half the novel. This would not be a problem if not for the fact that most of them were irrelevant and did not much contribute to the storyline. It's like in the middle of Maggie's tale, sudenly we get a glimpse of the life of a random fellow traveler who didn't really contribute anything and so who the hell cares?
Furthermore, the author seriously needs a grammar checker. She also really needs to learn the use of a comma. Useful little thing, that. View all 8 comments. I really enjoyed this book. Anyone who is a history buff and likes Titanic will enjoy reading this book. The way it was written, with a few timelines and points of view was brilliant and refreshing!
It really brings home the story of this tragic ship, passengers, crew members and families unlike anything I've read. It's a very good tribute to all those lost on that horrific night, years ago. The world has never forgotten. They were filled with dreams, hopes and expectations. Sadly, only 3 would survive the sinking of the gigantic ship in the cold, dark Atlantic Ocean. The names of the 14 passengers, their life stories, the name of the Irish village and some other facts are changed in the Girl Who Came Home The story jumps back and forth in time from to In , Maggie Murphy is 17 years old.
Her mother has just died, and her aunt Kathleen travels from America to bring young Maggie home with her. She doesn't want to leave her love, Seamus, but she is drawn to the promise of a life in America and feels a duty to obey her aunt. She hopes Seamus will travel to America later to be with her. She misses him terribly while on board Titanic. The ship is massive and filled with more luxuries than the 14 hopeful Irish villagers have seen in their lives.
They laugh, dance and joke about all the rich food Then late one night there is a slight bump and the engines go still. The night of horror has begun. In , an year old Maggie tells the story of that night to her great-granddaughter Grace. Grace needs to write a feature story for a Chicago newspaper and her great-grandmother decides it's time to tell someone her story.
She has refused to talk about Titanic for decades, still feeling guilt that she survived and so many others died. In the attic there is a small suitcase that she carried with her the night of the sinking. She shares its contents with Grace, and the story about her memories of her life in Ireland, the voyage on Titanic and the aftermath of the sinking. The Girl Who Came Home is a lovely and sad story. It's well-written and emotional. I listened to the audiobook version They both read at a nice, even pace and are easily understandable.
I have hearing loss, but was easily able to enjoy this audiobook with no problems. I normally don't like books that jump back and forth in time as it gets tedious and often confused, but Gaynor pulls it off. I enjoyed this book from start to finish. Beautiful, haunting and just lovely -- a great book! I will definitely be reading more by this author. I can't truly imagine what it must have been like for those on board the Titanic.
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For those in the lifeboats, hearing more than people screaming and dying in the cold water must have been heartbreaking. And for those in the water, it must have been horrific. Hazel Gaynor does a great job of depicting the joys of the lavish ship, the differences between steerage and the first class accomodations, the huge range of passengers aboard, the absolute horror of the sinking, and the depths of despair and loss felt afterwards. I think the most memorable part for me is towards the end The Carpathia was due to dock, and it was carrying survivors.
Some are happily reunited and others learn the final sad truth about the death of their loved ones.
Very emotional scene. View 1 comment. What can I say about this book? I just felt that there was nothing particularly new or interesting here. I saw the "big reveal" from a mile away. This is not a book I would have chosen on my own, but it was the selection for one of my book clubs. I prefer books that either make me think or feel something.
This is "women's fiction" through and through. Just not my thing. View 2 comments. Unfortunately, sadly this review does begin with unfortunately, with the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic , there are a boatload pun intended of books centering around that event and, sadly, this one brings nothing new to the story. I think if you've seen the movie Titanic , you are already familiar with the general story, even so much as what it was like in steerage as compared to first class.
I'm sad to say this doesn't really add anything. This is a fictionalized event of fourteen people Unfortunately, sadly this review does begin with unfortunately, with the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic , there are a boatload pun intended of books centering around that event and, sadly, this one brings nothing new to the story.
This is a fictionalized event of fourteen people from a small Irish parish, most of whom lost their lives. The story is told through the eyes of one survivor, but her story isn't really told and the more modern story of her great-granddaughter, a young woman who makes her own drama and unhappiness, should have simply been left out. Grace, the granddaughter, didn't interest me as a character and every time the book shifted to her story I was irritated.
The storytelling is very choppy, jumping from this character to that character and lots and lots and lots of telling instead of showing. Just when the story was getting exciting, it would stop and insert some other part of the story. There was no flow to the story. Since this is the story of a great loss of life, it might have been interesting to actually experience that, show us what that end might have looked like, contrast it with the survivor's story.
That might have really improved the book. Also, only one family member who lost a loved one is actually described and that is only up to the time she finds the loss to be a reality. It might have been nice to know what more happened in her life, how this affected her, again, in comparison with the survivor. Speaking of the survivor, her story is never really told.
The actual story of how she ends up with whom she ends up with is just glossed over, it all worked out we are told. Again, telling and not showing. If a reader knows absolutely nothing about Titanic , they might enjoy this book. Otherwise, maybe not. Overall, I didn't much care for it. View all 7 comments. As another anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaches, I listened to this story of Maggie Murphy, a survivor who traveled with 13 others from Ballysheen, Ireland.
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Her adventures before, during, and after the fateful trip are mingled with a 's time frame in Illinois where her great granddaughter, Grace, is writing Maggie's story for the Chicago Tribune. I enjoyed both time frames, but the narrator with an Irish brogue for Maggie's parts was a real delight while Grace's was a little too ma As another anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaches, I listened to this story of Maggie Murphy, a survivor who traveled with 13 others from Ballysheen, Ireland.
I enjoyed both time frames, but the narrator with an Irish brogue for Maggie's parts was a real delight while Grace's was a little too matter of fact for me. It's hard to come up with something fresh when writing about the Titanic, and I did often picture Leonardo DiCaprio as the ship's steward, what with his mingling with the Irish lasses in steerage and all; but as the story continued and I saw where the author was going, it was hard to break away.
Loved all the references to genealogical research. A little chick-lit-ish, but more comforting than annoying. Some might call the ending to Maggie's story sneaky or sly; it did annoy me a tiny bit until I gave it more thought and decided to cut the author some slack. Nicely done audiobook. I very much enjoyed this story line and loved that it was based on true facts, not just from the Titanic sinking, but the characters being based on real life characters as well.
That being said, I could have, would have, enjoyed this novel much more had I not been frequently distracted by the writing style. I prefer that the points be told efficiently the first time as apposed to having to retell the same point i I very much enjoyed this story line and loved that it was based on true facts, not just from the Titanic sinking, but the characters being based on real life characters as well. I prefer that the points be told efficiently the first time as apposed to having to retell the same point in multiple different ways to get the point across.
I also am confused as to where Maggie actually lived, because it states that she lived with her Aunt but then it states that that same aunt lived in Chicago and returned to Ireland to bring Maggie to America. The names were also a distraction and since the author used fictitious names, why were Katie, Catherine, and Kathleen, chosen when they are so similar? There were many times when I was not bothered by distractions and at those times the author completely drew me in to the story.
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A bit more time tweaking on this novel and it could really be something. I have an opinion that it was most likely rushed to meet the deadline of the th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Very enjoyable story. This review contains spoilers in the second paragraph. Fans of romance novels might enjoy this book, but it wasn't what I was expecting and not my taste. As others have already said, nothing new was brought to the Titanic story and much of the plot followed the footsteps of the James Cameron movie. Long descriptive passages were often tedious and there was way too much repetition throughout the book.
I found myself skimming entire paragraphs, which I almost never do. The worst part for me was th This review contains spoilers in the second paragraph. The worst part for me was the predictability. I knew Grace would get back with Jimmy. I knew the letters would turn up after the article was published. I knew Peggy would somehow survive. I knew the news article was going to be the greatest story ever written. I knew Maggie would die at the end. I even knew why Maggie liked to arrange the cookies on the plate before it was revealed.
It made me wonder how Grace could be so dense. The two main characters were too virtuous and perfect to engage me. The poor people had no flaws; the rich people had no virtues. The plot was too neat and pretty and all the loose ends were tied up at the end with pretty strings that were intended to tug at your heart. As far as romance novels go, this one is relatively well-written, but not my cup of tea. Maybe it will make a successful Lifetime movie. View all 3 comments. This is ostensibly the story of Maggie Murphy, a 17 year old Irish girl who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
After her mother dies, her aunt comes to Ireland to bring Maggie to America to live with her. Maggie must leave her sweetheart, Seamus, behind. They and 12 others from her village will be sailing on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. No spoiler alert needed: we all know how that ends. She drops out of college to help care for her mother, who has MS, leaving behind her boyfriend, Jimmy, She turns to her great grandmother for solace and wisdom. During one of their talks, Maggie finally tells her about her experience on the Titanic. Much has always been made of the experiences of those in First Class, but this story gives the reader insight into the lives of the passengers in Third Class, also known as steerage.
I would have rather just read about Maggie. Historical fiction writers seem to feel the need to write every book in dual time frames. Not every story has to be told this way. Sometimes you just want to read the historical story without jumping to a later time. That said, there are a couple of surprise revelations at the end, which were very satisfying.
The writing is OK. Sometimes it felt like the author was telling instead of showing. During these parts I felt an emotional disconnect from the story. The retelling of the Titanic disaster was good, but not great. The characters were fairly well portrayed, some better than others.
Maggie was well done, Grace less so. There are some extraneous characters whose presence is marginally interesting, but not vital to the story, almost like filler. The author was inspired to write this book by researching the Addergoole Titanic Society, the group that commemorates the loss of its parishioners on the Titanic. Overall this is a good, not great book. To me, it could have been better, but I enjoyed it for what it is. If you enjoy historical fiction, you may like this book, even more than I did.
Beware, though! I'm fascinated with the story of the Titanic, but not obsessed so I haven't read lots of books on it. This is a fictional account inspired by a real group of 14 Irish emigrants who left Ireland to visit relatives in America. The story focuses on year-old Maggie Murphy. Maggie's parents have both died and her aunt Kathleen has come to Ireland and is taking Maggie back to Chicago with her.
While there, others have decided to join them in making the journey.
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Ireland, 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. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.
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Chicago, Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction-and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago. A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman.
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. 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.
Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic--a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction--and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.