Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Thirteenth Tale is this month's book club book.
Have you read it? Do you have reviews? Thoughts? It's such a new thing reading books that I don't pick myself. It takes me back to school. I never knew I would feel the loss of control so deeply.
I'm so dramatic :)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I'm always going on and on giving my excuses on why I've been less than present and less than a good blogger friend.
Here's excuse #1,439,385... I have a part-time job called planning a two week trip to ITALY!
I'm super excited but the trip is literally right around the corner and less than a month away. Eek! And... Yay! It's all so confusing.
BUT as always I need some help (I'm always begging, aren't I?).
If you have any book recommendations for Italy themed reads or great books to read on very long international flights that also happen to have an even longer layover, please post away. You can leave a comment or you can link up a review if you've written a review on a book I'd be interested in. PLEASE HELP!!
P.S. If you have traveling and/or packing tips, I'd appreciate that as well.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
Genre: Historical Fiction, Titanic
Pages: 261 (paperback)
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Inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of R.M.S Titanic, The Girl Who Came Home is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years. It is also the story of the world’s most famous ship, whose tragic legacy continues to captivate our hearts and imaginations one hundred years after she sank to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean with such a devastating loss of life.
In a rural Irish village in April 1912, seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy is anxious about the trip to America. While the thirteen others she will travel with from her Parish anticipate a life of prosperity and opportunity - including her strict Aunt Kathleen who will be her chaperon for the journey - Maggie is distraught to be leaving Séamus, the man she loves with all her heart. As the carts rumble out of the village, she clutches a packet of love letters in her coat pocket and hopes that Séamus will be able to join her in America soon.
In Southampton, England, Harry Walsh boards Titanic as a Third Class Steward, excited to be working on this magnificent ship. After the final embarkation stop in Ireland, Titanic steams across the Atlantic Ocean. Harry befriends Maggie and her friends from the Irish group; their spirits are high and life on board is much grander than any of them could have ever imagined. Being friendly with Harold Bride, one of the Marconi radio operators, Harry offers to help Maggie send a telegram home to Séamus. But on the evening of April 14th, when Titanic hits an iceberg, Maggie’s message is only partly transmitted, leaving Séamus confused by what he reads.
As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, luck and love will decide the fate of the Irish emigrants and those whose lives they have touched on board the ship. In unimaginable circumstances, Maggie survives, arriving three days later in New York on the rescue ship Carpathia. She has only the nightdress she is wearing, a small case and a borrowed coat, to her name. She doesn’t speak of Titanic again for seventy years.
In Chicago, 1982, twenty-one year old Grace Butler is stunned to learn that her Great Nana Maggie sailed on Titanic and sets out to write Maggie's story as a way to resurrect her journalism career. When it is published, Grace receives a surprising phone call, starting a chain of events which will reveal the whereabouts of Maggie’s missing love letters and the fate of those she sailed with seventy years ago. But it isn't until a final journey back to Ireland that the full extent of Titanic’s secrets are revealed and Maggie is able to finally make peace with her past.