The Girl Who Came Home

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

by Hazel Gaynor

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

Laura Hall: The Titanic was an amazing movie which was the only 3 hour movie I have ever sat through being the energetic one I am. For that reason, this book totally caught my eye. I was worried if I could follow it since it goes back and forth in time, but I did and LOVED how it worked. Basically it is told through Maggie’s eyes similar to the movie in how the old lady tells it. It shows her before as a child and how she got to the titanic trip. The details of the ship and mostly comparisons on how the different social classes were treated and worked for the ship even having to wear different colored uniforms was truly intresting. As you then take on to Maggie as a great grandma and how her story and memories has to come to pass. If not only this is enough and getting historical facts through fiction, chichi love, the very end when you think you know how it ends, it keeps you hanging to find out an out Maggie’s love and friends and what truly happened to them. Great job and enjoyed it!
Rating: *****

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