The Girl Who Came Home

The Girl Who Came Home

Hazel Gaynor / Jun 16, 2019

The Girl Who Came Home A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman Ireland Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic hoping to find a better life in America F

  • Title: The Girl Who Came Home
  • Author: Hazel Gaynor
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  • 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 S amus, the swee 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 S amus, 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 the 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 362 pages Published April 1st 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks first published March 1st 2012 More Details ASIN B00FDRUZFK Edition Language English Other Editions 14 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Girl Who Came Home, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler I enjoyed this book very much until certain info was disclosed The ordeals of what the girl who was left behind went through leaving Ireland and enduring and surviving the sinking of the Titanic were made very real for me by the author But finding out who Maggie actually married It turned the story sour for me It didn t make sense that this info wouldn t have been known earlier Your thoughts hide spoiler 2 likeslike 4 years ago See all 7 answers Elyse This answer contains spoilers view spoiler It was supposed to be a sweet surprise to the reader That after all she d been through, she still got to marry her love I guessed it earlier and It was supposed to be a sweet surprise to the reader That after all she d been through, she still got to marry her love I guessed it earlier and loved that it happened less hide spoiler flag Is this book appropriate for younger girls I was mainly wondering about the relationship with Maggie and Seamus My daughter loves historical fiction and is especially interested in the Titanic I wanted to make sure it didnt go into intimate detail for my 9 year old Thanks 2 likeslike 2 years ago See all 5 answers Maura Nothing in the book that would be inappropriate at all for a 9 year old flag See all 9 questions about The Girl Who Came Home Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Mar 11, 2013 Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves uk, why do i hate myself, slice of life, historical This book suffers from a short attention span It is supposed to be the story of Maggie, a young Irish woman in 1912, about to travel on the ill fated Titanic simultaneously, it incorporates the story of Grace, her granddaughter in 1982 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 It is supposed to be the story of Maggie, a young Irish woman in 1912, about to travel on the ill fated Titanic simultaneously, it incorporates the story of Grace, her granddaughter in 1982 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 17 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 Now, this is a problem because HALF THE BOOK WAS IN ITALICS Enough with the flashbacks of flashbacks of flashbacks already The book takes place in 1912 and in 1982 There were flashbacks in 1912 There were flachbacks of 1982 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 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 Further, the author seriously needs a grammar checker She also really needs to learn the use of a comma Useful little thing, that flag 45 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Mar 25, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves british, historical, titanic, favorites 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, 100 years ago The world has never forgotten flag 24 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2018 Juli rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves backlist read 2018, read audiobooks 2018 The Girl Who Came Home is loosely based on the story of the Addergoole 1414 poor Irish from a single village in County Mayo who boarded the Titanic in 1912 to head to a new life in America 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 Homebut the story The Girl Who Came Home is loosely based on the story of the Addergoole 1414 poor Irish from a single village in County Mayo who boarded the Titanic in 1912 to head to a new life in America 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 Homebut the story is obviously built on the true tale of 14 immigrants whose dreams were cut short by an iceberg.The story jumps back and forth in time from 1912 to 1982 In 1912, 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 luxuries than the 14 hopeful Irish villagers have seen in their lives They laugh, dance and joke about all the rich foodhappy and delighted Then late one night there is a slight bump and the engines go still The night of horror has begun In 1982, an 87 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 versiond I think hearing it read in a lovely Irish accent added depth to the story for me The audiobook is narrated by Connor Kelly Eiding and Alana Kerr 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 by this author I can t truly imagine what it must have been like for those on board the Titanic For those in the lifeboats, hearing than 1000 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 endndreds of family members waiting at the dock in New York in the pouring rain for hours 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 Gaynor is the author of several books including The Cottingley Secret and The Girl from the Savoy flag 23 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobooks, historical fiction, trinity bookclub What can I say about this book It s not that I disliked it 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 If I m choosing something lighter, I tend to choose either humor or suspense thriller This is women s fiction through and through Just not my thing.2.5 stars What can I say about this book It s not that I disliked it 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 If I m choosing something lighter, I tend to choose either humor or suspense thriller This is women s fiction through and through Just not my thing.2.5 stars rounded up to 3 flag 17 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 11, 2014 kari rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2014 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.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 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 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 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 flag 16 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Apr 25, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves overdrive, audio, chgo and or illinois, read in 2016 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 Her adventures before, during, and after the fateful trip are mingled with a 1980 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 Her adventures before, during, and after the fateful trip are mingled with a 1980 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 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 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 thought and decided to cut the author some slack.Nicely done audiobook.3.5 stars rounded up flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 04, 2012 Karla rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle cloud 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 had I not been frequently distracted by the writing style There was a bit of redundancy, especially at the beginning and around the 3 4 mark 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 That being said, I could have, would have, enjoyed this novel much had I not been frequently distracted by the writing style There was a bit of redundancy, especially at the beginning and around the 3 4 mark 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 A bit 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 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic Very enjoyable story flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 30, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves book tours, clean, fiction, romance 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 17 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 Maggie is sad to be leaving her boyfri 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 17 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 Maggie is sad to be leaving her boyfriend, Seamus, behind His father is sick so he won t be able to come, but tells her he ll be waiting for her to come home We also get two stories Lucky Harry, and Grace Butler, Maggie s great granddaughter Harry is one of the stewards on the ship who Maggie and her friends get to know and who later helps her get into one of the last lifeboats to leave Grace s story takes place in Illinois in 1982 Grace s life was going well until her father died She left college and her boyfriend, Jimmy, to help her mother Maggie starts to help her get her life back, starting with telling her about her journey on the Titanic, a story she has never told anyone Learning her great grandmother s story gives Grace the courage to move on with her life.I loved this book Most of it is told in flashback so there s a lot of jumping back and forth I didn t find it to be confusing and actually liked it Maggie was young and excited to go on the ship, but she was sad to have left Seamus behind It was interesting to experience the Titanic through her young eyes Knowing what happened doesn t lessen the impact of the scenes of the tragic night of April 15, 1912 All the talk of the Titanic being unsinkable appeared to have caused confusion and disbelief at what was happening The author didn t dwell too long on the actual sinking and I liked that The aftermath is what gets lost sometimes The journey to the Carpathia in the lifeboats was long and cold The people waiting to welcome the ship in New York were in shock as they attempted to learn the fate of their loved ones, and even if they didn t see their names on the list of survivors, hoped they would still see them disembark It s not too surprising that Maggie didn t want to remember and discuss the horror of that night until she was much older.I also enjoyed Harry and Grace s stories It was interesting to see what happened to Harry I thought his ending would be a little different Grace was able to learn what was important to her and to go for it before it was too late I also loved Maggie s story and hearing the ending to it She was able to do something at the end that she d been wanting to do for a long time and was able to make peace with all that happened.I like the section at the end where the author shares the story behind the book and tells the parts of the book based on fact There is also a short Glossary of Irish Terms and Reading Group Discussion Questions There is a lot to say about this book so it would be great for a book club This is a clean read If you enjoy reading about the Titanic, this is a book for you I received a copy of this book to review My opinion is 100% my own.Mel s Shelves flag 11 likesLike see review Mar 25, 2012 Jane rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction Where I got the book freebie on the Kindle.Note 1 25 15 this review is of the original self published version The novel was subsequently republished by William Morrow, and it s quite possible a lot of the problems I mentioned were fixed.This is a weak 3 star read, in my opinion I was tempted to 2 star it, but I m not going to do that for two reasons it s a debut novel and therefore by definition not representative of the author s future development, and in some ways I rather enjoyed the s Where I got the book freebie on the Kindle.Note 1 25 15 this review is of the original self published version The novel was subsequently republished by William Morrow, and it s quite possible a lot of the problems I mentioned were fixed.This is a weak 3 star read, in my opinion I was tempted to 2 star it, but I m not going to do that for two reasons it s a debut novel and therefore by definition not representative of the author s future development, and in some ways I rather enjoyed the story I saw the twist in the tale coming a mile off, but it might come as a pleasant surprise to a less observant reader.Things I liked a the cover Great cover b the fact that it was about steerage passengers instead of banging on about the rich and famous all the time c to some extent, the 1980s story that s woven in with it d The author handles dialogue well when there is dialogue e Maggie, the Titanic era heroine, seems real and ordinary after my last Titanic read I m feeling allergic to super talented heroines The 1980s heroine, on the other hand, was a super talented writer Sigh I need to start keeping count of the number of heroines or major supporting characters in debut novels who are super talented writers, and they write ONE THING and everyone falls on their faces and goes we re not worthy, you re such a genius, have an important job in journalism and so on But I digress My issue with this book can be summed up thus the author seemed to take every opportunity to pull the reader out of the story and drop her into the Limbo of Annoyance My status updates give my blow by blow opinions, but if you re a diehard reader or especially if you re a writer you ll recognize the symptoms chunks of exposition, flashbacks, POV hopping, and worse, easily checkable inaccuracies anachronisms such as mentioning the Heimlich maneuver in the 1912 story.The text could have done with a proofread it wasn t too bad, but there were quite a few grocer s apostrophes, especially in family names, and some homonym errors I m not going to carp about the that which issue, because having grown up in England I know that rule isn t generally respected over there, but I want to point it out All in all, editing at the developmental and final stages could have done a great deal for this novel The writing got better toward the end another trend I often note in debut novels, and another reason to edit the heck out of your MS once you ve written The End.Finally, I d like to give the author props for taking on the Titanic It s not easy writing a story about an event that is well known to so many I still haven t found the perfect Titanic novel, but writing about the steerage passengers is a good start if you ask me flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 22, 2014 Pam rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 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 the predictability SPOILERS I knew very early in the book that Seamus was James 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 flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 07, 2012 Lady Reads rated it liked it review of another edition I must say, before I begin to describe my experience with this story, that I liked it and was charmed by its simplicity It was innocent and sweeping, an easy warm weather read.This book has its problems The names of many of the characters are confusing in their similarity and origin, so it can be hard to decipher who the author is talking about There are grammar punctuation errors which may cause a reader to review a sentence once or twice to really decipher the meaning.Still, I feel all of t I must say, before I begin to describe my experience with this story, that I liked it and was charmed by its simplicity It was innocent and sweeping, an easy warm weather read.This book has its problems The names of many of the characters are confusing in their similarity and origin, so it can be hard to decipher who the author is talking about There are grammar punctuation errors which may cause a reader to review a sentence once or twice to really decipher the meaning.Still, I feel all of those hindrances can be overlooked This is both Maggie Murphy s story of leaving her Irish lover behind, adapting to being a third class passenger on a luxury liner, and surviving the Titanic s disaster as well as her great grand daughter s story of spiritual rebirth A reader gets to see both women come to accept their personal tragedies as a stepping stone to happy, fulfilled lives.My favorite thing about this book was not the rich description of Irish life, the authentic portrayal of class inequality, or the lingering injustice of all those travelers deaths but that, after so much struggle and heartbreak, a happy ending is given to both the leading female characters and us readers flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Katie Ziegler Life Between Words rated it really liked it I have been obsessed with Titanic since I was a young teenager and fell in love with Leo and Kate This story felt familiar and obviously still tragic I really appreciated that in this book we got the perspective of third class passengers So often in Titanic stories first class is focused on probably because of the beautiful opulence and details of the ship I wasn t as enthralled with the modern timeline mostly because something about it felt a little less authentic For some reason the I have been obsessed with Titanic since I was a young teenager and fell in love with Leo and Kate This story felt familiar and obviously still tragic I really appreciated that in this book we got the perspective of third class passengers So often in Titanic stories first class is focused on probably because of the beautiful opulence and details of the ship I wasn t as enthralled with the modern timeline mostly because something about it felt a little less authentic For some reason the characters didn t resonate as much and I think it was the way they were written But I loved the little twist at the end even though I figured it out beforehand it made my heart swell with warm feelings And I also thought the historical note at the end was a thoughtful addition to the book Knowing that these fictional characters were based on real people who travelled and many who perished on the Titanic gave the story even heft This was Hazel Gaynor s first book and I really enjoyed it I m excited to read from her flag 12 likesLike see review Apr 23, 2014 Mauoijenn Mouthy Jenn rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2015 rc, chick get a lit, dysfunctional families, dying dead death, historical fiction, just 4 thought, womanhood friends motherhood Well this was a let down I was so totally stoked to see this in my library calling my name I love history stuff so anything to do with anything that happened in past, I will read it The book was starting off great then the granddaughter from 1980 s comes along I didn t like the Grace granddaughter parts They could have been left out and the story would have been perfect All in all okay, not what I had hoped flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2018 Celia rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves kindle, historical fiction, 52 2018, recommended, 2018 read The book that launched the career of Hazel Gaynor It is 1912 Maggie Murphy is leaving Ireland Her mother has died, leaving her an orphan at 17 Aunt Kathleen is snatching her away from home and her beloved Seamus to start a new life in Chicago They will be sailing on the maiden voyage of Titanic.The book is divided into three parts before, during and after the sailing Many of the chapters start with a duplication of an actual telegram from or about Titanic Descriptions of the sinking and The book that launched the career of Hazel Gaynor It is 1912 Maggie Murphy is leaving Ireland Her mother has died, leaving her an orphan at 17 Aunt Kathleen is snatching her away from home and her beloved Seamus to start a new life in Chicago They will be sailing on the maiden voyage of Titanic.The book is divided into three parts before, during and after the sailing Many of the chapters start with a duplication of an actual telegram from or about Titanic Descriptions of the sinking and immediate aftermath of the disaster are what made this book for me They were all so heartfelt that I felt the chill of the water and the grief of the survivors I was moved.The ending is a tear jerker too Based on a real event, this book is, by far, a worthy read flag 8 likesLike see review View all 7 comments May 05, 2014 Judy Collins rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2014 releases, books read in 2014, historical fiction The GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story about the Titanic with the main character, Maggie, a seventeen year old woman leaving her sweetheart behind in Ireland to travel to a new life in America, along with 13 others in the little village Having led a sheltered life, there were many experiences while on board which were described in depth.Maggie was a young Irish woman in 1912 about to travel on the ill fated Titanic and is intertwined with Grace her granddaughter in 1982 Maggie s story motivates Gr The GIRL WHO CAME HOME is a story about the Titanic with the main character, Maggie, a seventeen year old woman leaving her sweetheart behind in Ireland to travel to a new life in America, along with 13 others in the little village Having led a sheltered life, there were many experiences while on board which were described in depth.Maggie was a young Irish woman in 1912 about to travel on the ill fated Titanic and is intertwined with Grace her granddaughter in 1982 Maggie s story motivates Grace to move on with flashbacks between 1912 and 1982, with multiple points of view from travelers of the same Irish village 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.A fictional account inspired by a real group of travelers who left Ireland to visit relatives in America Maggie s parents have both died and her aunt Kathleen has come to Ireland, taking Maggie back to Chicago with her While there, others have decided to join them in making the journey Maggie is sad to be leaving her boyfriend, Seamus, behind His father is sick so he won t be able to come, but tells her he ll be waiting for her to come home Lucky Harry, and Grace Butler, Maggie s great granddaughter are also part of the story, as Harry is one of the stewards on the ship Maggie and her friends get to know and later helps her get into one of the last lifeboats to leave Grace s story takes place in Illinois in 1982 Grace s life was going well until her father died She left college and her boyfriend, Jimmy, to help her mother Maggie starts to help her get her life back, starting with telling her about her journey on the Titanic, a story she has never told anyone Learning her great grandmother s story gives Grace the courage to move on with her life.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.Grace was able to learn what was important to her and to go for it before it was too late and Maggie was able to do something she longed to do and was able to make peace I did enjoy the section at the end of the book as the author shares the story behind the book and which parts were based on fact.Inspired by true events, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, blends fact and fiction, exploring the Titanic tragedy s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants, which was bittersweet JDCMustReadBooks Be sure and read her latest, A MEMORY OF VIOLETS A NOVEL OF LONDON S FLOWER SELLERS 5 Stars flag 6 likesLike see review Apr 16, 2014 Megan Readinginthesunshine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Personally I am a HUGE fan of anything related to The Titanic, I am genuinely just fascinated by it all and I ve previously read and enjoyed books based on The Titanic.In Ireland 1912, fourteen members from a small village prepare to set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping for a better future in America Among them is seventeen year old Maggie, and although a new future awaits her, her heart still belongs in Ireland with the sweetheart she left behind After tragedy strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky f Personally I am a HUGE fan of anything related to The Titanic, I am genuinely just fascinated by it all and I ve previously read and enjoyed books based on The Titanic.In Ireland 1912, fourteen members from a small village prepare to set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping for a better future in America Among them is seventeen year old Maggie, and although a new future awaits her, her heart still belongs in Ireland with the sweetheart she left behind After tragedy strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few in steerage to survive In 1982 Grace Butler is unsure where to go next in life, and when her great grandmother Maggie shares her secrets about the Titanic, will Grace find her direction and will Maggie be able to be at peace with her past Wow I was honestly blown away by this novel The descriptions of the ship and the other settings were perfectly written and I could clearly imagine every scene in my head At times I felt as though I was aboard the Titanic with Maggie seeing everything that she saw and going through her experiences with her Even though I knew what would happen to the Titanic, I had really bonded with everyone I read about and I desperately hoped for the best for them all.Hazel Gaynor manages to effortlessly bring the characters stories to life in such a powerful and emotional way I really felt Maggie s emotions especially radiating from the pages, and my heart ached for her At points I even cried because I was so moved.The Girl Who Came Home is full of love, loss, hope and grief Above all The Girl Who Came home is an emotional read that has touched me and will stay with me I highly recommend this flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 18, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult fiction, adventure survival, historical fiction, young adult fiction When the Titanic sank in April 1912, most of the passengers from steerage did not survive This fictionalized story is based on the true account of the Addergoole Fourteen a group of people from Lahardane village in County Mayo, Ireland They left Ireland full of hopes to begin better lives in America However, only a few survived to make it across the Atlantic.This poignant story combines fact and fiction and brings the story of one fictional survivor to life Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy s When the Titanic sank in April 1912, most of the passengers from steerage did not survive This fictionalized story is based on the true account of the Addergoole Fourteen a group of people from Lahardane village in County Mayo, Ireland They left Ireland full of hopes to begin better lives in America However, only a few survived to make it across the Atlantic.This poignant story combines fact and fiction and brings the story of one fictional survivor to life Seventeen year old Maggie Murphy sailed for America together with her aunt and friends from her village But she left Ireland with mixed emotions because the young man she hoped to marry could not make the trip After the disaster, Maggie vowed never to speak about her experience But seventy years later, as an elderly lady living outside of Chicago, she tells her story to her granddaughter, and both lives are changed forever This is a book that is hard to put down Well written with wonderful characters and a true sense of place, it s one that adults and young adults would thoroughly enjoy.Thanks to Diane for recommending it to me flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 02, 2014 Alison rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, read in 2017 I ve read a few books about Titanic and each one had a slightly different perspective and offered a little information This one, however, does not and seems to be content to try to ride on the coattails of the blockbuster movie It fell very flat for me and the only way I could finish was to skim and speed read to the end If you re looking for a new angle to the Titanic story, I recommend The Midnight Watch by David Dyer flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 13, 2018 Lindsey Gandhi rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves to read not on a shelf, april 18 challenge, other book club books, popsugar reading challenge 2018 I just need to start this off by saying I thought this book was simply AMAZING I love historical fiction, so I was pretty sure I would like this And I ve read another of Hazel Gaynor s books that I loved, so again I was pretty sure I would like this one The Girl Who Came Home blew me away From the beginning I felt like I was one of those girls from Ireland excitingly and bravely going off to travel across the Atlantic to America As I was reading, I felt like I was the silly girl running I just need to start this off by saying I thought this book was simply AMAZING I love historical fiction, so I was pretty sure I would like this And I ve read another of Hazel Gaynor s books that I loved, so again I was pretty sure I would like this one The Girl Who Came Home blew me away From the beginning I felt like I was one of those girls from Ireland excitingly and bravely going off to travel across the Atlantic to America As I was reading, I felt like I was the silly girl running through the halls giggling with them And when the unthinkable happened, I felt the fear in Maggie, the heartbreak, the loss The author wove the story beautifully going back and forth from past to present Often times when an author writes in that manner it can be confusing, or you feel you ve missed part of the story But Gaynor writes this seamlessly, it works and it makes the story even better being in this format, I think For me, Titanic was about real people, real lives, real hopes for the future That was what I saw disappearing in the ocean MaggieWhile Maggie is a fictional character, you will feel every bit of that statement throughout this book Well written 5 stars Put this book on your reading list flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2014 Connie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ireland republic of, illinois, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, book club, romance The author was inspired by the true story of a group of fourteen people from an Irish village who traveled on the Titanic in 1912, hoping to find a better life in America The fictional Maggie Murphy, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, was so traumatized by the terrible events that she had been unwilling to share her story, even with her family As she reached her 90th birthday, Maggie opened up to her great granddaughter and showed her the journal she kept during the fateful voyage.The n The author was inspired by the true story of a group of fourteen people from an Irish village who traveled on the Titanic in 1912, hoping to find a better life in America The fictional Maggie Murphy, a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, was so traumatized by the terrible events that she had been unwilling to share her story, even with her family As she reached her 90th birthday, Maggie opened up to her great granddaughter and showed her the journal she kept during the fateful voyage.The novel concentrates on a group of Irish friends who traveled steerage class, rather than the rich and famous first class passengers, although they are also mentioned The surviving passengers were rescued by the ship Carpathia and brought to New York City There were conflicting lists of survivors with many passengers in shock or suffering from hypothermia, and unable to communicate The heartbroken survivors faced life in a new country without their loved ones who had perished in the disaster.The novel was composed of regular chapters, journal entries, letters, and telegrams The first half of the book was very repetitious with many events in the regular chapters mentioned a second time in the journal or letters Some editing would have improved this part of the book Fortunately, the last half of the book, about the sinking of the Titanic and its aftermath, was very engaging The back of the book also contained some interesting historical information and material for reading groups flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2017 Sue Seligman rated it it was amazing review of another edition I think that this is the first historical novel written by Hazel Gaynor, and it was amazing I guess I read her books in reverse order, starting with her most recent, The Cottingley Secret, followed by A Memory of Violets, and finally, The Girl Who Came Home A Novel of the Titanic The novel opens as Maggie Murphy of Ballysheen, County Mayo in Ireland is preparing to join her aunt and twelve other friends from this small Irish community to travel on the maiden voyage of the supposedly unsinkab I think that this is the first historical novel written by Hazel Gaynor, and it was amazing I guess I read her books in reverse order, starting with her most recent, The Cottingley Secret, followed by A Memory of Violets, and finally, The Girl Who Came Home A Novel of the Titanic The novel opens as Maggie Murphy of Ballysheen, County Mayo in Ireland is preparing to join her aunt and twelve other friends from this small Irish community to travel on the maiden voyage of the supposedly unsinkable Titanic in search of new lives in America Maggie is grieving over the recent loss of her mother and the impending separation From her boyfriend Seamus Doyle who is reluctant to leave his ailing father and join his beloved girlfriend on the journey The reader is transported to this tiny little hamlet, sharing the hopes and dreams of those who are departing along with the fears and grief of those left behind We follow the travelers on their journey and experience their excitement as they savor the ship and all of its glamor and beauty The suspense as the reader drinks in every page is palpable, knowing the inevitable outcome, wondering who will live and who won t As one experiences the challenges of the fight for survival, the fear and hopelessness permeates through the pages I couldn t put it down during the sections devoted to the actual disaster, which comes alive through the perspectives of the characters.Seventy years later, college student Grace Butler is trying to figure out the direction her life will go after the death of her father She learns that her great grandmother Maggie is a survivor of the Titanic disaster and as Maggie shares and of her difficult past, Grace finds renewed purpose in determining her own future Grace helps her great grandmother put the pieces of her past together and achieve a sense of peace that she lost so many years ago Both women, separated by three generations are united in their quest to uncover the past and direct their futures Some surprises for the readers are revealed towards the end of the book, which bring it to a satisfying conclusion I really loved this book, and after reading three books by this author, I really need to visit Ireland and see its beauty for myself The descriptions are vivid and the scenes fly off the pages The characters are emotional and sympathetic and realistically portrayed The reader feels the fear and hopelessness, the panic and struggle of the doomed and those left behind This was another memorable read by Hazel Gaynor, who has become one of my favorite authors along with Kristin Hannah Highly recommend this book flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 05, 2018 nci Puyan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Arkadya Yay nlar , bence ok fena vurgun yap p efsanevi gemi Titanik in hikayesine dokunu yapt Ama filmindeki gibi muazzam bir a ka dokunup b rakan bir hikayeye de il Titanik e binip yeni bir hayata yelken a may hedefleyen, geride sevdiklerini, ailelerini b rakan insanlar n hayatlar na dokunu yap yor.Evet, a k var ama ayn zaman da insanlar aras ndaki s n f ayr m na da de iniyor, b y k umutlar n yerle bir olmas na da de iniyor ama her eyde Arkadya Yay nlar , bence ok fena vurgun yap p efsanevi gemi Titanik in hikayesine dokunu yapt Ama filmindeki gibi muazzam bir a ka dokunup b rakan bir hikayeye de il Titanik e binip yeni bir hayata yelken a may hedefleyen, geride sevdiklerini, ailelerini b rakan insanlar n hayatlar na dokunu yap yor.Evet, a k var ama ayn zaman da insanlar aras ndaki s n f ayr m na da de iniyor, b y k umutlar n yerle bir olmas na da de iniyor ama her eyden nemlisi ger ek karakterlerin ya ad klar bir felakette de iniyor.Ben Hazel Gaynor un kaleminden kma bir kitab ilkez okudum ve sebebi de itiraf etmem gerekirse Bir Titanik Hikayesi olmas yd nk filmi bir klasikken kitab da ayn derecede olmal yd benim nazar mda ve cideen yle de oldu.Ba larda durgun giden, yolculu un, s n f farkl l klar n n falan anlat lmas biraz s km t beni ve itiraf etmem gerekirse bir ara yar m b rakay m diye de d nd m nk ben kitaplarda hareket severim ve bunda o hareketi bulamam t m ama tabi ki yar m b rakmam s z konusu de ildi nk Titanik in batmas n n nas l anlat laca n o deh eti nas l ifade edilece ini de merak ediyordum te o k s mda beklentimi kar layan ve beni fazlas yla etkileyi g zlerimi ya artan sat rlar okudum.Filmde g rd n z bir a k hikayesiydi muazzam bir a k hikayesiydi peki ya di er hayatlar O gemide 2000 e yak n yolcu varken di erlerinin umutlar , hayalleri ve hayatlar i te bu kitap o k sma da de iniyor.Ve as l vurgun kitab n te ekk r k sm nda yaz lan c mleler kitap ger ek karekterleri, hikayeleri konu al yor Kitab n Titanik in batmaya ba lad daha do rusu buzda na aprt sat rlardan sonraki her sayfas ayr bir etkileyici ve g z ya art c yd.Batmaz denilen gemi bat yor ve kaybolan giden hayatlar, umutlar, hayalleri okumak t yler rpertici ve daha da nemlisi etkileyici ellerimin titedi ini inkar edemem o sat rlar okurken.Ben ger ek hayattan al nma kurgular severim O kurgular n ya anm l ndaki etkileyici taraf benim ba ka insanlar n hayatlar na dokunuyormu um hissi vermesi paha bi ilemez bir duygu Bu kitapta da onu hissettim.Ve bir g n rlanda ya gitme ans m olursa kesinlikle Titanik facias nda hayatlar n kaybetmi o 11 ki inin ya ad yerlere ayak basmak isterim D nsenize ya ad n z yerden 14 ki i gidiyor ve sadece 3 kurtuluyor ok fazla uzatmayaca m ama ben kitab cidden ok sevdim Dedi im gibi bailarsa s k lsam da sonralarda yle bir hal ald ki kitab elimden b rakamad m ve sonunda inan lmaz etkileyici bir kitab bitirmi oldum Benim nazar mda 5 zerinden 5 lik bir kitapt ve bence bir el atmal s n z flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 30, 2018 Kristal Kitap added it review of another edition ok ok ok g zeldi Bir gecede bitiverdi im buruk Kalbim s zl yor Titanik hikayeleri beni her zaman b y lemi tir Deh eti ve g zelli i bir arada bar nd ran nadir olaylardan Muazzam bir gemi muazzam bir len ve hazin son O a aan n y rek burkan yk s Kopan halatlar n, y rt lan eli in, kurtulmak i in yalvaran insanlar n l , m zisyenlerin son kez ellerine ald klar keman n buruk notalar , buzun o keskin kokusu, felaket ncesi ya anan durgunluk Hepsini hissediyorsunuz hepsini A ok ok ok g zeldi Bir gecede bitiverdi im buruk Kalbim s zl yor Titanik hikayeleri beni her zaman b y lemi tir Deh eti ve g zelli i bir arada bar nd ran nadir olaylardan Muazzam bir gemi muazzam bir len ve hazin son O a aan n y rek burkan yk s Kopan halatlar n, y rt lan eli in, kurtulmak i in yalvaran insanlar n l , m zisyenlerin son kez ellerine ald klar keman n buruk notalar , buzun o keskin kokusu, felaket ncesi ya anan durgunluk Hepsini hissediyorsunuz hepsini A layaca m d nd m i in geciktiriyordum, a lamad m fakat kalbim s zl yor ger ekten Titanik hikayelerini seviyorsan z ans verin kesinlikle flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 17, 2017 April Getting Hygge With It rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 reads, historical fiction This was a sweet book about a titanic survivor and her great grand daughter It definitely pulled me in but I found the characters to be a little flat There is also a romance in here that didn t actually bother me too much which is RARE for me Also a nice little twist at the end that I didn t see coming flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 21, 2014 Kathleen Kat Smith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves chick literature, christian historical fiction, christian fiction, historical fiction, young adult fiction Well over one hundred years since the fateful sinking of the Titanic, people are still interested in the many stories that have been written about that night on April 15, 1912 When the unsinkable ship met its match when it encountered an iceberg despite the many warnings of sightings in the area and yet they failed to reduced their speed and tempted fate So many mistakes and so many to blame, but what we fail sometimes to remember is that people did survive despite the odds from both first cla Well over one hundred years since the fateful sinking of the Titanic, people are still interested in the many stories that have been written about that night on April 15, 1912 When the unsinkable ship met its match when it encountered an iceberg despite the many warnings of sightings in the area and yet they failed to reduced their speed and tempted fate So many mistakes and so many to blame, but what we fail sometimes to remember is that people did survive despite the odds from both first class passengers to steerage and even a handful of dogs, while even lost their lives from babies to older couples in the prime of life For those that did survive, they have passed along their stories of what it was like that fateful night, when so many had left their homes in search of a better life in America but never reached it Those that kept that night long buried in their memory never wanting to talk about it to even their close family and friends If you think about it now, there are no survivors left from that night They have all died but their stories live on in the lives of those they did share their secrets with In the novel, The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor, she takes a different spin on all the other novels that have been written choosing instead to focus on handful that survived among a group of fourteen that left Ireland for better opportunities each personal in their own way It is based on fact but then filled in with some fiction as filler but the story remains the same People struggled to survive from all social classes and on that night it was literally everyone for themselves The reader is introduced to Maggie Murphy who is leaving Ireland despite her wishes to find new hope in America with her Aunt Kathleen Kathleen has agreed to take a group of Irish immigrants to America if they can secure a ticket She will make sure they all arrive as promised For Maggie, she is leaving behind than just her childhood home, she is leaving behind the one man she had hoped to marry, Seamus Doyle They agree to write one another as much as they can, but Seamus believes that Maggie will return home to him one day when she is older He vows to wait for her, despite not being able to accompany her on this trip because of his ailing father He only hopes the pack of letters he has written her, one for every month they have been in love, will help to pass the time for Maggie Neither of them could ever imagine how this trip would end for either one The novel toggles between various characters from Maggie s journal she writes in to pass her time on the ship, to their steward Harry Walsh who has fallen for one of Maggie s friends on board, Peggy Madden who wishes to be married to a wealthy man and thus raise herself in the social class but for now has to settle for her lot in life Grace Butler is Maggie s great granddaughter who also tells her story of what learning about survival means to her moving forward in her own life, leaving behind a man she loved to care for her father Maggie and Grace soon learn that life is too precious to waste and thus must be embraced every single day I received The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own I ve been a huge fan of the Titanic for quite some time and LOVE reading everything from fictional based novels to non fiction about the lives that were forever changed that night This one tells the survival story of how a third class steerage passenger was able to live to tell her tale and how it changed how she moved forward in the remaining years of her life in America The novel also uses the authentic Marconi messages from the Titanic and Carpathia to begin each section of the book There is a section at the end where the author provides the factual information she obtains as the basis for her novel and a reader discussion guide as well I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 01, 2014 MissSusie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves lter, 2014, reviewed I thoroughly enjoyed this book the author did a great job of mixing the Titanic story with the present day story.I found it fascinating to read about this group of 14 people from one little town of Ballysheen Ireland it was a fictional town but there was a real town Addergoole that had 14 people on the Titanic and lost 11 people which made me want to do even research on them Also I loved the pictures of the real cables and telegrams from the titanic and the Carpathia interspersed in the I thoroughly enjoyed this book the author did a great job of mixing the Titanic story with the present day story.I found it fascinating to read about this group of 14 people from one little town of Ballysheen Ireland it was a fictional town but there was a real town Addergoole that had 14 people on the Titanic and lost 11 people which made me want to do even research on them Also I loved the pictures of the real cables and telegrams from the titanic and the Carpathia interspersed in the book.Maggie was a great character she was strong willed and a survivor, this book really made you feel how terrifying it was and how lucky it was that anyone at all from 3rd class survived that awful night I found it interesting that Maggie had never spoken to her family of her time on the Titanic and it made me wonder how many other survivors never spoke of it again We all know the story of the titanic and I have read many books on the subject myself but when Maggie is talking to Grace and says she never talked about it because even this many years later she can still hear the screams of the people in the water and as the ship went down, how awful to live with that the rest of your life.I also enjoyed the love story of Maggie Seamus, if you follow my reviews you know I m not much into romance but this love story was so sweet and the way Maggie told the story just made me want them to make it.Maggie s granddaughter Grace was so different than Maggie I felt she was weaker because look at what Maggie had been through, when all but herself and one other that were traveling on the titanic were lost to the sea but she went on with her life but Grace loses her father and completely falls apart and gives up everything she loves to take care of her mother but really I felt it was about Grace herself than taking care of her mother, it was her way to hide.All the characters on the boat were well written and I really felt the author did a great job of putting you in their shoes, even though you as a reader know what will happen it was still edge of your seat hoping your favorite characters make it to the life boats.Make sure you read the acknowledgments and the PS to learn about the real town and where the author got the ideas for this book I found that interesting.I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any historical fiction fans out there.4 StarsI received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program for a fair and honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 13, 2014 Margaret Madden rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves books i own, irish fiction Review from BleachHouseLibrary.Blogspot I received a copy of this book from the publishers for review purposesIt is 102 years since the tragic sinking of Titanic and yet the story is one that never fails to pull at our heartstrings We have seen the movie, read the books and think there is nothing else we can learn about the event This book proves us wrong.Based on the true story of a group of people, all from the same small country town in Ireland, who travelled on Titanic in search o Review from BleachHouseLibrary.Blogspot I received a copy of this book from the publishers for review purposesIt is 102 years since the tragic sinking of Titanic and yet the story is one that never fails to pull at our heartstrings We have seen the movie, read the books and think there is nothing else we can learn about the event This book proves us wrong.Based on the true story of a group of people, all from the same small country town in Ireland, who travelled on Titanic in search of a better life Only two survived This is the story of the fourteen neighbours, their excitement, their nervousness, their awe of such a fine vessel and their limited interaction with the wealthier passengers on board The story is split in two Maggie Murphy is one of the fourteen who travelled to America in 1912 and the reader learns of her harrowing tale from her journal entries as well as flashbacks Grace Bulter is Maggie s great granddaughter and is the one that Maggie chooses to share her memories with.The novel is written with great compassion and was obviously lovingly researched Hazel Gaynor has looked at the tragedy from a different angle but has retained essential facts surrounding the ship and it s, now famous, passengers A few details in the book were not ones I had known, little nuggets of information that are peppered throughout the chapters and added to the overall atmosphere There is a look at what it was like for the family and friends, on land, who were desperately waiting for updates on the event and wondering if their loved ones were among the survivors Even when disembarking in New York, following their rescue, the divide between classes was still obvious Even in tragedy, status was everything The writing is warm and affectionate to its subject as well as having a nice overall pace and chapter length I would think it ideal for older children as well as adults and would work especially well for reading groups as there is a great section at the end of the book for further discussion A special mention for the beautiful artwork of the cover too I live close to the Titanic Museum, in Belfast, and have been itching to visit for the past two years I think this novel has given me the final push I needed I intend to visit in the very near future Thanks to Hazel Gaynor for her research and dedication in the completion of this lovely book I hope to see it in many hands over the summer flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2016 Cindy Burnett rated it it was amazing review of another edition What a wonderful book From start to finish, the story completely held my attention, and I did not want it to end The Girl Who Came Home focuses on two women and alternates between 1912 and 1982 In 1912, Maggie Murphy lives in Ballysheen, Ireland, and she emigrates to the United States with 13 others from her town on the Titanic Most of them are headed to join family members already living in America In 1982, Grace Butler has left college to take care of her sick mother after her father dies What a wonderful book From start to finish, the story completely held my attention, and I did not want it to end The Girl Who Came Home focuses on two women and alternates between 1912 and 1982 In 1912, Maggie Murphy lives in Ballysheen, Ireland, and she emigrates to the United States with 13 others from her town on the Titanic Most of them are headed to join family members already living in America In 1982, Grace Butler has left college to take care of her sick mother after her father dies As the novel unfolds, their stories converge The tales are interwoven very effectively, and the well developed characters grabbed my interest from the start Hazel Gaynor clearly spent countless hours researching the Titanic, from the building of the ship to the aftermath of the tragedy and how it unfolded on both shores She does a fabulous job depicting the various levels of the ship from the rooms to the common areas Moreover, I have read a fair amount about the Titanic and the particulars she includes about how the tragedy was handled and information disseminated in New York City by the White Star Line was new to me It was fascinating and deeply tragic to hear in depth descriptions about the lists of survivors posted at the White Star offices on Broadway, the staging area for the families when the Carpathia docked in New York, and the many wonderful souls who helped the victims without family in NYC move on to the destinations where they had originally been heading.The author also incorporated general details, including that the main crew corridor on these large ships was nicknamed Scotland Road in homage to the row of alehouses on this street in Liverpool In addition, the last lighthouse in Ireland that could be seen from the large ships was called Ireland s Teardrop because it was the last bit of Ireland that could be seen by those emigrating to America The inclusion of these tidbits as part of the story really added to the overall narrative.Hazel Gaynor has a beautiful way with words, and I cannot say enough good things about this book The little twist at the end, which I will not spoil for anyone, was superb I definitely did not see it coming I highly recommend this novel and be sure to read the author notes at the end where Hazel Gaynor recounts the tale of the actual Addergoole Fourteen the individuals on whom she based her novel flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 14, 2012 Alex rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction This is a touching story told with sensitivity I particularly liked that it was based on a specific group of real life travellers all from the same Irish village this is a common theme in emigration the English village I study for genealogical purposes had 24 people emigrate together on a ship bound for New South Wales in 1848 and I was pleased that the author had chosen to base her Titanic novel around this The concept and story of Titanic itself can overwhelm novels, but here the dual st This is a touching story told with sensitivity I particularly liked that it was based on a specific group of real life travellers all from the same Irish village this is a common theme in emigration the English village I study for genealogical purposes had 24 people emigrate together on a ship bound for New South Wales in 1848 and I was pleased that the author had chosen to base her Titanic novel around this The concept and story of Titanic itself can overwhelm novels, but here the dual storylines of 1912 and 1982 enhanced the personal feel.There were however some flaws Some sections felt a bit repetitive in particular so many bad omens about the voyage being seen by all and sundry, and the ship seemingly never being mentioned without a song and dance about how big and magnificent it was I think a subtle approach to these would have worked better There were also some anachronisms Grace wouldn t have had Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi posters on her wall when she headed off to college in 1979.Some further editing would likely improve this book, but overall I definitely enjoyed it flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 30, 2012 Nenette rated it really liked it review of another edition There are a number of things that I love about this book Fictional stories based on facts are nice reads especially when the writer s creativity is used such that the facts are not addled but rather enhanced by the fictional twists and turns More than a couple of scenes made me cry I wouldn t say the prose came off as heavy, it s actually the contrary for me, but the book pulled at my heart A good cry is a good cry, and I loved it There is a lovely parallelism of stories between Titanic survi There are a number of things that I love about this book Fictional stories based on facts are nice reads especially when the writer s creativity is used such that the facts are not addled but rather enhanced by the fictional twists and turns More than a couple of scenes made me cry I wouldn t say the prose came off as heavy, it s actually the contrary for me, but the book pulled at my heart A good cry is a good cry, and I loved it There is a lovely parallelism of stories between Titanic survivor Maggie with that of her great granddaughter Grace The lessons and wisdom of old age is seen to be very much at work in the circumstances of the lives of the young.I love the snippets of actual Marconigrams telegrams sent through the Marconi Company sent between Titanic and Carpathia, between Carpathia and the White Star Line offices Titanic, both as a ship and as a symbol, encompasses a wide range of topics subdivisions in society, human feelings and emotions, history, etc A lot of stories have been made about the majestic but doomed ship, and I think this is one of the best flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 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        Hazel Gaynor is the acclaimed New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of five novels Her debut, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award, and THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year She was also selected as a WHSmith Fresh Talent title in 2015 for A MEMORY OF VIOLETS Her nov Hazel Gaynor is the acclaimed New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of five novels Her debut, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award, and THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year She was also selected as a WHSmith Fresh Talent title in 2015 for A MEMORY OF VIOLETS Her novel THE COTTINGLEY SECRET was one of BookBub s most anticipated books of summer 2017 and her co written novel LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS is a finalist in the 2018 WFWA Star Awards In 2018, Hazel will release her sixth historical novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER S DAUGHTER, inspired by the true story of Victorian heroine, Grace Darling Hazel s books have been translated into eight languages and are published in 15 countries to date She lives in Ireland with her husband and two children and is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative, New York For information, visit hazelgaynor where you can also sign up for her newsletter


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    1. This book suffers from a short attention span It is supposed to be the story of Maggie, a young Irish woman in 1912, about to travel on the ill fated Titanic simultaneously, it incorporates the story of Grace, her granddaughter in 1982 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 Thi [...]


    2. 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, 100 years ago The world has never forgotten.


    3. The Girl Who Came Home is loosely based on the story of the Addergoole 1414 poor Irish from a single village in County Mayo who boarded the Titanic in 1912 to head to a new life in America 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 Homebut the story The Girl W [...]


    4. What can I say about this book It s not that I disliked it 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 If I m choosing something lighter, I tend to choose either humor or suspense thriller This is women s fiction through and through Just not my thing.2.5 stars What can I say [...]


    5. 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 fou [...]


    6. 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 Her adventures before, during, and after the fateful trip are mingled with a 1980 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 A [...]


    7. 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 had I not been frequently distracted by the writing style There was a bit of redundancy, especially at the beginning and around the 3 4 mark I prefer that the points be told efficiently the first time as apposed to having to retell the same point i I very [...]


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