The Girl Who Came Home: A Titanic Novel

9781481950282: The Girl Who Came Home: A Titanic Novel

Praise for The Girl Who Came Home ‘A beautifully imagined novel rich in historic detail and with authentic, engaging characters - I loved this book. Hazel Gaynor is an exciting new voice in historical fiction.’ Kate Kerrigan, author of Ellis Island 'Our story lives on in this poignant novel.' Addergoole Titanic Society 'A small treasury of love stories, with some unexpected twists as it works its way to conclusion.' Kildare Nationalist 'Unexpected and absorbing. A sweet and thoughtful retelling of one of our most enduring stories. Perfect for readers of romance or historical fiction.' The Modern Woman's Survival Guide 'We guarantee you won't be able to put it down.' * Ireland, 1912 Fourteen members of a small parish set sail on RMS Titanic towards a new life in America. Among them is seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, who is heartbroken to be leaving her sweetheart, Séamus. When disaster strikes on the night of April 14th, Maggie is separated from her group. Distraught and alone, she recovers in a New York hospital and vows never to speak of Titanic again. Chicago, 1982 Grace Butler's life is on hold after her father's death. But when her Great Nana Maggie breaks her silence about her Titanic journey, Grace discovers a remarkable story of love and survival. It is a story which leads to unexpected reunions and second chances for both women. * Inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants known as The Addergoole Fourteen, who sailed on the maiden voyage of R.M.S Titanic, The Girl Who Came Home is a poignant retelling of the Titanic tragedy. Blending fact and fiction, this Titanic novel tells the human story of the tragedy, not just on board the ship itself, but extending beyond the immediate aftermath of the event to explore the emotions of relatives awaiting news back home and of the impact that night had on the survivors and their descendants. It is also a love letter to a ship whose tragic legacy endures, a century on.

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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 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.

About the Author:

Hazel Gaynor is an author and freelance writer, writing regularly for the national press, magazines and websites in Ireland and the UK. Her writing success has been featured in The Sunday Times Magazine and Irish Times and she has also appeared on TV and radio. Hazel is a guest blogger and features writer for national Irish writing website for which she has interviewed, among others, Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed and Mary Beth Keane. She also writes 'Off The Shelf', a book review blog for Hello magazine online, in addition to her own writing blog, Whims & Tonic. Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and appeared as a panel speaker at the Waterford Writer's Festival in 2011 and 2012. Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, two young children and an accident-prone cat. 'The Girl Who Came Home - A Titanic Novel' is Hazel's first novel. She recently completed her second novel which she hopes to publish in 2013. @HazelGaynor

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