The Girl Who Came Home

The Girl Who Came Home

A Novel of the Titanic

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co, c2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062316868
Branch Call Number: FIC GAYNOR, HAZEL
Characteristics: 362, 12 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 30, 2018

Good read for Irish, travelers, historians, and folks who want a little romance. I usually only read non-fiction but enjoyed this very much.

Dec 18, 2017

is this a good book that i should read? What age group is it in?

Feb 07, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I've always been fascinated by the story of Titanic, and found this to be excellently written. There were quite a few characters to keep track of, so at times I found myself a bit confused but I enjoyed the overall story. Definitely worth the read!

Jul 03, 2016

I Couldn't put this book down, I read it over two days, it was very interesting with a good story. I look forward to more books by this author.
5 stars from me.

Apr 21, 2016

Terrible book: disliked that the modern day female protagonist Grace is portrayed in an incredibly sexist and child-like way. Her looks are importantly described and seem to be her highlight. Really?! Especially since it was written 2014. Don't waste your time.

Apr 14, 2016

This book is really great. I like how it's actually based on facts - but still has a little bit of fiction mixed in. The whole Titanic deal is very said. :(

samdog123 Jun 23, 2015

A good first book from Hazel Gaynor that deals with real life events. Fourteen Irish immigrants leave their home for a better life in America--but they are booked passage on the ill-fated Titanic. Main character Maggie Murphy tells the story from her 17 year old perspective and then at 90, tells her great-granddaughter. Lots of great historical details and good characters.

Jun 08, 2015

Easy read, done in 2 days. Enjoyed it as it's based on fact.

May 22, 2015

I really enjoyed this book! The author did a great job of mixing fact and fiction to write a story that was hard to put down once you are into it.

Mar 06, 2015

A page-turner, fictional account, of a Titanic survivor. One of two who survived of the dozen or more who were on the ship heading to a new life from their village in Ireland. It's well-written, and although slightly predictable, still a really good read.

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