The Girl who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

 Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.
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 lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.
Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.
What happened on the Titanic was a tragedy that affected many, a tragedy that’s felt throughout the world. With every article, film, TV show and book, we honour and immortalise the people onboard.
Hazel Gaynor has done this in a well researched and heartfelt way.
She has created pages filled with poignancy and beauty that gives the story every moment it deserves.
We start the story in Ireland in 1912, where we discover our fourteen characters about to set sail on the Titanic. Every one of them is dreaming of a better life, a chance to make their dreams come true.
Told via the narrative of teenager Maggie, it’s through Maggie we discover Ireland in 1912, the sinking of the Titanic and her new life in America.
This is a beautiful story, made extra special in it’s telling.. A grandmother sharing her memories with her great granddaughter. A story shared to help them both!
I enjoyed the stories of Harry the steerage porter sneeking them up the ladder to see the first class passenthat. And I was also amazed to read that one woman’s dog boarded her lifeboat.
Hazel Gaynor has created a story that shares in hope, loss and love. A story that has tragedy embedded deep at it’s core bur ultimately a story that will have you captivated.
A poignant novel entwined with historical facts, tragedy and love!

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