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The Girl Who Came Home

A Novel of the Titanic
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

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

©2014 Hazel Gaynor (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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Superb!

Written with such compassion, the author and narrators really made you feel as though you were a part of the story.

The emotion got to me several times, which rarely happens!

Looking forward to more by this author!

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Such a beautiful hopefilled book

The story was so well crafted and yet heartfelt. Wonderful. Great feeling for Ireland and the need to move forwards, accepting the fear.

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  • Edythe J Clemons
  • 11-02-17

Awesome Book about Titanic.

Would you listen to The Girl Who Came Home again? Why?

Absolutely, I love all books about The Titanic! I wish I had more titles in mind to order more! This was fiction? But I could definitely see reality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Came Home?

The grandmother was able to keep quiet and not pass judgement throughout the entire story on to the granddaughter. Lovely story!

Which scene was your favorite?

When she found the box in the attic.

Who was the most memorable character of The Girl Who Came Home and why?

The grandmother of course.

Any additional comments?

Just a very nice relaxing read. LOVED IT ALL!

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 25-01-15

I couldn't put this down

I couldn't put this down. Once I got over the confusion of Maggie and Margaret and Peggy the book was a delightful, although sad, story. I was teary in Chapter 3 before they ever got on the Titanic. Seamus and his letters! I'm glad this wasn't a re-telling of James Cameron's movie (which was not as good as earlier movies) and was instead the tale of a group of friends from a small Irish village. My grandparents left Ireland at about the same time so I was very moved by the story. I usually don't like audiobooks with multiple narrators but this worked well to differentiate the change in time and POV. The ending was a bit predictable (there were subtle clues) but I enjoyed this very much.

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  • Cathy Osier
  • 23-06-15

Wonderful story

Just finished! What a wonderful, well written tale of a Titanic survivor. A must read or audiobook.

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  • Jeannie
  • 15-05-15

Love Titanic!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I loved this book! I was very well done. Instead of a single time line, this book want from 1912 to 1982! I fell in love with all the characters. I loved the ending, it made me cry! I would recommend this book highly!

Have you listened to any of Connor Kelly-Eiding and Alana Kerr ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

It was genius having to narrators with very different dialects! The ladies brought life to the characters!

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  • Joaniecp
  • 20-04-15

Loved it!

Such a lovely story and so well performed! I loved the readers voice and accent. Soothing and perfect for this story.

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  • RueRue
  • 08-06-16

Loved it ! And disappointed, too

Loved the historical setting, didn't like the present-day (1982) sequences quite as much, but the alternating stories kept me engaged, until the big "climax". Such a cheat ! I hate it when authors think it's a plot twist to withhold information until the final reveal. ( I don't want to give anything away, but most astute readers will see what's coming, so it's anti-climatic). It's not a plot twist, it's deceiving the reader😔
However, until that big let-down of an ending, with everything too neat and HEA ( happily ever after), this was really wonderful. Great narration !

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  • Heelfan
  • 04-01-20

Show, don't tell

The story here was a good one, with characters that mostly drew me in. But the telling of it was lacking power. It would have been easy to make a thrilling story of this material, but the writing smacks of a report- all telling, no showing. I did love the narrator's Irish accent. Well done there! Overall, an enjoyable read but falling short of its potential.

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  • MPofahl
  • 24-12-19

Beautiful!!

The story is written and narrated beautifully. I could visualize everything and feel the emotions of each character.

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  • CB
  • 29-06-19

Kind of Slow, Predictable, and Choppy

The book is broken into parts and sort of into chapters and diary entries, and in theory, it should be an easy-to-read love story/historical fiction. I think this story could have been really nice to read had it been done in an order that made sense. There are characters with sections that don't need sections, and there could be a way more effective order for the overall story. There are plot points that seem important while reading and then they drop off. I found myself lost sometimes, but I didn't necessarily care that I was lost either. The ending is predictable and cheesy, and I eventually got to a point where I was glad I was almost finished with it.

The accents used in the audiobook are okay. The narrators are all women even though some should be men. I wasn't blown away, but they were fine.

If you're looking for some kind of easy cheesy beach read, this can work. I did feel like it gave more of a personal touch to a tragedy many could never imagine. Otherwise, I feel like there is something left to be desired for this book unfortunately.

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  • TNJ
  • 23-06-19

Great story!

Great story that kept me hooked, and the audio performances were perfect for the book.