Sunday 15 April 2012

RMS Titanic 15th April, 1912

This week there has been lots of television time devoted to the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and with the memorial in mind I wanted to read something which had a Titanic theme, and which was easy enough to read without being bombarded by factual history.

The Captain's Daughter


Leah Fleming

The Captain's Daughter

My Review 4****

When the unsinkable Titanic is pulled into the cold waters of the Atlantic during the early hours of the 15th April 1912, only 700 passengers have been rescued, and over 1500 souls will perish as the ship goes down.

The Captain's Daughter follows an imagined tale of three of those survivors.
May Smith leaving Lancashire for a new life in America is travelling with her husband,Joe and baby, Ellen.
Celeste Parkes is returning to America, having been to England for her mother's funeral.
And baby Ella, rescued from the icy water by the ship's captain and thrust into the arms of  May.

The actual story of the Titanic sinking forms only a small part of this story. The main body of the book is taken up with the lives of May and Celeste. Their search for happiness and fulfilment in the aftermath of this appalling tragedy will have repercussions for the rest of their lives, and into the next generation.

I enjoyed the book - I thought it was a nice easy read, and I felt that the author successfully brought together all the loose strands of the story to a believable conclusion.

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