Queen of the Waves
About This Book
Two families on opposite sides of the globe are shaken by the rise and fall of the Titanic, “queen of the ocean.”
When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much-anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Bowen hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch: she must assume Jacqueline’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women’s lives are forever changed.
Unlike other recent Titanic stories I have struggled to read, this one was a delight… well, you know what I mean. 🙂 It was a perfect blend of historical detail and intrinsic POV to make me feel like I was right there, without bogging down the action with excessively boastful “look at all the facts I know about this” writing like other novels. I particularly loved the plethora of real-life characters included in the story, from the famous John Harper to the little girl Manca to whom the book is dedicated. I’ve never read Janice Thompson before, but I’ll definitely be reading her from now on. Hoping “American Tapestry” is going to be a new 20th-century historical fiction series from Thompson and Summerside Press.
Available October 1, 2012 from Summerside Press