From the acclaimed author of The Girls of Ennismore comes a
captivating and extraordinary tale of perseverance and bravery. This
touching saga of sisterhood—perfect for fans of Fiona Davis and Marie
Benedict—follows two young Irish women yearning for independence and
adventure, as they set sail on RMS Titanic—the “ship of dreams”—only to
be faced with the tragedy of that fabled maiden voyage…
Delia Sweeney has always been unlike her older sister—fair and delicate
compared to tall, statuesque Nora, whose hair is as dark as Donegal
turf. In other ways too, the sisters are leagues apart. Nora is her
mother’s darling, favored at every turn, and expected to marry into
wealth. Delia, constantly slighted, finds a measure of happiness helping
her da on the farm. The rest of the time, she reads about far-off
places that seem sure to remain a fantasy. Until the day a letter
arrives from America . . .
A distant relative has provided the
means for Delia and Nora to go to New York. Delia will be a lowly maid
in a modest household, while Nora will be governess for a well-to-do
family. In Queenstown, Cork, they board the Titanic, a majestic
new ocean liner making its maiden voyage. Any hope Delia carried that
she and her sister might become closer during the trip soon vanishes.
For there are far greater perils to contend with as the ship makes its
way across the Atlantic . . .
In the wake of that fateful
journey, Delia makes an impulsive choice—and takes Nora’s place as
governess. Her decision sparks an adventure that leads her from Fifth
Avenue to Dallas, Texas, where oilfields bring unimagined riches to
some, despair to others. Delia grows close to her vulnerable young
charge, and to the girl’s father. But her deception will have
repercussions impossible to foresee, even as it brings happiness within
reach for the first time
About The Author
Patricia Falvey is an
Irish-born writer living in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of the
critically acclaimed The Yellow House, and The Linen Queen. Both are
historical novels set in Northern Ireland. Her upcoming novel, The Girls
of Ennismore, set in the west of Ireland and focusing on the Easter
Uprising of 1916, will be published in the U.S. in March, 2017, and is
currently available for pre-order. The U.K. version of the e-book will
be available at the end of September, 2016.
alone to the U.S. at the age of 20 and forged a long and successful
career in the financial services industry, rising to a Managing Director
for a major consulting firm where she oversaw a national tax practice.
However, she never lost sight of her dream of becoming a published
author and in 2008 walked away from her old career to give her dream a
chance. In 2010 her courage was rewarded with the publication of The
Yellow House. She views this phase of her life as her “Second Act” and
strongly encourages anyone with a dream to pursue it no matter what
their age. It’s never too late!
When not traveling around the
scenic backroads of her beloved Ireland doing research and visiting
friends and family, Patricia likes hanging out with good friends in
Texas and enjoying the “craic” - which loosely translated from the
Gaelic means lively conversation, storytelling, laughter and good times.
She also enjoys teaching and mentoring fledgling writers, speaking to
book clubs, watching PBS British television programs, and attending the
For more on Patricia and her books, visit her website at : www.patriciafalveybooks.com
This book wouldn’t let me go, once I turned the first page I couldn’t put it down!
all know what happened to the Titanic, but now we are meeting two of
the passengers, and we see their life before they leave Ireland, and
then what happens to them on this maiden voyage.
Sisters, Nora and
Delia, one loved by their mother, and the other despised by her. Thank
goodness for their Da, he was the blessing in their lives.
We switch back and forth as we are updated on their lives, and how their circumstances change, and how they end up surviving.
a great story the author has woven out of the tragedy these young woman
experience, and yet how different a path they are put on than what was
I loved the women that befriend these survivors, strong woman who give love and friendship, especially Mrs. Shaw and Mayflower!
You don’t want to miss this one!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.
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