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Cold April

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Fresh from three years in America, Englishwoman Elizabeth Shallcross has big plans for her future, and they do not include remaining in England as a lowly governess. She finds, however, that she has one last obligation to fulfill; she must accompany Richard Graham, a dashing American widower, and care for his charming child on a luxurious voyage to America. Their ship? The ...more
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published (first published November 24th 2010)
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In this Novella we meet Elizabeth Shallcross a governess for Lord and Lady Wheatly, they have just come from back to England from a 3 year stay in New York. On the docks Elizabeth is saved from being nearly run down by a cart, by Richard Graham an employee of the Lord Wheatlys' who has come to meet their boat. Elizabeth is leaving the Wheatlys' employ, but not before she returns to New York to close up the house there, and assist the leasing agents. After a 3 week visit with her family she comes ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Dec 31, 2011 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was ok
This started decently enough. A common theme I’m finding in Titanic books is the working class versus titled snots and this one certainly pounded it in enough. Not a soul could be introduced in the novel without their location in the boat announced somehow.

Nevertheless, Beth is working on the ship as a governess to a handsome, widowed man. She’s caring for his daughter and get a side order of Richard’s attentions. Her plan: once she lands in America, she’s making her own way. By the way, she’s i
Jan 28, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
When Elizabeth Shallcross gets off the ship in Southampton she realizes she has lost sight of her employers Lord and Lady Wheatley. Searching through the throng of people for them leaves her unfocused on the dangers of the docks and suddenly she is yanked violently to the side by unseen arms.
A voice calms her as she realizes she has almost been trampled by a horse and cart. Her heart races as she turns to face her hero. She is stunned by the handsome face of a dapper gentleman who introduces hi
Dec 15, 2012 Lauraloves rated it really liked it
I downloaded this book as it was free for a day on amazon and as i am quite fascinated by the Titanic and all its happenings i thought that this woud be a good book to read.

Elizabeth, or Miss Beth is a governess who has recently returned from living and working in America for three years. She longs to go back and begin a career as a typist but before she can do this she is asked by her previous employers to be a governess for a friend of the family. She agrees, but only for the crossing between
Brian Bigelow
Feb 17, 2012 Brian Bigelow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, fiction
There is a bit of a mild love interest that is involved between a Gentleman and the Governess that seems to be developing. This book is set on the Titanic in that fateful April and it looks at a slice of the lives of some of those that was travelling on Titanic. Mostly it focuses on a lonely Widower and a Governess who was hired by his wife that takes care of his daughter. For myself, having been a Widower it's striking a chord within me as I'm reading through the pages. It's quite well written ...more
Jennifer MacDonald
Jul 01, 2015 Jennifer MacDonald rated it liked it
historical fiction/almost romance. Reading on my kindle I didn't have the benefit of the front cover giving away the nautical story that would follow. Despite that, I had a (pardon the pun) sinking suspicion about where the plot was going. Once I realized it probably wouldn't be a happy ending, and I'd already fallen in love with the characters (even if a bit contrived), I almost put the book down. I was glad that I kept at it, as the action at the left me holding my breath.
Aug 16, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
I found this book for free on my Kindle and was excited to read it. I have a weak spot for Titanic romances and there are so few that are well written.

I did, however, find the book lacking in several spots. It was a nice premise, not original but interesting enough, but it could have been so much more. The romance was quick and pretty undeveloped. I wouldn't have minded if there was more to the story but since the book was marketed as a romance, I was disappointed with what I read.

Also, the whol
Sep 30, 2013 Brandy rated it it was amazing
I got this book as a free book from amazon kindle. I was very skeptical when I bought it wondering if another Titanic love story could be different enough to captivate me. This book is. It is one of those books that engulfs you to the point that you do not want it end and when it does if left me wanting more of the story and not ready to read another book. It is well written story that follows a girl who lived in New York as a governess and is now returning to New York. On her voyage back she wi ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it
Well written story taking place on board the Titanic. An enjoyable read.
Michele Whitecotton
Feb 18, 2013 Michele Whitecotton rated it liked it
Doomed love story aboard the Titanic. This book was right down the middle, I really don't have anything good or bad to say about it. Pretty short and very easy to read, no big plot lines to follow or think about. More romance than history, the ship didn't hit the iceberg until about 75% of the way through and it went down very quickly. The ending was rather abrupt.
Aug 27, 2012 Mickey rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The Titanic fascinates me. A wonderful love story amidst the horror of that terrible night. The ending is rather abrupt. I would love to read a sequel. The writer does hold your interest. If you are looking for a quick page turner full of wonderful description and excitement this book will do it.
Mareli Thalwitzer
Jan 11, 2016 Mareli Thalwitzer rated it liked it
Shelves: iriver-epub
Seeing that it was exactly 100 years ago that the TITANIC sank, I thought I'd rather read a book based on the tragic events than spend the whole day watching BBC or HISTORY. OK, I did a bit of that as well. This was a simple story, but quite enjoyable.
Oct 26, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
It was too short. The synopsis of the whole tragedy of the ship sinking was far too brief. The love story itself was weak. The characters were very real to the timeline, it just wasn't long enough. I was glad I read it. It wasn't a waste of time.
Dec 23, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
As I am not normally a fan of anything Titanic related, I was unsure about this book in the beginning. Fun romp through an otherwise incredibly distressing event.
Sep 26, 2012 Annette rated it liked it
The book was alright, I didn't like the ending at all. I would of liked to know how things went when they reached America.
Margaret Boehm
Aug 30, 2013 Margaret Boehm rated it really liked it
I've ready many great stories about the sinking of the Titanic and this was yet another one. Written very well.
Feb 06, 2012 Steph rated it liked it
Fun, romantic read. Nothing too exciting. Just plain entertainment.
Apr 22, 2012 Bee rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, romance, titanic
Just started it. Liking it so far. A nice take on the historical fiction genre.
Annette Helms
Aug 16, 2012 Annette Helms rated it it was amazing
Another love story on the Titanic :-)
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I was born Phyllis Ashworth in Oak Park, Il., went to Morton High in Cicero and then Northwestern. Got married and divorced a couple of times, had three great kids, then moved to California where my "real" life began.

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