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Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  397 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
On April 15, 1912, Lydia Beaumont is on her way to a new life with a boundless hope in love and faith. Her new friendship with Caroline Chadwick is bonded even more as they plan Lydia's wedding on board the "grandest ship ever built." Then both women suffer tragic losses when the "unsinkable" Titanic goes down. Can each survive the scars the disaster left on their lives?

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press (first published February 29th 2012)
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Christine Rebbert
There was a great story in here, but it got lost among too many characters and too many references to God/Jesus. I didn't realize going in that we were going to be preached to (continually, it seemed), and almost put the book down totally at the first instance of that. At one point, when Lydia tells John that she's carrying her child, his response is to be silent except to tell her to read some Psalm? If I were Lydia, pregnant out of wedlock in 1912, I probably would have thrown myself overboard ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Lynn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-never-again
Let me preface this review by saying that I have read a lot of books. The number of "read" books on my Goodreads profile is only a fraction of what I've read in my entire life. I've read a lot of good books, some middling books, some books that were so great I'm still in speechless awe, and some that were so terrible, I was left wanting to throw them across the room by the time I was done.

This book definitely falls in that last category. In fact, it is very fortunate that it was not thrown acros
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Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic by Yvonne Lehman

The Titanic! Everyone wants to be aboard on the first trip across the ocean on this wonderful, powerful, unsinkable `city' it is called because of the size of this marvelous ship. The worlds richest of the rich is traveling aboard the most beautiful and high-class way of travel in the world in this era.
Lydia Beaumont is no different that all of the other wealthy class, traveling from London to New York on the Ti
Jan 07, 2016 Anastacia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 23, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What was supposed to be the maiden voyage to America for "the greatest ship ever built," The RMS Titanic, turned into a horrific tragedy that forever changed the course of the lives of so many people. The "ship of dreams" was thought to be unsinkable, but on that cold and icy night of April 14, 1912, the gaiety and liveliness of the passengers turned to horror, when the ship collided with an iceberg and began to take on water, slowly sinking into the North Atlantic. From 2207 passengers only 675 ...more
Ana T.
I have to start by saying that Christian fiction is not usually a genre I read. Still, I was looking for Titanic themed books and decided to give it a try. I don't think the blurb above correctly describes what the book is all about. It covers the beginning and the end but there are a lot more things happening in between.

The story starts on the Titanic. Lydia Beaumont is aboard with the man she loves, John Ancell, and the man her father wants her to marry, Craven Dowd. She is a rail road heires
Lisa Johnson
Apr 01, 2015 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Hearts that Survive (A Novel of the Titanic)
Author: Yvonne Lehman
Pages: 432
Year: 2012
Publisher: Abingdon
My Rating: 5+ stars
This is a riveting story set in an era where social class determined much and a marriage to someone who wasn’t in the same class was appalling. John and Lydia’s marriage based on love and mutual faith takes place on the night the unsinkable ship struck an iceberg. Their love and faith bathed in redemption grips the hear
Mar 22, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Publisher'synopsis: On April 15, 1912, Lydia Beaumont is on her way to a new life with a boundless hope in love and faith. Her new friendship with Caroline Chadwick is bonded even more as they plan Lydia’s wedding on board the “grandest ship ever built.” Then both women suffer tragic losses when the “unsinkable” Titanic goes down. Can each survive the scars the disaster left on their lives?
Decades later, Alan Morris feels like a failure until he discovers he is the descendant of an acclaimed, su
Feb 27, 2012 Cheeyee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book about Titanic that I read this year. Needless to say, another touching story. It's not only about love, it's about friendship too. I like to read about the love between Lydia and John Ancell. And the friendship between Lydia, Caroline and Bess. I admire Lydia for making the decision to protect her and her b
Feb 01, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-netgalley
I really loved Hearts That Survive! Creative and captivating storyline, well developed characters and realistic scenery captured my heart and kept me reading and reflecting until the last word was read. I found it was very hard to put down.

Lydia Beaumont haunted by past regrets, John Ancell who spun words into magic, and Craven Dowd the realist along with a host of other interesting characters that I met while reading, were original and refreshing. The travelers also included actual people who w
Maureen Timerman
Jan 23, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The year is 1812 and Lydia Beaumont is very much in love. Her beloved John Ancell and [one could call him her guardian] Craven Dowd are on the Maiden voyage of the Titanic. Lydia and John are expecting and decide the right thing to do is to marry immediately. You will read a description of how one of the most glamorous and beautiful and magical wedding ends up being.
The wedding takes place, at 1030pm on the 14th of April 1912. We all know what happened, almost to horrible to even say. Lydia and
Apr 04, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hearts That Survive was such a great book. Yes, there was a lot of sadness (that can be expected from a book about the Titanic), but the characters and their journeys were so gripping.

I immediately loved John and Lydia's love story... it was so sweet and just overall wonderful. I cried when certain things happened and especially towards the end with the poem.

It was very interesting how Hearts That Survive covered generations (not just one per
Not the best or most accurate depiction of what actually occurred on the Titanic and lags dreadfully in the middling to end with a stronger finish than I expected. The book could have been much better and I wish it had been.
Lydia Beaumont is travelling from London to New York on the Titanic, accompanied by her fiance, John Ancell, and Craven Dowd, an employee of her father - and the man her father wants her to marry. But Lydia is hiding a secret. She is pregnant with John’s child, the result of one night that went too far, despite them both having a Christian faith. Together with her friend, Caroline Chadwick, she plans a historic wedding on the unsinkable ship.

So, less than one chapter in, I had a feeling I could
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Lydia Beaumont is about to set out on an adventure of a lifetime that will change her future forever. Being one of the first class passengers embarking on the maiden voyage of the Titanic along with her friend Caroline Chadwick she is faced with a dilemma of the heart. Also along for the voyage are Craven Dowd, president of Beaumont Railroad Company and John Ancell, a toy train maker, whose latest designs are the main interest to the Beaumont Railroad Company. The problem, both men have confesse ...more
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Lydia Beaumont had it all: wealth, status, the company of a handsome and successful gentleman, the not-so-secret-love of an up-and-coming and kind young man, and a suite on the greatest of all ships' maiden voyage. With both gentlemen. And a secret that would change her life forever. This secret prompts Lydia and John Ancell - the young visionary behind Ancell (Toy) Trains - to plan a quick wedd
I've been fascinated with all-things-Titanic ever since my teens. Ever since the film came out in 1997, I always wanted to know everything I could about the grand ship that sank on her maiden voyage. Now, with the rerelease of the film, my passion towards the subject has reignited, and as part of my hunt for new material about the Titanic, I came across this book. Sadly, it didn’t live up to my expectations, and it really pains me to rate it so low.

Having had my share with romance novels by Dani
Victor Gentile
Apr 21, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yvonne Lehman in her new book, “Hearts That Survive” published by Abingdon Press takes us back to 1912, the sinking of the Titanic and its aftermath.

From the back cover: Is love more powerful than the pain of loss?

Lydia Beaumont and her new friend Caroline Chadwick, plan Lydia’s wedding aboard the “grandest ship ever built.” Yet their lives take a tragic turn when the “unsinkable” Titanic goes down.

This epic tale of faith and perseverance follows the their lives and the lives of their descendent
Aug 07, 2013 Lwf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this as a Kindle book as I enjoy all things Titanic. My grandfather knew one of the Philly families which perished on the ship so guess this always intrigued me.

Although the book is fiction, it has a lot of facts intertwined within the book so it actually feels as if you are reading a real account of real events on the Titanic.

I don't want to write anything about the book and give away what it is about because that is what I'd have to do. I found the writing very good. The other peop
Apr 15, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few books that revolve around the Titanic, but "Hearts that Survive" easily is my favorite. The author provides the reader with very realistic characters and scenes that make you feel as if your right on board the ship. Even though I knew ultimately what would happen with the ship this story took a few twists I didn't expect.
Lydia Beaumont knew her father had hoped that she would marry thirty-five year old Craven Dowd the man who ran his railroad company, but she has other ideas. H
Apr 10, 2012 Naomi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I read this book a bit back for the publisher through Netgalley and have really wanted to think out my review. Because the publisher asked for lead time and I wanted to really give the book a chance to "gain hold" this was easy to do.

I enjoyed the base story to Hearts that Survive and felt the messages the author was trying to convey were excellent. However, her methods in doing it were not. In my opinion, authors who are inmature in their writing experience or just mediocre/poor
Kathleen Kelly
Apr 08, 2012 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated with the Titanic and with the 100th anniversary of the sinking coming up soon I have been reading my share of books and articles regarding this tragic story. Hearts that Survive is not only a story of the Titanic, but a fictional account of the survivors. The first half of the book tells the story of Lydia Beaumont and her plans to marry the love of her life, the secret that she is keeping from everyone except the groom, the wedding, and the sinking of the great shi ...more
Dani Moore
Mar 12, 2012 Dani Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearts that Survive: A Novel of the Titanic By Yvonne Lehman
We follow the youthful enthusiasm of Lydia, so in love with her John, as the Titanic sales towards history. A hidden pregnancy, The first ,and last Titanic wedding, and how fate and choices will effect all those who sailed on her maiden voyage.
Caroline is not as young, married, childless and comfortable in her niche in life. She yearns for something more, some higher purpose, someone who really needs her.
Each has a life shattering exper
Deanna Sletten
Nov 04, 2012 Deanna Sletten rated it really liked it
This novel was an interesting read and it was obvious that plenty of research had gone into it since it pertains to the sinking of the Titanic and its effect on the characters who survived. And most important of all - the book did hold my interest enough to keep me reading. But I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the story was interesting and well-thought-out. It did have the potential of being a great novel. On the other hand, I felt the story was rushed, that the author skipped ...more
This book had a lot of potential and there was a great story hidden in it. I don't think it was executed as well as it could have been. I realize a lot of time was passing but the last quarter of the book seemed rushed and jumpy. I did not realize going in that this was a kind of "Christian Fiction.". I didn't mind it but in a way, it seemed inconsistent. Honestly, I felt some of the "christiany" bit was either on the wrong places or just came out of nowhere. Some of the themes in the book also ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been something wonderful. The story is great (the main story, before it starts rambling and dragging on into subsequent generations and decades), and the author has talent. The problem is that talent isn't consistent and only shines through occasionally. The book is filled with inconsistencies, confusing shifts, and just poor writing. I felt for the characters, and there were many parts where things really came together to make a good reading experience. But overall, this bo ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cruise
A beautiful story surrounding the Titanic disaster, the lives lost and the love and family found. Following the main character, Lydia, the story is interwoven with those connected to her through friendship and tragedy. While the Titanic’s maiden voyage was key to the tale, much of the story took place after the survivors arrived in New York and involved the lesser-known assistance provided by the people of Nova Scotia.

I loved some of the characters, their complicated relationships, and how the s
Jul 01, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quite-enjoyed
At first, this book seemed like it mirrored the movie. Poor little rich girl. Guy she loves, rich guy who is kind of a jerk. But where the movie more or less ends with the sinking, this book kind of begins. Then comes the part where you can't put it down. How Lydia changes, how Caroline kind of changes, but she was never really snooty and more introspective anyway. But I suppose if you live through a tragedy like that, it would change you. I just thought they all "got over it" rather quickly. It ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think the movie Titanic told you everything about that great ship’s short ocean voyage, well think again. Reading the book from Yvonne Lehman’s imagination gives another story just as fascinating as that of Jack and Rose. A secret love is cherished, a child is nurtured, and a new, sweet love is found. You’ll meet characters you love and characters who cause you to have mixed feelings; however, you won’t forget them. The author’s descriptions are magnificent and pull you into the story. Th ...more
A.J. Goode
Feb 27, 2014 A.J. Goode rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a slow start with some very cliched characters, this book became a wonderful story about love, lies, and the strength it takes to survive. It was a unique twist on the story of the Titanic; instead of focusing on the tragedy itself, the author delves into what happened AFTER the ship sank.

The story desn't really take off until the characters make it safely ashore, but Lehman makes up for lost time after that.

I was a bit disappointed by the ending, which involved a few too many coincidences
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