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Queen of the Waves

(American Tapestries)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  105 reviews
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 Yarborough 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 ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Summerside Press (first published September 28th 2012)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 makes secret plans to elopes with the family gardener, she concocts a scheme for another woman to take her place on the much-anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. From a poor corner of London, Tessa Bowen has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there's a catch: she
Vicki Scullion
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
The premise of this novel was interesting, and the author had clearly researched the events that occurred on the Titanic. I enjoyed it until about 3/4 of the way through when faith in God became the only plot point. The ending was lame when all of the main characters accepted their fates as the will of God. The only characters who did not find religion were the adulterers, who predictably ended up going down with the ship, presumably to a cold, watery hell. I was disappointed to find that the ...more
Maureen Timerman
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I haven been looking forward to reading this book ever since the Author started posting pictures of the of the museums she was visiting to research this book. I feel in love with all of the posts by Janice Thompson and could not wait for this book to come out. She did not disappoint!
The story sort of reminded me of the Prince and the Pauper...not quite it would have to be the Princess.
The rich girl...Jacqueline Abingdon sets out to deceive her family, a world wide set of events are about to
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story line was amazing! I loved that premise of two girls exchanging lives in the name of love. It was a fun read and the ending was true romance all the way! A fun read with great details and imagery. I highly recommend it!
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my third Janice Thompson book and I liked this one the best of the 3 I’ve read. I especially loved the reference to the 4 year old child Manca who survived the sinking of the ship. I liked that Thompson made her a character in this novel. It was obvious that a lot of research went into this and that the author has a lot of passion for this subject. I liked Tessa’s story, and though I didn’t like Jacquie all that much at first, I liked her more by the end.

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I was excited about reading “Queen of the Waves” since it was set on the Titanic. Although the story of the Titanic is a sad one, I find it to be a bit fascinating as well. This book was pretty good, although not quite as good as I had hoped it would be. There were a couple things that I didn’t really care for, but I still found the book interesting and fascinating.
More like 4.5 but closer to 4 stars.

I am a total Titanic buff and love to read stories about that fateful voyage. And yes, I've watched the James Cameron film "Titanic" about ten times. That said, I enjoyed the premise of this story. The setting appealed to me as well as the plot. The spiritual arc was strong and there were good reasons why Peter sought to help his sister. Now granted, I was disappointed in him, so I hope in the future he resolves his issue. I also wished one of the main
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
I really enjoyed the many points of view in this story. It always seems to keep a read from getting too boring or bogged down with just one persons story. The romance was a little heavy for my liking and with dramatics through-out. "There was something about those pensive blue eyes-the color of the sea-that drew him in", "her thinly plucked eyebrows quirked" ; and we've got tangled hearts and twisted hearts and tear stained eyelashes and trembling hands; and oh please it was just too much for ...more
Margaret Chind
Read it in a day. I needed more Janice Thompson after reading her latest contemporary and I have been overdue to readthis one. Loved it. Couldn't put it down.

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Reet Champion
It's a deceptive voyage all the way around. Socialite Jacquie Abingdon has muddled-up plans for the future; Peter Bowen wants what is best for his little sister; Tessa Bowen must escape her life of horror from which she bears scars; Nathan Patterson is traveling with a finicky mother and unaware of his true bloodlines; Lady's maid Iris has big plans for her future as a fashion designer. All of these people are thrown together in the story of the RMS Titanic.

Tessa, the daughter of a drunken and
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Queen of the Waves" is a lovely story that takes place on the ever-grand Titanic. It certainly has an intriguing plot: A young woman of high society, Jacquie Abingdon, is being pushed into a marriage that will forge two businesses together. But this marriage is not with the man she fancies. When an alternate route presents itself, she gladly jumps on board to escape her father's critical eye. Except, Jacquie doesn't jump on board the Titanic, but makes a deceptive switch with Tessa Bowen, a ...more
Queen of the Waves was a very enjoyable book. I loved all the details this book provided about the Titanic and life in general at that time, while at the same time it didn't bog down the story with too many details - it was just right!

Tessa, Jacquie and Iris were such enjoyable characters. Tessa was probably my favorite character in the book, but I loved Nathan too - he was a wonderful and sweet character. I would recommend this book.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Had this book been written by any other author than Janice Thompson (my favorite) I would not have been quick to read this because the Titanic storyline is not my topic of choice due to the reality and tragedy of the event. That being said, this was a phenomenal read. The story of Tessa, Jaquie, Nathan, Iris and Peter is very compelling and entertaining, I love the way God is woven into the storyline. The story of Tessa and her struggles with her earthly father and how she views her Heavenly ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Why do I read books set on Titanic, they make me cry just like this one did. If this book is any indication how the new American Tapestry line from Summerside Press is going to be I think I'm going to have to collect them all. What a way to start a series! I love Janice's fun contemporary series Weddings By Bella and she does heart-wrenching historicals just as well. I REALLY hope there's some kind of sequel in the works because there's definitely potential for more romance and drama!

Marie Burton
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own

I just could not get invested in a story that was so strongly contingent upon a pig farmer girl being able to insert herself into high society. If it weren't for that, perhaps I would have loved it as much as many others have.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was a no for me. I gave it one star because the sinking of the Titanic was flat and lifeless, and because the characters never captured me. I sort of got vibes of Nancy Moser's Masquerade from this book, only that was good.

Jacquie was not someone that I had any sympathy for. I thought she was selfish and a fool. It was clear that she cared more about her own desires than Tessa's or anyone else's.

I grew weary of hearing about Tessa's horrible father, how many times does the reader need to
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story was a good one, a little different than the usual formula for Christian romance. I’m curious about the other books in the series now... Update: the other books in the series are written by other authors and don’t feature any of the same characters (as far as I could tell).

The different perspectives about being on the Titanic was interesting. The author stuck with first class, barely mentioning the others, which was ok otherwise we’d have been bogged down with too many details. Janice
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was very well written. The characters of Nathan, Iris, Tessa, and Jacquie were well rounded, and I felt like they had actually been on the Titanic, experiencing the wonder of the largest ship ever built, the terror of the sinking, and the uncertainty of the future. I liked the way Ms. Thompson had Nathan reading "Futility" by Morgan Robertson before setting sail. I don't believe in coincidences, and the similarities between a fictional story written 14 years prior to the ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"A wave of fear washed over Jacquie afresh as she tried to absorb the news.

Father dangled the cigar between his fingers. "I'm delighted about Roland's offer, as you can imagine. I do hope you will be as well. This has been a thoughtful undertaking."

"B-but..." She couldn't seem to manage anything else. The lump in her throat wouldn't allow it.

"He's a good man, and a kind one. I can't deny that the arrangement is advantageous for us all, but I do believe you will settle happily. He will treat
Susan Skarness
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating Story

This was a fascinating story where the novel was woven into the events of the Titanic, along with the story of forgiveness and salvation. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the interplay among them. A very pleasant story that looks on the positive side of life!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting story involving switching identities and the sinking of the Titanic. I enjoyed the storyline, but got truly bogged down in the second half with the constant Christian preaching. Instead of adding to the story, it overwhelmed and hijacked it. Not my taste.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So beautifully written! I think this book should go down as a classic that everyone should read!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable read. I liked how the characters grew to trust in God. Really liked some of the story occurring on the Titanic.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I already knew the back story, who doesn't. But, the sweet romance story around the Titanic was a delightful way to reread the Titanic saga.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book! I loved this one! It was such a fascinating read!
RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. She was on her maiden voyage—departed from Southhampton, Uk and was on route to New York when she hit an iceberg that pulled Titanic and 1517of her passengers to their watery graves. The exact number of those that died that day has been a topic of debate for years but I went with the number listed on the Titanic Historical Societies website. Regardless the number of lives lost—we still carry this tragedy in our hearts. Though the last survivor has now passed ...more
Lisa Johnson
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Queen of the Waves
Author: Janice Thompson
Pages: 336
Year: 2012
Publisher: Summerside
What one word would you use to describe your thoughts or feelings when you hear the word Titanic? No matter how much I have read, viewed or listened to about the Titanic, I find there is always one common experience for me and that is my heart is torn. There is the overwhelming number of people who perished that night one hundred years ago, but there are also stories of known heroics and heroes. Of course,
Victor Gentile
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Janice Thompson in her new book, “Queen of the Waves” Book One in the An American Tapestry series published by Summerside Press takes us into the life of Tessa Bowen and the luxury liner, Titanic.

From the back cover: 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 Abingdon makes secrete plans to elope with the family gardener, she concocts a scheme for another woman to take her place on the much anticipated
Carol (Kimiko)
Jan 08, 2017 marked it as books-i-liked
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Recommended to Carol (Kimiko) by:
good book. did not to put it down.
Tina Peterson
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was so nice to read a period romance that had a strong female lead character (there are actually 3 of them) and a wonderful hero (who is dashing, kind, honest and has a soft heart - can I hear one big collective sigh?). Our main character is Tessa who in order to escape a drunken, abusive father agrees to assume the identity of Jacquie who in turn is trying to escape an arranged marriage. Jacquie and her mother have decided to send her to America to her Grandmother to get away from this ...more
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My name is Janice Thompson. (You will find me published under Janice Hanna, Janice Hanna Thompson, Janice A. Thompson as well.)

I’m a Christian freelance author of novels, non-fiction books, magazine articles and musical comedies for the stage. I live in the Houston area, where the heat and humidity tend to reign, regardless of the season.

I’m the mother of four beautiful daughters, (Randi, Courtney

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American Tapestries (6 books)
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