On a Cold Dark Sea
On April 15, 1912, three women climbed into Lifeboat 21 and watched in horror as the Titanic sank into the icy depths. They were strangers then…
Con artist Charlotte Digby lied her way through London and onto the Titanic. The disaster could be her chance at a new life—if she hides the truth about her past. Esme Harper, a wealthy American, mourns the end of a passionate affa...more
The book is a completely fictional tale of three women who boarded the ill fated ship. The first section of the story introduces Charlotte, Esme and Anna in their own chapters that tell their stories of what even ...more
…for the rest of his life, the pitiful tableau they formed was the first image that sprang to mind when he thought of the Titanic. The handsome young man in his evening dress, eyes haunted, one hand pressed protectively against his companion’s back. There was a girl hovering nervously behind them—a maid, by her cowed bearing and black dress. And then there was the lady, swathed in a fur coat over a shimmering green gown, a vision of ruined elegance.
Mr. Harper looked as if he had ...more
Elizabeth Blackwell has written a winner of a story with On A Cold Black Sea. Poor choices, consequences, redemption, love and the Titanic all packed into one satisfying story.
Charlotte Digby, Esme Harper and Anna Halversson are three very different young women. Charlotte, less than honest, Esme, spoiled and Anna, afraid to express her own wishes. Each of them is now in a life and death situation. How will their past lives dictate their present actions?
This is deftly written character ...more
Here are a few things you should know...
* Surprisingly, there is no upstairs/downstairs romance. It seems like it’s a requirement whenever there is a story set on the Titanic that an aristocratic woman/man falls in love with a third class passenger man/woman. It’s a total given. So for there to be no such plotline was sort of a surprise for me.
* No one gets painted like a French girl.
* There is no one name ...more
I seem to always enjoy any book I receive from Lake Union Publishing. This was no different. The story of three women who survived the Titanic sinking and were together on a Lifeboat for hours in the deep, dark, cold sea. The story is told in four parts. Before the tragedy, After, on the Lifeboat and the Aftermath years later. I really enjoyed all the different stories from all ...more
This story is told by three women. Con artist Charlotte Digby, wealthy American Esme Harper and Anna Halversson, a Swedish farm girl in search of a fresh start in America.
The research that was done came across as a very realistic portrayal of this well documented tragedy. And the background stories of the main characters made this an interesting and very readable story.
3.75 rounded up to 4☆
I was looking for a historical fiction that involves the Titanic ship. There were many options to choose so I chose On a Cold Dark Sea. The book follows three different female protagonists, Charlotte, Esme, and Anna. Each character has her own story and all of the stories will be intertwined as the three will be on the Titanic ship.
The first part tells us the background story of each one of them and how they will end up being on board of the ship. The autho ...more
As mentioned above, the book centres on the three women, who all travel on the doomed Titanic as it makes its maiden and only voyage, The woman are remarkably different, Esme is the rich heiress in first class, C ...more
As I started reading the characters seemed so familiar that, as I continued reading, I saw other characters from different books that I'd read before. The plot may have been different, but the characters were not. However, that view quickly changed as the lives of the characters became more complexed and, for me, intriguing. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It is one I'd read again because of the complexit ...more
I enjoyed this novel very much, I found it well written and well paced. The characters were strong, and varied, and the varying socioeconomic ...more
There was really nothing new to add to the Titanic story, I think we all know h ...more
I really enjoyed the different perspectives told through each of the three women. It was interesting to read about, and I appreciated the opportunity to gain a better unders ...more
I enjoyed how the author gave us a back story on each woman. The or ...more
Yes, we’ve seen the Titanic, but this is well
done, will make you see it and care all over again.
I am always up for anything ‘Titanic’ related, some are good and some ... not so good. I am happy to say, that this is one of the good ones - a unique take on this infamous tale.
‘... men who did their duty and went down with the ship. It sounds like a noble sort of death, but it isn’t: it’s loud and painful and terrifying. No one surrenders to the water without a fight.’
For this particular tale, we have three women who survived the sinking of the Titan ...more
The Titanic is my all time favorite movie, so when I read that this centered around the events of the Titanic I had to read it. This particular story is about three women, Esme, Charlotte and Anna and their experiences. Esme is a first class traveler on her honeymoon, while Charlotte who happens to be posing as a married woman is traveling in second class. Then there is Anna, she is traveling with Theo of her friends in third class. These three women come from very different walks of ...more
Titanic?! Did someone say Titanic! Ohh my gosh yes. Right away I knew I had to have this book. Plus look at that cover! If that's not stunning to you then I just dont understand that. This story did not disappoint. It was gripping and interesting and I really enjoyed reading it. I did notice the few small references to the big, was it 1997, movie release which made me smile. The Tit ...more
The intensity of the first part of the book as it perfectly recaptures the events of April 15 (not to mention the opulence of the first class cabins and the crammed quarters of the lower class steerage) is just as suspenseful regardless of dramatic irony.
From there, Charlotte ( a con artist), Esme, a socialite with an illustrious love affair of a past and Anna carry on their lives as b ...more
The book is told in four parts about three main characters so in each section, w ...more
Also, the whole tagline "On April 15, 1912, three women climbed into Lifeboat 21 and watched in horror as the ...more
Three women: Esme, Charlotte and Anna. All survivors of the Titanic whom have to bear the burden of being rescued when so many others didn't - including their loved ones.
Esme - born and married into wealth, returning to the United States on her honeymoon.
Charlotte - lower class English-woman who is seeking to escape her options in England.
Anna - in love with someone who has already immigrated to the ...more
Charlotte was my favourite, I adored her resilience and intelligence, but I liked all three women and I appreciated how complex they were. None of them was a complete positive character: they had many negative traits and I often didn't agree with their decisions, but I still sympathized with them and cared for them. F ...more