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Sisters Nora and Delia have been given the chance of a lifetime - to escape their poor Irish farm and travel on the Titanic to a new life in America. Delia is to become a treasured governess for a rich family, while Nora has only a lowly maid's position.

But when disaster strikes, and Delia dies, a small misunderstanding leads to Nora taking Delia's place as governess. As
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Paperback, Main Edition, 400 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Corvus
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Miriam Smith
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readers-first
Set between Donegal-Ireland and America, “The Titanic Sisters” by author Patricia Falvey, is a tale of two sisters, who given the opportunity of a lifetime to live and work in America, set sail on the infamous Titanic to start their new life. Since we all know what happens with the Titanic, tragedy ensues and the sisters think each other dead. After being rescued and taken to New York, they each start their new lives apart but not in the way they planned. However, when Nora realises her sister D ...more
Tracy
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully well written book, which will grip you from the onset and pull you into the story. There are lots of wonderful characters and even the odd villain! I read this so quickly because I was desperate to find out what was going to happen to the sisters and loved how the chapters switched between their two tales.

This is a story that will keep you thinking about the characters long after you finish reading it. I loved how the writer has managed to combine fact with fiction so that you fin
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Angie Rhodes
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Nora and Delia, are sisters. but that's where it ends, thanks to their mother, doting on Nora, and hating Delia, all Delia wants is to leave the farm, even though she loves her da.
When a letter arrives it seems thanks to her da, that her dreams are about to come true.
When the iceberg hits, the lives of the sisters change completely, and for Delia, It's every thing she could have wished, as by a slip of fate, she takes Nora's place as governess, and things are good, until Nora finds out, a
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Rachel Hall
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating historical fiction drama of two sisters differing fortunes as they set sail on the Titanic. Emotive & suspenseful.

I was taken by surprise at just how much I enjoyed, and was impressed, by this compelling historical drama of two diametrically opposed sisters as they leave Donegal and step aboard the Titanic for the promise of new futures in New York.

Opening in 1911 in the small village of Kilcross, County Donegal, eighteen-year-old Delia and her twenty-year-old sister, Nora, have ve
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Marjorie
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This is a fairly solid novel and I enjoyed it enough that I read it in a day. However, it couldn't help but bring to mind the film Brooklyn - especially the yellow dress and the Saturday night dances. Only a tiny bit of the book but it did overshadow things for me a little bit and meant that no matter what happened I kept looking for other parallels with the film. The problem being that both tell the tale of Irish Immigrants to New York and to do so believably they need to
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Thebooknerd90
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A compelling story set between Ireland and America. I particularly enjoyed the blend of fact and fiction with its links to real life past events, namely the Titanic. We all know what happens on that fateful maiden voyage with the Titanic, however this story focuses on the aftermath and devastation of the Titanic and how that impacted on the two sisters.

I particularly liked the alternating first person point of view between Nora and Delia and reading more about each character. Sisters
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Heather Copping
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-sagas
I was drawn into this story straight away, set in Donegal, Ireland in 1911 and follows two sisters growing up on the family farm. Nora is definitely the favourite in the eyes of her mother as she can do no wrong whereas Delia is ignored and treated badly. She was born a twin and her brother only lived for a few minutes and her mother seemed to hold a grudge over Delia for this, calling her a changling. Through the course of the book the mother was really nasty to Delia and wanted nothing to do w ...more
Georgia_books
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5*

This book was way out of my comfort zone, I don't usually delve much into adult romance/historical fiction but upon reading the Synopsis it really called to me, so I thought why the heck not and I'm so glad I did.

Delia and Nora grew up on a poor farm in Ireland and thanks to their mother doing everything she could to prise them apart they don't exactly get on. So when they get the opportunity to sail to America with two very different opportunities they couldn't be mo
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tinalouisereadsbooks
Sisters Delia and Nora live on a poor Irish farm with their parents. Both girls are offered chances of a lifetime in America and are both booked on the Titanic to get there. The sisters both survive but thier lives take very different turns.

When I was in my early teens this genre of book is what I would have been reading. Now I'm older I just don't get that spark that these types of book had back then.

This book appealed to me because of the title. I was expecting a story
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Andrea
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is 1911 in Donegal, Ireland, and, sisters, Nora and Delia are living with their parents on their farm. They get an opportunity to travel to America on the Titanic and desperate to escape the poverty and hard life they are living they take it up. When they arrive in America they have jobs waiting for them, Nora is to become governess to a young girl in a very wealthy family, but Delia's job is not so glamorous and she is to become a maid. Excitedly they set sail but of course disaster strikes ...more
Bookworm842
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I have always been interested in the stories of the Titanic this book appealed imminently to me, and I wasn't disappointed. Patricia Falvey really has researched well, and through her own travels from Ireland to America seems captured in this beautiful and captivating novel.

Based between fact and fiction, this easy flowing story, told through the eyes of each sibling, which works really well, is based on the fictional lives of two Irish sisters who don't see eye-to-eye, and their travels fo
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Holly
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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kelly James
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read anything from this author before and this is not the sort of book I would not normally pick up. But saying that this book was well written and I loved Patricia Falvey writing style, I will be definitely be reading more books from her.

The cover of the book is very brightly done and is eye catching.

I love how the Arthur has use her research on the titanic to write her book.

I like the way the story is told in short chapters between the two sist
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Louise Mitchell
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was walking around with this book and reading a page (or 2) whenever I could. I genuinely could not put it down. The characters were well described and interesting. Delia is the person who I had most empathy with but then Nora changes her ways to make her more likeable.
I would have liked to have read a bot more about the sisters on the titanic. But what there was on it was well written.
I enjoyed reading about there adventures and was just cheering them on hoping they would both get
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Ria
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delia and Nora are sisters and they throughly dislike each other but their father has managed to get them passage aboard the Titanic to take up jobs in New York and leave behind their lives in Ireland for a better one.
During the sinking of the Titanic the sisters become separated and Delia believes Nora is dead, utterly confused and shattered by grief Delia takes up Nora's post as governess to Aidan O'Hanlon's daughter Lily.
Over time Delia settles in and finds herself falling for her
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Kat
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, although it wasn't what I was expecting! The actual time spent on the Titanic is only a few chapters, and the plot is much more about the girls' lives after the sinking of the ship. I found that interesting though, and something I haven't read much in books before. The plot kept me captivated throughout the whole book and I managed to finish the whole thing in a day!
Multiple POVs aren't really my thing and it took me a while to get to grips with the switching
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Allyseria
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
At first, I really loved the book. It reminded me of a Jane Austen style of writing and the characters felt similar to the Pride and Prejudice characters. I was interested in Delia and Aidan's relationship and thought it might be similar to Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship, and I liked how the two sisters weren't as close. However, as I got past the first half of the book, everything started to feel rushed. The characters became too cliched and Nora was definitely not what I expected her to be ...more
Sarah
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it

The setting of this book during the early 1910s really appealed and although the Titanic plays a relevant role in the book I’m glad it’s not what the focus of the book is about merely a precursor to sisters Delia and Nora’s lives in America after the tragic sinking. Delia has an unhappy life in Ireland and views a life in America as an adventure to start her life, Nora goes at her mothers urging to marry a rich man and live the life her mother wished she had lived. The sinking of the Titanic fli
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Cara Marie
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Love, love, love!
A wonderfully well written book, which will grip you from the onset and pull you into the story. There are lots of wonderful characters and even the odd villain! I read this so quickly because I was desperate to find out what was going to happen to the sisters and loved how the chapters switched between their two tales.

This is a story that will keep you thinking about the characters long after you finish reading it. I loved how the writer has managed to combine fact with ficti
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Caroline
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really lovely easy reading book, which I finished in a couple of days.
It follows the story of Irish sisters Nora and Delia, who set sail for America on the ill fated Titanic. They are going to different locations, but when Nora goes missing presumed dead Delia takes her place as governess to Lily. The story switches between Nora and Delia, and is told in alternating chapters.
There is nothing particularly challenging about the story, no unexpected twists or turns, but that
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Ursula
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
For readers of historical romance, migrant tales and family sagas here is another author to look out for.

Patricia Falvey has done sufficient research into the Titanic to paint its architecture and brief social life, together with the dreadful sinking and subsequent rescue, all in vivid descriptions. She brings her own knowledge of Ireland and New York to life, settings familiar to many readers from contemporary novels. Her knowledge of early twentieth century Texas is perhaps the rea
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Mary O'Connor
I really enjoyed reading this book. The 2 main characters, Nora and Delia, were interesting to follow and it felt like you really got to know the 2 girls. During their ordeal on the Titanic, the 2 sisters were separated and came across different scenarios. I really like the way the book was written, alternating between each sister. I found that it made it easy to keep up with what was going on in each of their lives. I think it included just the right amount of time focussing on the Titanic inci ...more
Teresa
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was looking forward to this book but I found it hard going. The part on the Titanic itself was minimal and this was disappointing.
I didn't like any of the characters but I especially disliked Nora. She was horrible and self centered and cruel. Aiden was too hot and cold and totally unbelievable at times. There was no one to empathise with.
It was an uneven almost disjointed read with important parts rushed and other parts brushed over.
The part of the book set in Ireland was probably the bett
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Runa Begum
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a historical fiction that is set in Ireland and America during the time of the Titanic and the Suffragette movement.

The story is set around two sisters, Delia and Nora who are very different but travel from Ireland by the Titanic to America for a better life. Things obviously go wrong for the Titanic and Nora is presumed dead so Delia decided to take her life as a Governess to Lily, the daughter of a wealthy widower Mr O'Halon in New York.

The chapters are written in the first person fr
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StaceyWare19
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable and easy read.

This novel is a story about two sisters Nora and Delia from Ireland who travel together on the Titanic for their own individual fresh start in New York away from their not so fulfilling life at home.

The main characters were easy enough to like and connect with particularly poor Delia who always seems to end up in sticky situations through no fault of her own.

I like the way the author described the Titanic experience and felt I could really picture what it must have
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Tammy Tudor
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick, easy and beautiful

The story of the Titanic is one that moves anyone and something everyone is interested in as not only is it so famous but it seems like it hits home hard for a lot of people.

It is quite a simple read but I think this is what makes the book most enjoyable, quick and easy but yet nothing is missing at all. I think it really adds to the book and says a lot about the cleverness of the writing that it does not need any complex plot twists but simple, b
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Aly Warren
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nora and Delia irish sisters. The dont have the closest reletionship with each other. But are lucky enough to have the trip of a lifetime. On board the titanic to travel to New York to work for to different families. Obviously tragidy strikes and the ship goes down. Delia escapes but Nora is lost at sea.
When finally on solid ground Delia passes her self off as Nora to have a better opportunity at the job that was lined up for herself.
What a brilliant story. Was a nice easy read. Nothing
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charly dean
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sara Marshall
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed The Titanic Sisters, written from the view point of Delia and Nora, this historical fiction has your usual highs and low, with a heart warming ending.

The historical accuracy and detail in the book is brilliant and help to pave your imagination whilst reading!

I could not put the book down and would highly recommend for anyone wanting a book that they can’t put down.

I enjoyed that the story is spread from Ireland and then into America this make
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Lisa Chapmen
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It follows Nora and Delia sweeney who get the opportunity to leave Ireland on the titanic for new jobs and adventures in America. When tragedy strikes and Nora presumed dead Delia takes over as governess of lily pretending to be Nora rather than the housekeeper she was supposed to do. You get really gripped with whether she can pull this off especially as Nora is actually alive but with memory loss. Once her memory returns and the lady she lives with dies she tracks d ...more
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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-o ...more