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The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor
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really liked it
bookshelves: overdrive, audio, chgo-and-or-illinois, read-in-2016

As another anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaches, I listened to this story of Maggie Murphy, a survivor who traveled with 13 others from Ballysheen, Ireland. Her adventures before, during, and after the fateful trip are mingled with a 1980's time frame in Illinois where her great granddaughter, Grace, is writing Maggie's story for the Chicago Tribune. I enjoyed both time frames, but the narrator with an Irish brogue for Maggie's parts was a real delight while Grace's was a little too matter of fact for me.

It's hard to come up with something fresh when writing about the Titanic, and I did often picture Leonardo DiCaprio as the ship's steward, what with his mingling with the Irish lasses in steerage and all; but as the story continued and I saw where the author was going, it was hard to break away. Loved all the references to genealogical research.

A little chick-lit-ish, but more comforting than annoying.
Some might call the ending to Maggie's story sneaky or sly; it did annoy me a tiny bit until I gave it more thought and decided to cut the author some slack.
Nicely done audiobook.
3.5 stars rounded up.
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Reading Progress

April 25, 2015 – Shelved
April 25, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 22, 2016 – Started Reading
March 22, 2016 – Shelved as: overdrive
March 22, 2016 – Shelved as: audio
March 27, 2016 – Shelved as: chgo-and-or-illinois
March 27, 2016 – Shelved as: read-in-2016
March 27, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by B the BookAddict (last edited Mar 27, 2016 01:13PM) (new)

B the BookAddict Very nice review, Karen. I like a good historical faction book about the Titanic but if you say this one is a bit 'chicklit-ish', then I will avoid it. I dislike chick lit.


message 2: by Ashley (new)

Ashley It's definitely hard to separate Leonardo DiCaprio from the Titanic! That was such an iconic movie.


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