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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

How 1912 Titanic Sinking Impacted One Nova Scotian Lawyer

HEARTS THAT SURVIVE: A NOVEL OF THE TITANIC begins Friday April 12, 1912 out on the chilly North Atlantic. Several weeks pregnant Lydia Beaumont, a 21-year old Englishwoman, stands on deck waiting for her lover, train designer John Ancell to come on deck. When he learns...
HEARTS THAT SURVIVE: A NOVEL OF THE TITANIC begins Friday April 12, 1912 out on the chilly North Atlantic. Several weeks pregnant Lydia Beaumont, a 21-year old Englishwoman, stands on deck waiting for her lover, train designer John Ancell to come on deck. When he learns that Lydia is carrying his child, John sets in motion a Sunday evening shipboard marriage by the Captain. Also a poet, John is drowned below decks, having completed a sonnet to his wife and unborn child and sealed it in an empty champagne bottle. *** Decades later that bottle is found and makes it way to Lydia's new husband Craven Dowd (whom Lydia hastily marries after both survive the catastrophe). For years Dowd had assumed or at least accepted that Lydia's son Beau was his, not John's. Craven is President of a great U.S. railroad company created and owned by Lydia's father. Lydia is sole heiress. *** There are, of course, real life survivors of the real sinking of the RMS Titanic. Notable is Mrs Molly Brown, "the unsinkable." She played an active role in the shipboard marriage of socially prominent Lydia and John Ancell but is never heard of again in the novel after her rescue. Her inexplicable public silence is decidedly crucial to ambitious Craven Dowd's immediate cover up of the wedding -- for business reasons (he does not want the remaining Ancell family to claim a portion of the Beaumont railroad empire). *** Lydia's good English friend, wealthy Caroline Chadwick, survived the Titanic, with her maid Bess. Husband Sir William Chadwick, like so many men, was not permitted to find his way into the often underloaded rowboats. Much of this Christian Romance novel tells what happens over the next fifty years to Lydia Beaumont, Caroline Chadwick and Bess, their new loves, including Caroline's romance with Halifax lawyer Armand Bettencourt. Tragically widowed Bettencourt is persuaded by Craven Dowd to help with legal affairs newly widowed Caroline Chadwick. *** In her lifeboat in April 1915 Caroline had tended the shortly to be orphaned noble children Henry and Phoebe Stanton-Jones whose widowed father and grandmother, Titanic passengers would go down with the ship. Their father was a distinguished novelist. *** There is room in HEARTS THAT SURVIVE to wait patiently for the later lives of Phoebe and Henry, both raised by American relatives in Caifornia. Henry turned out badly but by novel's end his son found love with the granddaughter of another Titanic survivor. *** HEARTS THAT SURVIVE is complex, even sprawling. Its strongest passages describe the panic, courage and male cowardice (including Craven Dowd's) in the hours after the unsinkable Titanic scraped along an iceberg. The narrative's weaknesses include a general failure to indicate clearly the nationality of some of the key characters, compounded by the fact that Britons, Nova Scotians and American all sound alike. This is, nonetheless, a notably better than average effort and is a good sign that within another novel or two North Carolina novelist Yvonne Lehman may produce a long work of fiction even better. *** DISCLAIMER: Yvonne Lehman and I live in the same small town of Black Mountain, North Carolina, near Asheville. We are friends, although, in general, I am not a fan of Romance fiction, Christian or otherwise. -OOO-

posted by Ausonius on February 25, 2012

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Long and drawn out..... The first 100 pages or so of this book w

Long and drawn out.....
The first 100 pages or so of this book were very good and I thought I was really going to enjoy the book, however the last 226 pages were so drawn out...not sure what happened....I felt the author rushed through the first 100 pages and then decid...
Long and drawn out.....
The first 100 pages or so of this book were very good and I thought I was really going to enjoy the book, however the last 226 pages were so drawn out...not sure what happened....I felt the author rushed through the first 100 pages and then decided she needed to write more and didn't know how to write it. Half the time I had no idea what decade we were in and I was so lost...I hate to buy a book and not finish it however this book really had me skimming the pages just to get it finished. I enjoy reading books of the Titanic but this was just to long and drawn out.

posted by 2579838 on September 4, 2012

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Awesome. Worth the money!

    Awesome. Worth the money!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

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    We follow the youthful enthusiasm of Lydia, so in love with her

    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 experience when the Titanic sinks. Each will make choices that will impact their lives in ways they could never imagine. Each find faith, and that happiness is a choice they each want to make. Life is not easy. Life is not without pain. Life with the Lord includes pain, and challenge, and joy.
    You will find yourself engrossed in the lives and choices of Lydia and Caroline as they remain fast friends throughout their lives.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Excellent and heartwarming! Not just a Titanic Novel!

    Amazing book! I would recommend to anybody that has ever been in love, lost somebody they loved, or lost any relationship with another person that you truly miss. This story will give you the courage to move forward and soul search your way through designing the life you want to live!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    A great book

    Loved it. Would read more of this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    you should check it out if you like anything relating to titantic

    Great book!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    A good romance novel!

    I thought this was a great love story that follows the characters for years after the Titanic sinks! It did have moments that were slow, and at times could be hard to remember how the characters were related, but it was worth sticking it out to the end, at least for me!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    My reveiw

    This book is so great sad a little i love this book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    good book

    This was a very good book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    This was a beautiful story. It was a great learning experience,

    This was a beautiful story. It was a great learning experience, as well. Caroline and Bess were my favorite characters in this wonderfully written story. I thoroughly enjoyed and have recommended to my daughter and friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Larry

    Name: you already know age: 18 spieces: dracopyre height: 6 feet when human 9 feet when dracopyre weight: 131 lbs when human 191 lbs when dracopyre hair color: blonde when human black when dracopyre weapons: a crossbow and two battle axes

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Anonymous

    A great story of survial and love after a great tragedy. I loved the story it also gave us a glimpse of life whenn you have to go on without the ones you love. Trust in gods love.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Very good highly recommend

    love to read books that are fictional but contain important info of historical facts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Beautiful

    Loved this story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Jonathan

    I call Lt. Shadow

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Feltz

    Alright, Smith. Where do i go?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Smith to Feltz

    Result 9

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Cassie/martin

    Cassie:(Fyi,we never met befor this) We were flying to england to see to olympics (martin wuz,i was going to for an archery compotition) when the planes enginge caught on fire. I jumped out of the emergancy exit cause it was low. When the plane crashed on the islands beach i looked for stuff that would be useful when i found martin. He wasnt hurt too badly,just a sprained ankle. We found a place to camp and...well...yeah.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Jacob

    Kk.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Fabulous book

    Greatly enjoyed every part...even knowimg that the Titanic was going to sink, the author kept the story alive and worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    A Great Read!

    I loved every word on every page of this book!

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