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The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

 Ever since the movie, Titanic, came out I have been obsessed wi

 Ever since the movie, Titanic, came out I have been obsessed with things Titanic.  My son even loves watching the movie, but I suspect that was just because he liked watching the ship sinking.  It wasn't until we read a kid's book about Titanic together that he realize...
 Ever since the movie, Titanic, came out I have been obsessed with things Titanic.  My son even loves watching the movie, but I suspect that was just because he liked watching the ship sinking.  It wasn't until we read a kid's book about Titanic together that he realized that it actually happened and that there were a lot of people who died.  




So anyway, when the offer to review this book came out I jumped on it!  I like the way the story is told between the events that led up to Maggie and her companions traveling on the Titanic back in 1912 and how finally sharing her story comes to affect her great-granddaughter Grace and the path that her life takes in 1982. 




There were times when I was reading about when they were all on the ship that I wanted to wring the necks of some of the first class passengers and how cavalier they were towards the third class passengers in steerage.  I would say the majority of the story was told from the 1912 perspective, as it should be, as that was when the tragedy occurred. You don't really learn much about what happened between 1912 and 1982 other than to know that Maggie survived and went on to have a family of her own. This made it kind of fun at the end when you did get a glimpse of those years. 




Though Grace wasn't involved in an ocean liner sinking, she did have tragedy befall her when she was just a little older than Maggie was while on the Titanic, and some of the things in her life paralleled Maggie's in that they were derailed for a short time before being able to put the pieces back together. 




I enjoyed the way the author used the cherry trees back in Ballysheen to represent people and how cherry blossoms figured heavily throughout Maggie's life. 




I would like to share one of my favorite passages from the book:




It was a moment Grace would never forget, watching this dignified old lady whom she loved so much, as she stared into a small case which she'd last seen when only a girl.  A lifetime of memories flooded Maggie's lined face; a lifetime of forgetting was washed away.  It was a moment of silent reflection; a moment laced with poignancy. (p70, Advance Reader's eproof of The Girl Who Came Home).

posted by kherbrand on April 12, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

31 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

Plot spoilers and kids

Between all the plot spoilers giving away every detail of the story and all the the kids using the book review site as a play room its hard to get a true review anymore. Please bn, do something with these plot spoilers and kids, please!

posted by 8888649 on May 17, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Plot spoilers and kids

    Between all the plot spoilers giving away every detail of the story and all the the kids using the book review site as a play room its hard to get a true review anymore. Please bn, do something with these plot spoilers and kids, please!

    31 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Won't open!

    Mine won't open! Read the sample just fine, then once I paid for th full book, I can't read anymore.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Ripoff!

    Same as others... After paying for the full version, the book will NOT open! Are you listening, Barnes & Noble?

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Wont't open!!

    This book sounds interesting but I can't open! It says it downlaod but when I try to open it, NOTHING!! How can I get my $ back???

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Sounds like a great book...

    It's a shame i won't be able to read it. It won't open! :-(

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

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    I WAS UNABLE TO READ BECAUSE I ONLY RECEIVED THE COVER OF THE BOOK-NO READING PAGES!!

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Disappointed

    The book won't open.
























    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Boring

    To much of a romance book

    1 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    I cannot really review this book B  & Noble as when I try to

    I cannot really review this book B  & Noble as when I try to open it up on my Nook, it is completely BLANK.  Tell me please, what does one do when they purchase a nook book and cannot see anything come up but the cover?

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    did not load o my nook

    giving one star because I have to. did not load on my nok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Blank screen cannot rate :(

    The title page comes up then goes to a black screen. Anyone else have this problem.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    The book shows it is on my nook hhowever when I click on it, the

    The book shows it is on my nook hhowever when I click on it, there is no content just blank pages.  Help!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    I think this book is horrible. I bought it once and it wouldn't

    I think this book is horrible. I bought it once and it wouldn't open. So I deleted it then bought again and and still won't open
    How do I get my money back?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Paid for the book but it won't open

    How do i get my money back?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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