Inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of R.M.S Titanic, 'The Girl Who Came Home' is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years. Blending fact and fiction, this Titanic novel tells the human story of the tragedy, not... show more
Inspired by true events surrounding a group of Irish emigrants who sailed on the maiden voyage of R.M.S Titanic, 'The Girl Who Came Home' is a story of enduring love and forgiveness, spanning seventy years. Blending fact and fiction, this Titanic novel tells the human story of the tragedy, not just on board the ship itself, but extending beyond the immediate aftermath of the event to explore the emotions of relatives awaiting news back home and of the impact that night had on the survivors and their descendants. It is also a love letter to the world’s most famous ship, whose tragic legacy continues to captivate our hearts and imaginations one hundred years after she sank to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean with such devastating loss of life. In a rural Irish village in April 1912, seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy is anxious about the trip to America. While the thirteen others she will travel with from her Parish anticipate a life of prosperity and opportunity, Maggie is distraught to be leaving Séamus, the man she loves with all her heart. As the carts rumble out of the village, she clutches a packet of love letters in her coat pocket and hopes that he will be able to join her in America soon. In Southampton, England, Harry Walsh boards Titanic as a Third Class Steward, excited to be working on this magnificent ship. He befriends Maggie and her friends from the Irish group when they board in Queenstown and offers to help Maggie send a telegram home. But when Titanic hits an iceberg on the evening of April 14th, the telegram message is only partly transmitted, leaving Séamus confused by what he reads back home in Ireland, unaware as he is of what has happened to Maggie and the others. As the full scale of the disaster unfolds, luck and love will decide the fate of the Irish group and those whose lives they have touched on board the ship.Seventy years later, in Chicago, 1982, twenty-one year old Grace Butler is stunned to learn that her Great Nana Maggie sailed on Titanic. She sets out to write Maggie's story as a way to resurrect her journalism career. Neither Grace nor Maggie can know what far-reaching impact the article will have on them both when it is eventually published.But it isn't until a final journey back to Ireland that the fate of those Maggie had loved and sailed with seventy years ago is fully revealed, and only then is Maggie finally able make peace with her past.