hazel-gaynor-the-girl-who-came-home-3d-214x315THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME



Twitter: @HazelGaynor


Genre: Historical Fiction(Titanic)

*Inspired by true events*

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062316869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062316868


*Author’s website*

A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman . . .

Ireland, 1912 . . .
Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.

Chicago, 1982 . . .
Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harbored for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic will be published in the US in paperback and ebook by William Morrow/HarperCollins in April 2014. The book will be also be published in the UK and Ireland by Harper360.

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THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor is a fascinating Historical Fiction set in 1912-1982 in Ireland and Chicago. A novel of the Titanic. *Inspired by true events*

“A Voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman.”(From the back cover)

Set sail on the RMS Titanic. Meet, seventeen-year-old Magggie Murphy, Grace Butler,and so many others. Some survive the iceberg, some do not. A heart wrenching tale of survival, sacrifice, unexpected reunions,secrets, second chances and new revelations.

While, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, may have some inconsistency in some details,but it is in fact, fiction with actual facts included. A tale that blends fact with fiction very well, and the reader can only be in awe of the Titanic’s tragic lost and the lost of so many lives. If you enjoy reading Historical Fiction and the tale of the Titanic, as so many are, than you will enjoy THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME. Very emotional tale of family, grief, lost and the secrets that some survivors bare for a lifetime. I can’t say it was an enjoyable read, because, there was or is so much lost, but, it was an inspiration and glimpse into the lives of the survivors of the Titanic and the tragedy of that fateful date, April 15, 1912. Well written with engaging characters, that will tear at your heart. It has several different writing styles, including flashbacks, actual telegrams from the Titanic, letters from a lover, memories, and  Maggie’s private journal. Of the “Addergoole Fourteen”, a small group of men and woman from a village near Killala in Co Mayo, Ireland, only 3 survived the ordeal. A great addition to any library. I would recommend this tale of so much lost, grief and survival. Well written!  Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More