I hope you are all doing well. Despite the crazy weather, things have excited. I have been reading, and today I bring you a review historical novel, one of the books I read during this time.
“The Lost Sister“, written by Kathleen McGurl, is a Historical/dual timeline novel, published on 12th May 2021 by HQ.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, Kathleen McGurl and HQ for the eCopy of this book, via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Three sisters. Three ships. One heartbreaking story.
1911. As Emma packs her trunk to join the ocean liner Olympic as a stewardess, she dreams of earning enough to provide a better life for both her sisters. With their photograph tucked away in her luggage, she promises to be back soon – hoping that sickly Lily will keep healthy, and wild Ruby will behave. But neither life at sea nor on land is predictable, and soon the three sisters’ lives are all changed irrevocably…
Now. When Harriet finds her late grandmother’s travelling trunk in the attic, she’s shocked to discover a photo of three sisters inside – her grandmother only ever mentioned one sister, who died tragically young. Who is the other sister, and what happened to her? Harriet’s questions lead her to the story of three sister ships, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic, and a shattering revelation about three sisters torn apart…
About the Author
Kathleen McGurl lives in Christchurch, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who have both now left home. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has published several novels with HQ and self-published another. She has also sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines, and written three How To books for writers. After a long career in the IT industry she became a full time writer in 2019. When she’s not writing, she’s often out running, slowly.
Historical is a genre I quite enjoy. I love that it allows me to under society back then and it’s a journey through time that we can never make except via a book. Then I started reading dual timeline novels and it was the best of both worlds for me. I get to experience the historical genre with the added bonus of following contemporary characters as well.
In this book we follow a family during present times with Harriet and back in 1911 with three sisters, Emma, Lily and Ruby. The story of the three sister ships: Olympic, Titanic and Britannic; and the mystery of what happened to Harriet’s grandmother’s sisters.
Although most of us know the history of the three sister ships, I loved the connection that the author made between the family and that event. As we uncover the truth about the secrets of the family, and that made me very curious with each page I read.
It was a moving story, emotional and quite a journey. The characters were believable, and could connect with both Harriet and Emma easily. They were amazingly well written and as I followed the two timelines, the details and the realism, I loved it and it was perfect for the entire feel the story had.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and how the fiction connected well with the true history. I also loved the family and the ties between them all, past and present.
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