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Today, we're joining ranks with Rachel's Random Resources as we set out sights on a Historical Fiction novel with a dual timeline story you won't want to miss! I purposely started reading this one earlier than usual so that I could take my time with it and I'm SO glad I did! Ready or not fair readers, time to meet today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...
The Lost Sister
About the book...
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…
This story was utterly fascinating, completely captivating, and downright amazing!
From the moment we meet Harriet in her golden years to the Emma from all those years ago, you just know you are holding something special. In the present time, Harriet is still reeling from the loss of a love so true and all the relationships that seem so very broken...and yet, she still keeps her arms open to the possibility of reconnecting once again. She's trying to move forward in her life, but it sometimes means also looking back, and what starts as a glance becomes a journey she never anticipated with an ending she never saw coming. Watching her relationships change with both her daughters, even the estranged one, was heartbreaking and joy filled all at once. Seeing connections being made, however tenous, was enough to give YOU hope. Realizing that so many things do in fact come full circle was truly heartwarming. However, as much as I loved the present times, I did so love the past...
Meeting Emma, and her sisters, mother, love interest, friends, and acquaintances, took you right back in time to when the three sister ships were a novelty rather than a maritime tragedy. You could feel the excitement of a new beginning, even as the potential for loss was so very real. The thing is...the loss experienced wasn't that which was anticipated; a fact that we as readers are equal parts grateful for and frightened of. I mean, the known potential for loss is something we can at least prepare for, but the unknown is something so out of our hands that it can feel like there's no coming back. Much like Harriet of today, Emma was no stranger to looking for the good, turning the cheek, and giving others chance after chance. She was a kind soul that had terrible hardships to survive both on land and sea, but her story was one you won't be able to put down.
All in all, a wonderful story filled with amazing characters that truly brought not only the novel but history to life. Honestly, I think everyone will have a different favorite among the characters, but for me, both Emma and Harriet hold my heart. If you're a fan of Historical Fiction, you NEED this one STAT!
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.
Special thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so click on over to your favorite online retailer to snag your copy today.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!