Queen of the Waves was such an enjoyable read. Janice Thompson's research is clearly evident in the descriptions of the not only the elegance of this famous ship, but the fashions of the day as well. When I began reading Queen of the Waves, I was unsure how much I would enjoy it because of the movies that had been made that I would compare it to. However, the story captivated me from the beginning and held my interest until the very end. I have read several books by Janice Thompson and have enjoyed them all, so I don't know why I was apprehensive.
The story centers around Tessa and her brother, Peter, as well as Jaquie, a wealthy young lady who is engaged to be married to a man she does not love because she loves Peter. In order to escape this arranged marriage, Jaquie's mother deceives her husband and arranges for her passage on the Titanic to stay with her grandmother. In a deception of their own, Jaquie and Peter arrange for Tessa to take Jaquie's place on the Titanic so that she can escape her abusive father and so that Jaquie can be free to marry Peter.
Once onboard the ship, Tessa must contend with Iris, Jaquie's maid who is not thrilled about serving a young lady who is in reality below her station. Tessa also meets Nathan, who believes her to be a wealthy, first class passenger. As Nathan and Tessa grow in there interest for each other, Tessa relizes she must make a choice about revealing her true identity.
Of course, when the Titanic sinks, we are wondering which characters will survive. My only wish was that there had been a little more closure for some of the characters in the story. As the story ended, it left some open ended possibilities for some of them. A lot of readers enjoy this, however, I wanted it all tied up in a neat bow at the end. Thompson, however, preferred to give us more of a "real life" type of ending. Overall, this was a wonderful book that I greatly enjoyed reading.