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Queen of the Waves (American tapestries) [Kindle Edition]

Janice Thompson
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Book Description

When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much-anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic.Tessa Bowen hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch; she must assume Jacqueline’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women’s lives are forever changed.

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an award-winning author of nearly eighty books including six historical romances for Summerside Press. Janice was named the 2008 ACFW Mentor of the Year. She lives in Spring, Texas, near her four grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Product Details

  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Summerside Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CCG3K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Take on the Titanic Legacy October 4, 2012
I've always been interested in the RMS Titanic every since I watched the Robert Ballad special in the 1980s. My parents bought me every book that came out on the ship. I lost interest in it when the bloated and overrated 1997 Titanic came out to theaters. This year marked the 100th anniversary since the Titanic sunk and many books have been released about the famous ship. I bought a few of the fiction books that came out earlier this year, but I haven't had time read them yet. When I saw that Queen of the Waves was available to review through Litfuse Publicity Group, I eagerly signed up for it.

Queen of Waves is part of the An American Tapestry series and involves a spoiled rich young woman, Jacqueline Abingdon, who is in love with her family's gardener, Peter Bowen, but her father wants her to marry the wealthy Roland Palmer. Jacqueline makes plans to runaway and to marry Peter. She is supposed to be on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, but she gives her ticket to a poor English girl, Tessa Bowen. Tessa will take her identity on the ship while Peter and she can exchange their vows and start their life together without her father ever knowing.

Tessa Bowen eagerly accepts the opportunity to sail on the Titanic. It's like a dream come to true for her. She gets to stay in an expensive quarters and she gets to wear some of Jacqueline's fancy gowns. Then of course she meets Nathan Patterson, a New Yorker insurance businessman. The two of them hit it off right away and she starts to fall in love with him, but Nathan thinks that she is Jacqueline. She fears that if he knew the truth he would reject her, but that is the least of her worries, as this is the Titanic.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Titanic with a hint of romance October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The romance between Tessa and Nathan was 100 times better than the Titanic Movie with Rose and Jack. I love anything that has to do with the Titanic and was worried at first what the book might bring. I was greatly surprised how well the book was written and how Tessa grabs you. The descriptions the authors does of the ship, gowns, etc was fantastic. The book was a bit slow to start but once the ship leaves the dock things start to happen and you do not want to put the book down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live To Read ~Krystal November 26, 2012
By Chels
Queen of the Waves is a fantastic Titanic story. First off, the movie absolutely traumatized me. I was in the third grade and saw people jumping from the ship, Jack freaking died... oh my god! I was a mess. That's why when I saw this book had something to do with the Titanic, I was leery. I've never read a book on the Titanic, so I thought I'd give it a try. You don't hear screams in a book.

Jacqueline is privileged; her parents want her to marry someone she doesn't love. Instead, she fell for the gardener, Peter. She wants to stay where she is, she does not want to live in her grandmother's house, and the two of them make plans to get Peter's sister, Tessa, on board instead. Tessa is abused by her father. Peter wanted a better life for his sister, so the plan was set. Tessa went through training to become an heiress and was finally ready for her voyage. Little did they know, this little devious plan would affect them greatly... and not for the good.

This book didn't disturb me at all like the movie. Instead, it was an enjoyable ride. Don't get me wrong, the sinking of the ship was still awful to read about, but the plot was so interesting I had to know what was next. Jacqueline and Tessa are strong characters who know what they want. It's hard being a woman during those times, but both of them held their heads up high and took on the world. Just because you know the ending of Titanic doesn't mean you know the ending of the characters. My heart bled and soared with the characters' feelings. The plot had nice pacing; I didn't skim any pages. There wasn't a lot of romance, which was fine with me... it didn't take anything away from the plot. If you're like me and are iffy about a Titanic book, don't worry about this one. I recommend it for you too!

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Titanic Fans Will Enjoy May 6, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story
The characters in this book provoked immediate interest. High fashion, grand scenery, depth to the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LISA SAVA
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommendable historical fiction
"Queen of the Waves" is a lovely story that takes place on the ever-grand Titanic. It certainly has an intriguing plot: A young woman of high society, Jacquie Abingdon, is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by In the Bookcase
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable historical romance
I enjoyed this story for the most part. I was happy that Tessa was able to get away from the cruelty of her father and find a good man to love her. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RSSMILES
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!! Easy and fast!!
Excellent book that kept me on my toes. I loved how the author brought the characters to life to relate with real people. Loved the Titanic history. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Candace E. Winegar
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama On and Off the Sea
When Jacquie Abingdon’s father arranges for her to marry a young colleague of his, her mother secretly plots for her to leave England on board the Titanic to avoid marrying a man... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tamela Mccann
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there going to be a second book?
I always enjoy Janice Thompsons writing...
In this book..Queen of the
wondering if she has a second book to
follow the story.
Published 10 months ago by Barb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Christian Romance
I just finished "Queen Of The Waves". It was a cute story but I wish the Author would have taken more time fleshing out the story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kimberly Lingren
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Historical Romance
What could be better? Reading a book that takes place aboard the Titanic with a wonderful Christian message. And a little romance on the side! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Historical romance with a predictable ending
A bit boring and predictable. It felt a bit staged and the ending was predictable. Not badly written but didnt keep my interest
Published 12 months ago by Sparkling Quartz
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Disappointed
I mostly like the first half of the book. I would have really wanted the real Jacquie's character to be more developed. There was good potential there that was not developed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robyn
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More About the Author

Inspirational author Janice Thompson also writes under the name Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over 100 books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house. Janice is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online course, "Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer" ( has been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all. You can find out more about Janice at or Her Facebook page can be located here:

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