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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Summerside Press, an imprint of Guideposts (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609366867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609366865
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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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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