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Queen of the Waves Paperback – October 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I really enjoyed Queen of the Waves, it was well written and a novel I didn't want to put down or see end! One I would recommend to friends and my book club!Published 13 months ago by Janila Beach
The author has given readers a very well written book about human deception and possible consequences of such. She also does not rule out God's grace in the midst of it all. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gram of 7
Just loved this book. I have never read a Christian fiction with the Titanic as a theme, but I enjoyed it so much. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
The characters were realistic and alive. I lookers forward to my reading time each day and hated to see the book come to a close. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dottie Densford
Story is written to entice you to read further. I could not put it down. I needed to find out everything. I feel more description of ship and its amenities. Great read!!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked the story! It was well done, kept me reading to see what happened next.Published 15 months ago by M. Best
The characters in this book provoked immediate interest. High fashion, grand scenery, depth to the characters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by LISA SAVA
"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 morePublished 21 months ago by In the Bookcase