Aficionados are likely aware of the group of Irish immigrants aboard the Titanic upon whom Gaynor based her novel and will be fascinated by how she plays out the tragic event by focusing on a survivor. Told through flashbacks and several points of view, the story juxtaposes the emotional trauma of two women separated by 80 years. Readers will enjoy this lovely, heartfelt story.

In April 1912, 17-year-old Maggie Murphy boards the Titanic to begin a new life, but she’s leaving her beloved Seamus behind. On the fateful night, the telegraph operator is able to send a telegram to Seamus, but the garbled message leaves him to assume the worst. Maggie survives and is taken to New York on the Carpathia. Maggie doesn’t talk about the disaster for years — until her great-granddaughter, Grace Butler, discovers the story of her journey. (WILLIAM MORROW, Apr., 384 pp., $14.99)
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Kathe Robin