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Monday, April 23, 2012

Hearts That Survive: A Novel of The Titanic by Yvonne Lehman

Hearts That Survive: A Novel of The Titanic by Yvonne Lehman
Published By: Abingdon Press
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback - 432 pages / Kindle - 620 KB / Nook - 1 MB
ISBN: 1426744889
ASIN: B007A229RS
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

About The Author:

Hearts That Survive: A Novel of The Titanic is Yvonne Lehman's 50th novel. She is a best-selling, award winning author who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and now directs the Blue Ridge "Autumn in the Mountains" Novelist Retreat held annually in October She lives in Black Mountain, amid the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge. She mentors students for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned her Master's Degree in English at Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level.

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Disclaimer: At the request of the author, publisher and Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, a Paperback edition of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Monday, April 23, 2012, in association with Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, author Yvonne Lehman participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

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April 12-26, 2012

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Book Description:

In April 1912, Lydia Beaumont is on her way to a new life with a boundless hope, against all that Craven Dowd desires for her and himself. Her friendship with Caroline Chadwick deepens as they plan Lydia's wedding on board the "grandest ship ever built." Then both women suffer tragic losses when the "unsinkable" Titanic collides with an iceberg and there are only 20 lifeboats for 2207 passengers. They struggle to keep their families and dreams together.

Decades later, Caroline's granddaughter, working at the museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, plans for the 50th memorial for the sinking and contacts survivors and descendants of survivors. Alan Morris feels like a failure until he discovers he is the descendant of an acclaimed novelist who lost his life when the Titanic sank. He becomes caught up in finding his identity in the past and must come to terms with his present and the meaning of true success.

Characters struggle to answer whether love is more powerful than the pain of loss and learn what it means for a heart to survive.

My Book Review:

What was supposed to be the maiden voyage to America for "the greatest ship ever built," The RMS Titanic, turned into a horrific tragedy that forever changed the course of the lives of so many people. The "ship of dreams" was thought to be unsinkable, but on that cold and icy night of April 14, 1912, the gaiety and liveliness of the passengers turned to horror, when the ship collided with an iceberg and began to take on water, slowly sinking into the North Atlantic. From 2207 passengers only 675 survived the tragedy ... Hearts That Survive is the fictional story of some of those survivors, the story of how through their painful loss they learned to survive.

Hearts That Survive: A Novel of The Titanic is a profoundly inspirational novel of the amazing spirit of people who learn to survive from a tragedy. The storyline is powerfully compelling, the author takes the reader through three segments: Before the sinking which details the final two days of the Titanic's journey, the gripping detail is breathtakingly beautiful yet haunting, you can't help but have the tissues nearby; During the sinking of the Titanic, where the reader is transported to the icy waters of the North Atlantic, and the slow descent of the grand ship into the ocean and the horror that befell its passengers; and After the rescue, where the reader follows the stories of some of the survivors. The attention to detail throughout the story was phenomenal, the reader is easily transported back to that tragic era in history. The storyline also had a wonderful yet tragic love story that leaves the reader emotionally spent, and also a heartwarming story of friendship that comes out of the tragedy that lasts throughout the years. There are so many characters in this story, I had to keep a list so I could keep them all straight. The characters are realistic, their complex personalities and intertwining lives are fascinating, and the reader is drawn into the inspirational story of their lives. The author does a wonderful job of telling a story that spans the generations, she engages the reader to become invested in all of the character's lives.

The inspiring message of the amazing spirit and heart of people who survive devastation and tragedy is one that will stay with the reader long past the end of the story. Hearts That Survive: A Novel of The Titanic   is a powerful novel that has been released in time for the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I would encourage that everyone should read this novel: for a piece of history; for a great story of love, friendship, heartbreak and redemption; and finally for the inspirational message that hearts do survive.


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