If you love Downton Abbey . . .

If you enjoy watching Downton Abbey, you will love Queen of the Waves. With rich historical detail, Janice Thompson brings the Titanic and its passengers to life once more. You may say, “I know how this story ends.” But under Thompson’s masterful hand, do you?

In Thompson’s story version, the reader experiences a vivid recreation of the doomed liner. The lush tapestry of silks and satins and the intricate architectural details from the privileged lives of the first class passengers. The glitter-studded midnight sky and looming monoliths of ice. The freezing water like shards of cold that befell every passenger regardless of class or station that becomes the metaphor for the human condition. Thompson creates a feast for the senses and strong characterizations that will leave you rooting for their ultimate survival. Throughout each passenger’s story runs a thread of hope, redemption and second chance.

Thompson paints a bittersweet portrait of a watershed event perched on the precipice of the Great War (the one that was supposed to end all others) like the last rose of a time and innocence that would never bloom again.


Historically Speaking—Historical Fiction Picks

Although I have a Master’s in history, I do not read as much historical fiction as I did in my younger years.

But here are a few must-read historical novels I will add to my summer reading list—

Hearts That Survive by Yvonne Lehmann—about the Titanic
Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke—about the Titanic
Are you sensing a theme here?
Roanoke by Angela Hunt—we North Carolinians like to keep up with our favorite history mystery

• anything by Julie Lessman—one of my favorite romance writers who also draws me into her WWI/1920s era Boston world

What about you? Any great historical fiction you’d suggest?

Later this week, my picks for women’s fiction.