April, 1912. Edwina Winfield is returning to New York from her engagement trip to England with her fiancé, Charles, her parents and her five siblings. Deeply in love, she and Charles are looking forward to beginning their new life together. They are travelling on the maiden voyage of the greatest ship ever built: the SMS Titanic.
But in one fatal night, Edwina's life is changed for ever.
Mourning the loss of the man she loves, Edwina is left to care for her brothers and sisters alone.Somehow, she must find a way to deal with the terrible tragedy and learn to free herself from the ghosts of those she loved and lost on the Titanic...
A heartbreaking but ultimately inspiring novel about tragedy and hope from the world's favourite storyteller Danielle Steel
Steel ( Heartbeat ) shamelessly plucks her readers' heartstrings in this predictably sentimental novel. In 1912, during a harrowing Atlantic crossing, 20-year-old Edwina Winfield loses her parents and fiance in the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic . She bravely shoulders full responsibility for her younger siblings--sensible Philip, wiseacre George, angelic Alexis and toddlers Fannie and Teddy--and resigns herself to spinsterhood, certain she will never wish to marry. Financially if not emotionally secure in San Francisco, she ponders the fate of their father's newspaper business, capably mothers her brood and politely declines the amorous advances of a family friend. Additional tragedy awaits in the form of WW I and, again, tears are shed, but the indomitable Winfields prevail, eventually gaining access to glamourous 1920s Hollywood. As George develops a career in the movie industry and stunning blonde Alexis dreams of stardom, readers will begin to suspect that long-suffering, virtuous Edwina might have another chance at happiness (read: true love). Steel can never be accused of subtlety, but fans of her brand of romance won't be disappointed. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections; author tour.