“The enchanting saga of two Irish sisters…This new chapter of Titanic lore is worth plunging into.”
From the acclaimed author of The Girls of Ennismore comes a captivating and extraordinary tale of perseverance and bravery. This touching saga of sisterhood—perfect for fans of Fiona Davis and Marie Benedict—follows two young Irish women yearning for independence and adventure, as they set sail on RMS Titanic—the “ship of dreams”—only to be faced with the tragedy of that fabled maiden voyage…
Delia Sweeney has always been unlike her older sister—fair and delicate compared to tall, statuesque Nora, whose hair is as dark as Donegal turf. In other ways too, the sisters are leagues apart. Nora is her mother’s darling, favored at every turn, and expected to marry into wealth. Delia, constantly slighted, finds a measure of happiness helping her da on the farm. The rest of the time, she reads about far-off places that seem sure to remain a fantasy. Until the day a letter arrives from America . . .
A distant relative has provided the means for Delia and Nora to go to New York. Delia will be a lowly maid in a modest household, while Nora will be governess for a well-to-do family. In Queenstown, Cork, they board the Titanic, a majestic new ocean liner making its maiden voyage. Any hope Delia carried that she and her sister might become closer during the trip soon vanishes. For there are far greater perils to contend with as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic . . .
In the wake of that fateful journey, Delia makes an impulsive choice—and takes Nora’s place as governess. Her decision sparks an adventure that leads her from Fifth Avenue to Dallas, Texas, where oilfields bring unimagined riches to some, despair to others. Delia grows close to her vulnerable young charge, and to the girl’s father. But her deception will have repercussions impossible to foresee, even as it brings happiness within reach for the first time . . .
Falvey (The Girls of Ennismore) delivers the enchanting saga of two Irish sisters who board the Titanic with dreams of new lives in New York City. In 1911, a letter arrives at the Sweeney home in County Donegal from a late cousin's husband, requesting a governess for his daughter in New York. At 18, Delia Sweeney longs to escape, but her mother chooses Delia's older sister, Nora. However, their reticent father secures Delia her own berth on the Titanic and work in New York as a maid. On their voyage, Delia wakes Nora after the ship begins to sink, but the sisters are separated in the ensuing chaos. Both survive, and, once in New York, Delia pretends to be Nora and takes the governess position. Meanwhile, Nora wakes in a New York City hospital without any memory of her identity and is taken in by a wealthy Irish suffragette. As Delia worries about the truth being discovered, Nora contends with a sexual predator in her new household. Falvey does a good job capturing the girls' excitement at leaving Ireland for New York, and of showing Nora's gradual recovery of her memories. This new chapter of Titanic lore is worth plunging into.