Friday, 5 October 2012

Review - Queen of the Waves

Queen of the Waves
By Janice Thompson
Publisher: Summerside
ISBN: 978-1609366865
Pub. Date: October 1, 2012
Pages: 336
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I've always been interested in the RMS Titanic every since I watched the Robert Ballad special in the 1980s. My parents bought me every book that came out on the ship. I lost interest in it when the bloated and overrated 1997 Titanic came out to theaters. This year marked the 100th anniversary since the Titanic sunk and many books have been released about the famous ship. I bought a few of the fiction books that came out earlier this year, but I haven't had time read them yet. When I saw that Queen of the Waves was available to review through Litfuse Publicity Group, I eagerly signed up for it.

Queen of Waves is part of the An American Tapestry series and involves a spoiled rich young woman, Jacqueline Abingdon, who is in love with her family's gardener, Peter Bowen, but her father wants her to marry the wealthy Roland Palmer. Jacqueline makes plans to runaway and to marry Peter. She is supposed to be on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, but she gives her ticket to a poor English girl, Tessa Bowen. Tessa will take her identity on the ship while Peter and she can exchange their vows and start their life together without her father ever knowing.

Tessa Bowen eagerly accepts the opportunity to sail on the Titanic. It’s like a dream come to true for her. She gets to stay in an expensive quarters and she gets to wear some of Jacqueline's fancy gowns. Then of course she meets Nathan Patterson, a New Yorker insurance businessman. The two of them hit it off right away and she starts to fall in love with him, but Nathan thinks that she is Jacqueline. She fears that if he knew the truth he would reject her, but that is the least of her worries, as this is the Titanic.

I thought a love story aboard the Titanic would be a disaster, only because of my dislike for the 1997 Titanic movie, but author Janice Thompson has a way with descriptions and dialogue that made Queens of Waves a delight to read. The characters are well-developed and likeable. The romance between Tessa and Nathan is more believable than the one between Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in 1997's Titanic). And unlike the movie, Queen of Wave's ending isn't predictable. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book and it has definitely sparked by re-interest in the Titanic legacy.  

About the Author:

Award-winning author Janice Thompson, who also writes under the name Janice Hanna, has published nearly eighty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more.

She formerly served as vice president of the Christian Authors Network and was named the 2008 Mentor of the Year by the American Christian Fiction Writers. Thompson lives in Spring, Texas, near her four grown daughters and young grandchildren. She leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends and two mischievous dachshunds.

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