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Review: The Girl Who Came Home

February 10, 2015

The Girl Who Came Home

Maggie Murphy is immigrating to America at the insistence of her aunt even though her heart is in Ireland with Séamus.  They’ll sail on the Titanic’s maiden voyage and head to Chicago where her aunt has made a name for herself.  Maggie survives the Titanic’s disaster but decides to never speak about it.

Seventy years later, Maggie’s granddaughter, Grace needs to find a purpose in her life after the death of her father.  She has the opportunity for an internship at a newspaper but doesn’t know what to write about.  Maggie decides  the time has finally come to tell her story.

My book club was lucky enough to receive copies of The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor from Book Club Girl and we met to discuss it in January.  I have to admit that I’m not the biggest historical fiction fan so I wasn’t all that excited to read this book but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say I loved it but I did like it very much.  I became attached to the characters and was moved by the plight of the Titanic’s survivors.

Everyone in my book club enjoyed The Girl Who Came Home.  We started talking about the book as everyone was arriving.  I cut up the discussion questions and had everyone draw one and lead the discussion for their question and we found we had a lot to say about this book.  Everyone admitted that they’d never thought about the trauma and guilt the survivors went through after the ship sank.  I came to appreciate the book more after our discussion.

The Girl Who Came Home was a hit with my book club so I can recommend it to others with confidence.  If you like the Titanic and/or historical fiction you won’t want to miss this book!

Review copy provided by Harper Collins.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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33 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2015 5:35 am

    Wi think I am on Titanic overload. May not be for me now.

  2. Beth F permalink
    February 10, 2015 7:01 am

    I’ve been meaning to read this. I’m one of those people who can’t seem to read enough about the Titanic.

  3. February 10, 2015 7:40 am

    I have started this twice and just can’t get into it. I will try again one of these days. 🙂

  4. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    February 10, 2015 7:53 am

    Our book club read it too and found the description of life aboard the Titanic fascinating.

  5. February 10, 2015 7:53 am

    The beginning of this book sounds a lot like the Titanic movie. I am curious to know how the rest of it unfolds. I’ll give it a try!

  6. February 10, 2015 8:40 am

    This sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing your review.

  7. February 10, 2015 8:56 am

    Sounds like a good one. I love the idea of cutting up the questions and having people draw them. I may try that at my book club.

  8. February 10, 2015 9:15 am

    So glad to know you enjoyed this one! I love reading about the Titanic and have it on my kindle.

  9. February 10, 2015 10:02 am

    Another book to add to my let’s-buy-this-one-and-add-it-to-my-TBR-Pile!

  10. February 10, 2015 11:13 am

    I didn’t realize this was Hazel Gaynor. I’m reading A Memory of Violets and enjoying it. I just added this one to my TBR.

  11. February 10, 2015 11:24 am

    I think this one sounds so interesting! Glad it was a good pick for you and your book club!

  12. February 10, 2015 11:58 am

    I love multi-generational stories, though the plot of an older woman finally revealing her tale just really reminds me of the Titanic movie.

  13. February 10, 2015 12:06 pm

    This has been on my shelf and I need to get it read. Since I love historical fiction and the story of the Titanic, I am pretty sure I will love it. I loved book club and miss it. What I do really miss about book club is getting those other perspective of the books and the discussion you have about them.

  14. February 10, 2015 12:22 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Kathy! It does sound interesting. I hadn’t heard of Book Club Girl before. 🙂

  15. February 10, 2015 12:41 pm

    I tend to veer away from anything Titanic-related. I think it’s because I know the basic outcome, if not the individual story’s outcome. How great that you have a F2F bookclub. We’ve been discussing this in one of my goodreads groups, how great it is that so many people have found online book clubs that have no “reader” friends IRL or people to make a book club with.

  16. February 10, 2015 1:33 pm

    I like how you divvied up the discussion questions. I think I’ll use that strategy for my next book club. I think I’m like you — Historical fiction is not my favorite, but I do like some.

  17. Literary Feline permalink
    February 10, 2015 1:52 pm

    I really want to read this one. I do love historical fiction when I read it. I have another of this author’s books as well, her latest, I think. It sounds like it will be good too.

  18. swright9 permalink
    February 10, 2015 2:04 pm

    I thought i’d read most on the Titanic. But now more!

  19. Patty permalink
    February 10, 2015 2:09 pm

    It does sound really good and the way you did the discussion questions was really a fun way to get started!

  20. February 10, 2015 2:15 pm

    I have this book on my shelf but need to get to it. I am currently reading her book A MEMORY OF VIOLETS. It is wonderful.

    Glad to hear it is so good and your book club enjoyed the book and the discussion.

    Great review.

  21. February 10, 2015 2:46 pm

    This one interests me. I am fascinated by the Titanic accident and its few survivors. This sounds like a good read.

  22. February 10, 2015 3:17 pm

    I do like the sound of this one…a different twist to the Titanic story.

  23. February 10, 2015 4:17 pm

    I have actually never read a book about it

  24. February 10, 2015 4:54 pm

    I love historical fic, so I am adding this to my list. Thanks for the great review!

  25. February 10, 2015 6:51 pm

    I am fascinated with Titanic stories and have been meaning to read this one. I love book club discussions because I also usually come out of them with a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of the book.

  26. February 11, 2015 12:15 am

    I definitely like reading about the Titanic! This one sounds like a good read.

  27. February 11, 2015 3:25 pm

    I have this one on my Kindle and hope to read it soon. Thanks for reminding me that I have it! If you, not being a fan of historical fiction, liked it a lot then I’ll probably love it.

  28. February 11, 2015 6:03 pm

    I was gifted this book, and I have the author’s newest one on my shelf. I definitely want to read it. So happy your book club enjoyed, the ones that have everyone talking are the best.

  29. Ryan permalink
    February 11, 2015 9:03 pm

    I’ve tried to read other historical fiction books sets in or around the Titanic, and I think the overall genre isn’t for me. Sometimes, like know, I wish I was able to get into them.

  30. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2015 12:37 pm

    Your review reminded me that I want to read this one! I need to pull it out!

  31. February 14, 2015 8:00 am

    This one sounds really good to me! I hadn’t heard of it before so thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

  32. February 16, 2015 9:55 pm

    I’m going to recommend this one to my book club! You know what a huge historical fiction fan that I am….this one sounds right up my alley!

  33. Christa Edwards permalink
    May 24, 2016 8:52 pm

    I am curious to see the discussion questions you used. I have some general questions ready, but I would like some that are deeper-thinking.

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