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  1. Queen of the Waves: Titanic - eBookeBOOK
    Queen of the Waves: Titanic - eBook
    Janice Thompson
    Summerside Press / 2012 / ePub
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  1. maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Queen of the Waves
    October 15, 2012
    Tammi
    maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A sad story, it is true, but there are stories to be told--real or imaged. Queen of the Waves is a story that contains both fictional and real characters from history. A story that, in my opinion, shouldn't go unread.

    When I started reading the book I noticed a prince and the pauper theme beginning to emerge. Tessa Bowen, the daughter of a pig farmer who has experienced real hardships and abuse from her father and I wanted to throttle him for the way he treated her. Jacquie Abingdon, the daughter of a successful business man, has been included in an arranged marriage to a man she doesn't like as part of their businesses merging. Her mother wants to send Jacquie to visit her grandmother in New York, but Jacquie wants to marry Peter Bowen, their gardener and Tessa's brother.

    Peter Bowen, loves his sister and wants to help her to escape from the farm and her father.

    A plan begins to form...a plan where Tessa takes Jacquie's place on the Titanic.

    I enjoyed the story, the sights and smells, sounds, and people came to life under the the pen of Janice Thompson. A sad story, its true, but there are friendships formed, lives and souls saved, and lessons learned. If you choose to pick up this book I think you will be glad you did.

    **Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fall in love onboard the Titanic all over again!
    October 13, 2012
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "A wave of fear washed over Jacquie afresh as she tried to absorb the news.

    Father dangled the cigar between his fingers. "I'm delighted about Roland's offer, as you can imagine. I do hope you will be as well. This has been a thoughtful undertaking."

    "B-but..." She couldn't seem to manage anything else. The lump in her throat wouldn't allow it.

    "He's a good man, and a kind one. I can't deny that the arrangement is advantageous for us all, but I do believe you will settle happily. He will treat you well and give you a good life. And you will never want for anything. Of this, we can be quite sure." Another puff of the cigar followed on her father's end and then a nod. "Roland has a large home in New York and has just purchased the Willingham estate here in Richmond near the Thames."

    "Well, that sounds lovely." Jacquie's mother folded her hands in her lap and sat up a bit straighter.

    "Yes." Father grinned. "And what a stroke of luck, marrying a man in the automobile industry. Not only will you have an enviable home, but you will also own the best vehicles in the country."

    Jacquie swallowed hard as she thought about how to respond. Of course her father found this news to be delightful. He would. But she could not - would not - marry a man she had no feelings for, especially when her heart remained affixed to another. She forced a smile and fought to quiet her racing heart, fearing it might somehow give her away.

    As Jacquie's mother quickly whisked her away to her room to begin making wedding plans as her mother's voice lowered to a whisper as she opened the hatbox and pressed several newspaper clippings into Jacquie's hands. " A new ocean liner is leaving Southhampton in five weeks, headed for New York. Arrangements can be made for you to be onboard when she sails, but we must hurry." She pressed the now empty hatbox onto the shelf.

    "W-what? You're sending me to America?" Jacquie shook her head as she started down at the newspaper clippings. A photograph of the RMS Titanic stared back at her. "What are you saying, Mother? Have you and Father planned this as some sort of honeymoon gift?"

    Mama shook her head. "I've known for weeks that your father was, well...working on a plan with Mr. Palmer, but I'm not talking about sending you two off on a honeymoon. Not at all. Listen to me. I know the pain of a forced union firsthand. My own father, God rest his soul, made sure I was advantageously matched as well." Her expression hardened. "My daughter will not be painted into that same corner. I would soon die that allow it, trust me." (pg 21).

    Her mother learned that Jacquie had fallen in love with their gardener, Peter Bowen, but felt she must leave England on the Titanic and stay in New York with her grandmother. Perhaps there she could find the love she was truly searching for. But how could she leave behind the only man she had ever loved? One thing for sure, she knew she could not go through with her father's plans to marry Roland Palmer.

    In the latest novel from Janice Thompson in the American Tapestries series, Queen of the Waves, takes the readers back into a historical fictional romance of 1912 as Jacquie Abingdon attempts to runaway aboard the Titanic to escape the arranged marriage to Roland Palmer without her father's knowledge. When she tells Peter of her plan to include taking him on the trip, he turns down the offer telling her that his family depends on his income to support them. He can't leave them. He does offer Jacquie another option, to send his sister Tessa, who is the same age as Jacquie in her place to escape the abuse from their drunken father. Jacquie agrees and they spend the next two weeks preparing Tessa to take her place onboard the Titanic and provide a way for her to escape as well. How can Tessa Bowen attempt to act like a lady of society when all she has ever known is the life of being a pig farmer's daughter?

    The two women make arrangements to meet on the dock to make the switch in boarding passes and tickets and Tessa will go by the name of Jacquie Abingdon and head to New York. Jacquie will send a letter to her grandmother in New York explaining that she could not leave because she wanted to marry Peter, someone her parents would never allow her to marry due to his social status. She knew her grandmother would take Tessa in and would send along her lady's maid, Iris to help Tessa as needed. Little did Jacquie know what would later happen and how all their lives would change forever in ways none of them could ever prepare for.

    I received Queen of the Waves compliments of Summerside Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I've been a huge fan of the Titanic when it first came to the big screen and it really interested me to know more about the lives of so many who boarded the fateful ship that day in hopes of a new life in America only to have so many never make it. When the opportunity came up to review this novel, I knew I would instantly want to read it and in the process LOVE the characters that Janice Thompson breathed to life in the pages of her novel. You feel the emotional anguish between Tessa and Jacquie's choices to make their lives their own through choices neither of them felt they could make. In a twist of fate, one would find love and the other pain beyond belief but in the end, healing would come to them all. I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars. For those of you that love romantic novels about the Titanic, then this one is a MUST READ for you!
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance, Adventure and Disaster - Great Read!
    October 9, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Janice Thompson in her new book, "Queen of the Waves" Book One in the An American Tapestry series published by Summerside Press takes us into the life of Tessa Bowen and the luxury liner, Titanic.

    From the back cover: Two families on opposite sides of the globe are shaken by the rise and fall of the Titanic, "Queen of the Ocean."

    When pampered Jacqueline Abingdon makes secrete plans to elope with the family gardener, she concocts a scheme for another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. From a poor corner of England, Tessa Bowen has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime-a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there's a catch: she must assume another woman's identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in expensive quarters, dresses in luxurious gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy young American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa must struggle to keep up the ruse even as she finds herself falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and Tessa's life is forever changed.

    Any story about the Titanic's maiden voyage is going to be highly emotional due to the tragedy involved. This great ship is going to sink and most of the passengers and crew will be lost. That is history. Now Ms. Thompson has given us a story that belongs up there with the terrific movies that have come before including the version from James Cameron. These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you don't want to see anyone die. You want to get to the end but you don't want to really find out who is going to make and who won't. Be forewarned this book will tear at your heartstrings but it will be all worth it. Danger, thrills and romance "Queen of the Waves" has it all. This book does not disappoint in any area. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. New York, NY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read!!!
    October 3, 2012
    Alicia
    New York, NY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    After 100 years we are still captivated by the Titanic, so much has been uncovered yet still so much is left hidden. The author took the many unknown facts about Titanic and made a gripping story of the power of love, forgiveness, mercy, and new beginnings. Though many books have been written about the subject, Janice was able to make Queen of the Waves unique.

    When a pig farmer and aristocrat switch lives you know nothing good is going to come out of that, or will there? Janice has a way of keeping you very much in suspense. The continuos descriptions of the magnificent ship, allowed one to feel as if you themselves are aboard the floating palace. You could very well picture the grand stair case and the glass domed ceiling "looking like a pinch from a falling star, equal in brightness and beauty."The different dresses, hats, varying in style, color, and material were very well imaginable. Even the food could be pictured, the oxtails, oysters and the well cooked beef. Leaving you hungry for food and more of the book.

    Though the Titanic, is a favorite era of mine, that is not what solely made this book great. Not even the the well described scenes, people, or happenings made this book stand apart. The focus on the redemption that Christ offers was made this book from just another Titanic story to a great read. Janice wrote with such conviction. Not like most books, Queen of the Waves did not have just one spiritual message but several that the reader could glean from. Feeding you spiritually, historically intellectually and making you laugh out loud, Queen of the Waves is a must read, getting 5 out of 5 stars.

    I received this book for free, from Litfuse, in exchange for this honest review.
  5. DAVENPORT, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    THE VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME. . .
    October 1, 2012
    THE SELF TAUGHT COOK
    DAVENPORT, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The maiden voyage of the Titanic was the opportunity of a lifetime. For many, it was a voyage to a new home, a new life, a new beginning. When Jacqueline Abingdon sees that her father has made marriage plans for her without her consent, the ship becomes the main part of her escape plan. For Tessa Bowen, her part in Jacqueline's plan will give her a new start in life, if she can carry off her part of the masquerade. But everyone's destiny is changed in unforeseen ways when the voyage comes to a tragic end.

    There has always been a fascination with Titanic. An untold number of books have been written on the subject, movies have been made, and museums and memorials have been erected in her honor. One hundred years later, we still can't get enough on the subject, and I admit to being one of the worst Titanic-philes around. I love a good book, fiction or non-fiction, connected with the subject, so you can imagine my excitement when this book, the first in Summerside's American Tapestries series, arrived. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. This novel does a good job of telling the personal interest side of the story. The characters are well-developed, causing the reader to care about the outcome of each one. The author has maintained the accuracy of the historical aspects of the story. This was a compelling read, with no violence, sexual situations, or strong language. I look forward to reading the future installments in this historical romance series.

    4 stars
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