Women and Children First Review

  • Women and Children First explore the turmoil of the sinking of one of the most famous ships of all time and its aftermath through the eyes of several different characters. The Titanic was the most magnificent ship ever built, offering every possible luxury to her passengers – yet on the night on the 14th of April, 1912, she sank in the North Atlantic, leaving the lucky ones floating in wooden rowing boats, and the rest struggling for their lives in the icy water. This novel follows the fortunes of Reg, a handsome young steward who works in the first-class dining room; Annie, a gifted Irishwoman who is travelling to America with her four children; Juliette, a titled English lady who is pregnant and unmarried; an American millionaire and his wife who are trapped in a poisoned marriage; and a mystery passenger who never shows her face in public. The sinking of the Titanic not only steals lives but blows apart the futures of those who survive. Coming to terms with the shocking events, survivors form new attachments, make decisions with tragic consequences, and watch all their old certainties crumble. How can life ever be the same again when you have heard 1,500 people dying in the water around you?

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“I loved this story and the characters. The Titanic from a different slant, follows the lives of three families aboard the Titanic.

Very disappointed in the very abrupt ending. I would have loved to have read further on into the lives of the characters, instead all of it was tightly wrapped up in a few pages, clipped off as if the author just got tired of the story. I hope it has a sequel. …” By Carmylita

“Another of ms gill’s successes. She is a gifted researcher and writer. She has captured the essence of PTSD in this story with her characters and is a writer whose stories I will seek out again and again. She deserves a 5 rating with this tale. I intend to read her over and over.” By BJH

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Product Details

Author: Gill Paul
Kindle price: Paperback from $0.78
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Avon Books (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1847563252
ISBN-13: 978-1847563255
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,485 in Books

Forgotten Women Review

  • It is 1936 and Spain is on the brink of civil war. Across Europe, young men are enlisting in the International Brigade to free their Spanish brethren from the grip of fascism, leaving sisters and lovers at home.
  • But not all women are content to be left behind. In Britain, Charlotte McBain and Libby Forbes, friends from opposite sides of the class divide, are determined to do what they can; in Spain, Rosita García Díaz, fiercely loyal to her family and country, cannot stand by and watch. Three brave women, inspired by patriotism, idealism, love and even revenge, dare to go into battle against tradition and oppression.
  • Tying them all together is Jo, Libby’s granddaughter. Five decades later she travels to Spain hoping to make sense of a troubling letter hidden among her grandmother’s possessions. What she learns will change all of their lives forever.
  • Deceit, heartbreak and a longstanding fear of reprisals must all be overcome if the deeds of the forgotten women are to be properly honoured.

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“I loved this book although sometimes found it just a little disconcerting switching between the years 1936 and 1986. This book, mainly about the Spanish Civil War is so well researched and is a cannot put it down book, at least in my case. I learned things I dodnt know about the International Brigade and the dreadful privations if anyone was caught plotting, or deemed to plot against the current regime. Many people were executed during this time. The story also, as well as being a great document of history, contains mystery and a love story. I loved it, and then I have always enjoyed Freda Lightfoot’s books and this didn’t disappoint at all.” By Anthea R. Close

“I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is a very beautifully written story. The story flips back between 1936 and 1986. Charlotte and Libby’s story was so moving. I had to know how this play out. I admitted Jo’s tenacity for trying to uncover the truth. This is a very enjoyable read.”By Diane8513

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Author: Freda Lightfoot
Kindle price: Paperback $4.99 Audible $0.00 MP3 CD $9.99
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1503934217
ISBN-13: 978-1503934214
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,834 in Books