Title: Hearts that Survive (A Novel of the Titanic)
Author: Yvonne Lehman
My Rating: 5+ stars
This is a riveting story set in an era where social class determined much and a marriage to someone who wasn’t in the same class was appalling. John and Lydia’s marriage based on love and mutual faith takes place on the night the unsinkable ship struck an iceberg. Their love and faith bathed in redemption grips the heart of the reader, dragging them into a whirlwind story that takes away one’s breath.
Other characters in the story, some of which were real people, bring back the night of April 1912 on the maiden voyage of Titanic. Like others, I have seen movies and read novels based on the Titanic that might give the impression that another tale based on the Titanic would be like other books. Nothing could be further from the truth!
Yvonne Lehman offers both a heartbreaking story coupled with one of redemption. As most tales always have antagonists, this one has one by the name of Craven Dowd the president of a railroad who sees himself as the protector of an heiress, Lydia. Every time I read in the novel what the man was doing or not doing I kept getting the sense he wasn’t what he appeared to be to others. You will have to read and make that determination for yourself.
Other delightful characters like Molly Brown and the Astors bring delight and joy to the celebration of John and Lydia’s marriage. After that fateful night’s events, Lydia along with other survivors must decide through the fog what their lives are to become now that nothing will ever be the same. In the pages, faith is a theme that enraptures the soul of some while others don’t see the need for it and live without it. Each character grapples with finding peace or answers sometimes without those answers as to how a God could allow such a night to pass with so many lives lost.
I read this magnificent tale in one sitting. I simply couldn’t stop. The powerful message of forgiveness and redemption comes through all the way to the last page! I hope whether you’re a fan of the Titanic story or not that you will read a novel that will surely bring you to an exciting conclusion!
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