Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Titanic Love Stories

Titanic Love Stories
by Gill Paul

Why did you choose this book? I am obsessed with the Titanic
When did you read this book? June 2012
Who should read this book? anyone who picks up anything related to the Titanic
Source: borrowed from a friend
Here is a synopsis of Titanic Love Stories from Goodreads, where it rates 4.19 stars.

The legacy of the ill-fated Titanic now is almost synonymous with the fictionalised love story of the famous movie. But what about the real couples aboard the ocean liner? Among the passengers were 13 couples on their honeymoon, full of hope for a future together.

In the case of six couples, both survived. Four couples saw the death of the husband and the survival of the wife. And tragically, three couples died. Each story is rich in personal and historical detail.

Read about the lady who wasn’t able to remarry because she had no proof that her husband died, and a mother who had a premonition that an ocean voyage for her son and his new wife would bring bad luck, and made them promise to avoid boats.

My Review 

I have been fascinated with the story of the Titanic ever since I was young and watched A Night to Remember with my grandma on the late show. It’s easy to understand why Grandma was obsessed; she was only 9 years old when she made the journey to the US just 13 months before the Titanic sank! With the 100th anniversary of the disaster this past April, many books based on the tragedy have been published this year.  

This one caught my eye for several reasons. First, and most obvious, it is about the Titanic! Also, the cover is beautiful! And while I knew the story of the Strauss’ and how she refused to leave her husband, I was not aware of the honeymooning couples on board. Obviously, there are some unhappy endings here. But what I liked about this book is how it put faces on the staticstics. Yes, we knew many, many people died that night, but now, at least these 13 couples are more than just a statistic to me. There is a sketch of each couple; how they met and why they were traveling, and their plans for their futures. For those that survived, there is a bit of information on their life after Titanic and how the disaster affected them And there are lots of pictures; of the couples, of the ship, and of menus, tickets, and other artifacts relating to the voyage.

This is a very quick read, and doesn’t cover a lot of the details you will read in other books about the Titanic. That is fine, because if you don’t know the story, you can read it elsewhere. But this book is worth reading for anyone obsessed with the Titanic and wants a little more ‘personal’ perspective on the tragedy.

My Rating:  ★★★1/2  3-1/2 Stars


  1. The stories from the Titanic have always been so fascinating to me.

  2. Stories from Titantic are unique, especially one of love stories. Thanks for review.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog