All of the Write Romantics love to read about as much as we love to write. We’ve all got enormous TBR piles and bulging Kindles because each time we interview an author on the blog their novel gets added to the pile. We wanted to find a way to share our love of reading and that’s why we’ve set up The Write Romantics Book Group.
The plan is that each month one of the Write Romantics selects a book and, just like in any other book group, we’ll then be reading that book. And what I’m hoping is that some of you will want to join in and read with us. We’ve set up a group on Goodreads which, rather unsurprisingly, is called The Write Romantics Book Group and you can find that here. We’ll be posting comments on each month’s book over there and we hope that you’ll join in the conversation.
Goodreads is brilliant for meeting likeminded book people so please do ‘friend’ us (or whatever the correct terminology is) and let us know what you think. At the end of the month we’ll post a review on the blog and on Goodreads.
But what should the book group read? Obviously that was a really tough one. I gave it a lot of thought and I’m really hoping that you’ll like my choice.
Having met Hazel Gaynor at the Romantic Novelists Conference last month and heard her talk about her novel, The Girl Who Came Home, I thought it’d be a great book group choice. And we’re delighted to say that Hazel will be joining us on Saturday 9th August to answer our questions about her book.
Inspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.
Ireland, 1912. Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the lucky few passengers in steerage who survives. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that terrible night ever again.
Chicago, 1982. Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her Great Nana Maggie shares the painful secret she harboured for almost a lifetime about the Titanic, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.
I’ve already read it and I loved it. It’s a real page-turner and also a really emotional read. You don’t have to just take my word for it though. It’s been reviewed by Karen at My Reading Corner (check out her review here) and Kirsty at Love of a Good Book (you can find her review here)
I really hope that you’ll join our Book Group and, if you do, that you’ll enjoy reading The Girl Who Came Home as much as I did. And please do let us know what you think either on this page or over on the Goodreads group.