Hearts that Survive
By Yvonne Lehman
Abingdon Press, $14.99
Synopsis: On April 15, 1912, Lydia Beaumont is on her way to a new life with a boundless hope in love and faith. Her new friendship with Caroline Chadwick is bonded even more as they plan Lydia’s wedding on board the “grandest ship ever built.” Then both women suffer tragic losses when the “unsinkable” Titanic goes down. Can each survive the scars the disaster left on their lives?
Decades later, Alan Morris feels like a failure until he discovers he is the descendant of an acclaimed, successful, heroic novelist who went down with the Titanic. Will he find his identity with the past, or will he listen to Joanna Bettencourt, Caroline’s granddaughter, who says inner peace and success come only with a personal relationship with the Lord?
Will those who survived and their descendants be able to find a love more powerful than their pain?
Have I told you all lately that I really love an old fashioned "saga"? NO? Well I do! Especially when a saga is as well done as Yvonne Lehman's Hearts that Survive. The story starts with the first and last wedding on the ill-fated Titanic. The story spans the lived of Lydia and Caroline along with their friends and family over the years. It ends a lifetime later, as we learn that love never ends and friendships survive.
Hearts that Survive is a fast paced, well written and plotted story. The characters were believable and you were given the information that you wanted so you would care about these people. While I wouldn't categorize this as a "Christian" story, Christian beliefs are there and you read about the love that binds from a Christian view point. It's refreshing to read about love, family and friendship among people who live their faith in their daily lives and loves.
Yvonne Lehman describes the sinking of the Titanic beautifully and respectfully. She skillfully weaves the threads of the mass confusion and panic of the people struggling to accept that the ship is going to sink and they could die. The reader feels the horrors. Then just as deftly, Lehman moves the story along, following the survivors as they make their way in their new world.
Hearts that Survive is the third book based on the Titanic that I've had the pleasure to read, and I think, all in all, it's my favorite. Crisp, clearly told and full of people who are a pleasure to read about.
5 out of 5 stars!
*This galley was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley at my request, and that in no way affected my fair review.
My other reviews of "Titanic" themed books are linked below:
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Iceberg, Right Ahead! By Stephanie Sammartino McPherson