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When I read about the blog tour for this book, The Lost Sister, I jumped at the opportunity to join in. I am very pleased to share with you my review and other information about this latest dual timeline family story about sisterhood through the generations by Kathleen McGurl in this blog post today which is part of the blog tour for the book, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
It doesn’t happen often, but I have to confess that the ending of this story literally brought tears to my eyes! It is another dual timeline family drama from the author I believe to be the uncrowned Queen of this genre and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Following the death of her much loved husband, Harriet has been encouraged by her eldest daughter to downsize to a smaller property. In preparation for such a move, the two are sorting the contents of her attic when they discover her late grandmother’s travelling trunk which has a photograph of her grandmother with her two sisters in it. Nothing strange about that, you may assume – but Harriet only ever heard about one sister. This sets her off endeavouring to discover more about her ancestors, especially the three sisters. It also rekindles her need to connect with both her brother and her youngest daughter.
This is a story of two lost sisters – one the daughter of Harriet and the other her grandmother’s sister, who Harriet had never heard about. It is a story of sisterhood – and an intriguing look at the three sister ships, the Olympic, Titanic and Britannic. It is a story of broken relationships, interspersed with illness, tragedy, sacrifice and survival in an enthralling read. It has great characters and gives a very different insight into the lives of crew on the iconic ocean liners. There are plenty of twists and surprises in this dramatic, engaging read and I have already warned you to have the tissues handy just in case that emotive ending affects you, too.
Thank you to HQ Digital and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Three sisters. Three ships. One heartbreaking story.
1911. As Emma packs her trunk to join the ocean liner Olympic as a stewardess, she dreams of earning enough to provide a better life for both her sisters. With their photograph tucked away in her luggage, she promises to be back soon – hoping that sickly Lily will keep healthy, and wild Ruby will behave. But neither life at sea nor on land is predictable, and soon the three sisters’ lives are all changed irrevocably…
Now. When Harriet finds her late grandmother’s travelling trunk in the attic, she’s shocked to discover a photo of three sisters inside – her grandmother only ever mentioned one sister, who died tragically young. Who is the other sister, and what happened to her? Harriet’s questions lead her to the story of three sister ships, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic, and a shattering revelation about three sisters torn apart…
Kathleen McGurl lives in Christchurch, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who have both now left home. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has published several novels with HQ and self-published another. She has also sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines, and written three How To books for writers. After a long career in the IT industry she became a full time writer in 2019. When she’s not writing, she’s often out running, slowly.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathMcGurl @KathMcGurl