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Based on the remarkable true story of the Carpathia—the only ship and her legendary captain who answered the distress call of the sinking Titanic.

Just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the passenger steamship Carpathia receives a distress signal from the largest passenger liner ever built, RMS Titanic, which is on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.

Captain Arthur Rostron is awakened to an enormous maritime emergency with little information to guide his actions in answering the call for help. Is the dire threat to the unsinkable Titanic accurate? His ship is more than four hours away; will Carpathia hold together if pushed to never-before-tested speeds? What if his ship also strikes an iceberg? How many of Titanic’s 2,200 passengers will the Carpathia be able to accommodate? And with the freezing temperatures, will there be any survivors by the time the Carpathia arrives?

Kate Connolly is excited to join her sister in America and proud to be traveling on the grand Titanic, which was built in her Irish homeland. As a passenger in third-class accommodations, she is among the last to receive instruction and help after Titanic hits an iceberg. Among the chaos of abandoning ship, the chances of her securing a spot in a lifeboat appear grim. With the help of several men, also from Ireland, Kate finally reaches the upper decks and feels lucky to board Lifeboat 13, although no one knows if or when a rescue ship will come. She fears the icy water and wonders if they’ll all freeze to death. After seeing their magnificent ship submerge into the abyss, and hearing the cries of hundreds of fellow passengers drowning, it is almost too much to bear, and Kate fleetingly thinks succumbing to her ordeal is the easiest escape.

Told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Captain Rostron on the Carpathia and Kate Connolly on the Titanic, this historical novel is a compelling, heart-pounding account of two eyewitnesses to an epic disaster. Rostron’s heroic and compassionate leadership, his methodical preparations for rescue, and his grit and determination to act honorably and selflessly to save lives and care for the survivors, sets the course for this awe-inspiring story.

©2022 by Rebecca Connolly (P)2022 by Blackstone Publishing

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Brilliant Historical Fiction!

Wow! This book was incredible! The detail and story were heart wrenching. I was brought to tears many times while reading. Whether it was in the Titanic’s point of view, or the Carpathia’s, I felt like I was there with them. Freezing on a life boat or struggling to get to the survivors. So wonderfully told and I will definitely be telling everyone I know to read it!

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Outstanding remembrance of rescue of the 705 survivors of the Titanic.

This made the Titantic’s sinking and rescue of the survivors more real than I’ve ever felt before. I’ve heard about it all my life, but never in this first- hand detail. I sobbed through the last two chapters. This is a profound mostly non-fiction riveting record of the Titantic tragedy and the heroic Catpathia rescue.

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Different perspective of the story we all know.

The famous story we all know, told from the perspective of a survivor and the capitan of the RMS Carpathia. I love that this story, while historical fiction, is based on real people. So some liberties were taken. I felt like I was out to sea with them. I found myself crying, being utterly devastated by the sinking of the titanic as if it were the first time I heard of the tragedy.

Beautifully written and the performance of the readers is captivating.