The Runaway Girl: A Titanic Love Story by Jina Bacarr #Titanic #HistoricalFiction #BoldwoodBooks

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…
When Ava O’Reilly is wrongly accused of stealing from her employer, she has no option but to flee Ireland. The law is after her, and she has only one chance at escape – the Titanic.

Aboard the ship of dreams, she runs straight into the arms of Captain ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a dashing gentleman gambler who promises to be her protector. He is intrigued by her Irish beauty and manages to disguise her as the maid of his good friend, the lovely Countess of Marbury. Little does he realise, that the Countess is also in love with him.

As the fateful night approaches, tragedy strikes further when Ava is separated from Buck, and must make a daring choice that will change her life forever…

The Runaway Girl ($2.99 Amazon US) or FREE on Kindle Unlimited (AMazon UK) (Audible) (AbeBooks)

Long before the hit 1998 movie, I was fascinated by the Titanic. We read about the famed ill-fated ship in grade school, and when I was 12 years old, the Titanic was found by Robert Ballard and his crew. I’ve devoured any fiction or non-fiction book I could find on the Titanic, and recently came across The Runaway Girl. The subject matter and the price were right, so I decided to give the book a chance.

Ava is a fiesty, independent Irish girl looking to make a better life for herself. She’s accused of stealing a piece of jewelry and is going to be sent to prison, but she escapes and decides the only place the police can’t find her is in America, and she finds the first ship available that will take her there, The Titanic. Every step of the way, she faces adversity, yet always prevails.

Ava secures a position on ship as a ladies’ maid with the help of a man who becomes very important to her very quickly. The woman she works for is getting married, not for love, but for the money, while she actually loves someone else. Sadly, this type of marriage was common back in the day.

This is sort of a Hallmark movie type book, because of the length of the cruise, Ava falls in love quickly. When the Titanic hits the iceberg, and people are loaded into lifeboats, Ava is wearing her employer’s coat, so everyone thinks she’s the countess. She also thinks her new love went down with the ship.

Unlike many books about the Titanic, The Runaway Girl shows life after the tragedy. Ava is forced to pretend to be a Countess, and with the help of her former employer’s fiance’, who is now her fiance’ if she wants to keep up the pretense, they find her lover. He agrees to teach Ava how to behave appropriately so she can marry the other man, so she can have a good life. But, as expected, things don’t always go as planned.

I really enjoyed the twists and turns in this romance, and the epilogue was sweet and wonderful. I’d highly recommend this book and this author. Can’t wait to see what else she’s written!

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