** Blog Tour ** The Lost Sister- Kathleen McGurl

I’m delighted to be one of today’s stops on the tour for ‘The Lost Sister’.

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…

Author Bio –

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.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathMcGurl  @KathMcGurl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMcGurl

Website: https://kathleenmcgurl.com/

Review-

A stunningly written novel of family history, fractured relationships and reconciliation.

Written in dual timeline, half of the story revolves around the present day, where Harriet is discovering her past as she prepares to downsize her house following the loss of her husband.

The second timeline follows the history of Harriet’s ancestors from 1911 and tells the tale of three sisters who each embark on a different life journey which centres around the launch of the Titanic.

The parallels between the timelines are expertly woven by author Kathleen McGurl, with history seemingly repeating itself in future generations for much of the story. The nuanced connection of the three sisters alongside the three White Star ships of the Olympic, the Titanic and the Britannic is a well-worked analogy.

The author has clearly researched the subject matter in considerable depth and the inclusion of Violet Jessop, a well-known survivor from both the Titanic and the Britannic sinkings, adds an additional layer of realism to the plot.

Harrowing in places and heartwarming in others, this is an engrossing read and one not to be missed!

With thanks to the author, HQ Digital and @rararesources for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further stops can be found here:

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