This well-researched book is a must-read for anyone who is even remotely interested in the Titanic story. The novel is written from the point of view of the ghost of the Titanic’s master, Captain Edward Smith, as he looks back over that fateful voyage and, in doing so, looks back over his life.
Ann Victoria Roberts has not only done impeccable research into Captain Smith’s working life, she has also added a novelist’s insight into his private life, combined with a romance which could very well have happened. And she has vividly brought to light the real pressures Smith faced on this trip and, in doing so, rescued a reputation blemished by the unreasonable blame so often heaped on him in the past.
I think this book will appeal to the many readers interested in the Titanic tragedy but, more than that, I think it will have a special appeal to mariners for its unusual insight into the pressures facing the master of a vessel – and in particular one in charge of a ship which was a legend before she even started on her fateful voyage.
Readers who enjoy historical fiction, and those who delight in a romantic story based on a well-known character’s life, will also appreciate this story. It is Ann Victoria Roberts’ fifth novel, and many readers may wish to know about her earlier books, using the links given. Louisa Elliott Dagger Lane Morning’s Gate Moon Rising