To commemorate the centenary of the Titanic disaster, Amanda Grange's Titanic Affair has been reissued in e-book format with a new cover. I didn't know that when I decided to download it, but I love the concept of easy reissues created by digital books.
AUTHOR: Amanda Grange
BLURB: Emilia Cavendish is given a first class ticket on board Titanic and sets out to start a new life with her godmother. The first few days aboard the world-famous 'unsinkable' liner are everything she hoped for as she enjoys the unaccustomed luxuries of the fabulous ship. She makes new friends amongst her fellow passengers - not least the darkly handsome, if somewhat overbearing, Carl Latimer. But when Titanic hits the iceberg, Emilia finds herself in danger from an old enemy on board, and as she struggles to escape him, Titanic starts to sink. . .
COVER: If I hadn't discovered this is the reissue of a hardcover, I might not have thought as much about the cover art as I am. I love this new one, but it is vastly different from the original seen below. The new cover adds a more feminine air and focuses on the main character, Emilia Cavendish, whereas the original capitalizes on the adventurous aspects of the storyline. Perhaps the original cover appealed to a larger audience than the new one. I'm thinking mostly women will be captured by the pale colors and delicate accents.
FIRST CHAPTER: The opening of this book finds Emilia Cavendish packing for her journey and quickly escaping her apartment with the help of her landlady, Mrs. Wichwood. She is pursued by Mr. Barker, who is the hired henchman of the wealthy Mr. Montmerency. After giving Barker the slip, Emilia is thrilled for the Titanic to pull away from the dock, with her safe on board. Her troubles are far from over, however, when she runs into another wealthy man who is used to getting his way, Carl Latimer.
KEEP READING: Absolutely. Grange has set up a suspense-filled story with this opening chapter. Smartly, she doesn't reveal why Emilia is being pursued yet, making the reader want to continue to the next chapter and hopefully find out. With this young woman, eager to start her new life, the author also helps to capture the excitement of the day when Titanic launched its maiden--and only--voyage. With the fate of the Titanic already known, the reader is impatient to discover how Emilia will deal with the ship hitting the iceberg. And since the blurb indicates that perhaps someone boarded the ship without Emilia's knowledge, she is certain this won't be a slow read. I know I can't wait to finish it.
I downloaded a free Kindle version of this book for my reading pleasure. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.