On a Cold Dark Sea
On April 15, 1912, three women climbed into Lifeboat 21 and watched in horror as the Titanic sank into the icy depths. They were strangers then…Con artist Charlotte Digby lied her way through London and onto the Titanic. The disaster could be her chance at a new life—if she hides the truth about her past. Esme Harper, a wealthy American, mourns the end of a passionate affair and fears that everything beautiful is slipping from her grasp. And Anna Halversson, a Swedish farm girl in search of a fresh start in America, is tormented by the screams that ring out from the water. Is one of them calling her name?Twenty years later, a sudden death brings the three women back together, forcing them to face the impossible choices they made, the inconceivable loss, and the secrets they have kept for far too long.

On a Cold Dark Sea Details

TitleOn a Cold Dark Sea
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ReleaseApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult

On a Cold Dark Sea Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell is a historical fiction novel based around the sinking of the Titanic. Being a fan of fiction set around real life events I knew as soon as I saw this book that I needed to read it, especially being addicted to books centering around the Titanic.The book is a completely fictional tale of three women who boarded the ill fated ship. The first section of the story introduces Charlotte, Esme and Anna in their own chapters that tell their stories of what even On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell is a historical fiction novel based around the sinking of the Titanic. Being a fan of fiction set around real life events I knew as soon as I saw this book that I needed to read it, especially being addicted to books centering around the Titanic.The book is a completely fictional tale of three women who boarded the ill fated ship. The first section of the story introduces Charlotte, Esme and Anna in their own chapters that tell their stories of what events in their lives led them to eventually boarding the ship. All three are from different backgrounds and economical statuses bringing a glimpse at the diversity of the passengers.Then we land in the second part which follows the ladies in their lives twenty years after they survived the sinking. The three had landed in the same lifeboat despite their vastly different backgrounds and it's hinted at what transpired that night but also shows what they did with their lives afterwards. The third section then takes a closer look at the night of the sinking that had been previously eluded to with then part four wrapping the story all up.Despite Charlotte, Esme and Anna's differences I still easily connected to each as their stories were being told and felt that I was transported back to the early 1900's quite easily. When the actual events of that fateful night are brought into the story they were done quite well following what we've learned was going on that night and giving these characters their own personal narrative. Once I picked up the story I became totally engaged and just didn't want to put it down until the very end, definitely recommend checking this one out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:…for the rest of his life, the pitiful tableau they formed was the first image that sprang to mind when he thought of the Titanic. The handsome young man in his evening dress, eyes haunted, one hand pressed protectively against his companion’s back. There was a girl hovering nervously behind them—a maid, by her cowed bearing and black dress. And then there was the lady, swathed in a fur coat over a shimmering green gown, a vision of ruined elegance. Mr. Harper looked as if he had Favorite Quotes:…for the rest of his life, the pitiful tableau they formed was the first image that sprang to mind when he thought of the Titanic. The handsome young man in his evening dress, eyes haunted, one hand pressed protectively against his companion’s back. There was a girl hovering nervously behind them—a maid, by her cowed bearing and black dress. And then there was the lady, swathed in a fur coat over a shimmering green gown, a vision of ruined elegance. Mr. Harper looked as if he hadn’t enjoyed himself since the last century. He offered Esme a wan smile, his cheek muscles straining with the effort.She’d seen statues with more spirit than Mr. Harper.Anna had never had new clothes of her own; she had always worn her sisters’ castoffs. Now, she would have a hand-me-down husband. Perhaps that was the best she could hope for.There is a hypnotic quality to the ship’s leisurely descent. Esme imagines describing the scene to her friends, sometime in the future. The words “tragically magnificent ” come to mind, and she is swept up in the self-important gratification that comes from witnessing history.…all those men who did their duty and went down with the ship. It sounds like a noble sort of death, but it isn’t: it’s loud and painful and terrifying. One large picture window downstairs, two smaller windows on top, the sort of stolidly respectable dwelling the poor aspire to and the rich dismiss.My Review:I rarely read historical fiction and am undeniably choosy when I do. And I don’t mean to be self-aggrandizing or boastful when say I chose exceedingly well when I picked up this unexpected jewel. I quickly fell into Ms. Blackwell’s well-crafted vortex and effortlessly assimilated into the world of these fascinating and well-drawn characters. I was essentially held captive, willingly that is, as I was enthralled and entranced by Ms. Blackwell’s emotive and powerful word voodoo. Her writing was highly evocative and vividly descriptive, I held strong visuals in my head and could almost feel the damp chill while the characters were in the lifeboat and bobbing in the frigid arctic waters. This was a heart squeezing and thoughtfully written story, this talented scribe has mad skills!
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  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars. Elizabeth Blackwell has written a winner of a story with On A Cold Black Sea. Poor choices, consequences, redemption, love and the Titanic all packed into one satisfying story.Charlotte Digby, Esme Harper and Anna Halversson are three very different young women. Charlotte, less than honest, Esme, spoiled and Anna, afraid to express her own wishes. Each of them is now in a life and death situation. How will their past lives dictate their present actions? This is deftly written character 4 Stars. Elizabeth Blackwell has written a winner of a story with On A Cold Black Sea. Poor choices, consequences, redemption, love and the Titanic all packed into one satisfying story.Charlotte Digby, Esme Harper and Anna Halversson are three very different young women. Charlotte, less than honest, Esme, spoiled and Anna, afraid to express her own wishes. Each of them is now in a life and death situation. How will their past lives dictate their present actions? This is deftly written character driven fiction at it's best. Blackwell has created characters that are multifaceted and believable; each flawed in their own way, displaying what is most annoying and frustrating about the human character. Yet it's possible to empathize with each of them, even when they're at their worst. The book is bit slow to get going, but once it does, I found it impossible to put down. This one deserves all the praise it's received and more.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.I seem to always enjoy any book I receive from Lake Union Publishing. This was no different. The story of three women who survived the Titanic sinking and were together on a Lifeboat for hours in the deep, dark, cold sea. The story is told in four parts. Before the tragedy, After, on the Lifeboat and the Aftermath years later. I really enjoyed all the different stories from all Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.I seem to always enjoy any book I receive from Lake Union Publishing. This was no different. The story of three women who survived the Titanic sinking and were together on a Lifeboat for hours in the deep, dark, cold sea. The story is told in four parts. Before the tragedy, After, on the Lifeboat and the Aftermath years later. I really enjoyed all the different stories from all three women. It was interesting to learn about their backgrounds and how the tragedy affected and linked them forever. I enjoyed Elizabeth Blackwell's writing very much. I would easily read another book by her. Very enjoyable and entertaining.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. This story is told by three women. Con artist Charlotte Digby, wealthy American Esme Harper and Anna Halversson, a Swedish farm girl in search of a fresh start in America. The research that was done came across as a very realistic portrayal of this well documented tragedy. And the background stories of the main characters made this an interesting and very readable story.3.75 rounded up to 4☆
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this read! I love Titanic history so I knew I wanted to read this. No major romantic scenes to spoil it either of which I am so thankful. I loved the pacing and the different timelines within the three characters: Charlotte, Esme and Anna. The author gave us background info on each woman thru 20 years after the tragic event. I think many of us who find themselves drawn to the Titanic always want to know more about what happened out there and what became of those who survived. Th I really enjoyed this read! I love Titanic history so I knew I wanted to read this. No major romantic scenes to spoil it either of which I am so thankful. I loved the pacing and the different timelines within the three characters: Charlotte, Esme and Anna. The author gave us background info on each woman thru 20 years after the tragic event. I think many of us who find themselves drawn to the Titanic always want to know more about what happened out there and what became of those who survived. This story gives us a realistic possibility to these questions. I will remember the scenes as presented by Elizabeth Blackwell and I feel like she did a great job putting us there in the event with those who experienced it. She seems to have researched this pretty extensively. Thank you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of the ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    "It was very dark and very cold. We did our best in trying circumstances. We survived." Review coming soon, but here are a few things you should know...* Surprisingly, there is no upstairs/downstairs romance. It seems like it’s a requirement whenever there is a story set on the Titanic that an aristocratic woman/man falls in love with a third class passenger man/woman. It’s a total given. So for there to be no such plotline was sort of a surprise for me.* No one gets painted like a French girl. "It was very dark and very cold. We did our best in trying circumstances. We survived." Review coming soon, but here are a few things you should know...* Surprisingly, there is no upstairs/downstairs romance. It seems like it’s a requirement whenever there is a story set on the Titanic that an aristocratic woman/man falls in love with a third class passenger man/woman. It’s a total given. So for there to be no such plotline was sort of a surprise for me.* No one gets painted like a French girl.* There is no one named Jack or Rose, but if you listen carefully while reading this book you’ll probably hear their names being said. Cause Lord knows if James Cameron wanted you know anything, he wanted you to know for damn sure that their names were Jack and Rose.* The only Heart of the Ocean in this book is the big ass iceberg in the middle of the sea.* No doors were involved in the making of this book, to my knowledge. Though there is a scene where the infamous door scenario comes to mind. And finally.... JACK DAWSON COULD HAVE FIT ON THAT DOOR. NO ONE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE.
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  • Christine Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an interesting and varied take on the Titanic tragedy. It's split into many parts and three different narrators, which makes the focus on the time during and immediately after the sinking less repetitive and drawn out. It also catches up with the survivors 20 years later, reflecting on their experiences with dealing with the grief and guilt. I enjoyed this novel very much, I found it well written and well paced. The characters were strong, and varied, and the varying socioeconomic This book was an interesting and varied take on the Titanic tragedy. It's split into many parts and three different narrators, which makes the focus on the time during and immediately after the sinking less repetitive and drawn out. It also catches up with the survivors 20 years later, reflecting on their experiences with dealing with the grief and guilt. I enjoyed this novel very much, I found it well written and well paced. The characters were strong, and varied, and the varying socioeconomic circumstances made for a strong look at the whole picture of Titanic's survivors.Thanks to NetGalley, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Lake Union publishing for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Missy
    January 1, 1970
    There are two reasons this book interested me, one I love stories of the Titanic. I remember in the mid-80’s going to my grandma’s and seeing the National Geographic that had just come out with all the pictures after it had just been discovered. Pictures of the ship where if finally came to rest, the shoes lying on the ocean floor, the dishes still in stacks, the face from some little girl’s doll. Then I went to the Titanic Exhibit at the Science Museum in Chicago, which was very eye opening fro There are two reasons this book interested me, one I love stories of the Titanic. I remember in the mid-80’s going to my grandma’s and seeing the National Geographic that had just come out with all the pictures after it had just been discovered. Pictures of the ship where if finally came to rest, the shoes lying on the ocean floor, the dishes still in stacks, the face from some little girl’s doll. Then I went to the Titanic Exhibit at the Science Museum in Chicago, which was very eye opening from touching ice the temperature of that night, to getting a card of a passenger and in the end seeing if you survived or perished. And of course the movie, who doesn’t like a good love story, however fictitious. Second, the character Anna Halversson. My middle name is Ann, my maiden name is Halverson (although we are Norwegian and from Iowa), so why could I not read this book. The story is about three women, who come together in a single lifeboat, only to come together 20 years later, maybe not face to face, but through kindness in tragedy. Esme, a first-class passenger who was in a loveless marriage to an older man, but hopelessly in love with Charlie, of Boston elite. Charlotte, a pick-pocket and thief traveling in second-class with her “mentor” whom she was in love with, but he was in love with Georgie, a man Charlotte could not compete with. And Anna Halversson, traveling in third-class escorting a friend to Minnesota to be wed to the man Anna was hopelessly in love with, and his brother who loved Anna and would marry her just so she could be related to the one she loved. Fate overtakes everyone’s lives that fateful night, destroying so many, bringing others together, and finding the strength none thought they possessed. Esme and Charlie never find the happiness they had before the sinking, Charlotte found her strength of depending on herself, and Anna found the love she desperately wanted, but so later than she imagined. I loved this story, however fictionalized it is, because it shows that sometimes in tragedy your inner strength is more powerful, that after time sometimes talking to someone who lived through that tragedy with you, sometimes makes life better. I would recommend this book to those that just need a good Titanic read or a good love story, and maybe not the kind of love story you normally get
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  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. So much better than I thought it would be. A delightful surprise. Great writing.Review to come.
  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    On a Cold Dark Sea is the story of three women who survived the Titanic, much of the first third of the book is devoted to telling the history of these women and I found that very interesting. It gave a great first impression, Charlotte, Esme and Anna were from different social classes on the ship (1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers) and they meet on the lifeboat, I was anxious to see what happened and what lay ahead. There was really nothing new to add to the Titanic story, I think we all know h On a Cold Dark Sea is the story of three women who survived the Titanic, much of the first third of the book is devoted to telling the history of these women and I found that very interesting. It gave a great first impression, Charlotte, Esme and Anna were from different social classes on the ship (1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers) and they meet on the lifeboat, I was anxious to see what happened and what lay ahead. There was really nothing new to add to the Titanic story, I think we all know how and what happened here with the iceberg, under loaded lifeboats and mostly women and children first. Though these 3 women are fictional characters the book is based on the real event.I won’t go into detail about what happens but 20 years later they are connected again where long kept secrets are finally revealed. In fact the majority of the story does not take place on the Titanic.On a Cold Dark Sea is a story of survival, guilt and to be honest there were times I wondered if this was just a story of three women who survived the Titanic. I liked the book, it was well written but I felt something was missing and can't quite say what it was.Thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for an advanced copy.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    4* https://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogsp...I am always up for anything ‘Titanic’ related, some are good and some ... not so good. I am happy to say, that this is one of the good ones - a unique take on this infamous tale. ‘... men who did their duty and went down with the ship. It sounds like a noble sort of death, but it isn’t: it’s loud and painful and terrifying. No one surrenders to the water without a fight.’For this particular tale, we have three women who survived the sinking of the Titan 4* https://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogsp...I am always up for anything ‘Titanic’ related, some are good and some ... not so good. I am happy to say, that this is one of the good ones - a unique take on this infamous tale. ‘... men who did their duty and went down with the ship. It sounds like a noble sort of death, but it isn’t: it’s loud and painful and terrifying. No one surrenders to the water without a fight.’For this particular tale, we have three women who survived the sinking of the Titanic and found themselves together on a lifeboat on ‘a cold, dark sea’. The story is told from their alternating viewpoints, as we gradually learn a bit about each woman's past, her interpretation of the tragedy and what occurred in the years to follow. All up, ‘On A Cold Dark Sea’ is a captivating tale of survival and how one tries to start over after witnessing and being part of such a tragedy. ‘I hate to think where I’d have ended up if the Titanic hadn’t sunk.’The book is divided into four parts: life before then life after the tragedy, what occurred on Lifeboat 21 and finally, many years later. I really enjoyed the different stories from all three women who came from such contrasting backgrounds, yet together experienced a tragedy that would link them for a lifetime. This is a very well written tale with the pacing being just right. All characters, not just the three main women, are strong and engaging, highlighting three very different lifestyles in the early years of the twentieth century. Two points that make this book a standout for me: one, although a work of fiction, the necessary research has been done and it came across as a most realistic portrayal of this well documented tragedy. Everything from how passengers were evacuated, to the crew and the implications of them of not having enough training or necessary equipment. Secondly, the background stories really made this tale. It was definitely not just about the sinking, it was more about these three women and how they came to be on the ship in the first place and how they handled what occured in both the short and long term. How could three women from such varying socioeconomic backgrounds forever be linked together? My only slight disappointment was the ending, it did not really tidy things up enough for my liking. ‘The moment she’d pulled Charlie into the lifeboat—without even thinking, simply reaching out in need—was the moment she’d lost him.’Reading this book you get a first hand account of how lives were before and after being part of such a tragedy. And how, some twenty years on, they were still very much dealing with haunting memories and critical decisions made on that fateful lifeboat.‘On that night, it was impossible to imagine that each small decision might later be magnified beyond reason, or that one spontaneous gesture could be held up as evidence in the court of public opinion.’This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release
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  • Jenea Whittington
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars...The Titanic is my all time favorite movie, so when I read that this centered around the events of the Titanic I had to read it. This particular story is about three women, Esme, Charlotte and Anna and their experiences. Esme is a first class traveler on her honeymoon, while Charlotte who happens to be posing as a married woman is traveling in second class. Then there is Anna, she is traveling with Theo of her friends in third class. These three women come from very different walks of 3.5 Stars...The Titanic is my all time favorite movie, so when I read that this centered around the events of the Titanic I had to read it. This particular story is about three women, Esme, Charlotte and Anna and their experiences. Esme is a first class traveler on her honeymoon, while Charlotte who happens to be posing as a married woman is traveling in second class. Then there is Anna, she is traveling with Theo of her friends in third class. These three women come from very different walks of life, and each were strong in their own ways but they soon find themselves thrown together on a lifeboat as the Titanic starts to sink.The story is told in 4 parts. The first being a little bit about the women before the sailing of the ship. It was nice to get to know some about them before they went through all that they did. Second, we are introduced to the characters 20 years after the Titanic tragedy and what their lives were like then. The story then shifts back to the awful night when the ship is sinking, and the events that took place both on the ship and in the life boat.From everything we learn from these women as we’re reading, it was clear that their lives were changes in the most traumatic way, and each were still dealing with those haunting memories and decisions of that night, and that their lives would be forever entwined. But, I also found myself a little disappointed that their time spent trying to survive the sinking was given to us so late in the book, we had already learned how they fared 20 years later, so it was a bit anticlimactic for me. I know others will probably have no problem with the story being told this way. But I will say the ending did have a bit a twist to it, and that I really did enjoy.Overall, this was a great read for me, and was a haunting story of survival and moving on.
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  • Saturday's Child
    January 1, 1970
    Another novel that has a plot involving the Titanic, do I have to read it? Well, of course I do. Thanks to Goodreads and some of my friends on it I noticed this one and lucky for me I was able to find a copy of it in my local library.
  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very interesting exploration of three women from three different classes aboard the fateful Titanic. The intensity of the first part of the book as it perfectly recaptures the events of April 15 (not to mention the opulence of the first class cabins and the crammed quarters of the lower class steerage) is just as suspenseful regardless of dramatic irony. From there, Charlotte ( a con artist), Esme, a socialite with an illustrious love affair of a past and Anna carry on their lives as b This is a very interesting exploration of three women from three different classes aboard the fateful Titanic. The intensity of the first part of the book as it perfectly recaptures the events of April 15 (not to mention the opulence of the first class cabins and the crammed quarters of the lower class steerage) is just as suspenseful regardless of dramatic irony. From there, Charlotte ( a con artist), Esme, a socialite with an illustrious love affair of a past and Anna carry on their lives as best they can until the trio intersects 20 years later.A riveting and deeply readable novel of three immensely different women bound by a unique and everlasting bond. Also, a perfect snapshot of two riveting times in history.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    When I found out that this book was about the Titanic, I almost didn't read it. I've read books about the Titanic and seen the movie a dozen times so what could possibly be new that would interest me in another book on the subject. I will tell you strongly - I was wrong, very very wrong. This is another look at the story told in a unique and interesting way and based on deep research by the author. I loved this book!The book is told in four parts about three main characters so in each section, w When I found out that this book was about the Titanic, I almost didn't read it. I've read books about the Titanic and seen the movie a dozen times so what could possibly be new that would interest me in another book on the subject. I will tell you strongly - I was wrong, very very wrong. This is another look at the story told in a unique and interesting way and based on deep research by the author. I loved this book!The book is told in four parts about three main characters so in each section, we read the viewpoint of each of the characters. The four sections of the book are Before, After, On the Life raft and Aftermath. In before, we meet the three main characters and find out how they ended up on the Titanic. The aftermath takes place twenty years after the tragedy where we find out how these characters lived their lives after the tragedy. The characters are all from vastly different socio-economic levels - Charlotte is a con artist, Esme is a member of the very rich and Anna is a Swedish farm girl. Three women who never would have met, end up on life raft 21 together and it changes their lives.Overall, this was a wonderful, well told novel and I highly recommend it.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.Three women: Esme, Charlotte and Anna. All survivors of the Titanic whom have to bear the burden of being rescued when so many others didn't - including their loved ones.Esme - born and married into wealth, returning to the United States on her honeymoon.Charlotte - lower class English-woman who is seeking to escape her options in England.Anna - in love with someone who has already immigrated to the Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.Three women: Esme, Charlotte and Anna. All survivors of the Titanic whom have to bear the burden of being rescued when so many others didn't - including their loved ones.Esme - born and married into wealth, returning to the United States on her honeymoon.Charlotte - lower class English-woman who is seeking to escape her options in England.Anna - in love with someone who has already immigrated to the States but travelling on the Titanic with his fiancée. The beauty of this story is that it's not strictly about the sinking of the Titanic -rather we get each character's perspective of what she survived and then we skip ahead twenty years. Divided into 4 parts, we get a glimpse into the night of the sinking; then skip ahead 20 years, get a glimpse into their lives; we are then thrown into the lifeboat that saved all three women and get some clarification as to what bonded them together; and finally we tie up some loose ends (perhaps a little too neatly, but not in a way that ruins the rest of the novel).This is a story that is nicely told; each character holds her own and brings along with her a great little backstory. It was well written, didn't lag and didn't spend too much time detailing something that we already all know so well. It really was built on the strength of the characters - and I liked each one of them individually. If you enjoy historical-fiction I think you should give this book a shot. I don't think you'll be disappointed. Engaging, well written and well paced. It doesn't get water-logged with too much historical detail, but allows these women to come to life.Recommended read.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    On a Cold Dark Sea is a beautiful work of historical fiction! I loved getting lost in this book. I have always been enthralled with the story of the Titanic and I loved this authors take on it. On a Cold Dark Sea focused more on the characters- their stories leading them to the Titanic, short snippets of them on the boat and the sinking, then their lives after. Their actual time on the boat is short while focus is put on each lady and their subsequent stories after being saved. Charlotte, Esme, On a Cold Dark Sea is a beautiful work of historical fiction! I loved getting lost in this book. I have always been enthralled with the story of the Titanic and I loved this authors take on it. On a Cold Dark Sea focused more on the characters- their stories leading them to the Titanic, short snippets of them on the boat and the sinking, then their lives after. Their actual time on the boat is short while focus is put on each lady and their subsequent stories after being saved. Charlotte, Esme, and Anna come from very different backgrounds but their lives are brought together on that fateful night and they are bonded together through tragedy. This book had twists, beautiful stories of these ladies lives, love stories, mystery, and horrifying stories of that fateful night. I was enthralled throughout and couldn't put this down. Thank you @amazonpublishing for this advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for this wonderful book.I started this book with no expectations because I usually do not like books about the Titanic. But it pulled me in and I could not put it down. It was not just set on the Titanic but about several lives spared when it sank. Before boarding, during and after. From several characters point of view. It was absolutely a wonderful awesome book. I won’t forget this one for a while. This is one book I would love to see a sequel to. Only bec Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for this wonderful book.I started this book with no expectations because I usually do not like books about the Titanic. But it pulled me in and I could not put it down. It was not just set on the Titanic but about several lives spared when it sank. Before boarding, during and after. From several characters point of view. It was absolutely a wonderful awesome book. I won’t forget this one for a while. This is one book I would love to see a sequel to. Only because of the ending to see what happened. It was so good. I was crying in parts, smiling in other and my heart broke in several places. It’s an emotional read but yet uplifting too. If that makes sense. It was just all around good. I read it in record time. Loved it. I will read more by this author.I had to give this book 5 stars and it would be way more if possible. Loved it from start to finish.
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  • Louetta Waters
    January 1, 1970
    The only thing bad about this book was, I couldn't put it down to get anything done!!! I loved it! The ending was a bit abrupt and choppy but the writing was well done and the story line fantastic! It was a different take on the sinking of the Titanic, focussing less in the main ship sinking, and more on the rescue of 3 main characters. It covers their lives before and after the tragedy and how it affected them. Very well done!
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half stars: A story about three women whose lives are forever changed by the sinking of the Titanic.The night of April 15, 1912, forever changes the lives of three different women as they bob on the cold dark sea huddled in a small lifeboat after the sinking of the Titanic. Esme, a wealthy American traveling first class, is relieved that she managed to save her secret lover, while feeling guilty that her husband is among the drowned. Charlotte who has been betrayed by the man she lov Three and a half stars: A story about three women whose lives are forever changed by the sinking of the Titanic.The night of April 15, 1912, forever changes the lives of three different women as they bob on the cold dark sea huddled in a small lifeboat after the sinking of the Titanic. Esme, a wealthy American traveling first class, is relieved that she managed to save her secret lover, while feeling guilty that her husband is among the drowned. Charlotte who has been betrayed by the man she loved, is angry and determined as she tries to save a drowning man. Anna, a young Swedish girl, swims for her life and is plucked from the sea, but devastated because she left behind her two friends. Fast forward twenty years, each woman has moved on, created a life, some happier than others. Then a sudden death brings the past back to the forefront, and each woman is forced to face the secrets they buried that night. Will they move beyond the Titanic?What I Liked:*Here we are one hundred and six years beyond the sinking of the Titanic, but we are just as riveted by the doomed ship as ever. This latest book, On a Cold Dark Sea, features three different women: one from first, second and third class as they survive the sinking of the great ship and move forward with their lives. This was a fascinating story about survival, loss and grief, and life. I was drawn into this tale.*I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of some of the characters. Charlotte and Esme are difficult to like. Charlotte early on survives by swindling, lying and stealing. I didn’t like her at all. However, she grows and changes after the Titanic, and I slowly changed my opinion of her. She evolves and becomes a likable character, which was so rewarding as I almost set this book aside in the beginning because I didn’t like her at all. I was especially impressed when Charlotte seeks out George. Esme is a privileged girl who finds herself in an adulterous affair. I can’t say that I grew to like her like I did Charlotte, but I was still entertained by her story. Anna, the Swedish girl, was by far my favorite. Anna is hardworking, kind and loyal. I was happy to see that good things came her way. These three women had their flaws, and I appreciated that they were real and that I was drawn in by all of their stories.*For those of you who are groaning thinking not another Titanic book, I assure you that even though this book revolves around the sinking of the Titanic, the famous shipwreck is not the key focus of the story. In fact, the time spent aboard the Titanic and the sinking was a small part of the story. Most of the book involves the lives of the women before the sinking and then twenty years after. Being a Titanic enthusiast, I did enjoy the portion aboard the Titanic. *I liked that this book features a women from each of the classes. I enjoyed getting the perspective of a wealthy socialite, a second class woman and then one from steerage. This book shows the differences in the division of wealth and how very different the lives of these three women were. *I appreciated that this book was well researched and that the author tried to remain as true to events as possible with over embellishing and so forth. In the author’s note, she discusses all the books she read in order to research the Titanic and bring forth her story. And The Not So Much:*The ending was not my favorite. I didn’t like the way the reader is left dangling as Charlotte imagines her future. It was strange for me. I didn’t need a neat, tied off happy ever after, but the weird imagining what her life might be like was not a good ending. *As I mentioned earlier, I struggled with both Charlotte and Esme early on. So much so, that I wanted to stop reading but I kept on. Charlotte is a swindler and a liar, and I was not a fan. Esme is spoiled and engaged in an adulterous affair. Charlotte makes up for her indiscretions which saved her character. Esme, not so much. I wish that Esme had redeemed herself more. I did appreciate that the characters were flawed and realistic.*I was interested in Charlie and disappointed that more of his perspective wasn’t featured. It was hinted that the sinking and the aftermath adversely affected him. I wish that more depth and detail on his life had been provided. *I wish that had been more of the hearings after the sinking in the book. This part of the disaster is rarely covered, and I would liked to have had more of this portion of history.On a Cold Dark Sea is another work of historical fiction centered around the Titanic. This book is much more than the sinking of the big ship. It is an up close look at the the lives of three very different women from the three distinct classes. The reader gets a glimpse of each woman’s life before, during and after the sinking. This was a fascinating and entertaining read. Be warned that not all the characters are likable and patience is required, but it pays off in the end. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    On a Cold Dark Sea by author Elizabeth Blackwell is a historical fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed! On the night of April 15, 1912, three different women have a lifesaving encounter on lifeboat 21, which has been let down from the sinking Titanic in the cold dark Atlantic. Mischievous Charlotte boards the newest ship of the White Star Lines, the Titanic, with her husband Reggie, and his brother Georgie. Anyone watching would think what a nice little family, but sometimes things are not as they On a Cold Dark Sea by author Elizabeth Blackwell is a historical fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed! On the night of April 15, 1912, three different women have a lifesaving encounter on lifeboat 21, which has been let down from the sinking Titanic in the cold dark Atlantic. Mischievous Charlotte boards the newest ship of the White Star Lines, the Titanic, with her husband Reggie, and his brother Georgie. Anyone watching would think what a nice little family, but sometimes things are not as they seem. Esme Harper is with her husband Hiram on the Titanic as they make their way back to America after their honeymoon. Esme has a secret affair while on the ship with a young man she had met during her time in Paris. As lifeboat 21 is being dropped away from the sinking ship, Esme looks up and sees Hiram standing at the rail and then Charlie Van Hausen drops into the little boat. Anna Halversson is a Swedish farm girl who has a chance to accompany her friends Emil and Sonja to the United States in the third class steerage on the Titanic. Sonja is going to America to be married to Joseph, Emil’s brother. As the ship sinks further into the icy water Anna, Sonja, and Emil drop into the dark depths of the Atlantic and try to reach a lifeboat.I won’t post spoilers, but more of the complete details of the tragic night unfold as the story progresses. Maybe there could have been more survivors in lifeboat 21. Read the story, it is haunting!Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This is a novel about three women who survived the Titanic, whose lives intertwined briefly while sharing a lifeboat. Charlotte, Esme, and Anna were from different countries and socioeconomic statuses, but the events of that night changed all of their lives. Charlotte was a thief, masquerading as the wife of a reputable couple. Esme was onboard with her new, older husband, while secretly pining for another man. And Anna was embarking on a new life to America, with a girl who was about to marry t This is a novel about three women who survived the Titanic, whose lives intertwined briefly while sharing a lifeboat. Charlotte, Esme, and Anna were from different countries and socioeconomic statuses, but the events of that night changed all of their lives. Charlotte was a thief, masquerading as the wife of a reputable couple. Esme was onboard with her new, older husband, while secretly pining for another man. And Anna was embarking on a new life to America, with a girl who was about to marry the man of Anna’s dreams. I liked how realistic this novel was. There are too many barriers keeping these women from becoming besties, but the way they found themselves communicating with one another, decades after the Titanic, was believable. I also liked how this did NOT turn into a romance book. The novel ends on an optimistic note, but once again, it’s tempered by reality. I did wish there was more about Esme. A lot of her past (post Titanic) is summarized in a conversation with Charlotte, which made me feel distanced toward her, of all three main characters. She is also, perhaps, the hardest to empathize with. I wish I had had a better chance of getting to know her. All in all, I enjoyed this book. I’ve always been interested in the tragic events of the Titanic, and this is a solid fictional retelling. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arc.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    The first third or so of this book tells the captivating stories of three young women with very different backgrounds, and how they came to be on the Titanic that awful day in history when so many people lost their lives. This was my favorite part of the book. The middle is where we learn how their lives turned out in the aftermath of the sinking, by which time I was still enchanted with Anna, but growing tired of Charlotte. The last part of the book is where we learn through a flashback, what i The first third or so of this book tells the captivating stories of three young women with very different backgrounds, and how they came to be on the Titanic that awful day in history when so many people lost their lives. This was my favorite part of the book. The middle is where we learn how their lives turned out in the aftermath of the sinking, by which time I was still enchanted with Anna, but growing tired of Charlotte. The last part of the book is where we learn through a flashback, what it was like for them that harrowing night in the lifeboat. Although this is a work of historical fiction it felt quite realistic to me and in line with some of the true life accounts I have read concerning the way passengers were treated according to class and the lack of emergency training provided to the crew, along with the insufficient amount of lifeboats. I received an advance copy for review.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    I have always been fascinated by stories of the Titanic so I was anxious to read A Cold Dark Sea. I was not disappointed while reading the story of three very different women who were passengers. We come to know their different backgrounds separated by wealth, moral standings and cultures. Their lives before, during and decades after the devastating sinking of the Titanic provided an interesting story that I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who shares my interest in Titanic history.Thank yo I have always been fascinated by stories of the Titanic so I was anxious to read A Cold Dark Sea. I was not disappointed while reading the story of three very different women who were passengers. We come to know their different backgrounds separated by wealth, moral standings and cultures. Their lives before, during and decades after the devastating sinking of the Titanic provided an interesting story that I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who shares my interest in Titanic history.Thank you Netgalley and the publisher, Lake Union Publishing, for a copy of this book. This is my unbiased opinion.
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  • Davida Chazan
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, this is yet another novel about the Titanic, but I request you not click away just yet. Instead, please read my latest review on my blog that answers the question: has Elizabeth Blackwell found an angle to this old story that sets her novel apart from all the rest, or has she, like so many before her who are transfixed with this story, fallen into the same mundane traps? Find out in my review of “On a Cold Dark Sea” on my blog, here. http://drchazan.blogspot.com/2018/03/...
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyable, especially if you love anything about the Titanic. At first, I thought this was a story of real passengers/survivors, but having fictional characters almost made it better. The story lines were very believable and it was interesting to read how these survivors fared after the sinking. My favorite part of the entire novel were listening to the transcripts from Senate Investigation. Two thumbs up for the audio version.
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  • Olya
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley-thank you!On a Cold Dark Sea is a historical fiction that focuses on three women who were in the same lifeboat during the sinking of the Titanic. It focuses less on the event itself and more on how it impacted the women for the rest of their lives. I liked how there was a chapter about each woman before the Titanic sank, which helped develop their characters. Overall, it was a good read.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Omg i love love LOVE any stories that have to do with the titanic. This was a wonderful work of fiction based on 3 different womens perspectives, before and after the sinking of the titanic. I definitely recommend this book.Oh and i also recievedd this cooy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued by On a Cold Dark Sea. I liked it but at times, it was a little slow. 4 stars.
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