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Book review ~ A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice, Rebecca Connolly

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice
Author : Rebecca Connolly
Genre : Historical Fiction
Pages : 320
Publisher : Shadow Mountain
Release date : April 5th 2022

Shortly after midnight on April 15, 1912, the captain of the Carpathia, Arthur Rostron, wakes to a distress signal from the Titanic, which has struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Though information is scarce, Rostron leaps into action, determined to answer the call for help. But the Carpathia is more than four hours away, and there are more questions than answers: Will his ship hold together if pushed to never-before-tested speeds? What if he also strikes an iceberg? And with the freezing temperatures, will there be any survivors by the time the Carpathia arrives?

Kate Connolly is a third-class passenger on Titanic, and she is among the last to receive instruction and help after it hits an iceberg. Despite the chaos of abandoning ship, Kate is able to board a lifeboat, though after seeing the Titanic sink into the abyss and hearing the cries from hundreds of people still in the water, she wonders if any rescue is even possible.

Everything linked to the Titanic is interesting to me. Like many people, the events of that night in 1912 fascinate me for some dark reason. That’s why I requested this book on Netgalley as soon as I saw it.

It is a pretty original take on the Titanic events, as it focuses on the Carpathia, the first ship to answer the Titanic’s distress call, and rescued some of the survivors. I thought it was really interesting, as I never read or saw anything from this perspective, the perspective of the people who could do nothing but hope they would not be too late.

I loved following the various characters, especially the passengers who had friends and family aboard the Titanic. The emotions described and the way people supported each other during the wait felt very real, and it was truly touching to read. Add to this an alternating POV between Carpathia and Titanic, and you get a captivating novel filled with emotions and some kind of solemn atmosphere.

This was only a bit ruined because of the Captain of the Carpathia, Arthur. The author really emphasized his role, and the way he keeps repeating that it will be an event that will be remembered, and how super sad it is, and I think it was a bit too much. The somber mood was already there, there was no need to push it even more. He was a little too dramatic for me and it annoyed me, but not enough to prevent me from absolutely loving this book!

That’s it for today!
Thank you for reading me 🙂
See you soon,
Love,
Jade ❤

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