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Ella Brown grew up in one of London's privileged homes, with all the comforts and luxuries that money can buy. But when trgedy strikes her family, Ella is forced from a life of safety and abundance to one of scarcity and fear. Clinging to survival on the filthy streets of the city, she's betrayed by her only friend and left desperate and alone. When Ella arrives at the hosElla Brown grew up in one of London's privileged homes, with all the comforts and luxuries that money can buy. But when trgedy strikes her family, Ella is forced from a life of safety and abundance to one of scarcity and fear. Clinging to survival on the filthy streets of the city, she's betrayed by her only friend and left desperate and alone. When Ella arrives at the hospital in a life-threatening state, she needs and angel of mercy, and one soon arrives: Irene Corbett, and American midwife who has come to London for advanced medical training at the great sacrafice of her family. Irene soothes Ella's physical and emotional pains, helps her back on her feet, and joins her on a voyage to America aboard the ship Titanic-where epic disaster awaits the two friends....

Title : Passage on the Titanic
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Passage on the Titanic Reviews

  • Sue Maxwell
    2019-05-22 02:11

    This is a very beautifully written book about the only LDS woman who went down with the Titanic's sinking. Irene had traveled from Utah to London to learn midwifery in order to combat the high death rate of children and mother's at that time. This is based upon her life story, and the fictionalized characters are based upon what her family knew of her work in London with deprived women. I found it tremendously inspiring and made the story of the Titanic very real. As with all of her books, there is a wonderful love story involved.

  • Lacey
    2019-05-01 19:01

    2 stars is pretty generous. I am only giving this book two stars, purely on the fact that it is somewhat "historical fiction". I don't know what it is about Anita Stansfield's writing, but for some reason, I just have a really hard time with it. The way the dialogue is written is not believable, and way too cheesy. The only reason I decided to read this book was because it was about the Titanic, and I thought that would be interesting. While it was interesting, I would of liked to have seen more of what actually happened on the Titanic, and less about the before and after.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-19 00:18

    Maybe a 2.5Things I liked...1. The love story between Ella and had its moments of sweetness2. Jonathon's family3. Seeing the sinking of the Titanic not only through a survivor's eyes, but through the eyes of a rescuerThings I didn't like...1. The writing is just okay at best. This is the first Stansfield novel I have read. I know she has a devoted following, but I am guessing it is the sweet, clean romance lines more than the writing.2. (view spoiler)[ Ella's background is not developed nearly enough. Considering the "horror" that she supposedly goes through, which follows her throughout the book, I would have like to have felt it a little more. In just a few short paragraphs/pages, we are supposed to feel how awful it was for her to lose her home, possessions, family, be homeless, have no skills and no money, be tricked into prostitution (once), get pregnant, then have the child die right after birth...I know this author tries to keep things "clean" but this was almost so sterile, you weren't really sure exactly what happened to her. There was also a disconnect from the character because we don't "see" any of the horrific events that occurred.3. THE BIG ISSUE...this is supposed to be a book about Irene, an LDS woman who dies on the Titanic. I think the author was extremely careful with Irene's story because that part is true, and I totally respect that, but she came across as this wispy, angelic woman that almost seemed like a religious fanatic...which made it hard to connect to her, and even harder to appreciate her sacrifice...4. THE OTHER BIG ISSUE...the first few chapters come across as religious almost to the point of fanatasism, and I got really tired of "this is God's plan for me" "this is what the Spirit says I have to do" etc etc etc...If I was not LDS, I would have tossed this book aside by page 20. Also, Irene talks about our agency to choose, but then makes it seem like God has made all the choices for fate.5. THE OTHER OTHER BIG ISSUE...As preachy as the first few chapters seem, religion sort of gets dropped for the majority of the story, then just sort of creeps in at the end...almost like it was an "oh yeah...I better get back to that." It just didn't blend well...6. When Ella writes the family in England she lived with for a while to tell them she survived, WHY didn't she write to Irene's family too? That was just would think she would immediately want them to know how wonderful Irene was to her...It is historical fiction so who cares if it didn't really happen?7. Irene's husband, Walter, comes across as ornery and chauvenistic. He doesn't want her to go. I am sure he was a good man...since Irene loved him so much, but we never get a sense of his love for her or his "goodness".Overall, I would have liked to have seen just a fictional account of Ella's life as historical fiction...the "real" parts just didn't seem to fit all that well and were my least favorite part of the book. (hide spoiler)]

  • Nicole Pulver
    2019-05-24 21:06

    I was pretty dissapointed in this book, it seems as if the Titanic part of the book, was rushed and somewhat skipped over, and the rest of the book was somewhat slow. I also feel that all of the facts were not portrayed correctly. Irene is portrayed as if she was following the answer to prayer to go to London, and she went even against her own husbands wishes. She was told by the Prophet to study in the US, but that was not mentioned in the book I guess what bugged me is that she was so sure of answer to prayer in the book, but we don't know that in real life, in fact the begaining of the book was kind of pushy and preachy, and it portrayed her husband as not being rightouse for not wanting her to go , when in real life he just wanted her to go over seas. It did get me to do my own research wich is a good thing, and I believe that the author had good intentions.

  • Brittany
    2019-05-15 19:07

    I've never read any of Stansfield's books, but this one caught my eye because I have always been fascinated with the Titanic. This book is loosely based on the LDS Titanic victim, Irene Corbett, which is why I decided to give it a try. Overall, it was just way too fluffy for me. Irene, representing the LDS faith, makes perfect choices and never does or says anything wrong. She is always teaching the gospel and being kind. Her prayers are always answered, and she always understands the Holy Ghost perfectly. I personally prefer characters to have a few flaws. I was annoyed by this book from the first pages but continued on hoping it would get better. Overall, it just wasn't very good. The writing was poor, and it was terribly predictable.

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-03 22:11

    Whenever anyone tries something new they never know how the response will be. For Anita tell the story of a real event with real people, it was different, but oh so good. Anita has a gift for using words to tell a story that bring out the emotions in me. I loved this new book and will recommend that she keep telling true stories. I want to read more of the titanic after reading this book.Ella Brown grew up in London in a privileged home, but her world was turned upside down when the money was gone, her father took his life and her mother was sent to an asylum where she died. She was forced onto the streets penniless and without a way to provide for herself. She was nieve when it came to trusting people and gave her trust too soon to a woman looking toward her own interests. She was taken advantage of and ended up pregnant. This is when she meets Irene Corbett. Irene left her comfortable home in Utah to go to London to learn to be a midwife. She left her three young children and husband to gain an education to help others, especially woman.When she met Ellie and helped her through the delivery of her premature son, she felt drawn to her. She continued to look after her while at the hospital recovering from her birth and loss of her son. When it was time for her to leave, Irene arranged for her to stay with Bro. and Sis. Pack. They welcomed her in and helped her feel at home. Ella was eager to earn her keep and found a job as a nanny through her acquaintances at Church. She took the job as nanny at the Blackhurst, but only wanted to work for them to earn the money needed to get to American with Irene. Things worked out when both were on the Titanic headed for American at the same time...Ella with the Blackhurst on a vacation and Irene on her way home. Tragedy strikes though with the iceberg. Irene made sure that Ella made it onto a lifeboat and then went back to help the children...(we learn later to give them ether to help them sleep and not have to suffer drowning or freezing to death.)Ella was rescued by the Carpathia, headed to Austria. She meets Jonathan Moreau, who is one of the crewman on the Carpathia. He too is drawn to Ella and helps to make her as comfortable as possible. While Ella is feeling all alone, friends like Jonathan and another older lady from the lifeboat tend to look out for her well being.She goes home with Jonathan to his family home and Bistro business where she is welcomed with open arms. The family atmosphere, along with the kindness of Jonathan's mother and himself help her to open up and talk about the experience she has lived through.Feelings grown between Jonathan and Ella, but Jonathan still feels that Ella is holding back something from her past. When he touches on the subject, ella is determined to run away to prevent him from knowing the truth,but he too thinks that she will do this and has his mother talk to her.After finding out about Ella's hardship, abuse and her meeting of Irene, he still loves Ella and asks her to marry him. Ella finds that he too has some baggage from the past. His lost love that took her life when she couldn't cope with her sister's death from cancer leaves a cloud over him. Together they work through their pasts and onto the future. Ella writes to Irene's parents and receives "Irene's favorite book" that she was given and now lays at the bottom of the ocean. She finally starts to have closure to the titanic experience when she has the dream of Irene administering ether to the children left on board and feels what Irene felt in the last moments of her life. Amazing story!

  • Teri
    2019-05-11 00:24

    When I read through a newsletter from Anita a few weeks ago that her newest novel would soon be released and that it was about the Titanic, I knew I had to get it and get it quickly, as I'm a HUGE Titanic fan and have read a lot of books on this subject. Since Anita usually writes a series of books when she writes, I was hoping there would be a sequel, but at this point, I'm not sure. We'll just have to wait and see.The story starts out with the sinking of the ship, with the main characters Ella Brown, who is a fictional character and with incorporating a real-life character into the story. This person happens to be Irene Corbett, an LDS woman from Utah, who strongly feels she needs to further her nursing skills in London in midwifery. She prays about this important undertaking, as she'll need to leave her husband and three young children for 6 months or more.Ella, a young English girl, loses both of her parents, so is forced to live an impoverished life on the streets of London, winding up in the hospital in a life-threatening state, the same hospital Irene is working in. Irene feels a strong connection with Ella and they bond quickly. Irene finds a place for Ella to live, where in time, she finds work as a nanny. When Irene has finished her schooling, she books passage on this new ship that has been touted as being unsinkable. Ella is totally surprised when the family she works for also books passage on the Titanic for a vacation in America. Both women find the ship wonderful, especially with knowing the Titanic has many pianos onboard.When both ladies hear and feel the ship hitting the iceberg, they begin to gather a few things together. Ella loses sight of Irene when Irene puts her in a lifeboat. The next morning, when the ship Carpathia arrives where they expected the Titanic to be, they see nothing but lifeboats with survivors in them.Deeply shaken by this catastropic event, Ella finds comfort and healing in the care of rescue crewman Jonathan Moreau and his loving family. Can Ella ever find peace and happiness with the constant nightmares over this devastating event? This powerful novel evokes compassion, redemption, hope and survival as never before, as this really happened.

  • Apzmarshl
    2019-05-10 22:03

    As with each new Stansfield book marketed in the last 5 years, I will read it and then I will complain about it. On one hand it's comforting to always know what you are going to going to your grandma's house where she has NOTHING to do and will only turn the TV on Jeopard! and Hee Haw. You hate it but you keep going back and feeling like you belong. Stansfield's books are that way. I know when I pick one up I am going to hear the same words issued by the same characters no matter the setting......and yet I do it. Historical fiction is something that I quite like. I had a small.....although unreasonable, hope that because this was branching out a tad for Stansfield that she would be inspired to write differently. The historical significance and the sheer horror of the Titanic disaster was a wonderful setting to really put forth that effort that has been lacking in her writing in the past decade. The actual events on the Titanic and of Irene, an actual passenger, were quickly dismissed and only used as a vessel to yeild the same old bloody story (much like I use carrots as a vessel for ranch dressing, I care nothing for the carrot, and she cared nothing for the amazing history she COULD have used for a story).....heart wrenching psychological drama between two excessively morally clean people that have terrible conversations.Unlike many, I don't really mind the spirituality or religious parts. I liked the history. I loved that the story made me consider the horror of a massive city sinking into the black, cold ocean within a short frame of time, and the impact this may have had on survivors and rescuers. I always love the love. And I do appreciate that Stansfield widely makes her characters very generous and giving people.So there we are......clean, fast, romantic-ish, meatless.

  • Lisa the Librarian
    2019-05-23 00:28

    First off I need to say that the cover bothers me. It is a little too much Kate Winslet looking for me. I know that the author has nothing to do with the cover selection, so this is not a comment on her writing, but it really bothered me. A lot.Having gotten that off my chest. I did enjoy the story. I had never considered the trauma that the survivors likely experienced, both physically and emotionally. This was a fresh perspective for me. I did think that the meeting between the two romantic interest characters was a bit contrived, but the romance was sweet and exactly what you'd expect from an Anita Stansfield book. I was also confused about the whole situation with Ella in the first part of the book. I get that she was manipulated and coerced by an unscrupulous woman and found herself in a situation she didn't realize she was getting into, but unless she was physically forced I am not sure how everyone could tell her she hadzero responsibility for what happened. Is there a reason she didn't leave when she figured out what was really going on?I also would have liked to have more of a feel of what it was like to be a passenger on the Titanic with more time spent on the ship, or rather more details about it.This sounds like I didn't like the book, but I did. Anita Stansfield is always a good indulgence in a bit of "guilty pleasure" and she really does try to show growth and learning from her characters.

  • Ella
    2019-05-15 23:04

    I am not a "fan" of Mormon fiction by any stretch of the word. I find the genre as a whole uninspired and droll. There have been a few diamonds in the rough. This however, was almost one of them. I know I gave it 4 stars, so I guess I better explain. I loved the concept, the characters, and the setting. The main character, Ella, I could relate to on a level I have never done so with a fictional character. I found her relationship with Irene wonderful and I truly routed for her. However, a lot of the issues I with LDS fiction were present in this book. The constant reminder of the Mormon faith, the skirting around deep emotion, and the handling of sin with kid gloves. I must say, that these issues were less than in other LDS fiction. Plus the interesting concept and characters helped me to get past the annoyances. When a character bore their testimony, it felt genuine. There were deep and agonizing feelings, however I feel that they could have been delved into more. And such a "hot button" word as rape was implied but never said. This book could have been amazing and wonderful to the point that I recommended it to non-LDS friends, but it does fall short of its potential. I do have to admit it is still an interesting and enjoyable read despite its faults and therefore earns 4 stars.

  • Beth Pearson
    2019-04-27 21:02

    I've read quite a bit about the Titanic tragedy but this story had a different perspective for me. The historical details rang true. I loved that it focused as much on the survivors AFTER the sinking insead of just endng with knowing they survived. In this era of Post Tramatic Stress Syndrome, it is easy to understand that their problems weren't solved simply by being rescued. What a tragic event. An enjoyable read.

  • Anne
    2019-05-22 22:04

    I was interested in this book because of Irene Corbett. When I picked it up from the library, it was in the Romance section and I guess that should have given me some idea that this would be a different reading experience than what I was hoping for but I decided to read it anyways. I'm not a big fan of romance or Stansfield's writing style.

  • Connie Williams
    2019-05-11 02:05

    This really made me think about what a great tragedy the sinking of the Titanic was -- how incredibly tragic it was for so many people.

  • Abbie Butcher
    2019-05-22 20:13

    Interesting read, it's not too often I read one that is based on true events with some characters who actually existed! I liked the factual aspect, but didn't really like the ending; too boring with no real conclusion. Would've liked to look into more of the life of Irene, but overall a good story.

  • Kati Sims
    2019-05-18 22:22

    This was a good book, but not my favorite from Anita Stansfield. I never 'fell in love' with the characters as I have in her other books.

  • Thebarrys10
    2019-05-18 19:21

    Historical fiction that was very entertaining! A little unnerving to read while on a cruise, however!

  • Sharon
    2019-05-11 00:26

    We follow the fictional character of Ella Brown who is forced from a a life of safety and abundance to one of scarcity and fear. When Ella arrives at the hospital in a life-threatening state, she needs an angel of mercy, and one soon arrives: Irene Corbett, an American midwife in England for advanced training. The story follows their friendship and the decision to travel to America aboard the Titanic. **from the encyclopedia titanicaIrene Colvin Corbett is a Titanic victim. Irene was married to Walter Corbett and had three children. She had traveled to London in the winter of 1911-1912 to study nursing while her children stayed with her parents. Irene's parents received a letter from her on April 15th in which she said she would take passage on the Titanic. Irene Corbett boarded the Titanic in Southampton. After the sinking, Bishop Colvin telegraphed New York to find out what had happened to his daughter. He received in answer a telegram: "New York, April 19, Levi Colvin, Provo, Utah. Now find name of Mrs Irene C. Corbett is on the list of passengers having sailed from Southampton, but regret is not a survivor on Carpathia. WHITE STAR LINE." Irene Corbett was one of 14 second class women who perished in the sinking, it is commonly believed that being a nurse she was helping those in need and that is why she did not get on one of the life boats.

  • Nellie
    2019-05-19 19:22

    WOW! This novel was very different from Stansfields usual book. Absolutely heartwrenching. I liked it a lot, but it was a tough subject. I loved the real characters mixed with the fictional ones. I felt the beginning of the book was very "preachy" but that was the real-life part, so I can't complain about it too much. Ella grew up in a privileged home, but when her family lost everything, she found herself struggling to survive on Londons filthy streets. Irene soothes Ella's pains, and joins her on the titanic, to travel to America. Epic disaster awaits the two friends. I absolutly love Anita Stansfields books! She has the power to move me in each of her novels. I have read almost all of them, and enjoyed each of them. I only gave 4 of 5 stars, because I don't love it when the last chapter seems like the author is trying to "wrap it up" quickly, rather than finishing the story. I would like to have known more of Irene's family. I felt like we were left hanging with that character. I did love knowing more about what the survivors went through. This was a great read, and I would suggest it for anyone!

  • Carli Anderson
    2019-04-25 21:10

    Anita Stansfield is a well known LDS author with a wide variety of books under her belt. "Passage on the Titanic" is one she recently came out with, and she says it's her first attempt at trying to tie real people into a fictional story.She tells the story of Irene, an American who went to England for nursing school and took one of her patients, Ella, under her wing. The two become fast friends and end up traveling to America on the Titanic. I thought the whole book would be about their time on the Titanic, but there is so much more to the story. The author focuses on who they were before getting on the ship, and then goes in to great detail about their rescue and what their lives were like after surviving that great tragedy. She takes the well known story of the Titanic and makes it very personal for the reader as you try to put yourself in Ella's shoes. It's an incredible story and well worth your time. The book is fairly short and easy, so it should only take a couple of days to read. Enjoy :)

  • Jenne
    2019-04-29 18:23

    While the story telling was not high caliber, I appreciated this book for its themes. It does however merit trigger warnings for suicide, stillbirth, PTSD and sex trafficking in addition to the well-known fact that over a thousand people died when the Titanic sank. I felt that the author dealt with the tragic themes compassionately and realistically. I wanted to read the book because it featured the story of Irene Corbett, an LDS midwife. I had been hoping for more birth scenes but I was pleasantly surprised that the latter half of the book focused on healing and recovery from trauma. The characters set a beautiful example of mourning with one who mourns and providing comfort to one who knows terrible suffering. This may make it one of my favorite books for all time for that reason. It is rare indeed to find fiction that realistically portrays difficult human emotion with such accuracy.

  • Cheryl
    2019-05-16 18:24

    Amazing story. I was really moved by this book. I think historical fiction is my favorite genre. I loved seeing Anita Stansfield take on this project. The character of Irene left lots of questions in my mind, but I think that is the point. She never came home. We don't really have resolution to her story. Irene is an actual woman who died on the Titanic. Ella, a fictional character, was friends with Irene. Ella was blessed by her association with Irene and grieved Irene's loss terribly. The entire second half of the story is devoted to how Ella deals with the tragedy of the Titanic. She finds love and this eventually helps her heal. I have not spent a lot of time pondering how survivors of the Titanic dealt with the experience before I read this book. Stansfield's book gave me new insight and helped me explore what it must have been like for a survivor.

  • Dana Burkey
    2019-05-18 18:19

    I really liked the historical aspect of this book...The Titanic is something that I find fascinating and love reading about it. I also really like the way she ended this book. However, I think that if you have read one Anita Stansfield book, you have read them all. They are all alike with the same dreariness followed by this all of a sudden realization that the protaganist is going to be loved anyway despite all their past life and sadness. I found that the last half or so of this book was a bit of a drudgery to read, but again was made a little better by the Titanic subject matter and the ending. Despite the predictability of Stansfield's books, I find myself still reading most of them!

  • Melanie
    2019-05-18 18:09

    As a long time reader of Anita Stansfield books, I found this one to be a little boring (gasp), I was really excited to read this book because of the fact that it would involve the Titanic, but unfortunately I felt that the writing was "just the tip of the iceberg" and she never really delved into the real story. There was to much "hurry and get through this part; the Titanic sinking", and way to much ho humming about everything that came after. I was especially disappointed in The character Irene, I really can't pin point a reason why; because she is a nice, wonderful woman, but There was just something off about her. It took me a long time to finally finish the book which is not normal for me, all in all not one I would recommend.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-29 01:14

    The beginning and end of this book dragged. The middle was okay. I understand that the beginning was necessary to set up the rest of the book but I don't think it needed to take up as much of the book as it did. At the end of the book, I just kept wanting it move along, we all know what's going to happen, let's please just get there. I also like that Anita Stansfield didn't shove the LDS church in your face like she frequently does. Don't get me wrong, I am LDS and while I enjoy a book that references the church and our believes but I don't want that to necessarily be the secondary focus of the book.

  • Louise Pledge
    2019-05-05 01:16

    I owned this for awhile but was waiting for "just the right time" to read it. After watching a special about the Titanic on PBS, done by Len Goodman, that told me it was now the right time! Seems to me that it would be difficult to combine a fictional character and a real-life one, but Ms. Stanfield pulls it off successfully. The story evokes many emotions in the reader, the terror and confusement at the sinking, heartache, sorrow and, finally, some moments of joy. To me, it reiterated the importance of faith and prayer. Very heartwarming!

  • Merrilyn
    2019-05-20 21:15

    I would recommend this book for anyone who likes Anita Stansfield. It is basically the same format she always uses for the plots of her books (girl goes through tragedy, meets handsome stranger {who more often than not is independently wealthy} who doesnt care about her past and only wants to sweep her off her feet and love her and do everything he can for her for the rest of her life). However, this time she does throw in an actual person from history who did sail on the titanic just to spice things up a little bit.

  • Ralph
    2019-05-26 19:18

    I appreciated the historical details and the way the author made you feel like you were there and experiencing the story first-hand. I came to realize how many people were affected and changed by the sinking of the Titanic in ways I had never evern considered. I enjoyed getting to know the characters hearts, their hopes and dreams and feelings. I appreciated the tender and beautiful way the romance developed. I enjoyed reading about how one person's kindness and concern made such a difference in the life of another.

  • Cheryl Allred
    2019-05-11 20:18

    For me this book was just ok - not one of Anita Stansfield's best. What I did take away from it was a better understanding of the survivors feelings and the trauma they went through after-the-fact. The book even touched on the feelings of the rescuers and how devastated they were when they came upon the scene - not finding a sinking ship, but finding so many people frozen in the water - truly not what they expected.

  • Andrea Smith
    2019-05-16 20:16

    Eh--it was okay. I really looked forward to reading a book about the Titanic and the cover was so beautiful. Sigh. This book was mostly narration (telling) sprinkled with some dialogue. She broke several "writer's rules" and much of the plot was contrived and very convienient. Too preachy for my taste and full of drama (I know it's about the Titanic, but really). I skimmed most of it but did enjoy some characters and parts at the end.

  • Peggy
    2019-05-21 18:03

    I think it's a stretch to think this is historical fiction about the Titanic. Other than a short part in the middle the Titanic is barely mentioned. And there is a lot of fictionalization about the LDS passenger who died in the Titanic sinking. I got through it quite quickly, not because I loved it, but because I wanted it to be done so I could go on to reading something else. It's my first book by Anita Stansfield and I don't think I'll be reading any more.