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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark

Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark
Harvest House / 2012

About the book:

Kelsey Tate comes from sturdy stock. Her great-grandmother Adele endured the sinking of Titanic and made it safely to America, where she not only survived but thrived. Generations later, Kelsey works for the firm Adele founded nearly 100 years ago. 

Now facing a hostile takeover, the firm’s origins are challenged when new facts emerge about Adele’s actions on the night Titanic sank. Kelsey tries to defend the company and the great-grandmother she has long admired, but the stakes are raised when Kelsey’s boss is murdered and her own life threatened. 

Forced to seek help from Cole Thornton, a man Kelsey once loved—and lost, thanks to her success-at-all-costs mentality—she pursues mysteries both past and present. Aided by Cole and strengthened by the faith she’d all but forgotten in her climb up the corporate ladder, Kelsey races the clock to defend her family legacy, her livelihood, and ultimately her life.

My rating:
My thoughts:

I have read many of Mindy Starns Clark's suspense books and loved most of them, but unfortunately, Echoes of Titanic wasn't that great to me. I found myself easily bored throughout most of the novel (although it did get better later on in the story) and sometimes thought there were too many details.

I did like the mystery, though, of who really survived from the sinking of the Titanic (whether Adele or Jocelyn posing as Adele). There were other things that happened present day that added suspense/mystery, too, which I also enjoyed. I was surprised when it was made known what had happened regarding the person who was found dead - I wasn't expecting it.

Overall, I liked Echoes of Titanic, but because it was somewhat boring at times, I'm giving it 2.5 stars. Even though this book isn't one of my favorites, if it sounds like something you might like (and you like books dealing with the Titanic), you might want to try it.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


  1. Wow, I'm a bit surprised you only gave this book 2.5 stars. I personally thought it was a 5 star type book. I really liked all the suspense, but was disapointed that their wasn't as much history of the Titanic as I'd have liked. I love Jody Hedlund's type style of historical fiction that's bursting with real historical facts, but unfortinately there aren't a lotof these type books. But anways, glad you were able to read Echoes of Titanic, and share your thoughts! Have a lovely day!

    1. Thanks, Bethany! I had thought I'd really like it before reading it (because most of Mindy Starns Clark's books I've loved), but it just didn't really grab my attention until late in the book and I struggled through most of the first half. :(

      Based on Goodreads reviews, it seems like this is one of those books where some people love it and some people don't - I'm glad you loved it! :)

  2. I am reading this now. I am having a difficult time getting into it and wondering if I should finish it or not. I also love her other books, but this one seems to be dragging.

    1. I remember feeling the same. It was a struggle to read.


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