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When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Yarborough hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime--a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there's a catch: she must assume Jacqueline'sWhen pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Yarborough hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime--a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there's a catch: she must assume Jacqueline's identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women's lives are forever changed....

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Queen of the Waves Reviews

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    2019-04-21 18:20

    About this book:“Two families on opposite sides of the globe are shaken by the rise and fall of the Titanic, 'Queen of the Ocean.'When pampered Jacqueline Abington makes secret plans to elopes with the family gardener, she concocts a scheme for another woman to take her place on the much-anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. From a poor corner of London, Tessa Bowen has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there's a catch: she must assume anther woman’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in expensive quarters, dresses in luxurious gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and Tessa’s live is forever changed.”Series: Part of the “American Tapestries” series. {None of the books are connecting.}Spiritual Content- Psalm 46:1-3 at the beginning; Many Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & remembered; Many Prayers; Many talks about God, Bibles, prayers, Heaven, forgiveness, & sins; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Tessa would rather stay away from religion because of her father, but is witnessed to often in this book *Spoiler*(view spoiler)[and learns about God personally(hide spoiler)] *End of Spoiler*; Going to a church going & singing hymns; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of God; Mentions of Thanking & Praising God; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, reverends, hymns, & witnessing; Mentions of angels; Mentions of forgiveness; Mentions of a drunk preaching & his “sermons” (Tessa’s father); Mentions of sins, sinners, & religious rituals; A few mentions of talks about God; A few mentions of quoting Scriptures; A few mentions of being Christlike & godly men; A few mentions of faiths; A couple mentions of providence or chance; A mention of miracles;*Note: A mention of a she-devil; A mention of being a “devil of an actress”; A mention of Hell not being cold; A mention of a godforsaken ship. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Eye Rolling & Sarcasm; Set on the Titanic, so there is almost drowning, being in shock, & being ill (up to semi-detailed); Pain & being slapped (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of deaths & drownings; Mentions of pain, blood/bleeding, abuse, scars, & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of grief & screams and cries of pain; Mentions of crimes & stealing; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, pubs/saloons/taverns, & drunks; Mentions of cigars, pipes, & smoking; Mentions of gambling & card games; Mentions of nightmares; Mentions of lies, lying, & deception; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of a fox stole & that animal’s life; A couple mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of slaughtering pigs; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of a hanging. Sexual Content- a hand kiss, two cheek kisses, three head kisses, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and two boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (x2, barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of honeymoons & underthings; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of having feelings for someone; Mentions of flirting; A few mentions of couples kissing (not-detailed); A few mentions of touches (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of a hinted affair; A few mentions of scandals; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of compromising situations; A couple mentions of winks; A couple mentions of blushes; Love, falling in love & the emotions (up to x2);*Note: A couple mentions of a woman’s figure; A couple mentions of a plunging neckline. -Jacqueline Abingdon-Tessa Bowen-Nathan Patterson P.O.V. switches between themSet in 1912 333 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- Two StarsEarly High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half){Add a ½ star for those interested in the Titanic.}This book has been on my TBR for ages now & I’ve finally gotten to it! Yay! :)My sister has always been interested in the Titanic and the history surrounding the event, so from a young age, I’ve heard about it. While reading just normally about the Titanic can seem, well, a bit depressing, over all the lives lost, author Janice Thompson has many hopeful moments in this novel because of all the faith parts. I so enjoyed all the characters & all the faiths and faith moments in this book. Each chapter starts out with a date; as 4/14/1912 get closer and closer, my adrenaline kept getting on getting higher on seeing what would happen! And for those who have watched a certain video of mine….the main hero’s name is Nathan! ;DLink to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  • Vicki Scullion
    2019-04-23 14:05

    The premise of this novel was interesting, and the author had clearly researched the events that occurred on the Titanic. I enjoyed it until about 3/4 of the way through when faith in God became the only plot point. The ending was lame when all of the main characters accepted their fates as the will of God. The only characters who did not find religion were the adulterers, who predictably ended up going down with the ship, presumably to a cold, watery hell. I was disappointed to find that the well-written beginning of this novel ended as a not particularly interesting advertisement for God.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2019-03-26 13:05

    I haven been looking forward to reading this book ever since the Author started posting pictures of the of the museums she was visiting to research this book. I feel in love with all of the posts by Janice Thompson and could not wait for this book to come out. She did not disappoint!The story sort of reminded me of the Prince and the Pauper...not quite it would have to be the Princess.The rich girl...Jacqueline Abingdon sets out to deceive her family, a world wide set of events are about to happen. She is so enamored with Peter Bowen, she will do anything to be his wife.Peter has a sister that he wants to help...her father is a cruel sick man. He takes everything that goes wrong out on his daughter Tessa.When Jacquie's Mother sets out to deceive her husband who has arranged a marriage for their daughter. She contacts her Mother in New York, and again the seeds of fate are set. What her Mother doesn't know is that Jacquie is about to deceive her Fiance, Father, and Mother. Jacquie convinces Tessa to be her and teaches her to be an Heiress, she even has her Ladies Maid Iris in on the plot. What none of them knows is that the ship Tessa and Iris will be traveling on is the Titanic.Of course we all know what happens on that voyage, but you almost forget and hope not. Impossible to change history, but what a fun ride we have, of course there is a lot of we know. Now that we know these people personally it is even harder.Don't miss this excellent fast read. I could not put it down, and finished in less than a day. Enjoy!!I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Stacey
    2019-04-12 15:59

    The story line was amazing! I loved that premise of two girls exchanging lives in the name of love. It was a fun read and the ending was true romance all the way! A fun read with great details and imagery. I highly recommend it!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-25 17:13

    More like 4.5 but closer to 4 stars.I am a total Titanic buff and love to read stories about that fateful voyage. And yes, I've watched the James Cameron film "Titanic" about ten times. That said, I enjoyed the premise of this story. The setting appealed to me as well as the plot. The spiritual arc was strong and there were good reasons why Peter sought to help his sister. Now granted, I was disappointed in him, so I hope in the future he resolves his issue. I also wished one of the main characters would have fallen for the man her father arranged for her. Ah, well, sometimes things have a way of going in a different direction and as a reader, you just accept that. Regarding the romantic aspects of the story, they were heart-warming. I would have loved to have seen more romantic tension, but for whatever reason the story didn't play that out. I know it was a short voyage so not much could be done in such a short time. And we certainly didn't want to see the characters do what Rose and Jack had done in the film. At the same time there is something about staring at death that makes people desperate enough to change their minds about what really matters. The sinking was sad, of course, but it was not shown in a way that would traumatize the reader. The movie did that well enough. In some ways it wouldn't have seemed right to dwell on the negative in this book but rather focus on second chances. Anyway, I enjoyed this story, though it didn't have quite the zing I'd hoped for. Part of that may be due to the many different points of view rather than the two main characters as is typically done in romantic novels. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read. The best part of the story was probably the healing that took place regarding the issue with fathers in several characters' hearts. In some ways I would have liked to see more of that aspect of the story because it was so rich and deeply felt.

  • Christy
    2019-04-03 14:17

    I really enjoyed the many points of view in this story. It always seems to keep a read from getting too boring or bogged down with just one persons story. The romance was a little heavy for my liking and with dramatics through-out. "There was something about those pensive blue eyes-the color of the sea-that drew him in", "her thinly plucked eyebrows quirked" ; and we've got tangled hearts and twisted hearts and tear stained eyelashes and trembling hands; and oh please it was just too much for me. I think if the story could have just been written without all the extra goo I could have read it and enjoyed it more; I think it would have come across more serious and real.

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-04-07 13:10

    Read it in a day. I needed more Janice Thompson after reading her latest contemporary and I have been overdue to readthis one. Loved it. Couldn't put it down.Review below image. Update: The Icing on the Cake by Janice Thompson is a read I needed just right when I had it available to read. As I sit here on the couch attempting by pen and paper to write this review which I will later type I wonder if it is a good time or if the anesthesia has fully worn off yet as I just misspelled icing… Life can be so complicated sometimes and a great past time or distraction may often be found on my bookshelf. This weekend (August 29th) it was found and filled by Janice Thompson first as I returned to the world of wedding organization in Galveston, Texas. This time in the second book of the Weddings by Design series also related to two previous trilogies of Weddings by Bella followed by Backstage Pass.As I’m organizing my shelves I’ve noticed Janice Hanna Thompson seems to be taking up quite the amount of space. Her books are keepers. I have not just enjoyed but practically loved every book of hers in which I have read and I’m starting, a wishlist for those I’m missing.To be honest, I’m having a difficult time seguewaying (sp?) what I want to say about The Icing on the Cake and Queen of the Waves so you may just have to endure a double review.Be it contemporary Texas or historical atmosphere Janice’s books are witty. Full of entertainment through out the characters are lovable and stick with a reader. The seemingly perfect women on the page bear all with their thoughts and many a reader may find a relevant heart. Janice’s stories would all make great movies full of calm and wonderfully appropriate romance. I think those in the Club Wed scene would get along well with Rachel Hauck’s low country Carolina series characters.I am internet-friends with Janice and have followed her amazing weight loss journey. Finding a related and very believable life setting for the main character in The Icing on the Cake made it even more interesting to me. I also truly enjoyed the slight mystery of choosing which man Scarlet would want and how she got there. The Icing on the Cake is entertaining and a perfect literary escape.When I finished reading The Icing on the Cake I so enjoyed my adventure to Texas that I needed more of Janice’s writing so I snatched a book long overdue and started reading her Titanic historical novel, Queen of the Waves. Oh what a world! At this time in my life having seen the epic Titanic film and the first two Downton Abbey seasons I was really able to visualize Tessa and Jaqueline’s world around them. Adding to that Janice’s vivid descriptions and story-telling and I was in fiction bliss.There are so many elements to this story that I enjoyed. Going into an overall historical tragedy is hard, but when it is someone’s writing that you always enjoy I knew she would have an interesting way to pull it all off and still with an ending readers could endure and she did that and more. The Queen of the Waves is a beautiful story for historical fans and all those currently in a Downton-Abbey-esque phase. A wonderfully vivid escape into the past once again provided by Janice.I’ve discovered she is one of the few to entertain in all genres, even non-fiction devotions with great success!I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.

  • Reet Champion
    2019-04-17 11:12

    It's a deceptive voyage all the way around. Socialite Jacquie Abingdon has muddled-up plans for the future; Peter Bowen wants what is best for his little sister; Tessa Bowen must escape her life of horror from which she bears scars; Nathan Patterson is traveling with a finicky mother and unaware of his true bloodlines; Lady's maid Iris has big plans for her future as a fashion designer. All of these people are thrown together in the story of the RMS Titanic. Tessa, the daughter of a drunken and abusive pig farmer, takes Jacquie's place aboard the Titanic. In the meantime Jacquie remains behind in Southampton with hopes of an upcoming marriage between her and Peter. Tessa finds it difficult to act the part of someone she is not. With her is begrudging lady's maid, Iris. As much as she tries Tessa is unable to befriend Iris. To compound her problems Tessa struggles to come to terms with her faith, or lack thereof. But her luck seems to be changing. Once aboard the Titanic Tessa meets Nathan Patterson and they become fast friends. Through the dealings of these two, Iris is put in touch with Edith Russell, a well-known fashion designer, who is also aboard Titanic. As Titanic steams ever nearer to disaster, each of these individuals, both on land and on sea, are forced to deal with their own personal problems. This was a pretty interesting tale, overall. Everyone seemed to have their own secrets which made it interesting. I would like to note there are some errors. None it really affects the story, but I would like to point a few of them out nonetheless. First off, one of the characters state that Titanic is the fastest ship at the time. Titanic was not overly fast nor was she built for speed. The White Star Line left the speed to Cunard Line while they focused on luxury. Secondly, Ms. Thompson writes that Titanic has "brakes". Ships do not have brakes. Thirdly, another character mentions something to the effect of Titanic being in good hands with "Edward Smith at the stern". I think what the author meant here is "at the helm".

  • Tarissa
    2019-04-12 11:20

    "Queen of the Waves" is a lovely story that takes place on the ever-grand Titanic. It certainly has an intriguing plot: A young woman of high society, Jacquie Abingdon, is being pushed into a marriage that will forge two businesses together. But this marriage is not with the man she fancies. When an alternate route presents itself, she gladly jumps on board to escape her father's critical eye. Except, Jacquie doesn't jump on board the Titanic, but makes a deceptive switch with Tessa Bowen, a drunkard's daughter, to trade places. In Jacquie's naive mind, this is the only way she can remain with the man she truly loves.There was quite a bit of romance intertwined into the base of the plot. It is just a collection of sweet love stories all rolled into one book, but still too much for my taste. I was slightly confused that one of the young men in the story, Nathan Patterson, singled out Jacquie in the opera crowd, and later singled out Tessa on the Titanic. He "eyed" each of these young women, you might say, and he didn't realize that they were in fact, switching each other's lives. (It was just a strange coincidence that didn't need to happen for the story to progress.)Indeed, it's a story of heartbreak. I was greatly interested in the plot of the book, so much so that most of the time I forgot that the characters were on the Titanic, sailing into doom. Overall, a good book. I also enjoyed the Christian aspect of the story that vividly shines through. "There is a truth, however, that stands the test of time. No ship can penetrate it, no iceberg rise up against it. Nothing anyone builds or claims ownership to, short of the Almighty. It is the truth of God's love for us---love that crashes through even the coldest, most frigid heart."

  • Melissa
    2019-04-20 13:54

    Had this book been written by any other author than Janice Thompson (my favorite) I would not have been quick to read this because the Titanic storyline is not my topic of choice due to the reality and tragedy of the event. That being said, this was a phenomenal read. The story of Tessa, Jaquie, Nathan, Iris and Peter is very compelling and entertaining, I love the way God is woven into the storyline. The story of Tessa and her struggles with her earthly father and how she views her Heavenly Father is a very real and relatable journey of faith, I highly recommend this book!

  • Megan
    2019-04-14 12:07

    Queen of the Waves was a very enjoyable book. I loved all the details this book provided about the Titanic and life in general at that time, while at the same time it didn't bog down the story with too many details - it was just right!Tessa, Jacquie and Iris were such enjoyable characters. Tessa was probably my favorite character in the book, but I loved Nathan too - he was a wonderful and sweet character. I would recommend this book.***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

  • Renee
    2019-04-01 12:21

    4.5 starsWhy do I read books set on Titanic, they make me cry just like this one did. If this book is any indication how the new American Tapestry line from Summerside Press is going to be I think I'm going to have to collect them all. What a way to start a series! I love Janice's fun contemporary series Weddings By Bella and she does heart-wrenching historicals just as well. I REALLY hope there's some kind of sequel in the works because there's definitely potential for more romance and drama! Full review to come 10/18/12

  • Marie
    2019-03-27 12:10

    I just could not get invested in a story that was so strongly contingent upon a pig farmer girl being able to insert herself into high society. If it weren't for that, perhaps I would have loved it as much as many others have.

  • Nattie
    2019-04-11 16:22

    This was a no for me. I gave it one star because the sinking of the Titanic was flat and lifeless, and because the characters never captured me. I sort of got vibes of Nancy Moser's Masquerade from this book, only that was good. Jacquie was not someone that I had any sympathy for. I thought she was selfish and a fool. It was clear that she cared more about her own desires than Tessa's or anyone else's. I grew weary of hearing about Tessa's horrible father, how many times does the reader need to be told he is rotten? It was well established from the several chapters that featured him that he was lousy. I couldn't muster up much sympathy for Tessa either though, despite the father.Tessa did little to hold up her end of the charade, she could have at least tried. I was so irked by her inability to stop bumbling her role that I wanted to stomp on the book.The lady's maid, Iris, also wore on my nerves. I wanted her to stop the griping a lot sooner than she did.Throughout the story there were tons of lovely details and descriptions of clothing and the Titanic, but all they added up to was words, some authors are able to create scenery with their words, but that was not the case here.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-04-21 14:17

    "A wave of fear washed over Jacquie afresh as she tried to absorb the news. Father dangled the cigar between his fingers. "I'm delighted about Roland's offer, as you can imagine. I do hope you will be as well. This has been a thoughtful undertaking.""B-but..." She couldn't seem to manage anything else. The lump in her throat wouldn't allow it. "He's a good man, and a kind one. I can't deny that the arrangement is advantageous for us all, but I do believe you will settle happily. He will treat you well and give you a good life. And you will never want for anything. Of this, we can be quite sure." Another puff of the cigar followed on her father's end and then a nod. "Roland has a large home in New York and has just purchased the Willingham estate here in Richmond near the Thames.""Well, that sounds lovely." Jacquie's mother folded her hands in her lap and sat up a bit straighter. "Yes." Father grinned. "And what a stroke of luck, marrying a man in the automobile industry. Not only will you have an enviable home, but you will also own the best vehicles in the country."Jacquie swallowed hard as she thought about how to respond. Of course her father found this news to be delightful. He would. But she could not - would not - marry a man she had no feelings for, especially when her heart remained affixed to another. She forced a smile and fought to quiet her racing heart, fearing it might somehow give her away.As Jacquie's mother quickly whisked her away to her room to begin making wedding plans as her mother's voice lowered to a whisper as she opened the hatbox and pressed several newspaper clippings into Jacquie's hands. " A new ocean liner is leaving Southhampton in five weeks, headed for New York. Arrangements can be made for you to be onboard when she sails, but we must hurry." She pressed the now empty hatbox onto the shelf. "W-what? You're sending me to America?" Jacquie shook her head as she started down at the newspaper clippings. A photograph of the RMS Titanic stared back at her. "What are you saying, Mother? Have you and Father planned this as some sort of honeymoon gift?"Mama shook her head. "I've known for weeks that your father was, well...working on a plan with Mr. Palmer, but I'm not talking about sending you two off on a honeymoon. Not at all. Listen to me. I know the pain of a forced union firsthand. My own father, God rest his soul, made sure I was advantageously matched as well." Her expression hardened. "My daughter will not be painted into that same corner. I would soon die that allow it, trust me." (pg 21).Her mother learned that Jacquie had fallen in love with their gardener, Peter Bowen, but felt she must leave England on the Titanic and stay in New York with her grandmother. Perhaps there she could find the love she was truly searching for. But how could she leave behind the only man she had ever loved? One thing for sure, she knew she could not go through with her father's plans to marry Roland Palmer. In the latest novel from Janice Thompson in the American Tapestries series, Queen of the Waves, takes the readers back into a historical fictional romance of 1912 as Jacquie Abingdon attempts to runaway aboard the Titanic to escape the arranged marriage to Roland Palmer without her father's knowledge. When she tells Peter of her plan to include taking him on the trip, he turns down the offer telling her that his family depends on his income to support them. He can't leave them. He does offer Jacquie another option, to send his sister Tessa, who is the same age as Jacquie in her place to escape the abuse from their drunken father. Jacquie agrees and they spend the next two weeks preparing Tessa to take her place onboard the Titanic and provide a way for her to escape as well. How can Tessa Bowen attempt to act like a lady of society when all she has ever known is the life of being a pig farmer's daughter?The two women make arrangements to meet on the dock to make the switch in boarding passes and tickets and Tessa will go by the name of Jacquie Abingdon and head to New York. Jacquie will send a letter to her grandmother in New York explaining that she could not leave because she wanted to marry Peter, someone her parents would never allow her to marry due to his social status. She knew her grandmother would take Tessa in and would send along her lady's maid, Iris to help Tessa as needed. Little did Jacquie know what would later happen and how all their lives would change forever in ways none of them could ever prepare for. I received Queen of the Waves compliments of Summerside Press and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I've been a huge fan of the Titanic when it first came to the big screen and it really interested me to know more about the lives of so many who boarded the fateful ship that day in hopes of a new life in America only to have so many never make it. When the opportunity came up to review this novel, I knew I would instantly want to read it and in the process LOVE the characters that Janice Thompson breathed to life in the pages of her novel. You feel the emotional anguish between Tessa and Jacquie's choices to make their lives their own through choices neither of them felt they could make. In a twist of fate, one would find love and the other pain beyond belief but in the end, healing would come to them all. I rate this novel a 5 out of 5 stars. For those of you that love romantic novels about the Titanic, then this one is a MUST READ for you!

  • Susan Skarness
    2019-04-01 14:13

    Fascinating StoryThis was a fascinating story where the novel was woven into the events of the Titanic, along with the story of forgiveness and salvation. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the interplay among them. A very pleasant story that looks on the positive side of life!

  • Rose
    2019-04-15 12:05

    I loved this book! I already knew the back story, who doesn't. But, the sweet romance story around the Titanic was a delightful way to reread the Titanic saga.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-05 13:00

    RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912. She was on her maiden voyage—departed from Southhampton, Uk and was on route to New York when she hit an iceberg that pulled Titanic and 1517of her passengers to their watery graves. The exact number of those that died that day has been a topic of debate for years but I went with the number listed on the Titanic Historical Societies website. Regardless the number of lives lost—we still carry this tragedy in our hearts. Though the last survivor has now passed away—their stories and lives still touch the hearts of many! Janice Thompson retold this well-known story but in a unique way that showed the work of God and a promise of hope in the midst of a great tragedy. I am so glad that I won a copy of this book from the author party hosted by Litfuse. This book was one of the best books that I’ve read this year—everything from the storyline down to the gorgeous cover was a hit! About the Story:Jacquie Abingdon is a well-to-do lady that is being forced into a marriage with a man she does not love. The true object of her affection is a young man named Peter, the family gardener. Such a relationship would never be permitted but opportunity presents itself when Jacquie’s mother obtains two tickets to board the highly-anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. When Jacquie learns that Peter has a sister, Tessa who has been greatly abused by their father—she devises a plan for Tessa to take her place aboard the ship which will leave her free to marry Peter in secret.Once aboard—Tessa (under the guise of Jacquie) struggles to fit into high society and also with the guilt of her deception. She carries the weight of her past in her heart and though she is now “free” her heart is anything but. It doesn’t help that the girl that has agreed to accompany her holds certain contempt for her. But Titanic is a symbol of hope for many and a new life in America is both frightening and promising. Hope also presents itself in the form of new friends—friends that can introduce Tessa to a loving and faithful God. She must learn that God is our refuge and our strength and that we can put all our trust in Him.I won’t ruin the conclusion to the story for those of you that haven’t read it—let’s just say that you will shed some tears, with a tragedy of this magnitude it is nearly impossible not to feel the tugging on your heartstrings. Unlike so many other tragic retellings though—this one holds a message of hope and I am SURE that you will be pleased with the resolution of this tale. Where to Buy:Amazon|CBD|Barnes&NobleAbout the Author: Janice Thompson also writes under the name Janice Hanna. She got her start in the industry writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage. Janice has published over eighty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children's books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. Janice currently serves as Vice-President of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house. Janice is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online course, "Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer" ( has been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing. Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all. You can find out more about Janice at or Her Facebook page can be located here: of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through an author’s party on Facebook which was hosted by a fabulous program called Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-04-15 15:54

    Title: Queen of the WavesAuthor: Janice Thompson Pages: 336Year: 2012Publisher: Summerside What one word would you use to describe your thoughts or feelings when you hear the word Titanic? No matter how much I have read, viewed or listened to about the Titanic, I find there is always one common experience for me and that is my heart is torn. There is the overwhelming number of people who perished that night one hundred years ago, but there are also stories of known heroics and heroes. Of course, there are some who focus on who is to blame and who is isn’t. Sometimes the focus is on the bravery and the not so brave. Whether some story is told of the Titanic, fiction or nonfiction, it still stirs the hearts and minds of people a century later. Janice Thompson does a masterful job of weaving together a story that has the elements mentioned above, yet also shows the faith her characters exhibit. Some of the characters don’t believe in God as a Father due to their personal experience, while others find it all so easy to lean upon God as a Father due to the influence of someone’s life. The basic story of the Titanic is known, and there, of course, are things unknown about the real night and events leading up to that voyage. Janice’s main story centers on the characters of Jacquie, Tessa, and Iris. One of them is a daughter who is abused by her father’s misrepresentation of the Father and forgiveness. One has lived on a farm; two of the ladies live in mansions. Then we meet Nathan, Roland, and Peter. Nathan was raised by a father who is a godly man, but is he really his biological father? Roland is a successful businessman who longs to marry one of the ladies he is in love with, but she doesn’t return those feelings. Peter was raised on a farm with his sister, and all he wants for her is a life better than she would ever have if she remains with their abusive, drunken father. Through scheming and deception by a couple of these fictional personas, one of the ladies goes on board the Titanic under the name of the other. With this plan in place, it will make it easier for a forbidden love to really come to fruition until Peter knocks on the door and reveals some disturbing news. Roland is worried sick that the woman he loves, the woman who is to become his wife may be lost forever in the Atlantic. How does he react when he sees her living at home weeks after the disaster? Before the ship goes under, Nathan is told by his mothers travel companion that he has always loved Nathan. While Nathan had suspicions about this man, there wasn’t time to dwell on anything but saving lives. Now Nathan is healed and at home with the man who has always been his father, fighting an internal battle. Can he forgive his mother? How can his father plan a memorial service for his mother when he knew the truth all along? I found myself not just reading the novel, but envisioning the various parts of the story in my imagination. With how the author describes the setting, sights, and sounds aboard the Titanic, it isn’t hard to picture yourself there. Even knowing how the story over all was going to end, the gripping part was watching how much faith motivated each action and thought in the novel. I read Queen of the Waves in one day and even if you don’t have that time in a lump sum to sit and take an adventure, don’t pass this one up. It is truly inspiring, engaging, gripping and so much more. My rating is 5 stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-03-31 17:12

    Janice Thompson in her new book, “Queen of the Waves” Book One in the An American Tapestry series published by Summerside Press takes us into the life of Tessa Bowen and the luxury liner, Titanic.From the back cover: Two families on opposite sides of the globe are shaken by the rise and fall of the Titanic, “Queen of the Ocean.”When pampered Jacqueline Abingdon makes secrete plans to elope with the family gardener, she concocts a scheme for another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. From a poor corner of England, Tessa Bowen has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime–a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch: she must assume another woman’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in expensive quarters, dresses in luxurious gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy young American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa must struggle to keep up the ruse even as she finds herself falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and Tessa’s life is forever changed.Any story about the Titanic’s maiden voyage is going to be highly emotional due to the tragedy involved. This great ship is going to sink and most of the passengers and crew will be lost. That is history. Now Ms. Thompson has given us a story that belongs up there with the terrific movies that have come before including the version from James Cameron. These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you don’t want to see anyone die. You want to get to the end but you don’t want to really find out who is going to make and who won’t. Be forewarned this book will tear at your heartstrings but it will be all worth it. Danger, thrills and romance “Queen of the Waves” has it all. This book does not disappoint in any area. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.Win a Kindle Fire from Janice Thompson! RSVP for American Tapestries Facebook Party {10/18}Celebrate with Janice by entering to win a Kindle Fire!One fortunate winner will receive: A Kindle Fire Where the Trail Ends by Melanie Dobson Queen of the Waves by Janice ThompsonEnter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 17th. Winner will be announced at the American Tapestries Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson for an evening of book chat, trivia and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!So grab your copy of Queen of the Waves and Where the Trail Ends and join Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson on the evening of the October 18th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Tina Peterson
    2019-04-18 15:08

    It was so nice to read a period romance that had a strong female lead character (there are actually 3 of them) and a wonderful hero (who is dashing, kind, honest and has a soft heart - can I hear one big collective sigh?). Our main character is Tessa who in order to escape a drunken, abusive father agrees to assume the identity of Jacquie who in turn is trying to escape an arranged marriage. Jacquie and her mother have decided to send her to America to her Grandmother to get away from this marriage & Jacquie decides to take it one step further and send Tessa to America in her place so she (Jacquie) can marry the penniless man she loves. Our hero is a young man traveling with his mother in Europe. Amidst his concerns that the friendship his mother has with a male "friend" isn't all that it seems to be he ends up meeting Tessa and Iris her ladies maid. They in turn meet Jessie the niece of the minister traveling on the Titantic and the story takes off at that point.The spiritual theme of Queen of the Waves is learning about the great love that God the Father has for each of us - even in our sin and guilt. Tessa learns that God loves her and isn't the kind of God her earthly father has been shoving down her throat over the years. He isn't spiteful, doesn't hold our wrongs against us and even though we all have sinned or done wrong in His (and the world's) eyes His arms are always open wide to us. Jessie and Nathan both play a part in sharing this love with Tessa in the 4-5 days between the time they meet and the disaster the book is based on.I think it's time I start keeping a list of my top 10 books that I've reviewed on GivingNSharing and Classic Children's Books. Queen of the Waves would easily make it into the top 3. I thoroughly enjoyed the way Janice Thompson used the story of the Titantic as a basis to share the story of several of the passengers. But she did more than that, she shared a story that is scripturally based, touches the heart and meets the needs of her readers. There is more than one lesson in Queen of the Waves - there is the all abiding love of God, the need for forgiveness & repentance and the reminder to lean on God's strength in times of trouble. This is a wonderful book for anyone 14 to adult. It would make a great gift for the holidays, to a shut-in, in your church or community library. I also think it would make a great mother-daughter read or for book clubs. The only thing it is missing is book club questions at the back and I would love to see a "letter" from the author that expands a little on the scriptural theme without "preaching". (Or maybe a letter or closing from a strong Christian female leader, someone like Jaci Valesquez or Beth Moore, who could share the gospel in a gentle way. This would be a wonderful way to reach someone who might not be open to being ministered to by an actual person.) It's just a thought and I just threw out a couple of names but you never know who might pick up the book and it would be a great way to close the book with a ministerial touch.

  • Carol Teter - Mauck
    2019-04-03 18:03

    good book. did not to put it down.

  • Chelsey Wolford
    2019-03-27 18:20

    The entire concept of this story is beautiful and very pleasing to a reader such as myself. Tessa Bowen is a poor farm girl who is often times subject to her own father’s cruelties, while Jacqueline Abingdon lives is the lavish lap of luxury and is about to be forced to marry a man of which she knows she will never really love. They are both in need of a way out. So Jacquie, who is in love with Tessa’s brother Peter, devises a plan in order for them both to escape and find a freedom of their own!This story reminded me so much of The Princess and The Pauper. Jacquie was willing to give her grand and wealthy lifestyle up just to be able to marry Peter Bowen, the groundskeeper for her family at the time. Peter wants to runaway with her but refuses to leave his little sister, Tessa, behind. You do have to admire Peter for that! Tessa lives at home with her mother and father and she does the majority of the work on the farm. I felt so bad for Tessa and wanted to seriously injure her cruel father for all the harsh things he required of her. He talked to her as if she were no better than a field mouse. All of these characters are so believable and their situations are all heartwarming and worth reading about. I deeply admired Tessa for willing to go away to a country she had never been to before just so her brother and Jacquie could runaway and be happy together. Of course she too wanted to change her circumstances but she had to endure a lot of “princess” training before she was able to make the journey. I loved watching the two girls bond and some of my favorite scenes were when they were both together. Jacquie trained Tessa to parade around and act like the delicate and charming lady that she really was because she would be boarding first class after all on the ship. I loved Tessa’s modesty. She was such a humble character and I was so happy to see her board that fabulous ship.Janice Thompson writes a vivid and uncanny depiction of this marvelous ship, Queen of the Ocean. I noticed myself reading slower and slower just to absorb all that was being said and told about life on board. If you have any appreciation whatsoever for this rather large historical event then I suggest you pick up this book. Janice told this story differently from other Titanic stories that I have read. I could picture everything just as if it were happening in front of me. I noticed in some reviews that many people did not enjoy the changing point of views, but I think in this book it really worked for me. I loved being able to keep up with each character because Janice established a contract with me from the start of this novel. She made me care and love each of her character, even poor Iris, the lady’s maid. I was devoted to them all and I constantly wanted to know what each character was up to.***A copy of this book was generously provided to me by Summerside Press in exchange for my honest review***

  • L_manning
    2019-04-11 18:06

    Jacquie Abingdon is in an uncomfortable position. Her father wants her to marry his potential business partner. Jacquie on the other had wants to marry the gardner Peter. When Jacquie's mother offers her a ticket to America to escape what amounts to an arranged marriage, Jacquei formulates her own plan. She and Peter decide to help Peter's sister escape a harsh home life. So Peter's sister Tessa will take Jacquie's place on the ship while Peter and Jacquie make plans for a new life. Tessa is both excited and nervous by this prospect, but overall considers herself very lucky to be in the amazing accommodations of an amazing ship like the Titanic. However, both Tessa and Jacquie will have to deal with unexpected complications stemming from their decisions to try and start new lives. I felt drawn into this book from the start. It took almost no time to get into the meat of the story, although it did take a bit to actually get to the Titanic voyage. I liked the aspect of Tessa taking over Jacquie's life. Jacquie seemed like a pretty sincere (if a bit naive) person, so you wanted her to do well. I really felt for poor Tessa. What an awful life she had, and yet she still seemed to love parts of it. I also found it interesting that in a Christian book, there was a plot point that showed how bad religion could be when taken to extremes, such as Tessa's father did to her. The abuse Tessa had to withstand due to her father's (drunk) delusions was awful. I did find it endearing that she found so much comfort in the pet pig. I guess we all look for comfort wherever we can get it sometimes. I also managed to feel bad for Jacquie. She clearly wanted a life of her own choosing, and not one she was being forced into. I appreciate the historical aspects of the book. You certainly got a good feeling for what it was like on the Titanic, although I wish there had been more explanation of which characters were real people on board the Titanic. I recognized a few of the bigger names, but I wondered if some of the people were based on real people. That might have helped me get into the story even more. When reading a book like this, you know where things are headed for the most part. Clearly the Titanic is going to sink. The joy in books like these tend to be the smaller details and human faces given to the victims. I really sped through this book, and I would recommend it to people who love history in general and the Titanic specifically.Book provided for review.

    2019-04-03 17:58

    The maiden voyage of the Titanic was the opportunity of a lifetime. For many, it was a voyage to a new home, a new life, a new beginning. When Jacqueline Abingdon sees that her father has made marriage plans for her without her consent, the ship becomes the main part of her escape plan. For Tessa Bowen, her part in Jacqueline's plan will give her a new start in life, if she can carry off her part of the masquerade. But everyone's destiny is changed in unforeseen ways when the voyage comes to a tragic end.There has always been a fascination with Titanic. An untold number of books have been written on the subject, movies have been made, and museums and memorials have been erected in her honor. One hundred years later, we still can't get enough on the subject, and I admit to being one of the worst Titanic-philes around. I love a good book, fiction or non-fiction, connected with the subject, so you can imagine my excitement when this book, the first in Summerside's American Tapestries series, arrived. I'm happy to say that I was not disappointed. This novel does a good job of telling the personal interest side of the story. The characters are well-developed, causing the reader to care about the outcome of each one. The author has maintained the accuracy of the historical aspects of the story. This was a compelling read, with no violence, sexual situations, or strong language. I look forward to reading the future installments in this historical romance series.4 stars Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Heather
    2019-03-26 17:19

    Queen of the Waves by Janice Thompson, while centered on the Titanic, is really more a story about love – God’s love – than a story about the tragedy. Unlike other Titanic-centered books I’ve read, this one doesn’t wax poetic about the ship. Yes, the beauty and opulence are mentioned, but never once does it seem the author is in love with the vessel. It was actually kind of nice. Another nice thing is that, while there is tragedy inherent in any story about Titanic, this novel isn’t just one huge, depressing tragedy. There is love and hope, too.The characters are interesting people. Jacqueline isn’t as prominent in this story as I’d expected her to be; this is more Tessa’s story. It was very hard to feel bad for Jacqueline, despite the possibility of being forced into a marriage she didn’t want. Tessa was easy to feel for. Poor thing. Her story is sad and infuriating all at once. Onboard Titanic, she makes friends with some Christians. She’s understandably wary of this God they’re talking about. Her father is a man who would physically abuse her – in the name of God! Thankfully, she’s able to see God’s love through her new friends and recognize that her father’s actions were not of God.I really liked Nathan, although I couldn’t stand his mother at all. It’s clear his father had a much bigger role in shaping him into the man we see him as in this book. I found it hard to believe he didn’t see through Tessa’s charade early on. He dismisses it as her being “new money,” but I don’t know. I suppose one could write it off as him being blinded by his attraction. Speaking of which, it’s definitely not the focus of the book. It’s a nice thread throughout the book, but not the central focus.I liked how the book ended up, but really can’t say more beyond that without spoiling it. Suffice it to say that I was satisfied with how everything turned out.

  • Jelly Bean
    2019-04-02 13:00

    I think a lot of our preconceptions of the Titanic have been formed by the movie that became wildly popular. However, Janice has take the facts and spun a different tale. Queen of Waves by Janice Thompson was well written. She spins a story about a spoiled rich "girl", for all intensive purposes, Jacquie, who is madly in love with the family gardener, Peter. Her father has plans to arrange a marriage for her to wed a wealthy man that will combine the families and further his plans for the future. Mommy dearest has other plans thinking that she will help her daughter by shipping her off to grandma's in American. Just so happens that the maiden voyage of the Titanic is about to embark for America. Jacquie makes plans of her own to runaway and to marry Peter. He talks Jacquie into giving her ticket to his sister. There in turn giving her a better life and getting his sister, Tessa, away from their abusive father. Tessa must then learn to take on an identity that is very foreign to her, going from poor to rich. Jacquie's ladies maid, Iris, has to go along for the ride, but has her own purposes for the trip.Father thinking Jacquie to going to marry the arranged suitor.Mother shipping Jacquie off to America.Jacquie to marry Peter.Peter ships his sister, Tessa, off in Jacquie's place.WHEW!!To keep up with all that and bring in the historic details of the Titanic and all the backgrounds stories to weave in is a work of art. Not only is that scenario like a twisted maze, Janice brings in Nathan and his story and so many others. Then there were the the little nuggets to read about. Like the photographer, the different port stops, the vendors selling their wares on board the Titanic, and the scheduled but postponed evacuation drill.Well worth the read.

  • ILoveBooks
    2019-04-21 18:05

    Queen of the Waves is a fantastic Titanic story. First off, the movie absolutely traumatized me. I was in the third grade and saw people jumping from the ship, Jack freaking died… oh my god! I was a mess. That’s why when I saw this book had something to do with the Titanic, I was leery. I’ve never read a book on the Titanic, so I thought I’d give it a try. You don’t hear screams in a book.Jacqueline is privileged; her parents want her to marry someone she doesn’t love. Instead, she fell for the gardener, Peter. She wants to stay where she is, she does not want to live in her grandmother’s house, and the two of them make plans to get Peter’s sister, Tessa, on board instead. Tessa is abused by her father. Peter wanted a better life for his sister, so the plan was set. Tessa went through training to become an heiress and was finally ready for her voyage. Little did they know, this little devious plan would affect them greatly… and not for the good.This book didn’t disturb me at all like the movie. Instead, it was an enjoyable ride. Don’t get me wrong, the sinking of the ship was still awful to read about, but the plot was so interesting I had to know what was next. Jacqueline and Tessa are strong characters who know what they want. It’s hard being a woman during those times, but both of them held their heads up high and took on the world. Just because you know the ending of Titanic doesn’t mean you know the ending of the characters. My heart bled and soared with the characters’ feelings. The plot had nice pacing; I didn’t skim any pages. There wasn’t a lot of romance, which was fine with me… it didn’t take anything away from the plot. If you’re like me and are iffy about a Titanic book, don’t worry about this one. I recommend it for you too!

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-03-29 12:06

    “Queen of the Waves” by Janice Thompson, published by Summerside Press.Category – Historical Fiction/Religious FictionIt is not often that one comes across a book that incorporates not only Historical Fiction and Religious Fiction, but one that also includes romance, deception, tragedy, and redemption.Jacquie Abingdon is the daughter of a well to do English magnate. Her father has her betrothed to an American Steel magnate to solidify their financial interests. Jacquie is in love with the family gardener, Peter. She comes up with a scheme to sail to America on the Titanic. Well, actually she is not going to sail on the Titanic but her lover’s sister, Tessa, will take her place. She will then be free to marry he true love and live a life apart from her family. Jacquie must first transform Tessa from a pig farmer’s daughter to a socialite.Tessa, now transformed ala Liza Doolittle, sails on the Titanic. She and her Lady Servant, Iris, begin to meet new friends that will dramatically change their lives. Iris sees her chances of changing her life in the New World come to fruition when she is taken in by a clothes designer. Tessa falls in love with a young man who loves her for who she is, not what she is pretending to be. The sinking of the Titanic and their survival strengthens their love and trust for each other and their belief in an all loving, all caring God. This includes Jacquie Abingdon who is overjoyed at Tessa and Iris’s survival but reunites with her parents and puts her life back in order.A very good read that is unusual that there is no sexual content or bad language in the entire novel.

  • Ruth Hill
    2019-03-24 09:52

    What could be better? Reading a book that takes place aboard the Titanic with a wonderful Christian message. And a little romance on the side! This is my kind of book, and I absolutely loved it! I have been fascinated with the Titanic for most of my life, and in light of the anniversary celebrated concerning this disaster just this year, this book could not be better-timed. There were times I was so drawn into this book that I forgot where I was (which isn't good when you have a room full of students).I was touched by the pathos of the story and the inspiration of the characters. Tessa was absolutely captivating, and Jaquie certainly needed a "come-to-Jesus" meeting throughout most of the book. I don't think she always lived in reality. I loved seeing each character develop and be changed by the Lord, and there were even some things I hadn't considered about the sinking of this famous ship. I really don't want to give it away, so I won't say any more about that.The Christian message was woven into this story in expert fashion. I can only hope that this author will choose to write a sequel because I would absolutely love to see what the characters did next. Although the book has an obvious conclusion, there were still a few loose ends to tie up. I am happy to report that profanity and sex scenes did not exist within this book, so it is a clean romance. And the Christian message was appropriate and not overdone.So if you just can't get enough of the Titanic, this is the book for you!I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.