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It was called "The Titanic of the South." The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah's elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten - until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.

When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she's shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can't resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking. 

Everly's research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Forsyth, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah's society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving. 

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©2021 Patti Callahan (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • cheryl davidson
  • 10-03-21

Enjoyable listen!

Great story and telling! I couldn’t put it down! Interesting history and great development of the characters. I felt like i was there.

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  • Sandy Edwards
  • 15-03-21

Great listen

I really enjoyed this in audio. The narrators were fabulous and really brought the story to life. Very interesting history about the Pulaski ship explosion and the lives of the people on board struggling to stay alive. The present day story wasn’t as appealing to me but was enjoyable, and I liked the ending of
it. Great wrap up by the author at the end that explains it all.

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  • Jeffrey L. Martinez
  • 27-05-21

Great story for those who love Savannah

Great fictional account of the "Titanic of the South"! anyone who has fallen captive to the beautiful city of Savannah will love this novel!

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  • lonesomdov99
  • 30-04-21

Leave history as it is. Can't be changed.

Stop trying to change history. We know slavery was evil. It's over. Try to adjust.

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  • Mamacat
  • 18-06-21

Great Story, Tense, Mystery, Loss...and Gain

I really liked this book and I forgot time when I listened to it, which is a good sign because that's when I'm intensely involved in the characters which come alive in this book. I love the mystery aspect of this story, and the author does a great job of writing tense scenes. The telling of the Pulaski disaster coupled with the present day finding of the remnants of the wreck is artfully done. The fact that divers found artifacts of the wreck WHILE the author was writing this book is astounding!

The one beef I have, which is SO SLIGHT that I'm not even knocking a star off for it because that would seem petty, is that the author made it seem like the main character developed the notion of issuing boarding passes for the visitors of the Pulaski exhibit, but when I visited the Titanic exhibit, they did the same.

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  • Muse
  • 03-05-21

Interesting premise that under delivers

I found the historical subject of the book interesting and thought it could make for the foundation for a good story. However between the narrators awful southern accents, the underdeveloped characters, obvious foreshadowing, and melodrama at the end I couldn’t help but constantly roll my eyes. The portions of the book set in the past were far more interesting than the contemporary story. I would have like the author to expand more on the lives of those set in the past rather than the hours long ramblings and postulations on fate, religion, and survivors guilt. Additionally, at times the story felt anachronistic and forced.

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  • KMS
  • 07-04-21

Meh.

Decent story, but the author should cut all the heavy-handed philosophizing about fate and meaning, and just let the ideas emerge from the characters. the characters were semi-decent, but none was particularly real or well-developed or interesting. I love Catherine Taber's reading, although it works better as a child. Brittany Pressley was fine.

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  • SNC
  • 09-07-21

Outstanding!

Enjoyed this books very much. Also, I appreciate the author taking the time to define a historical fiction in her own voice. I will begin browsing other books by this author!

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  • Catherine A.Calhoun
  • 08-07-21

Mora! Mora! Mora!

Too much about Mora!!! It was not necessary. Skipped parts due to the Mora overloading!!!

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  • CFr
  • 23-06-21

Two story lines, one good, one lame

The historical story of the Pulaski is interesting. The modern day story is about Everly, a poorly developed character who is everything that makes a mature reader cringe. She whines and makes bad choices and can't decide who she is.