About A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice

a brilliant night of stars and ice

Based on the remarkable true story of the Carpathia―the one ship and her legendary captain who answered the distress call of the sinking Titanic.

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

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

Told in alternating chapters from both Captain Rostron and Kate Connolly, this novel is a compelling, heart-pounding account of two eyewitnesses to an epic disaster. Rostron’s heroic and compassionate leadership, his methodical preparations for rescue, and his grit and determination to act honorably and selflessly to save lives and care for the survivors, sets the course for this awe-inspiring story.

My review

This book by Rebecca Connolly was one I didn’t want to put down. I loved the way this author used real characters from history and made them jump off the page. The story of the Titanic has always been one that has fascinated me and this book made it seem even more real.

The author picked several characters to have the story line of this one follow. One of them was Captain Arthur Rostron, captain of the Carpathia. I had heard of the Carpathia, and I knew a small bit about her role in the saving of passengers, but this book really showed me so much more. The people who worked on this ship were true heroes, from the captain down to the women who served the meals.

I also loved Kate Connolly. I can not even imagine having been in the position of the passengers on the Titanic when the ship went down. The horror they would have felt, knowing what happened to their friends, and in some cases family.

This is such a touching book. I loved the way the author did it! It is a must read if you enjoy stories about the Titanic.

I was sent a copy of A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

Amazon (affiliate link) – Deseret Book

Pre-order launch bundle

If you purchase this book by April 15th, you can go to shdwmtn.com/brilliantbundle and upload your receipt to get this special bundle from the publisher.

What to read after A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice (affiliate links)

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