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Hearts That Survive: A Novel of the Titanic [Kindle Edition]

Yvonne Lehman

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On April 15, 1912, Lydia Beaumont is on her way to a new life with a boundless hope in love and faith. Her new friendship with Caroline Chadwick is bonded even more as they plan Lydia’s wedding on board the “grandest ship ever built.” Then both women suffer tragic losses when the “unsinkable” Titanic goes down. Can each survive the scars the disaster left on their lives?

Decades later, Alan Morris feels like a failure until he discovers he is the descendant of an acclaimed, successful, heroic novelist who went down with the Titanic. Will he find his identity with the past, or will he listen to Joanna Bettencourt, Caroline’s granddaughter, who says inner peace and success come only with a personal relationship with the Lord?

Will those who survived and their descendants be able to find a love more powerful than their pain?

"In this sweeping epic of love, heartbreak, and secrets that will leave you wanting more, Lehman engages all your emotions in Hearts that Survive. The story covers three generations and touches on two major historical events that bring their significance to life. Yvonne Lehman has dug deep to bring us a story worthy of the Titanic's 100th anniversary." - Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor of Novel Rocket

"In spite of one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever known being the setting for Hearts that Survive, this is one novel you will not want to miss reading. Yvonne Lehman has made alive a story filled with adventure and romance, sin and redemption. Hearts that Survive drew me in immediately with believable dialogue and heart-breaking intrigue. In the end, Lehman shows how God moves through our mistakes and our silly beliefs that "even God cannot sink this ship.Bravo!"  - Eva Marie Everson, Author, Chasing Sunsets

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1327 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A229RS
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hearts that Survive April 20 2012
By Megan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The very beginning of Hearts that Survive reminded me a lot of the movie Titanic (there were a few differences, but almost too many similarities), so I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy this book. However, after the ship sank and the survivors were brought to New York is when I thought the story got really interesting - in fact I was loving it!

The story continued to be very enjoyable, until the focus shifted a bit to the children and grandchildren of the survivors - which happened in the last 80 or so pages and felt rushed, very rushed. I felt as though the story was rushing (yet taking forever) to get to the end. I liked reading about the descendants and everything, I just would have liked it more had there been a bit more detail about their lives - not have 300+ pages about Lydia and Caroline and then only about 80 on the descendants.

One thing that really annoyed me was how a person was mentioned as though you were supposed to know who that person was and then a couple of pages later the same person was introduced in great detail - a tad confusing to say the least!

Overall, I still found Hearts that Survive enjoyable. If you are looking for a novel about the Titanic, I would recommend it.

***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.***
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended! Feb. 28 2012
By Kathy Warth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I really loved Hearts That Survive! Creative and captivating storyline, well developed characters and realistic scenery captured my heart and kept me reading and reflecting until the last word was read. I found it was very hard to put down.

Lydia Beaumont haunted by past regrets, John Ancell who spun words into magic, and Craven Dowd the realist along with a host of other interesting characters that I met while reading, were original and refreshing. The travelers also included actual people who were aboard the ship.
Friendships found, secrets kept, along with devastating heartbreak lie beyond the frigid waters of the deep and dark Atlantic. When the great unsinkable ship meets its destiny how many will survive and how many will the sea claim as its own taking them to their watery graves? A novel of both being on the ship and the sinking and of the survivors afterwards and how they kept on living. I loved the ending!

The more I read, the more I became drawn into the story and into the character's lives. A novel of romance, heartbreak and survival. I found the overall message inspiring because through all the devastation and tragedies God is always with us and is able to bring promise and comfort. I was highly entertained and will definitely recommend this book to others! Thanks to Abingdon Press and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hearts That Survive was such a great book. April 9 2012
By Melanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hearts That Survive was such a great book. Yes, there was a lot of sadness (that can be expected from a book about the Titanic), but the characters and their journeys were so gripping.

I immediately loved John and Lydia's love story... it was so sweet and just overall wonderful. I cried when certain things happened and especially towards the end with the poem.

It was very interesting how Hearts That Survive covered generations (not just one person's life) - I loved getting to know Caroline, Alan, Beau, and others... it was great!

So, overall, I loved this book and recommend it if you don't mind reading a novel with some sadness... have tissues nearby!

*I received this book for free 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.*
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Epic March 7 2012
By Iola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Lydia Beaumont is travelling from London to New York on the Titanic, accompanied by her fiance, John Ancell, and Craven Dowd, an employee of her father - and the man her father wants her to marry. But Lydia is hiding a secret. She is pregnant with John's child, the result of one night that went too far, despite them both having a Christian faith. Together with her friend, Caroline Chadwick, she plans a historic wedding on the unsinkable ship.

So, less than one chapter in, I had a feeling I could see where this plot was going (well, they are on the Titanic!). I was partly right, and partly wrong. Yes, the ship sank. But in the end, the story didn't go anything like how I expected. I was expecting a standard Christian romance story that covered a few months in time or a year at most. Instead I got a much deeper story that covered decades. I admit I overlooked the Amazon product description that used words like `epic' and 'decades later', indicating a longer timeframe. My excuse is that I didn't want to come into the book with any preconceived ideas, and I feel justified now I do look at the Amazon listing, because the two aspects of the plot summary occur fifty years apart, which is one of my pet hates as it could be considered a bit of a spoiler...

Lehman has a unique ability to capture the nuances of emotion in her writing, to change her style and tone to reflect the emotions of her characters. This made for difficult reading at times, particularly in the passages after the sinking when both women were coping with their grief in their own way. The scene inside the ship as she went down was beautifully and sensitively written, with a sad nobility that reminded me of the scene where the Towers come down in Kingsbury's 9/11 novel, One Tuesday Morning. The sinking scenes themselves were confusing, with too many people and too many points of view. But even this gave it a sense of realism, particularly as some scenes showed men and women at their most noble, and others behaving in quite the opposite manner.

After the tragedy, the tone of the writing changes, with subtle differences between Lydia and Caroline's points of view highlighting the differences between them. Frankly, I found the portions from Lydia's point of view to be depressing. Craven was controlling and manipulative at a time when Lydia did not have the strength to stand up to him, and I didn't like that, either. So, overall, this was not a novel I particularly enjoyed. The story dragged too much in places, some of the word choices felt out of place, the story changed focus from Lydia to Caroline, and parts of it were confusing with too many characters. But underneath all that there was some brilliant writing with some profound spiritual insights, which I appreciated.

Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotional read, but also hopeful May 10 2012
By RivkaBelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Review originally published on my blog: [...]
Book provided by publisher for review.

Lydia Beaumont had it all: wealth, status, the company of a handsome and successful gentleman, the not-so-secret-love of an up-and-coming and kind young man, and a suite on the greatest of all ships' maiden voyage. With both gentlemen. And a secret that would change her life forever. This secret prompts Lydia and John Ancell - the young visionary behind Ancell (Toy) Trains - to plan a quick wedding aboard the Titanic. It's a perfect plan: a wealthy railroad heiress, wearing a brand new wedding dress from a renowned fashion designer, on the maiden voyage of the Ship of Dreams. And it is a perfect, beautiful wedding - the night of April 14th. But things take a shocking turn in the night hours following the reception, and history of a very different kind is made. Lydia escapes, as does her new friend Catherine, and Craven Dowd - the manager of her father's business, and her 'second suitor.' John stays on the Titanic.

What follows is a story that is poignant and very human. As they struggle to orient themselves in their new reality, Lydia and her friends must come to terms with who they are and what life means. And love - the thread that connects all the mismatched pieces of life is love. Always love. Even in the face of such wrenching tragedy, life goes on. Lydia marries Craven and finds herself in a fulfilling and, eventually, happy life. Catherine and her maid Bess travel north, to Nova Scotia, finding a place to call home, hearts to love, and the peace that passes all understanding. The survivors keep living, and have children who have children. And all the stories, from the ship and beyond, slowly come circling back together in a way that creates a beautiful story - and also reflects the intricate weave of life. When all the secrets are revealed at last, and lives are rattled on their foundations, the Love present in those foundations is strong enough to let life continue.

I don't want to give out too many details, while some of the secrets are revealed right away, others are a little more layered. Maybe less secrets and more tiny details that click into place. Hearts that Survive is an excellent exercise in creating a story that involves many separate stories gathered in one neat arc. With so many separate stories, there are a lot of perspective/point of view changes -- though most of them occur at chapter breaks, and it's normally easy to pick up and bounce between to the two main stories of Lydia and Catherine.

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