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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie, read by Celia Imrie.

Nice, France, 1911: After three years of marriage, young seamstress Marcela Caretto has finally had enough. Her husband, Michael, an ambitious tailor, has become cruel and controlling, and she is determined to get a divorce.

But while awaiting the judge's decision on the custody of their two small boys, Michael receives news that changes everything.

Meanwhile fun-loving New York socialite Margaret Hays is touring Europe with some friends. Restless, she resolves to head home aboard the most celebrated steamer in the world - RMS Titanic.

As the ship sets sail for America, carrying two infants bearing false names, the paths of Marcela, Michael and Margaret cross - and nothing will ever be the same again.

From the Sunday Times best-selling author, Celia Imrie, Orphans of the Storm dives into the waters of the past to unearth a sweeping epic tale of the sinking of the Titanic that radiates with humanity and hums with life.

©2021 Celia Imrie (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Great listen

Immaculate performance by Celia Imrie and fascinating to listen to the research by Fidelis Morgan. I had assumed that most of it was fictional but of course the opposite is true. Great collaboration.

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Brilliant

This book is very good
It grips you and won’t let go
And when you’re on the Titanic you’re sitting on the edge of your seat
So good
Would totally recommend this book

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Disappointing

Having read Celia Imrie’s previous books, I was looking forward to this one. Sadly, I was disappointed. I found the main character, Marcella, quite unsympathetic. Clearly, she was a young woman and somewhat impulsive but I found her fairly 2 dimensional. Her husband, Michael, was like a pantomime villain.
I did not enjoy large chunks of the performance - the singing was rather painful and the rendition of a cock crowing scared my dog.
Thought the final chapter on the research riveting though.

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absolutely breath taking!

Best book i have read in a long time! laughed and cried my way through each page. The Titanic disaster has always been part of my life and this book did not disappoint. I am blown away by it. I wont forget each character. praise to the author

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brilliant from start to finish

just stayed up all night to finish this book, loved the way it tells a story, then gives you the research and facts. Didnt really want it to finish.

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a fantastic book

this recording is historical but the story has you gripped form the start . Even though you know what happens to the titanic your heart is in your mouth when you get to that part I can't recommend this book enough x

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Excellent

Well read. Incredible true story. I also enjoyed the historical facts at the end. Very thought provoking.

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Amazing

This is a wonderful book and difficult to review without giving spoilers. Suffice to say that it is completely different to Celia Imrie’s other books everyone of which I thoroughly enjoyed. Read/listen to it you won’t be disappointed.

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Orphans of the Storm

Truth is always stranger than fiction, gripping from beginning to end,beautifully narrated by Celia Imrie who was personally involved.The story of the story,revealed at the end, makes it even more interesting.

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Fabulous book

After visiting Halifax Nova Scotia and finding out a lot more about the Titanic, I found this book enjoyable even though a black cloud hangs over it. The story was fantastic, showing you the life of Marcella and her children prior to the disaster.