On A Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell is about three women who were aboard the Titanic. No Jack and Rose here, so no need to debate if they could have both fit on their makeshift raft, but there is still a touch of tragic romance. Honestly that movie scared me away from boats for a while as a kid and to this day I refuse to watch the movie again because watching the Titanic sink makes me sob my eyes out and gives me nightmares about being on a sinking ship. But back to the book, I give it four stars. While there are romantic elements on it, the story focuses more on the human element and how the tragedy impacted the lives of survivors and not the excitement of the sinking.
This book is about three women from varying backgrounds and social standings: Charlotte, Esme, and Anna. The book shows us snippets of their life before boarding the Titanic, their time aboard, and how they fared after surviving including coming to terms with those they lost in the sinking. This makes it easy to see the big picture and the impact the tragedy had on their lives and in some cases, how it changed the course of their lives. The actual sinking of the ship itself gets little screen time, which is unfortunate for those of us interested in it, but it also keeps the sinking from taking up too much of the book. The blurb for the book does a great job of describing the story perfectly. Continue reading “Book Review: On A Cold Dark Sea”