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Book Spotlight: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice

Since we are all book lovers here, I thought it would be fun to start giving a shout out to books on my own reading list from time to time. I will share a new book idea about every 6 weeks or so and would love to hear other recommendations from you guys! I love a good historical fiction book about real events from history, and I've had my eye on this book for a while now.

This Saturday, April 15, 2023, marks the 111th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and is rightfully dubbed as National Titanic Remembrance Day. To honor this day, the lives that were lost, and the many heroes that emerged during the tragedy, I wanted to introduce you a historical novel that's been on my reading list:

Written by one of our favorite sweet romance authors, Rebecca Connolly, this book is expertly researched, and explores the story of the Titanic through the experience of two eyewitnesses: Captain Rostron of the Carpathia, and passenger Kate Connolly. Let's explore the book for a minute:

About the Story

"Shortly after midnight on April 15, 1912, the captain of the Carpathia, Arthur Rostron, is awakened by a distress signal from the RMS 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 excited to join her sister in America and proud to be traveling on the grand Titanic. As a third-class passenger, she is among the last to receive instruction and help after Titanic hits an iceberg. Despite the chaos of abandoning ship, Kate is able to reach the upper decks and manages to board a lifeboat, though after seeing the Titanic sink into the abyss and hearing the cries from the hundreds of people still in the water, she wonders if any rescue is even possible.

Told in alternating chapters from both Captain Rostron on the Carpathia and Kate Connolly on the Titanic, this historical 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."

What Readers Are Saying

"Reading A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice made me realize that the full story of the tragedy of the unsinkable Titanic hasn't been shared yet. Captain Rostron's decisive and heroic actions as he prepared his crew for what they were about to encounter was inspirational and heartrending. I've found a new hero in a man who never hesitated in doing the right thing." --Heather B. Moore, author of The Paper Daughters of Chinatown

"THANK YOU Rebeca for revealing an unsung hero in history. We are introduced to Captain Arthur Rostron of the rescue ship, Carpathia. Although the night was treacherous, Rostron, was determined to answer the call for help from the Titanic. Rostron’s heroic and compassionate leadership along with his preparations for rescue, and his fearless determination to act selflessly to save lives and care for those in danger is one of the best examples of of a true hero . THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!" --Amazon Review

"I’m enthusiastically recommending this compelling account of the Titanic tragedy from the rescue perspective. Fans of stories about inspirational people and unsung heroes will find the story riveting. Book clubs might enjoy this unique perspective of a familiar event and rich discussion possibilities." --Goodreads Review


While I love a good romance novel, I also love to read historical novels that bring real life events and people to life. Here's to National Titanic Remembrance Day! I am so excited to read this book and learn more about the Titanic. I hope you do, too! Let me know what you think about it! And be sure to check out Rebecca's other books! She's also got lots of deliciously romantic novels. :)

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Last, but not least, in honor of National Titanic Remembrance Day, here's a link to some interesting and lesser known facts about that infamous ship:

Happy reading! :)

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