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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 int 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.


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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 int 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.

30 review for A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    4.5 ⭐ Everyone has heard about the tragedy of the Titanic. How many knew about the ship and crew who bravely rush towards the sea of ice to rescue her passengers? A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice features Captain Arthur Rostron of RMS Carpathia. The Carpathia was traveling eastbound from New York to Liverpool. In the early hours of April 15, 1912 as Harold Cottam was about to rest he heard a distress signal that the Titanic hit an iceberg and was quickly sinking. The Captain who was already asle 4.5 ⭐ Everyone has heard about the tragedy of the Titanic. How many knew about the ship and crew who bravely rush towards the sea of ice to rescue her passengers? A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice features Captain Arthur Rostron of RMS Carpathia. The Carpathia was traveling eastbound from New York to Liverpool. In the early hours of April 15, 1912 as Harold Cottam was about to rest he heard a distress signal that the Titanic hit an iceberg and was quickly sinking. The Captain who was already asleep got everyone to their post. They were four hours away and everyone gave their all that night to reach the Titanic fast without hitting any ice themselves. Kate Connelly was a twenty-three-year-old single third-class passenger who's the "eye" of what happened on the Titanic and on lifeboat #13. What she witnessed while drifting in the frigid dark sea was something we heard before but it's agonizing all the same. It's so difficult to put into words how much I enjoy this novel. It evokes so many emotions. The dedication of Captain Rostron and his crew is very inspirational and will stay with me for a long time. PS. Since I can't stop thinking about Carpathia and her crew two days later, I'm bumping to it 5⭐! I changed my mind Ms. Connolly. Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing and NG for this ARC. Available April 5, 2022

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    On April 15, 1912, Arthur Rostron, the captain of the Carpathia, is awakened and notified of a distress call from the Titanic, which has struck an iceberg and is in grave trouble. Rostron immediately begins to strategize the response of his ship, which is over four hours away. Although he is not sure of the amount of damage, he is determined to get the Carpathia to the aid of the Titanic’s passengers. Braving icebergs himself, he pushes the Carpathia to the limit in order to assist. On the Titani On April 15, 1912, Arthur Rostron, the captain of the Carpathia, is awakened and notified of a distress call from the Titanic, which has struck an iceberg and is in grave trouble. Rostron immediately begins to strategize the response of his ship, which is over four hours away. Although he is not sure of the amount of damage, he is determined to get the Carpathia to the aid of the Titanic’s passengers. Braving icebergs himself, he pushes the Carpathia to the limit in order to assist. On the Titanic, Kate Connolly is enjoying her time in third class with newfound friends. But in the middle of the night, strange sounds lead her out into the corridor looking for answers. She eventually finds the ship is in trouble, and she has very little time to escape. Although third-class passengers are not warned or helped in any way, she manages to make it to a lifeboat, from which she watches the Titanic sink. Will rescue come in time? In alternating chapters, we follow Captain Rostron as the Carpathia attempts a heroic rescue, and Kate Connolly as the survivors try to stay alive, praying for help. We learn of heroes like the captain, and then of others who did little or nothing to help. We suffer with the freezing and cry with the bereaved. But we also salute a man who did what he could to bring others to safety. Although there is much historical fiction out there about the sinking of the Titanic, this is a unique and inspiring look at the rescuers from the Carpathia, who managed to bring over 700 people to safety. It is also a tragic and heartbreaking look back at that terrible night. Highly recommended. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via the Historical Novel Society. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Fitzgerald

    The ship Carpathia was forever noted in history, because it was the one that picked up the survivors of the Titanic disaster and delivered them safely to New York. In this novel, the reader will be drawn into the story of what happened that April night in 1912, when the Carpathia’s Marconi operator burst into Captain Rostrom’s cabin and informed him of a distress message from Titanic. You will be inside this man’s head as he makes momentous decisions about how to best reach the Titanic. You will The ship Carpathia was forever noted in history, because it was the one that picked up the survivors of the Titanic disaster and delivered them safely to New York. In this novel, the reader will be drawn into the story of what happened that April night in 1912, when the Carpathia’s Marconi operator burst into Captain Rostrom’s cabin and informed him of a distress message from Titanic. You will be inside this man’s head as he makes momentous decisions about how to best reach the Titanic. You will inwardly cheer for the crew members who follow his commands immediately without reservation. Another voice you will hear will be that of Kate Connelly, a Third-Class passenger from the Titanic, who was among the few from steerage that made it onto a lifeboat. The reader will tour the lower compartments of the Titanic and marvel at the wonders along with her. You will share her agony from Lifeboat 13 as the Titanic sinks, and feel the urge to be busy and do something, anything, to help those survivors who have lost loved ones. *Three weeks ago, I was standing at the very pier where the Carpathia docked, and where the Titanic was destined to do so. Reading the details of that arrival from this wonderfully written book made the memories of being in that historic place ever so special.* No spoilers, but I learned many things about that day that I had never known before. Thanks to the author for writing this incredible novel! *I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    April 1912 What a wonderful introduction to a new to me author! In A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice, there are dual threads that ultimately converge. One thread is focused on the captain of the passenger steamship Carpathia: Captain Arthur Rostron. The other thread is centered on four Irish young adult women aboard the maiden voyage of the Titanic. And be still my history loving heart...so much of what is in the pages of the novel is based upon historical facts! There are multiple novels about t April 1912 What a wonderful introduction to a new to me author! In A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice, there are dual threads that ultimately converge. One thread is focused on the captain of the passenger steamship Carpathia: Captain Arthur Rostron. The other thread is centered on four Irish young adult women aboard the maiden voyage of the Titanic. And be still my history loving heart...so much of what is in the pages of the novel is based upon historical facts! There are multiple novels about the Titanic. This novel provides details about the fated passenger ship, but is more focused on the Carpathia and its crew. So many fascinating details emerged in the pages. And the emotions of the passengers and crew of both ships are well described adding to the tension of the rescue. I am so glad the author has a back list of novels. A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice is highly recommended for fans of historical fiction. My gratitude to publisher Shadow Mountain for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    A dual timeline chronicling the Titanic and RMS Carpathia. After receiving the distress call from Titanic, RMS Carpathia rushes to the aid of rescuing the stranded occupants taking on as many as they can. Captain Arthur Rostron and his crew work diligently to save the tragedy weary, keeping them warm, feeding them, and having funeral services for their lost loved ones at sea. Kate Conolly is a third-class survivor of the Titanic. She has lost friends but she is very grateful for all that the crew A dual timeline chronicling the Titanic and RMS Carpathia. After receiving the distress call from Titanic, RMS Carpathia rushes to the aid of rescuing the stranded occupants taking on as many as they can. Captain Arthur Rostron and his crew work diligently to save the tragedy weary, keeping them warm, feeding them, and having funeral services for their lost loved ones at sea. Kate Conolly is a third-class survivor of the Titanic. She has lost friends but she is very grateful for all that the crew is doing for her, and she is very aware and grateful. A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice was an eye-opener for me as I have never heard of the RMS Carpathia and I suspect was overshadowed because of the tragic tragedy that was the Titanic. At times, I thought I could feel the dampness of the sea as they rowed through the darkness of the night and didn’t know (and feared) if anyone would save them, or they too would find a grave in the sea like the others who weren’t so fortunate. Kate Connolly and Captain Rostron were the two main characters and though they don’t indirectly interact with each other, it clearly shows both sides. The choices they made because of this tragic incident changed so many lives. Recommended. My gratitude to Shadow Mountain and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MaryannC. Book Freak

    This was one of those books that I plowed through in the course of a night when I really settled down to read it. Have read many Titanic accounts and but I have been waiting for a book like this from the perspective of the Carpathia, so I was very excited to spot this and it was truly what I have been waiting for. Told through the eyes of Captain Rostron who navigated the RMS Carpathia on that fateful night the Titanic went down, the story is a mix of emotions, sadness and determination of a man This was one of those books that I plowed through in the course of a night when I really settled down to read it. Have read many Titanic accounts and but I have been waiting for a book like this from the perspective of the Carpathia, so I was very excited to spot this and it was truly what I have been waiting for. Told through the eyes of Captain Rostron who navigated the RMS Carpathia on that fateful night the Titanic went down, the story is a mix of emotions, sadness and determination of a man who was powerless to help many more of the victims of Titanic as he risked the lives of his own crew and passengers to assist in the rescue. Also told is the story of Titanic passenger Catherine Connolly, a young woman who left Ireland to meet up with her sister in New York and start a new life. Kate tells the tale of befriending another group of young women on their way to start anew when tragedy strikes and their hopes and dreams quickly turn into terror and fighting to survive. Most of us know about Titanic's tragic end and of all the people who perished but this book had a depth of emotions that you can feel through the eyes of Captain Rostron and young Kate at least for me it did, I was totally immersed in the storyline that I had to finish it last night. This was totally awesome. Recommended! Thanks so much to author Rebecca Connolly and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this fantastic book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    110 years! That’s how many years it has been since the fateful and tragic sinking of the unsinkable Titanic. I loved that author Rebecca Connolly and her publisher released this beautifully powerful book around the anniversary of that sorrowful and unbelievable night. If you enjoy historical fiction, especially because of all that you can and will learn about historical moments and facts, this book is or you. The author did an amazing job researching and studying and learning about the people inv 110 years! That’s how many years it has been since the fateful and tragic sinking of the unsinkable Titanic. I loved that author Rebecca Connolly and her publisher released this beautifully powerful book around the anniversary of that sorrowful and unbelievable night. If you enjoy historical fiction, especially because of all that you can and will learn about historical moments and facts, this book is or you. The author did an amazing job researching and studying and learning about the people involved in this tragic moment. Make sure that you read her author’s notes at the end of the book. So fascinating. And now I want to go visit this Titanic memorial/museum that she talked about. I’ve always been fascinated and held in reverence what happened to these people, especially the survivors. Unfortunately, I honestly never thought about the ship, captain, passengers, crew of the ship that answered the call for help from the Titanic. Sitting here, writing this review and my thoughts and thinking back on this book and what I read about these many individuals, I have chills and tears. None of us can truly understand or imagine what happened. But we can have a better understanding through their words and the records kept. How Rebecca Connolly wrote and portrayed them in this novel was truly moving, inspirational and very emotional. It made me think about and hope that someday whatever I am faced with, I can rise to the need of those around me and that we can rally and support and help and care and be better for what we experience. I had tears throughout the book, but nothing moved me more than the scene when the Carpathia comes into port in New York City. Oh my heart! The tears were flowing, there were some sobs. My heart ached for these families waiting and hoping against all hope that their loved ones had been returned among the survivors. The reverence for those lost. The sorrow. The unity. So many emotions. I would love to tell you so much more about this book. I’m sure everyone has their own knowledge of the Titanic but this is something you need to read to experience and understand and feel. I’m so grateful to the author for all the time and research and writing and emotions and understanding that she put into this powerful, poignant and inspiring book. Let us not forget that we all need compassion and love and strength from each other throughout our struggles and trials and sometimes tragedies in life. Content: Clean. We all know what happened to the Titanic and the loss of many lives. This book portrays in a very respectful way, the sinking of the ship, the deaths of passengers (not graphic), the rescuing of freezing individuals, the emotions and grief and despair. I received a copy from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    Another fantastic historical fiction book for the WIN! Historical fiction is honestly one of my favorite genres because I love learning about events in history in a more story like fashion. Everyone knows about the Titanic, but not everyone knows about the Carpathia and it's captain and crew who saved the survivors of the Titanic. I surely didn't but I'm so glad I had this opportunity to learn about it here. Captain Rostron and his crew were ordinary people who did an extraordinary thing. It des Another fantastic historical fiction book for the WIN! Historical fiction is honestly one of my favorite genres because I love learning about events in history in a more story like fashion. Everyone knows about the Titanic, but not everyone knows about the Carpathia and it's captain and crew who saved the survivors of the Titanic. I surely didn't but I'm so glad I had this opportunity to learn about it here. Captain Rostron and his crew were ordinary people who did an extraordinary thing. It deserves being known and remembered. I loved the alternating perspectives of Arthur Rostron and Kate. Kate was on the Titanic and having her viewpoint was so important to the story. It gave both sides to this story feeling and depth. After finishing this book my husband asked me how it was. Boy, did he get an earful because I wanted him to know all about the Carpathia too. I know the story of the Titanic is horrific but it was nice to read about the good people who worked so hard to help and make a difference in the lives of the survivors. Just over 700 of them. The author does a follow up after the story so we know what happened to the main characters, who were based off real people. That was fun to read too. I really loved this book. Can you tell?! 😁 This is one I will be recommending to historical fiction lovers. I love the cover too. Content: death, peril. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ludmila

    It was a brilliant night of stars and ice, it was a night of death. Almost 110 years ago, a catastrophe occurred, the greatest unsinkable ship Titanic sank. I enjoyed reading this book, especially the part of Captain Arthur Rostron's story, his actions to rescue passengers of Titanic, his work with the crew of Carpathia. Another great thing of this book is the excerpts from the memories of passengers, giving between the chapters. But Kate's story did not work for me, I couldn't say that I like th It was a brilliant night of stars and ice, it was a night of death. Almost 110 years ago, a catastrophe occurred, the greatest unsinkable ship Titanic sank. I enjoyed reading this book, especially the part of Captain Arthur Rostron's story, his actions to rescue passengers of Titanic, his work with the crew of Carpathia. Another great thing of this book is the excerpts from the memories of passengers, giving between the chapters. But Kate's story did not work for me, I couldn't say that I like that part. Many characters with the same names were not good for my understanding. A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice would be attractive to read by people who love historical fiction and also who are fans of Titanic. Thanks to Rebecca Connolly, Shadow Mountain and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    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 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

  11. 5 out of 5

    KarenK2

    I received this from Netgalley.com. An okay fictionalized telling of a passengers story on the Titanic and the captain of the rescuing ship Carpathia. The history seems accurate, simply because the sinking of the Titanic is a well-known historical fact, but the characters were not very compelling and rather single sided. 2.5☆

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alisha

    A gripping story of the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912, but told from a perspective you may never have read before--that of the Carpathia, the ship that strained every limit to reach the sinking ship but simply could not make it in time. The Carpathia did, however, rescue all of the survivors in the lifeboats. I had not been terribly interested in reading a Titanic book at this point in my life; after all, when one has read Walter Lord's 1955 novel, and seen the occas A gripping story of the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912, but told from a perspective you may never have read before--that of the Carpathia, the ship that strained every limit to reach the sinking ship but simply could not make it in time. The Carpathia did, however, rescue all of the survivors in the lifeboats. I had not been terribly interested in reading a Titanic book at this point in my life; after all, when one has read Walter Lord's 1955 novel, and seen the occasional movie or documentary, one's threshold for Titanic mania may seem to have been reached. It's an emotionally exhausting event to contemplate. But this book, involving a much lesser known perspective, and following a Titanic survivor who has no lost loved ones to lament, struck a balance of being sobering but still bearable to read. The characters in this novel are all based on their real-life counterparts. The characterizations aren't particularly memorable, but I can see how difficult it would be to make this story character-driven, when in reality it is 100% event-driven. It held my interest the entire way through. Thanks to NetGalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for the digital review copy! This book is on sale as of today.

  13. 4 out of 5

    E.C.

    First things first: This book brought me out of my reading slump and I am forever grateful. With that said, I didn't expect to like this book so much. After all, months of reading and getting annoyed with one's own book selections makes one rather cynical. But I read this book in ONE SITTING and yes, I can confirm it's a beautiful and *CLEAN* story. I love how the author didn't shy away from the pain of that night many years ago, in fact, she only made it so much more real. Painful, yes, but also First things first: This book brought me out of my reading slump and I am forever grateful. With that said, I didn't expect to like this book so much. After all, months of reading and getting annoyed with one's own book selections makes one rather cynical. But I read this book in ONE SITTING and yes, I can confirm it's a beautiful and *CLEAN* story. I love how the author didn't shy away from the pain of that night many years ago, in fact, she only made it so much more real. Painful, yes, but also real. The author skillfully threaded the emotion through the pages, but rather than letting it bog the story down with darkness, she chose to weave a story of hope from the shattered pieces. Through the eyes of Kate, a passenger on the Titanic, and Arthur, the captain of the Carpathia, we see a story of great pain, but we also see a story of hope, of people coming together in the end to uplift and serve one another. Guys. Not gonna lie, we need more books like this. Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    I confess I am a little Titanic-ed out in that I won't actively search any more books or fiction where it is featured. But when I stumbled upon this well-reviewed tale that includes the perspective of the Carpathia ( the ship that received a distress signal from the fated Titanic ). Here, Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia and Kate Connolly, third class passenger who survives in one of Titanic's life boats, are given alternating viewpoints to paint witness on one of the most infamous man-ma I confess I am a little Titanic-ed out in that I won't actively search any more books or fiction where it is featured. But when I stumbled upon this well-reviewed tale that includes the perspective of the Carpathia ( the ship that received a distress signal from the fated Titanic ). Here, Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia and Kate Connolly, third class passenger who survives in one of Titanic's life boats, are given alternating viewpoints to paint witness on one of the most infamous man-made tragedies in history. As a historical writer, I'm fascinated by how authors breathe respectful voice into real personages -turned-characters --- as Connolly does. I'm also beguiled by authors who wonderfully pace real events into a sequence that metes out action in close to real time. I know how the story ends but darnit it I didn't forget watching this fictionally realized world come to life in genius detail. I respect @author.rebecca.connolly so much. This project cannot have been an easy endeavour. But it is a fascinating one. ♥️📚 With my thanks to @shadowmountainpub for the review copy

  15. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    I don’t think there are too many people who haven’t seen the movie Titanic nor who haven’t read Walter Lord’s ‘A Night To Remember.’ Many people know what happened on April 15, 1912, but few know about the ship that responded to the Titanic’s plea for help and the rescue mission. I caught the Titanic Fever in Grade 9 English because my teacher taught Lord’s book with such passion and I’ve continued to ride on that memory and search out other Titanic novels. What intrigued me about this book is t I don’t think there are too many people who haven’t seen the movie Titanic nor who haven’t read Walter Lord’s ‘A Night To Remember.’ Many people know what happened on April 15, 1912, but few know about the ship that responded to the Titanic’s plea for help and the rescue mission. I caught the Titanic Fever in Grade 9 English because my teacher taught Lord’s book with such passion and I’ve continued to ride on that memory and search out other Titanic novels. What intrigued me about this book is that it’s uniquely told in alternating chapters from the perspective of two eyewitnesses to the epic maritime disaster; the captain of the Carpathia and a passenger from steerage aboard the Titanic. The author writes to allow us into Captain Arthur Rostron’s mind as he delegates and organizes the rescue mission. Readers discover the leadership and the methodical rescue preparations the captain and his crew undertook to save lives and care for the survivors. When asked about his crew’s actions that fateful night he reported that “There was not a soul among them who had given less than his or her all, from the stokers in the bowels of the ship to the lookouts high above.” I was in awe at the respect he commanded and the swiftness with which the orders were carried out by his crew during what would be a night they’d never forget. Readers also travel alongside 3rd class passenger, Kate Connolly, and feel her angst as she watches the Titanic sink from her lucky #13 lifeboat. From Kate’s perspective we read about other passengers prior to the collision, their scramble into the lifeboats, their rescue and their stay in hospital. The author was able to bring this POV alive for us by filling in blanks and offering new facts in this tragic event where we already knew the final outcome. In the epilogue the author highlights each crewmember previously mentioned and the legacy they left. “Soon Kate would find her own way. A permanent home built on the strength born of a night on icy waters, buoyed by a new appreciation of life and health, and a determination to live for those who could not do so themselves.” This book will be published just a few days short of 110 years since that fateful night. What the author wants us to remember is not the tragedy, but the humanity. Race, class, sex, and religion were set aside as those on the sea that night helped each other to survive. “A loss for one was a loss for all.” I was gifted this advance copy by Rebecca Connolly, Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessi - Jessisreadingbetweenthewines

    Rating: 4.5/5⭐️ Pub day: 4-5-2022 This was intricate look at the days surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, told from the perspectives of a woman aboard the Titanic and the captain of the Carpathia, the ship that came to the rescue. Wow, I literally couldn’t stop reading this until I was 70% in, and that was only because I had to sleep! I saw @booksandchicks rave about this and requested it immediately. I’m so glad I did! I know I’m not alone in being fascinated by the Titanic, but this was more Rating: 4.5/5⭐️ Pub day: 4-5-2022 This was intricate look at the days surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, told from the perspectives of a woman aboard the Titanic and the captain of the Carpathia, the ship that came to the rescue. Wow, I literally couldn’t stop reading this until I was 70% in, and that was only because I had to sleep! I saw @booksandchicks rave about this and requested it immediately. I’m so glad I did! I know I’m not alone in being fascinated by the Titanic, but this was more exceptional than I expected because it showed multiple points of view as the events unfolded. The characters in this novel are based on real people and follow as much of a real timeline as was possible. This is broken up into specific moments, making it fast paced and hard to put down. Thanks to the intricate details, I felt like I was truly in those moments experiencing the fear and trepidation of the people we were following. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to know more about the Carpathia and the Titanic! Thank you Netgalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this digital arc in exchange for an honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robin | BookAdoration Marchadour

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow! I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Titanic but this novel awakened a whole new level of fascination. While the Titanic movie mostly focuses on everything leading up to the sinking of the Titanic, this novel focuses on the dramatic and heroic rescue operation by the crew of the Carpathia, lead by Captain Arthur Rostron. Arthur has the daunting task of responding to the distress call and orchestrating a rescue of epic scale in the frigid waters of the northern Atlantic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow! I’ve always been fascinated by the story of the Titanic but this novel awakened a whole new level of fascination. While the Titanic movie mostly focuses on everything leading up to the sinking of the Titanic, this novel focuses on the dramatic and heroic rescue operation by the crew of the Carpathia, lead by Captain Arthur Rostron. Arthur has the daunting task of responding to the distress call and orchestrating a rescue of epic scale in the frigid waters of the northern Atlantic. Be prepared to be amazed! This book checked so many boxes for me! ✔️historical fiction ✔️heroic tale ✔️emotional journey ✔️loveable characters ✔️dramatic ✔️page turner I finished this book with a serious love and respect for all of the crew members who attended to the survivors on that fateful day. This book would make the most epic sequel to the movie, the Titanic, and I can only hope that @paramountpics and @jamescameronofficial take on the challenge. P.S. My most favourite part of the book were the quotes, at the beginning of each chapter, from Captain Arthur Rostron and the survivors. Well researched and well done @author.rebecca.connolly 🙏🏻 Thank you to @netgalley and @shadowmountainpub for providing me with this lovely eARC. #bookstagram #canadianbookstagram #abrilliantnightofstarsandice #thetitanic #netgalley #shadowmountainpublishing #titanic

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    “We have done something heroic. We’ve done something miraculous. There is too much providence in it to be anything less. We have done what was right, I concede your point there, but that does not mean there was not something glorious in it. Even if it falls by the wayside on the pages of history.” All I can say is wow! This amazing story of the Carpathia, it’s brave Captain, Arthur Rostron and crew, and those endearing Irish young women who survived the awful sinking completely captured my heart. “We have done something heroic. We’ve done something miraculous. There is too much providence in it to be anything less. We have done what was right, I concede your point there, but that does not mean there was not something glorious in it. Even if it falls by the wayside on the pages of history.” All I can say is wow! This amazing story of the Carpathia, it’s brave Captain, Arthur Rostron and crew, and those endearing Irish young women who survived the awful sinking completely captured my heart. Like the author herself, I thought I knew the story of the Titanic. I’ve seen the movie a dozen times and was fascinated as a very young woman when pieces of the wreckage were finally exhumed from the sea. This is the brilliant often untold story of the Carpathia and its dramatic rescue of the survivors. Though historical fiction, the author takes great pains to recreate the inspiring true story from various points of view. History definitely comes alive as the heart stopping rescue unfolds where the Carpathia risks everything, facing those same icebergs which sunk the Titanic, to rescue the survivors. Even knowing the eventual outcome, I couldn’t help but feel that mounting tension as the Carpathia races to the rescue hoping somehow the ending will be different. The experiences of Kate Connolly and her friends brought new insight into the horror they experienced on lifeboat 13 witnessing the tragedy unfold. Despite the tragedy, I was especially touched by the faith and conviction of Captain Rostron and how the passengers of the Carpathia opened their hearts. All worked together regardless of class to care for the survivors, giving their own clothing and rooms, helping any way they could. The various reactions of the survivors were so memorable where some were so out of touch hardly acknowledging what happened and others like Kate, the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, and the Countess of Rothes who focused on helping others. I loved the interesting facts as well like Mary and her jar of St. Mogue’s earth she brought from Ireland for protection. This is definitely a story that should be remembered and celebrated. Highly recommend this poignant, incredibly moving story to historical fiction fans and anyone interested in the history of the Carpathia and Titanic. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and voluntarily given.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    Before I read this amazing historical fiction book, the only thing I knew about the Titanic was that it hit an iceberg, sank within a few hours, and more than half of the passengers died. I knew nothing about the ship, the Carpathia, that carried a brave captain and crew who risked their lives racing to rescue those on board the Titanic. One reason I love historical fiction that's based on a true story is I learn so much because of all the research the author puts into their work. This is a dual Before I read this amazing historical fiction book, the only thing I knew about the Titanic was that it hit an iceberg, sank within a few hours, and more than half of the passengers died. I knew nothing about the ship, the Carpathia, that carried a brave captain and crew who risked their lives racing to rescue those on board the Titanic. One reason I love historical fiction that's based on a true story is I learn so much because of all the research the author puts into their work. This is a dual point of view story which I love. We have the perspective of Captain Arthur Rostron, the captain of the Carpathia and Kate Connolly, a third-class passenger on board the Titanic. Although the chapters may alternate character point of view, it follows the timeline from when the ships departed from their respective ports, the rescue of the Titanic passengers, and delivering the survivors in New York. There's no way anyone can read this book and not come away feeling deep sadness for all hundreds of lives lost to the frigid waters and also feel deep admiration for, and amazement of Captain Rostron and his entire crew. This was a man determined to do all he could to help a ship in distress, yet he had no idea what he would find when he got there. Arthur Rostron was a man of deep faith in God and in his crew. A man who would not take credit alone for rescuing 705 lives that would have perished without help from the Carpathia. This story wouldn't be the same without Kate Connolly's point of view. A young Irish woman headed to America to live with her married sister and start a new life. I can't imagine dancing the night away with new friends, then suddenly be in a crowd of people trying to get off a sinking ship, only to then be adrift in a lifeboat on the Atlantic Ocean amid icebergs, not knowing if another ship was coming to rescue me. I loved how she helped the other rescuees when they were aboard the Carpathia. I loved the stories of those on the Carpathia giving up their beds and clothes to help the Titanic survivors. Such touching stories that showed so much compassion for others. I appreciated the afterword in the book that gives the readers a follow up on the main characters. These were real people who had to go on with their lives after one of the worst tragedies in history. This book is definitely one of the best reads of 2022 even though we're only a few month into the year. I learned so much I didn't know about this tragic event in history and applaud the author for her dedication in making sure this story was told, and appreciate all the research that went into getting the facts correct. This book is a must read. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher Shadow Mountain via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. I also bought a hardcopy for my personal library.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Very very low 2 stars. As someone who's read a ton on the Titanic and been to the Belfast museum that inspired this book, I was so excited to read it especially getting a new perspective from the Carpathia. However, it felt like this was written by someone in middle school with no emotions, characterization, or plot building. The author used real life passengers as her characters, but there was no distinguishing any one person from another. Additionally I found it very hard to believe that a gro Very very low 2 stars. As someone who's read a ton on the Titanic and been to the Belfast museum that inspired this book, I was so excited to read it especially getting a new perspective from the Carpathia. However, it felt like this was written by someone in middle school with no emotions, characterization, or plot building. The author used real life passengers as her characters, but there was no distinguishing any one person from another. Additionally I found it very hard to believe that a group of third class women were able to very easily just walk up to the deck and get right on a life boat - where was the fear, the struggle, the panic? Titanic was such a horrible tragedy and this book showed none of that. I loved the idea of this book but am extremely disappointed by the execution.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Loved it! A satisfying tale of those who survived the Titanic & those who hurried to the rescue. I appreciated the details of the Carpathia’s response & the poignant scenes of separation & sacrifice from the Titanic. Also very touching was the tribute to the Titanic when the Carpathia docked in NYC. The narrators complimented the story telling. This was a great listening experience. Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, I find someone’s story to share with my students. We’ve watched riveting vi Loved it! A satisfying tale of those who survived the Titanic & those who hurried to the rescue. I appreciated the details of the Carpathia’s response & the poignant scenes of separation & sacrifice from the Titanic. Also very touching was the tribute to the Titanic when the Carpathia docked in NYC. The narrators complimented the story telling. This was a great listening experience. Every year on the anniversary of 9/11, I find someone’s story to share with my students. We’ve watched riveting videos of private boaters who picked up trapped folks from the tip of Manhattan & carried them to the mainland, a pilot who narrowly missed being on one of the doomed planes, survivors who praised the brave folks who saved them from burning buildings, etc. This story had the same feel for me & I really enjoyed it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    Stories about the Titanic have always fascinated me, that said, I really did not know anything about the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the survivors of the sinking. Told in alternating chapters, the captain, Captain Rostron, and crew of the Carpathia and the passengers in the third class of the Titanic, Kate Connelly is one of many Irish immigrants traveling to America to better themselves. What starts out as a maiden voyage with a new ship going from Ireland to New York City turns out to be a Stories about the Titanic have always fascinated me, that said, I really did not know anything about the Carpathia, the ship that rescued the survivors of the sinking. Told in alternating chapters, the captain, Captain Rostron, and crew of the Carpathia and the passengers in the third class of the Titanic, Kate Connelly is one of many Irish immigrants traveling to America to better themselves. What starts out as a maiden voyage with a new ship going from Ireland to New York City turns out to be a relative nightmare for everyone involved. The ship hits ice and slowly takes on water and sinks fast. April 15, 1912, is the fateful night that will forever be in history as one of the tragedies of maritime history. There were 2228 people on board the Titanic, 337 in first class, 285-second class, 721 in third class, and 885 crew members, and only 705 survived. Molly Brown, wife of a Colorado silver mine entrepreneur, and John Jacob Astor were among the famous survivors. I found this novel based on facts, very enlightening and sad. All of the lives lost to the frigid waters, impeccable research went into the writing of the book. I found it interesting that the author described what happened to some survivors and the crew of the Carpathia. I read this book in a few sittings and was totally engrossed in the lives and deaths of the people involved. A definite page-turner. I give the book 5 stars for the impeccable research and writing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    Based on the true story of the Carpathia who rushed to save the Titanic and the survivors. Told in 2 person perspective the book follows the captain of the Carpathia and a woman who is in the third class on the Titanic and their experience through this ordeal. I listened to the book on audiobook and the narrators were so boring I fell asleep a few times trying to listening to it. The stories were important but this book as a whole was very dry and flat. I hate to say I was glad when it was done Based on the true story of the Carpathia who rushed to save the Titanic and the survivors. Told in 2 person perspective the book follows the captain of the Carpathia and a woman who is in the third class on the Titanic and their experience through this ordeal. I listened to the book on audiobook and the narrators were so boring I fell asleep a few times trying to listening to it. The stories were important but this book as a whole was very dry and flat. I hate to say I was glad when it was done and I almost DNF the book, maybe I should have? If you are interested in the Titanic stories than this is the book for you. Be ready for a slow read but I think you will learn a lot, to bad I really didn't like it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather Densmore

    We are all familiar with the story of the Titanic but less familiar with the story of the ship that rescued those in Lifeboats. This is a well researched, fictionalized story of The Carpathia and her Captain Arthur Rostron, the decisions he and his crew made and why. It is a quick read for those who are interested in learning more about the Carpathia.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Reader of Books

    This was quite good, but with heavy religious overtones that rather began to annoy. The first half of the book I was hooked, but by the time the characters are rescued and being taken to New York, there's a lot of prayer and singing. Further review to follow. Actual rating 4 ⭐. Further Review: Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, and those who don’t ought to learn one of the most important events in history. The Titanic taught us that all ships can be sinkable. (And to always double our lifebo This was quite good, but with heavy religious overtones that rather began to annoy. The first half of the book I was hooked, but by the time the characters are rescued and being taken to New York, there's a lot of prayer and singing. Further review to follow. Actual rating 4 ⭐. Further Review: Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, and those who don’t ought to learn one of the most important events in history. The Titanic taught us that all ships can be sinkable. (And to always double our lifeboats just in case.) That we can plan for every structure to be huge and impossible but the slightest item can damage it in the blink of an eye. The story of the Titanic is one of my favorites in history. I can’t put my finger on why, exactly. Maybe it’s because of the heroism of those reaching the poor people that barely survived the sinking of the Titanic. Maybe it’s because I adore ocean stories and survival stories. Maybe because it was such big news back in the day that it still haunts us all even now. Whatever the case, I read every Titanic book I can get my hands on, along with other sunken ships. This story is historically accurate in terms of events, down to the timing being listed on every chapter. I appreciated the story for it’s accuracy and I did like the characters that I read. I flipped through the book rapidly and had to sit and think about how this review was going to go. Because while the first half was absolutely brilliant, the second half was nothing but paragraph after paragraph of prayer, hymns, and “thank god we’re alive!”. Of which, yes I’m aware that they likely did all that. But I was hoping for more backstory about the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic, not half a book of prayer. The first half of the book was amazing; strong characters, I felt as though I was right there with them, vivid details, lots of rushing about to safety. The author did a fabulous job in recreating history, she’s a great writer. I was seeing a five star book on the horizon. Then the characters were rescued by the Captain of the Carpathia. They were pulled up to safety, to warmth, to life again. And that’s where the story swapped from harrowing historical events to prayer. Praying almost every page. Hymns being sung. I flipped through the rest, and that was it. Nothing else but grateful for being alive. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that back then religion was rampant. As it is today. However I was really hoping for more information about the Carpathia. So I’m rating this four stars-reluctantly. After all. I did enjoy it. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    "The whole thing was absolutely providential. I have no other explanation for it." Based on the true story of the rescue of Titanic survivors by the Carpathia, this story moves between the viewpoint of Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia and Kate Connolly, a third class passenger of the Titanic. The first half of the book is very fast paced leading up to the last days and hours of the disaster. It truly was miraculous the Carpathia received the telegram signal from Titanic and was able to rea "The whole thing was absolutely providential. I have no other explanation for it." Based on the true story of the rescue of Titanic survivors by the Carpathia, this story moves between the viewpoint of Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia and Kate Connolly, a third class passenger of the Titanic. The first half of the book is very fast paced leading up to the last days and hours of the disaster. It truly was miraculous the Carpathia received the telegram signal from Titanic and was able to reach them as quickly as it did. The last quarter of the book moved much slower in response to the grief and shock experienced by the survivors aboard the Carpathia. The memorial service and then burial at sea of four who did not survive the rescue was very moving and reverent. I appreciated how the writer used both prayers actually shared during the event and hymns that were well-known at that time. This was an absolute tragedy. The writer did not try to create a sensation novel, but was able to fill out real people in response to a real nightmare event where over 700 survived against the odds. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tasha (the_clean_read_book_club)

    This book is an eye opening and gripping telling of events from Arthur Rostron, Captain of Carpathia—the ship that answered Titanic’s distress call, and a Titanic passenger named Kate Connolly. The dual POV helped keep my attention all throughout the book. I was constantly wondering what would happen next from each side of the storyline. I loved the different POVs paralleling this event. I won’t say this book doesn’t have some heartbreaking chapters— because it does. This is one of, if not THE b This book is an eye opening and gripping telling of events from Arthur Rostron, Captain of Carpathia—the ship that answered Titanic’s distress call, and a Titanic passenger named Kate Connolly. The dual POV helped keep my attention all throughout the book. I was constantly wondering what would happen next from each side of the storyline. I loved the different POVs paralleling this event. I won’t say this book doesn’t have some heartbreaking chapters— because it does. This is one of, if not THE biggest ocean tragedy that we know of. I felt that this author captured the feelings accurately and was able to portray them in a way that connects the reader with the characters. I’m not a reader of sad stories but am so glad I made the exception for this book. While it does have portions of tragic events the majority is based on the arrival of Carpathia and highlights the hope offered and finding the will to go on. I really can’t tell you enough how intriguing this book was. It makes my top favorites list for 2022! I highly recommend reading through all of the author’s notes at the end of the book too. I appreciated the research that went into the writing of this book. I can tell it was extensive and I loved the additional quotes inserted from supporting documents in between chapters. I highly recommend this read for anyone who loves historical fiction! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy. All thoughts in this review are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly is a great historical fiction that highlights the Carpathia’s involvement with the aftermath of the downfall of the infamous Titanic. I really have always been drawn to anything associated with the Titanic. I also have researched quite a bit into the rescue and post-rescue aspects, so I have knowledge of the Carpathia and its involvement. Of course I was drawn to this historical fiction that alternates between the point of view between Capta A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly is a great historical fiction that highlights the Carpathia’s involvement with the aftermath of the downfall of the infamous Titanic. I really have always been drawn to anything associated with the Titanic. I also have researched quite a bit into the rescue and post-rescue aspects, so I have knowledge of the Carpathia and its involvement. Of course I was drawn to this historical fiction that alternates between the point of view between Captain Arthur Rostron of the Carpathia and a fictional third-class passenger, Kate Connolly, on the Titanic. Being able to read this tragedy and the subsequent rescue effort. Seeing the events unfold from such diverse viewpoints and from literal opposite ends of the spectrum, was a wonderful compare and contrast of the sinking. The author does a fabulous job creating a narrative that is emotional, jarring, suspenseful, and fresh/new despite knowing what is to happen. The concept of addressing this infamous and devastating loss from these new angles and arranging it in such an addictive, haunting, and harrowing way makes for a wonderful read. I devoured it as fast as I possibly could. Wonderful. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Shadow Mountain Publishing for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 4/5/22.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valarie

    This book follows the Titanic disaster from the point of view of the captain of the Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic survivors, and one of the survivors, Kate Connolly. While the book started out strong, it quickly became repetitive and uninteresting. I enjoyed hearing about Titanic in the first days, the excitement of the passengers, meeting new friends and exploring the ship. When the ship started to sink halfway through the book I thought, hmm, what's the second half going to be about This book follows the Titanic disaster from the point of view of the captain of the Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic survivors, and one of the survivors, Kate Connolly. While the book started out strong, it quickly became repetitive and uninteresting. I enjoyed hearing about Titanic in the first days, the excitement of the passengers, meeting new friends and exploring the ship. When the ship started to sink halfway through the book I thought, hmm, what's the second half going to be about? Well, it was mostly about the shock of the passengers and their sorrow. Repeated over and over and over. I also couldn't get scenes from the movie out of my head and was picturing that the whole time while reading. Overall this book was not very original and could have used a bit more substance. I do like that the author tried to bring to light the role of Carpathia and its crew. I had hoped this would be a much better book. Thanks @netgalley for the ARC!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marilee

    Wow. I am feeling all the feels after this book. What a stirring tale of courage and bravery! This is the story of the Carpathia, the ship that came to the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic and is told from both the perspective Captain Rostron, the ship's captain and Kate, a 3rd class passenger on the Titanic. The focus is not on the Titanic's sinking, though those few chapters are haunting, but on the rescue itself. The narrative is told so powerfully that I went through a rollercoaster of Wow. I am feeling all the feels after this book. What a stirring tale of courage and bravery! This is the story of the Carpathia, the ship that came to the rescue of the survivors of the Titanic and is told from both the perspective Captain Rostron, the ship's captain and Kate, a 3rd class passenger on the Titanic. The focus is not on the Titanic's sinking, though those few chapters are haunting, but on the rescue itself. The narrative is told so powerfully that I went through a rollercoaster of emotions but told so beautifully that I could not help but love every minute of it. A true story of courage and of sacrifice. A story that deserves to be shared and lauded and aspired to. A story that I will come back to again and again. Bravo to the author for bringing this story to light. I received a complimentary copy of this book but a positive review was not required.

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