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Jenni L. Walsh brings the story of Violet Jessup, aka Miss Unsinkable, vividly to life!

Thank you to @jennilwalsh and @harpermuse for my #gifted copy of Unsinkable, out January 9, 2024

Well-researched and beautifully written, Walsh has penned another unputdownable book about strong, courageous women. Miraculously, Violet survives the shipwreck of the RMS Olympic and the Titanic and the Britannic sinkings. Here's the kicker: Violet Jessup was a real person who actually survived all those disasters. Why did she continue to go back to the sea? Walsh explores this question, which is fascinating all the way through to the Author's Note. Walsh brings Violet to life so vividly that I researched her after finishing the book.

Daphne is a fictional character, but Walsh drew upon the actual experiences of women who were part of the SOE during WWII to craft her story. Both timelines and FMCs are compelling as Walsh deftly combines great character development with a harrowing and inspiring mix of history, danger, emotion, and a dash of romance. Even the WRENS from her previous book get a shout-out! I loved this! And check out the stunning cover!

My steep was Marco Polo from Mariage Freres available in the US at The Cultured Cup

and from their website: "Fun Fact: Marco Polo is the Chanel No. 5 of tea. Mariage carefully guards the recipe of the world's most famous flavored black tea."

Publisher's Synopsis:

The Titanic was only the beginning. What she survived has become legend. Violet Jessop is Miss Unsinkable.

After her mother becomes too ill to work, the responsibility to provide for the family falls to Violet as the oldest of nine. When the world enters the Great War, she serves as a nurse, helping men who could very well be her brothers. Working as a stewardess and wartime nurse, Violet not only survives a shipwreck but also two sinkings, one on the infamous Titanic. No one can understand why she would return to sea, but something keeps drawing Violet back to the tumultuous waters, where she struggles to put the tragedies of her past behind her and pursue a life and love all her own.

Daphne has survived calamity of her own.

Daphne Chaundanson grows up as an unwanted child after her mother died in a tragedy. She throws herself into education, collecting languages like candy in a desperate attempt to finally earn her father’s approval. When the Special Operations Executive invites her to be an agent in France in World War II, her childhood of anonymity and her love of languages make her the perfect fit. She sees it as an opportunity to help the country she loves and live up to her father’s expectations. But the dangers of war challenge Daphne in ways she never could have expected, and the secrets from her own past must be faced for her to truly have a future beyond the conflict—if she can survive it. Inspired by true stories of Violet Jessop and the thirty-nine women of the Special Operations Executive. Two unsinkable women. Two stories of survival, family, and finding one’s own happiness. One connection that reshapes both their lives forever.

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