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Unsinkable

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I just could not get into this book. I was so excited to receive a free copy from NetGalley, as I love all things Titanic and even have a Titanic collection, but I didn’t find myself drawn in to this book and had a hard time reading it. I’ll try reading it again, but for now it was a DNF.

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Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me. I love WWII historical fiction and I'm obsessed with the Titanic so I thought this would be a great blend of the two, but I just couldn't get into it. I made it 28% and found that I still didn't care about the characters or any of the outcomes and decided to call if quits.

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Told in alternating viewpoints, Unsinkable is an intriguing historical fiction story about two women who help their countries during World War I & II. Violet is a stewardess on the Titanic when it goes down. She has survived illness, another close run-in on a ship, family deaths, and more. She stays on the sea to earn money for her family and to keep her distance from all the sadness. When World War I starts, the ships are commissioned as hospital ships and Violet is needed to help take care of the wounded. Daphne is a young woman living and working in Paris when the Germans take over the city during World War II. She is recruited to become part of the resistance working in northern France. After several months of training she is ready for her first mission. Based loosely on women from each of these time periods, Violet & Daphne are strong women searching for their places in the world and in their families worlds as war rages and destroys lives around them. It was a great book and their stories tie together in a neat way.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Fascinating novel that follows two females in two different decades. Both lead intriguing lives all around Europe.

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Unsinkable by Jenni L. Walsh was tricky for me to rate because I found it hard to stay focused. I’m not sure what these two women have to do with one another. Why are their stories told in fluctuating timelines within the same book? I kept waiting for something to link them in a significant way. I think I know one thing that’s a link, but it’s never specified for certain and doesn’t play a big part in the long run. So, I'm just a little confused and never really felt hooked into their lives.

The characters are likable, and they scream girl power. I also love that their stories are being told. This is fiction. Don’t get me wrong, but their stories are based on real people. The author explains it better in the book. The real women these characters are based on must have had so much mental and emotional strength. I couldn’t imagine.

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Princess Fuzzypants here: Two women, in two world wars, so different and yet their lives intertwine twice in ways that change their destinies.. Violet, the sole provider for her mother and younger siblings, foregoes a life of her own and goes to sea as a means of supporting them. Daphne, born into wealth and privilege has everything anyone could want- except the thing she craves most: the affirmation of her worth by her father. Two more dissimilar protagonists you could not find except in their devotion to excellence and their willingness to put aside fear and trepidation to accomplish what is necessary.

They meet twice, both times on ships where Daphne is a passenger and Violet is the stewardess taking care of First Class.. between those meetings they will show great perseverance, grit and bravery. They will surmount all the challenges put in their way, except one. Lasting love eludes them both but these two ‘unsinkable” woman will come full circle and find what their sense of obligation has made them leave behind.

I really cared for both characters and was swept along by a whole range of emotional ups and downs through their lives. It made the ending even more satisfying. Five purrs and two paws up.

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I really enjoyed this interesting historical fiction novel that weaved two wars and two women's lives together. One being Violet Jessop. How had I not heard about her before? This story not only takes us on several ships (with sinking results sometimes!) but also takes us into the belly of war, the sacrifices of families and loved ones, and the uncertainty of any future.

I loved that the author molded Daphne's character from a composite of several real Special Operations Executive women during WWII. These amazing women were the backbone of Daphne, a fictional character. Great story of two strong women determined to protect their loved ones and determined to persevere. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this interesting story.

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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review Unsinkable. A wonderful, detailed account of the lives of two women during wartime. Set during WW1 and WW2 timelines, both women engage in experiences that define who they become. Love and loss are intertwined with heartache and redemption. A captivating story about people who participated in bringing an end to the war and others who brought comfort to those who fought for peace. In the end, will forgiveness and love be discovered?

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Thank you, NetGalley, for an e-ARC of Unsinkable by Jenni L. Walsh.
"Unsinkable" navigates dual timelines with finesse, weaving a tale of resilience and adversity through the compelling narratives of two women. Walsh skillfully crafts characters who face formidable obstacles, their journeys intertwining towards a satisfying conclusion that seamlessly connects both timelines. Blending suspense with historical authenticity and rich fictional details, the novel offers a captivating exploration of human strength in the face of adversity. Readers will be captivated by the intertwining stories and gripped by the suspenseful twists that propel the narrative forward, making "Unsinkable" a standout read in its genre.

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I loved the book. I have been interested in the titanic since I was a child.
There's so much about this novel that is interesting and helps you can understand the complex story. That when it happened and time-frame played a part. The importance of trying to improve their lives. The human struggle to never give up and keep going..

Thank you for allowing me to read this book.

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Unsinkable is an interesting historical fiction.

This book is make up of two timelines and stories. The first is about Violet Jessop who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. This part of the book was well researched and based more closely on historical facts and her life.

The other story was based loosely on women of the Special Operations Executive during WWII. Daphne was the main character in this story. I enjoyed both of the stories, but there was no connection between the two stories or two women until the very end of the book. The book alternated each chapter from one timeline to the other. The book would have worked better if each story was told almost to the end and then there was a couple of chapters that tied the two stories together.

The pace of the of each of the stories was good and kept you engaged. Both of the women were courageous and strong female characters. There were wars, family issues, damaged ships and romance. The end of the book seemed really rushed and just too perfect.

Unsinkable is an interesting historical fiction.

This book is make up of two timelines and stories. The first is about Violet Jessop who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. This part of the book was well researched and based more closely on historical facts and her life.

The other story was based loosely on women of the Special Operations Executive during WWII. Daphne was the main character in this story. I enjoyed both of the stories, but there was no connection between the two stories or two women until the very end of the book. The book alternated each chapter from one timeline to the other. The book would have worked better if each story was told almost to the end and then there was a couple of chapters that tied the two stories together.

The pace of the of each of the stories was good and kept you engaged. Both of the women were courageous and strong female characters. There were wars, family issues, damaged ships and romance. The end of the book seemed really rushed and just too perfect.

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Violet Jessop was a real woman from history. She rode the waves as a stewardess on White Star Line's Titanic, Britannic, and Olympic. In 'Unsinkable', her character has a clear voice. I can see the language of the time being used well. What I didn’t realize before reading this novel was that Violet spoke Spanish, or the fact that she originally came from Argentina. I truly need to read her biography or her journals that have been printed.

Daphne's character was created by the author drawing inspiration from several women who worked as secret agents duing World War II. I enjoyed the intrigue and suspense guiding Daphne's story along. She's a strong lady too.

The book contain a few curse words, which I disliked seeing in this atmosphere. I have to dock stars for this reason.

Audiobook listeners: Great audio! I'm definitely a fan of this narration.

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Unsinkable is a fascinating dual POV historical fiction novel! Jenni L. Walsh immediately pulls the reader in with a glimpse of the Titanic and one of the main characters who works aboard the infamous ship. The two main characters feel seemingly unrelated and I was so curious to see how the two would eventually intersect. Violet and Daphne move through history on an unstoppable track.

Unsinkable is a story about brave women trying to make a difference in their time periods. I loved how the author made the settings come alive on the page as each woman moved through her storyline.

Perfect for fans of The Rose Code!

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I read a lot of books about the Titanic so I was very excited about this book. However, I was a little disappointed. I didn't realize that the Titanic would play such a small role. While I found the parallel POVs an interesting take, the switch between timelines tended to throw me completely out of the action. This technique can sometimes work wonders, but in this instance I found it poorly executed. It also meant that a lot of exciting parts were cut short or cut out completely. I found the ending a little far-fetched but it was a nice way to finally tie the two timelines together.

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Unsinkable by Author Jenni L. Walsh was not only an informative, but also intriguing read - making it easy to see why it made the USA Today Bestseller list.

Split-Timeline fiction can be a bit tricky, especially when it is dealing with two very pivotal time periods - but I felt that Author Jenni L. Walsh balanced both Violet and Daphne's storylines splendidly.

I did find myself interested in Violet's story a bit more, though I do think that is because she is inspired by a historical figure who I already had done some research on when I was younger, so it was cool to see her portrayed in the book.

I also thought it was neat that Daphne's character was inspired by true stories of the thirty-nine women of the Special Operations Executive.

Finding out how the two women's stories in the book were linked was exciting and I very much appreciated the author's notes of research that went into this novel.

If you enjoy Women's Historical Fiction, are interested in the Titanic, World War I and World War II - then definitely check this book out! ***Thank you to the publisher for the complimentary copy of this book. The views and opinions expressed are my own.***

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Thank you to NetGalley for the advance reader copy of this book. This is a great war story that comes at it from an unusual angle. I love the creativity of the 2 different woman's stories. Past experiences set the stage for the way life will play out. Really enjoyed this story in a genre that I typically am not thrilled with. 4 stars

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Thank you to Harper Muse and to Net Galley for an ARC of this book.

I love Historical Fiction and all things Titanic, so I was really excited to see this book pop up on Net Galley. I knew about Violet Jessop prior to reading this book, I was able to obtain a copy of her autobiography many years ago.

I couldn't wait to dig into this book and start reading it. I am always looking for new Historical Fiction authors, so I was really excited to get approved for this one.

As excited as the premise of this was, unfortunately it fell short for me. This book relies on a dual story line of Violet as well as another woman who is a fictional character named Daphne. I love when you read books like this and both stories tie together, but this one was really flimsy how their stories merged. I thought about adding it to my DNF book pile several times but ended up finishing it.

Unfortunately, this book just missed the mark for me.

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*I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a fine enough book. Nothing world-changing, but good. I’ve long had a fascination for maritime history, and the Titanic sinking is the granddaddy of extraordinary historical events at sea. Of course, Violet Jessop is one of the most remarkable people associated with the Titanic, as she was on Olympic during its collision with the Hawke, and then she went on to survive the Britannic’s sinking.

Combining a fictionalized story of a real life historical figure, with that of a completely fictional character can be tricky. Even more challenging is that these characters live in separate time periods and largely have little to do with one another. But I think Jenni Walsh pulled it off. So in that way, I enjoyed the story.

Something that threw me off was the big time skips in the later chapters. After the beginning of the story and establishing both Violet’s and Daphne’s storyline, the comparably faster pace of the later chapters threw me off. I wasn’t expecting the narrative to jump months or even years ahead within the same chapter. That made it hard to follow certain parts of the story close to the end.

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Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy.

I have long loved historical fiction and have been fascinated with books about the Titanic for even longer. When I picked up this title, I knew the name Jennifer Walsh from title I have in the school library in which I work. I was expecting this book to be a middle grade read taking place on the Titanic. I was wrong on both counts.

I was delighted to find that Walsh also writes fiction for adults and I thoroughly enjoyed this story, which focuses on Violet Jessop, who was actually a steward aboard the Titanic. What I loved most about this book was that Walsh seamlessly wove a story of fact and fiction, jumping forward and back in time between anecdotes taken from Violet’s memoirs and stories of the SOE during World War 2. Much of what drove me as I was reading was to find the connection between the two stories. I was delighted to finally make the connection and even more surprised to find the connection, not necessarily the characters themselves, was also taken from Jessop’s memoir, a little known bit of Titanic history.

If you are a fan of historical fiction and survival against great odds, I believe you will thoroughly enjoy this book. I am so glad authors like Walsh do such great research and find stories like Violet’s to delight their readers.

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Wonderful story, great character development, great writing! Highly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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