A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice
by Rebecca Connolly


Just after midnight on April 15, 1912, the passenger steamship Carpathia receives a distress signal from the largest passenger liner ever built, RMS Titanic, which is on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.

Captain Arthur Rostron is awakened to an enormous maritime emergency with little information to guide his actions in answering the call for help. Is the dire threat to the unsinkable Titanic accurate? His ship is more than four hours away; will Carpathia hold together if pushed to never-before-tested speeds? What if his ship also strikes an iceberg? How many of Titanic’s 2,200 passengers will the Carpathia be able to accommodate? 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, which was built in her Irish homeland. As a passenger in third-class accommodations, she is among the last to receive instruction and help after Titanic hits an iceberg. Among the chaos of abandoning ship, the chances of her securing a spot in a lifeboat appear grim. With the help of several men, also from Ireland, Kate finally reaches the upper decks and feels lucky to board Lifeboat 13, although no one knows if or when a rescue ship will come. She fears the icy water and wonders if they’ll all freeze to death. After seeing their magnificent ship submerge into the abyss, and hearing the cries of hundreds of fellow passengers drowning, it is almost too much to bear and Kate fleetingly thinks succumbing to her ordeal is the easiest escape.

Told in alternating chapters from the perspective of 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.

About the author:

Rebecca Connolly is the author of more than two dozen novels. She calls herself a Midwest, having lived in Ohio and Indiana. She's always been a bookworm, and her grandma would send her books almost every month so she would never run out. Book Fairs were her carnival, and libraries are her happy place. She received a master's degree from West Virginia University.

In my opinion:

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice was definitely a book I'll read again. It was fantastic! I appreciated the second half of the book when I was immersed in the stories of many who suffered that fateful night. I was drawn to Captain Arthur Rostron who navigated the RMS Carpathia on April 15, 1912.  He was a true hero as well as his crew. There were many miracles that occurred that night and he was able to rescue hundreds of survivors from the RMS Titanic. I loved his final speech to the "Men of the Carpathia." He showed appreciation for each of the men and sincerely thanked them for their efforts. It was definitely a team effort and I believe the hand of God was present as well. I also loved the Afterword when Connolly wrote a summary for each character.

I finished the book with a new respect for the heroic rescue operation that night. It truly was a well-written novel and I appreciated learning more about the Carpathia and those involved with the rescue. I would love to see this as a film. It was well done! Thank you Rebecca Connolly.

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