Reviewed by Sarah Varland
Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starns
Clark & John
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"...a story that makes you think, that will force the reader to admit their own beliefs about honesty, and serves as a great discussion starter."
Since the Titanic sunk
over a hundred years ago, its story has fascinated people of all ages,
from all walks of life. There’s something compelling in it—I’m
not sure anyone can even explain what it is. The unsinkable ship sunk
and ever since people have written songs, articles, and books, both fiction
and non-fiction, that have betrayed our fascination with the event.
Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark, was published 100 years after the Titanic sunk. The sections of the book that take place in present day and follow Kelsey, a business woman who takes after her great-grandmother Adele, a Titanic survivor who founded the company that Kelsey now works for. The company has big plans for Kelsey, hoping to play up her status as a family member to make the organization seem family-run, and like it hasn’t changed, until someone at the company is murdered and the good name of the Tate family is attacked. Someone claims that Adele lied about her identity, several people Kelsey thought she could trust start to seem less-than-trustworthy, and her world falls apart just as her former love reenters her life.
The book goes back and forth from present day to 1912, following Adele and her cousin Jocelyn as they board Titanic and begin their trans-Atlantic journey. The historical sections of the book read more like historical fiction, while the present day sections fit the ‘suspense’ designation that the book claims. The book reads differently than others of Mindy Starns Clark’s book. I didn’t form the attachment to the characters in this book that I did in some of the others, and I wasn’t quite as desperate to get to the end and find out the outcome. The book; however, is very well crafted and plotted, and those who enjoy history will especially appreciated the careful attention to historical facts and details that are given.
Echoes of Titanic deals with several large universal themes. Trust, integrity, and family are main motifs that the story explores, and readers will have plenty to think about in relation to these. This book would make an excellent choice for a book club that likes to discuss elements like this, because readers could discuss far more than just the questions in the back of the book. It’s a story that makes you think, that will force the reader to admit their own beliefs about honesty, and serves as a great discussion starter.
Sarah Varland lives in Georgia with her husband, son, and two dogs. When she's not busy teaching high school English or walking around with her nose stuck in a book, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors doing things like hiking and kayaking. Sarah is currently pursuing publication as a novelist and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. You can read some of her thoughts on life, books, and the ministry fishbowl at her blog.