Wednesday, April 4, 2012

BOOK REVIEW - FORGET ME NOT - The story of One Family's Voyage On The Titanic by SUE LAWSON

By: Sue Lawson
Published By: Walker Books, Black Dog Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback , 232 Pages
Thankyou to Walker Books Australia for this review copy.


Book Blurb : Taken From Goodreads
The story of one family's voyage on the Titanic.

"I am filled with the worst feeling. Everyone says it is the safest, most luxurious ship in the world, but something about it is extremely unsettling."

Evelyn Gilmore does not share her brother Thomas’s excitement about travelling on the maiden voyage of the luxurious Titanic.

For Evelyn the ship is taking her away from everything she knows and loves. For Thomas it is taking him to his new life.

How could they know what the trip would bring?

Forget me not, forget me never
‘Til yonder sun shall set forever


I am going to come straight out and say this book had me blubbering.

As a rule I have stayed away from anything to do with the Titanic as it just isn’t a happy ending. Human error and ego , made a lot of people lose their lives...... and an iceberg . I just haven’t, to this day been able to watch Titanic the movie by James Cameron. It just makes me too sad.

Walker Books contacted me and asked if I would be interested in joining their blog tour.
Get the truck load of Kleenex ready......
Sue wrote her tale of the Gilmore family setting sail for New York , with a lot of emotion.
The story is told from Evelyn aka Eve , and Thomas her brother’s POV’s.
Eve has bad dreams and is quite fretful of the journey, where Thomas appears to be enjoying the experience.
They each take an alternate chapter and you really get to know them...hence my blubberfest.
Five year old Bea, their little sister is the reason for the voyage to a better climate ,as her little lungs are diseased. Teddy and Bea are a team. Oh , that teddy tears me up now.
Eve is upset about leaving her friends behind and the worry of the whole voyage. Her mother needed a ‘stinky dead fish slap’ from me the way she talks to Eve....but then you begin to understand a bit of her mother’s behaviour.
A boy catches Eve’s eye by the name of Hugh and we are introduced to some of the Worthington family throughout this story.
Hugh is a bit of a lad and nominates himself as tour guide of the Titanic . I really enjoyed Hugh’s character, he is a fun character who likes to bend the rules.
Sue has taken the reader on a tour via her characters, who mischievously / boldly entered First Class , peeked in the engine room where the ‘black gang’ were hard at work, dip your toe in at the swimming pool, went to the Barber for souvenirs , the hospital and met the staff and generally got us to ‘feel’ the mood of the Titanic and it’s passengers and crew........ready to make me blubber later on. Complete with music and dancing.
The book is broken up into days, just to make me ‘feel’ that much closer to the inevitable blubberfest.
I loved the autograph entries at Eve’s titled chapters. I felt like I was turning the pages of her autograph book. Everybody she asked was putting a little poetry into her pages.
I have read ‘Fateful’ by Claudia Gray, and this is my only other book that weaves the Titanic into the story. I loved what Sue did with her tale of the Titanic and I read it in one sitting.
The thing that I question myself when reading , is, my boys, my hubby, how could I leave them behind? As a mum, it is too hard to think about, but these people, these families had to separate or in some cases chose to stay together and in other cases their class on the ship decided their fate.
Very sad.
The one thing that broke my heart was her stats at the end of the book, showing the different classes and the number of women , children , men,  in each class and crew that survived and were lost, just heart breaking stats.
Sue respectfully weaves real passengers/crew’s names into the storyline....again......* snot fest for me *
It is sad and emotional in parts , but that is the disaster of the Titanic. Although this read is about a fictional family and what comes to pass, the real story is not fictional.
I highly recommend this book, Sue wrote it beautifully . 

100 Years since the Titanic sunk, April 15th 2012

I’ll be thinking of all those lost lives. 



  1. Don't worry, your heart will go on.... lol i stay awsy from disaster+romance novels too. So much tears and heartbreak!

  2. You are!!

    I did really enjoy this book, but ...yes.....the red puffy face, the snotfest, the blubbering.....what can I say....and the teddy bear:D



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