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Inside this Book – Maggie Murphy stood alone and unnoticed at the small window of the thatched, stone cottage which three generations of her family had called home. She twirled one of her rich, auburn curls around and around her index finger, as she did when she was anxious, and watched as the day she had been dreading dawned in the sky above the distant mountains. Narrowing her usually wide, chestnut eyes against the glare of the early morning sun reflecting on the glass, she wrapped her arms around herself, rubbing her jacket sleeves to try and keep warm as she quietly observed her friend Peggy Madden outside. Peggy’s laughter filled the air as she vigorously scooped up armful after armful of cherry blossom and, giggling like a schoolgirl, threw it into the air, the pale pink and white petals cascading down onto the heads of her cousin Jack and his wife Maura who were sitting on the dewy grass. Peggy had caught them kissing under one of the trees a few moments earlier. ‘Just like your wedding day Maura,’ she cried. ‘There’s confetti enough here for all of us to be brides and then maybe there’ll be some kissing for us too.’ The two women laughed. Maggie wondered how they could be so carefree when her own heart was heavy and troubled. Unseen, she continued to watch her fellow travellers for a few moments longer, Peggy fussing with her new hat and Maura placing a hand protectively over her stomach. Her baby wasn’t due for another few months yet, but her belly was already large and swollen. Maggie was mildly fascinated by it; by the fact that an actual person was growing in there and she wondered how Maura would fare on their journey. She’d heard talk of the difficulties and strain which a crossing of the Atlantic could place upon a person and for a woman with a baby growing in her belly she was certain that it couldn’t be such a good idea. She’d expressed her concerns to her aunt Kathleen a few days previously. ‘You certainly don’t need to be worrying about Maura Brennan, I can tell ye,’ Kathleen had replied, brushing Maggie’s naïve fears easily aside. ‘She’s crossed that ocean more times than most men ever will and a baby in her belly won’t make one bit of a difference. Anyway, we’re sailing on the Titanic, the biggest ship in the world. Unsinkable y’know. No better crib for any of us.’ Her aunt’s words hadn’t really reassured Maggie and neither had the adverts in the Western People which Peggy had insisted on showing to herself and Katie.
Inside this book –The Girl Who Came Home PDF Book by Hazel Gaynor – Harry Walsh looked at his reflection in the mirror above the fireplace one last time. The crisp white jacket, brown waistcoat, blue serge trousers, black shoes and White Star Line cap suited him, making him look taller somehow. He had slicked his dark hair, parting it down the centre in the fashionable style and was clean-shaven for the occasion. He was pleased with how he looked and turned to his mother. ‘I don’t scrub up too badly really when I try, do I?’ His mother was a short, sleight woman with a permanent air of dissatisfaction about her. She fussed around her son now, brushing flecks of dust from his trousers and stray hairs from the shoulders of his jacket. He smiled at her, glad of the attention she paid to him and pleased to see the unmistakeable look of pride on her face, pride in the fact that her only son was to work as a steward on the Titanic’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. ‘Not bad love, not bad at all… for a Walsh,’ she replied, tugging at his waistcoat to remove a slight pucker and pulling at his cap to straighten it. ‘Now, you remember to work hard Harry Daniel Walsh,’ she added, ‘and mind that you look after those third class passengers just the same as you would any of those wealthy Astors and Guggenheims. The poor might not have the fancy hats and the fancy shoes but they deserve to be treated good n’ proper, you hear?’ With her family roots set deep within the working class society of Southampton’s docks, Helen Walsh had no time at all for the stuck up, obnoxious American millionaires and socialites who, it was believed, were to sail on the Titanic to make business contacts or to give them something to boast about at one of their fancy dinner parties.
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- Full Book Name – The Girl Who Came Home
- Author of this Book – Hazel Gaynor
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Fiction, Novel, Romance, Historical
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