Titanic Tuesdays: Titanic, the Irish, the rosary…and Ava O’Reilly

I came across this old photo of me when I was about my heroine Ava’s age — same color hair!!

Last time I spoke about Margaret Rice and her five sons who boarded the Titanic at Queenstown, Ireland.

And how Margaret and all five of her boys were lost…

When her body was recovered, she was identified as being a Catholic by her rosary.

Many survivors said they saw passengers – including many men – on bent knee saying the rosary at the time of the sinking.

The word ‘rosary’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘garland of roses’.

Rosaries are usually made from plastic or wood. I remember my grandmother making rosaries by hand for the poor who came to pray at St. Joachim Church and for the missions.

I still have the cornflower blue rosary she made for me among my keepsakes.

In The Runaway Girl, my heroine Ava O’Reilly takes her few possessions with her on the ship, including her mother’s black rosary beads. They’re a symbol of everything she’s left behind in Ireland.

And of her faith.

Ava grabs her rosary when the ship hits the iceberg:

Hot tears veiled her eyes and they burned something awful. In the whole of her life Ava had never felt more alone.

She wiped her face, picked up her black rosary, then huddled in the corner of the bunk with only her wounded pride and lost hope for company.

Clawing at the thin blanket, Ava tore it to shreds in a wild fury, but that did nothing to calm her heart. A greater fear ripped through her.

What grand plans did the Almighty have in store for her to make her pay for her sins?

How Ava gets her faith back and learns to believe in herself is an important part of my story.

Also, how her staunch beliefs change the life of Captain Lord James ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a gentleman gambler, is even more amazing…


Next time on Titanic Tuesdays:  Titanic and Gamblers  


THE RUNAWAY GIRL, is on schedule for a March 17 pub date.

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…

When Ava O’Reilly is wrongly accused of stealing from her employer, she has no option but to flee Ireland. The law is after her, and she has only one chance at escape – the Titanic.

Aboard the ship of dreams, she runs straight into the arms of Captain ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a dashing gentleman gambler who promises to be her protector. He is intrigued by her Irish beauty and manages to disguise her as the maid of his good friend, the lovely Countess of Marbury. Little does he realise, that the Countess is also in love with him.

As the fateful night approaches, tragedy strikes further when Ava is separated from Buck, and must make a daring choice that will change her life forever…

A sweeping historical romance set aboard the Titanic, from the author of Christmas Once Again.

Praise for Jina Bacarr:

‘A delightful holiday romance that has all the charm of a classic Christmas movie. Christmas Once Again is perfect for anyone who loves a holiday romance brimming with mistletoe, hope, and what ifs.’ Andie Newton, author of The Girl I Left Behind

‘A breathtaking holiday romance that is sure to stay with you long after reading’

‘A mesmerizing holiday romance that is sure to sweep you off your feet and take you away to another place, another time.’

‘A fabulous book you won’t want to miss’

THE RUNAWAY GIRL is now up for pre-order:


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