Titanic and Honeymoon Couples on the Ship of Dreams
Posted by Jina Bacarr
Imagine you’re on your honeymoon and you’re sailing home on the Titanic.
Four days – and four passionate nights – at sea with your man.
Cozy afternoons in the lounge reading a book… slipping your hand in his. Knowing that later you’ll be in each other’s arms.
Long strolls at night on the deck, looking at the starry sky overhead.
Forget the bitter cold. He has his arms around you to keep you warm.
On a drizzly Sunday morning, you attend services with your man, then look forward to an informal dinner and another night of passion–
Until 11:40 p.m.
It’s the night of April 14th, 1912.
Your honeymoon comes to an abrupt end when the Titanic hits an iceberg.
According to Titanic Story, there were thirteen couples aboard the ship of dreams celebrating their honeymoon, though some sources report the number was twelve. The new young bride of Col. John Jacob Astor, pregnant with their child, was among them and escaped in lifeboat No. 4 (along with Ava O’Reilly, the heroine of my Titanic novel).
Here’s what went through her head when Ava, an Irish emigrant, found herself in the company of these women:
Ava held her head in her gloved hands. It wasn’t that the fear of death was all around her, but that she was here in the lifeboat and not the grand gentlemen married to these ladies.
First cabin ladies.
Wearing fur coats and teardrop diamond earrings and big, feathered hats with silver hatpins. Smelling of lavender. Not the salty sweat of steerage.
Dressed in the pink of fashion, they looked as out of place in the lifeboat as perfect plump prawns tossed into a fisherman’s dirty pail. Bickering among themselves about keeping their part of the boat for their kind only. Making comments about the sailor at the tiller smoking. And generally being what they were.
First cabin ladies.
Ava couldn’t stop peering at them through the dark. Such a curious eye she had, she missed nothing. Like a fine new broom she was, its hay bristles sharp and pointy and with a passion for sweeping.
Col. Astor did not survive and unfortunately, several honeymoon couples met the same fate.
A couple who did survive, John and Nelle Snyder, had left from Southampton and were returning home to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to a story in the Daily Mail, Mr Snyder said he owed his life to his wife’s insistence that he get out of bed and check to see what happened when they felt a ‘bump’ on that fateful night.
They were among the first to get into the lifeboats (they were in lifeboat No. 7 along with three other newlywed couples, according to one news source) and were later photographed in the clothes they wore that night. They were quite an elegant couple, according to the photo in the Daily Mail story referenced above.
They lived for many years afterward (Mr Snyder was 71 when he died and Mrs Snyder was 94), but their letters and photos have only now surfaced, engaging us with their wondrous escape.
The Titanic continues to fascinate us with its elegance and romance. It’s comforting to know that for the Snyders, their Titanic honeymoon had a happy ending.
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, emotional historical romance set aboard the Titanic, perfect for fans of Gill Paul and Suzanne Goldring.
This is a revised and fully updated edition of a novel previously published as Titanic Rhapsody.
What readers are saying about The Runaway Girl:
‘A fantastic Titanic take woven in with a great portrayal of love, friendship, and even forgiveness. I would have rather seen this as a movie than the Jack and Rose story!!!’
‘Oh how I adored this story… From start to finish I was enchanted with the story and the characters and all the finer details describing the ship, clothes and scenery.’
‘This book was so well written and such vivid descriptions were used that I really did feel as though Jina had put me in a time machine and sent me back to 1912,’
‘A breathtaking romance that is sure to stay with you long after reading’
‘Perfect for historical fiction and romance fans.’
‘A mesmerizing 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’
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