On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell

On a Cold Dark Sea

On April 15, 1912, three women climbed into Lifeboat 21 and watched in horror as the Titanic sank into the icy depths. They were strangers then…Con artist Charlotte Digby lied her way through London and onto the Titanic. The disaster could be her chance at a new life—if she hides the truth about her past. Esme Harper, a wealthy American, mourns the end of a passionate affair and fears that everything beautiful is slipping from her grasp. And ...

Details On a Cold Dark Sea

TitleOn a Cold Dark Sea
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult

Reviews On a Cold Dark Sea

  • Carrie
    On a Cold Dark Sea by Elizabeth Blackwell is a historical fiction novel based around the sinking of the Titanic. Being a fan of fiction set around real life events I knew as soon as I saw this book that I needed to read it, especially being addicted to books centering around the Titanic.The book is a completely fictional tale of three women who boarded the ill fated ship. The first section of the story introduces Charlotte, Esme and Anna in thei...
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:…for the rest of his life, the pitiful tableau they formed was the first image that sprang to mind when he thought of the Titanic. The handsome young man in his evening dress, eyes haunted, one hand pressed protectively against his companion’s back. There was a girl hovering nervously behind them—a maid, by her cowed bearing and black dress. And then there was the lady, swathed in a fur coat over a shimmering green gown, a v...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    4 Stars. Elizabeth Blackwell has written a winner of a story with On A Cold Black Sea. Poor choices, consequences, redemption, love and the Titanic all packed into one satisfying story.Charlotte Digby, Esme Harper and Anna Halversson are three very different young women. Charlotte, less than honest, Esme, spoiled and Anna, afraid to express her own wishes. Each of them is now in a life and death situation. How will their past lives dictate their ...
  • Tina
    Thank-you to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me the opportunity to read this Advanced Reader's Edition.I seem to always enjoy any book I receive from Lake Union Publishing. This was no different. The story of three women who survived the Titanic sinking and were together on a Lifeboat for hours in the deep, dark, cold sea. The story is told in four parts. Before the tragedy, After, on the Lifeboat and the Aftermath years later. I...
  • Karen
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. This story is told by three women. Con artist Charlotte Digby, wealthy American Esme Harper and Anna Halversson, a Swedish farm girl in search of a fresh start in America. The research that was done came across as a very realistic portrayal of this well documented tragedy. And the background stories of the main characters made this an interesting and very readable story.3.75 rounded up ...
  • Tasha
    I really enjoyed this read! I love Titanic history so I knew I wanted to read this. No major romantic scenes to spoil it either of which I am so thankful. I loved the pacing and the different timelines within the three characters: Charlotte, Esme and Anna. The author gave us background info on each woman thru 20 years after the tragic event. I think many of us who find themselves drawn to the Titanic always want to know more about what happened o...
  • Katherine
    "It was very dark and very cold. We did our best in trying circumstances. We survived." Review coming soon, but here are a few things you should know...* Surprisingly, there is no upstairs/downstairs romance. It seems like it’s a requirement whenever there is a story set on the Titanic that an aristocratic woman/man falls in love with a third class passenger man/woman. It’s a total given. So for there to be no such plotline was sort of a surp...
  • Christine Roberts
    This book was an interesting and varied take on the Titanic tragedy. It's split into many parts and three different narrators, which makes the focus on the time during and immediately after the sinking less repetitive and drawn out. It also catches up with the survivors 20 years later, reflecting on their experiences with dealing with the grief and guilt. I enjoyed this novel very much, I found it well written and well paced. The characters were ...
  • Missy
    There are two reasons this book interested me, one I love stories of the Titanic. I remember in the mid-80’s going to my grandma’s and seeing the National Geographic that had just come out with all the pictures after it had just been discovered. Pictures of the ship where if finally came to rest, the shoes lying on the ocean floor, the dishes still in stacks, the face from some little girl’s doll. Then I went to the Titanic Exhibit at the S...
  • Tia
    Loved it. So much better than I thought it would be. A delightful surprise. Great writing.Review to come.
  • Margaret
    On a Cold Dark Sea is the story of three women who survived the Titanic, much of the first third of the book is devoted to telling the history of these women and I found that very interesting. It gave a great first impression, Charlotte, Esme and Anna were from different social classes on the ship (1st, 2nd and 3rd class passengers) and they meet on the lifeboat, I was anxious to see what happened and what lay ahead. There was really nothing new ...
  • Helen
    4* https://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogsp...I am always up for anything ‘Titanic’ related, some are good and some ... not so good. I am happy to say, that this is one of the good ones - a unique take on this infamous tale. ‘... men who did their duty and went down with the ship. It sounds like a noble sort of death, but it isn’t: it’s loud and painful and terrifying. No one surrenders to the water without a fight.’For this particular t...
  • Jenea Whittington
    3.5 Stars...The Titanic is my all time favorite movie, so when I read that this centered around the events of the Titanic I had to read it. This particular story is about three women, Esme, Charlotte and Anna and their experiences. Esme is a first class traveler on her honeymoon, while Charlotte who happens to be posing as a married woman is traveling in second class. Then there is Anna, she is traveling with Theo of her friends in third class. T...
  • Saturday's Child
    Another novel that has a plot involving the Titanic, do I have to read it? Well, of course I do. Thanks to Goodreads and some of my friends on it I noticed this one and lucky for me I was able to find a copy of it in my local library.
  • Rachel McMillan
    This is a very interesting exploration of three women from three different classes aboard the fateful Titanic. The intensity of the first part of the book as it perfectly recaptures the events of April 15 (not to mention the opulence of the first class cabins and the crammed quarters of the lower class steerage) is just as suspenseful regardless of dramatic irony. From there, Charlotte ( a con artist), Esme, a socialite with an illustrious love a...
  • Sue
    When I found out that this book was about the Titanic, I almost didn't read it. I've read books about the Titanic and seen the movie a dozen times so what could possibly be new that would interest me in another book on the subject. I will tell you strongly - I was wrong, very very wrong. This is another look at the story told in a unique and interesting way and based on deep research by the author. I loved this book!The book is told in four parts...
  • Lynne
    Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.Three women: Esme, Charlotte and Anna. All survivors of the Titanic whom have to bear the burden of being rescued when so many others didn't - including their loved ones.Esme - born and married into wealth, returning to the United States on her honeymoon.Charlotte - lower class English-woman who is seeking to escape her options in England.Anna - in l...
  • Jen
    On a Cold Dark Sea is a beautiful work of historical fiction! I loved getting lost in this book. I have always been enthralled with the story of the Titanic and I loved this authors take on it. On a Cold Dark Sea focused more on the characters- their stories leading them to the Titanic, short snippets of them on the boat and the sinking, then their lives after. Their actual time on the boat is short while focus is put on each lady and their subse...
  • Linda
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for this wonderful book.I started this book with no expectations because I usually do not like books about the Titanic. But it pulled me in and I could not put it down. It was not just set on the Titanic but about several lives spared when it sank. Before boarding, during and after. From several characters point of view. It was absolutely a wonderful awesome book. I won’t forget this one for a while. This i...
  • Louetta Waters
    The only thing bad about this book was, I couldn't put it down to get anything done!!! I loved it! The ending was a bit abrupt and choppy but the writing was well done and the story line fantastic! It was a different take on the sinking of the Titanic, focussing less in the main ship sinking, and more on the rescue of 3 main characters. It covers their lives before and after the tragedy and how it affected them. Very well done!
  • Heidi
    Three and a half stars: A story about three women whose lives are forever changed by the sinking of the Titanic.The night of April 15, 1912, forever changes the lives of three different women as they bob on the cold dark sea huddled in a small lifeboat after the sinking of the Titanic. Esme, a wealthy American traveling first class, is relieved that she managed to save her secret lover, while feeling guilty that her husband is among the drowned. ...
  • Diane
    On a Cold Dark Sea by author Elizabeth Blackwell is a historical fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed! On the night of April 15, 1912, three different women have a lifesaving encounter on lifeboat 21, which has been let down from the sinking Titanic in the cold dark Atlantic. Mischievous Charlotte boards the newest ship of the White Star Lines, the Titanic, with her husband Reggie, and his brother Georgie. Anyone watching would think what a nice li...
  • Wendi Lee
    This is a novel about three women who survived the Titanic, whose lives intertwined briefly while sharing a lifeboat. Charlotte, Esme, and Anna were from different countries and socioeconomic statuses, but the events of that night changed all of their lives. Charlotte was a thief, masquerading as the wife of a reputable couple. Esme was onboard with her new, older husband, while secretly pining for another man. And Anna was embarking on a new lif...
  • Irene
    The first third or so of this book tells the captivating stories of three young women with very different backgrounds, and how they came to be on the Titanic that awful day in history when so many people lost their lives. This was my favorite part of the book. The middle is where we learn how their lives turned out in the aftermath of the sinking, by which time I was still enchanted with Anna, but growing tired of Charlotte. The last part of the ...
  • Helen
    I have always been fascinated by stories of the Titanic so I was anxious to read A Cold Dark Sea. I was not disappointed while reading the story of three very different women who were passengers. We come to know their different backgrounds separated by wealth, moral standings and cultures. Their lives before, during and decades after the devastating sinking of the Titanic provided an interesting story that I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone ...
  • Davida Chazan
    Yes, this is yet another novel about the Titanic, but I request you not click away just yet. Instead, please read my latest review on my blog that answers the question: has Elizabeth Blackwell found an angle to this old story that sets her novel apart from all the rest, or has she, like so many before her who are transfixed with this story, fallen into the same mundane traps? Find out in my review of “On a Cold Dark Sea” on my blog, here. htt...
  • Becca
    Really enjoyable, especially if you love anything about the Titanic. At first, I thought this was a story of real passengers/survivors, but having fictional characters almost made it better. The story lines were very believable and it was interesting to read how these survivors fared after the sinking. My favorite part of the entire novel were listening to the transcripts from Senate Investigation. Two thumbs up for the audio version.
  • Olya
    I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley-thank you!On a Cold Dark Sea is a historical fiction that focuses on three women who were in the same lifeboat during the sinking of the Titanic. It focuses less on the event itself and more on how it impacted the women for the rest of their lives. I liked how there was a chapter about each woman before the Titanic sank, which helped develop their characters. Overall, it was a good read.
  • Taylor
    Omg i love love LOVE any stories that have to do with the titanic. This was a wonderful work of fiction based on 3 different womens perspectives, before and after the sinking of the titanic. I definitely recommend this book.Oh and i also recievedd this cooy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review
  • Amy
    I was intrigued by On a Cold Dark Sea. I liked it but at times, it was a little slow. 4 stars.