Five of the most famous people aboard the Titanic...

The richest man aboard the Titanic was John Jacob Astor IV whose wealth was an estimated $2 billion dollars in today's money. He was travelling with his wife of seven months who was eighteen years old and 29 years his junior. Their relationship most likely caused many raised eyebrows amongst upper class society...

Millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim was briefly featured in the 1997 film adaptation, Titanic, for his heroic acts and the eventual calm surrender in which he accepted his fate. Having helped women and children to board lifeboats, Guggenheim and his valet Victor Giglio returned to their cabins and dressed in evening wear. They were seen sitting near the Grand Staircase at the end, sipping brandy and smoking cigars as they sedately awaited death.

Isador Straus was the co-owner of New York's famous department store, Macy's - he was returning to America with his wife of 41 years, Ida after spending the winter in Europe. Having refused to leave on a lifeboat without her husband, Ida gave her fur coat to her maid insisting she make a bid for survival. The Straus couple were devoted to one another and remained so until their end.

Lady Countess Rothes was made famous by helping take command of one of the lifeboats that successfully escaped the Titanic. Already an active charity worker and philanthropist who worked hard to raise money for the Red Cross and also worked as a nurse during WWI. Optimistic and decisive, she steered the tiller of the lifeboat, taking it clear on the sinking ship before helping row the boat to the safety of the rescue ship, the Carpathia.

During my research for the writing of my latest novel, A Shop Girl At Sea, I learned of many passengers whose names will forever remain in history, whether or not they survived the disaster. One can only imagine the horrors and trauma endured by each and every person aboard the fated ship, May they never be forgotten...

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Bath, 1912.
Amelia Wakefield loves working at Pennington's, Bath's finest department store. An escape from her traumatic past, it saved her life. So when Miss Pennington sets her a task to set sail on the Titanic and study the department stores of New York, she couldn't be more excited – or determined!
Frustrated with his life at home, Samuel Murphy longs for a few weeks of freedom and adventure. Meeting Amelia on board the Titanic, Samuel can't help wonder what painful history has made the beauty so reserved. But he already has too many responsibilities for love.
Ruby Taylor has always kept her Pennington co-workers at a distance. Making sure her little brother is safe has always been her priority. But when that means accepting Victoria Lark's offer of sanctuary, more than one of Ruby's secrets is under threat of being revealed...
A riveting and uplifting saga, perfect for fans of Elaine Everest and Fiona Ford.

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