Book Review: Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (RMS Titanic, 1912) by Ellen Emerson White

titanicAfter tragically losing their parents, Margaret Ann Brady and her brother William are orphaned and penniless on the streets of London. William is hard-pressed to find work, and decides it best for his young sister to be put in the care of the nuns at St. Abernathy’s Orphanage, while he voyages to America to find work (and eventually send for his sister’s passage to join him). A few years later, a stroke of luck presents thirteen-year-old Margaret the rare opportunity to sail for America aboard the finest and largest ocean liner yet, the RMS Titanic, as a “traveling companion” to a wealthy American woman, Mrs. Carstairs.

This book is well-written. Margaret is fairly witty, mischievous, precocious and clever; although she is sometimes a bit too sardonic. That aside, she is certainly not unlikable, and the book is a pleasure to read. The description of April 14th’s tragic events is heartbreaking and fascinating, and I feel the author did a very good job. One more thing I’d like to mention is that this book, unlike quite a few others, is told with a distinctly British voice and perspective, and there are even several jabs taken at Americans. Overall, a solid story and undoubtedly one of the more popular in this series.