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Review: The Breath Between Waves by Charlotte Anne Hamilton

Talk about an emotional whirlwind. I don’t know why I keep picking up books about the Titanic when I know they will emotionally wreck me. WHAT ELSE DO I EXPECT?? I know about the Titanic for ONE REASON! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Penelope Fletcher gave up everything to board the RMS Titanic.

Forced to travel to America for her father’s new job, Penelope left her home in Scotland, her beloved grandmother, and even her girlfriend, who promptly got engaged to someone else. Heartbroken, Penelope isn’t looking forward to the weeklong journey. Or that her parents want her to find a husband in America. To make matters worse, she also has to share a cabin with a complete stranger.

Ruby Cole, her spunky Irish roommate, is unlike anyone Penelope ever met. They become fast friends as they bond over crushing family expectations and sneaking into lush parties together. That Ruby likes women, too, comes as a surprise to Penelope, but she knows their affair can only be temporary. Because as soon as the Titanic arrives in New York, Penelope will have to marry someone of her father’s choosing.

Before long, though, they’ll both have to decide what–and who–is really worth fighting for.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Breath Between Waves knew exactly what to say to hook me: sapphic romance and the Titanic. Because not only do I seem to be looking for my heart to be destroyed, I seem to think that it might not be that emotionally wrecking. Wrong. Very wrong. The Breath Between Waves hit the emotional highs and lows for me. As Penelope and Ruby are prepared to come to terms with the prospect of marriage thrust upon them – even though they don’t want it. How each of them represent a moment of freedom, love, and life.

But the pit of dread in my stomach never went away, because it’s the freakin Titanic. The chemistry between Ruby and Penelope was so sweet. What ends up happening when I read Titanic stories is that I wanna just scream, “do whatever you want the boat is going to sink just live”, but it’s never like that. Because we so rarely think these are our last moments. The Breath Between Waves made my heart lurch in the ways their dreams are stifled and ambitions put aside.

All their ambitions which are put aside. And don’t get me started on how many foreshadows Hamilton drops in! Predictably once the collision occurred I read the rest in one sitting. How could I not?? I even started narrating it to my partner and being like, “WAKE UP!” (not to him, but to the characters). The Breath Between Waves was just the emotional pain I wanted and expected and I breezed through it in two days.

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