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On her first voyage as a stewardess aboard the Empress of Ireland , Ellie is drawn to the solitary fire stoker who stands by the ship's rail late at night, often writing in a journal. Jim. Ellie finds it hard to think of his name now. After their wonderful time in Quebec City, that awful night happened. The screams, the bodies, the frigid waters ... she tries hard to tell herself that he survived, but it's hard to believe when so many didn't. So when Wyatt Steele, journalist at The New York Times asks her for her story, Ellie refuses. But when he shows her Jim's journal, she jumps at the chance to be able to read it herself, to find some trace of the man she had fallen in love with, or perhaps a clue to what happened to him. There's only one catch: she will have to tell her story to Steele and he'll "pay" her by giving her the journal, one page at a time.
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780143192015
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Mar 22, 2018

Ellie is a woman who has seen more than her fair share of troubles, and hasn’t yet come to terms with them. She is about to become a stewardess aboard the Empress of Ireland for the romance of her life… and a tragedy to top anything she has seen before. Caroline Pignat’s “Unspeakable” is a fictional story based upon true fact of a trade guy that was lost to time because it was sandwiched between two of recent history's most famous events. Unspeakable is a fun book to read with all the elements of a good fictional story, yet it pays tribute to those who were onboard the Empress of Ireland -- both alive and dead -- through its plot and its base in truth. Books like these make learning about history fun. Although the dating system used in the chapters may take some getting used to.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

loljilydoe Apr 22, 2015

I really do love romance because it offers the sentiment of a happy ever after. This book was defintly everything I expected except for that completly unnessecairy plot twist about the baby. The drama and all the plot and writing went along perfectly and made this book incredebily hard to put down. Honestly this book was definitly one of the better ones in this years selection because not only was the writing style AMAZING with the all the descriptions, the writing was very deep and seemed to MAKE the reader HAVE to read more and to THINK about the book even when the reader isn't reading/finished reading it

artem_s Apr 16, 2015

This book really surprised me. It went miles above what I expected of it. I enjoyed this book, even though I hate romance and drama, preferring action, suspense, and mystery. I have to say that i never finished a book that was solely a drama romance because I got bored after the first few chapters, reading books like Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, and Harry Potter. However i read this book in one sitting, and had a positive opinion about it at the end. The book was fast paced, had a nice style that never kept the reader in one place, it just so dynamic in a way! It kept me reading all the way, even though it possessed absolutely NONE of the qualities I enjoy. The characters were really well designed, and the story line was really interesting. Because it appealed to a reader like me, It means that it was written in a way that appealed to everyone. It made something special with the genre of drama romance, using its characters and plot to draw in readers of all genres without swaying away from what it is. Because of that, I must say that this is a terrific book.

tristanbooks Mar 26, 2015

Hi ryanbooks99, I DISAGREE WITH YOU. This book is with romance and love and all that stuff. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

tinkerbook Mar 25, 2015

This book was better than I thought! Although the way it kept going back and forth from past to present could be confusing at times. How do you think the relationship between Ellie and Jim turns out? Does Ellie's father miss her at all, or even care? And yanzhang1234, I think that Jim's sisters still think he's dead. And Jim probably knew Ellie was at the beach. I don't think it's a coincidence. But I agree with you, that the book has cliffhangers and plot twists on every chapter.

yanzhang1234 Mar 16, 2015

So far, this is the best book I've read yet. It has many plot twists and cliff hangers on every chapter. This book was strongly written, and it rivals the story, "Titanic" which doesn't have many books written. The only thing I oppose to this book is when the timelines are jumping back and forth. (Past, Present, past, present) It did get me a little confused on which events were the right times, but other than that it was great! I really hope the author will write a sequel! Here are my three questions:
1. What made the author write about a true story based on a sunken boat like the Titanic?
2.What happen to Jim's two sisters? Did they still think of Jim dead?
3. How did Jim just find Ellie on the beach? Is it just a coincidence?

izabulka Mar 11, 2015

unspeakable was the first book i read for red maple, and it set my standards for the rest of the books pretty high. i absolutely love the fact that this was a book based off the titanic, because there aren't many books like that. as well, the plot twists in the book had me hooked until the very end. i really liked how the book talked about ellies growth as a person (from her tragic past to the "present day") as well. it really had me wondering what was held in the future. sadly, this book is a bit on the cheesy romantic side, but it was written so nicely that it makes up for the cheesiness. in summary, i think this is a well written book and i highly recommend it for romance/mystery lovers

extreme_fangirl Mar 06, 2015

"Unspeakable" is filled with plot twists that leaves readers with surprises and wonder. It is a love story very similar to the "Titanic" (it evens mentions the "Titanic").

Ellen Hardy has had her mother die, get kicked out by her father and sent to work (by her great-aunt) as a stewardess on "The Empress of Ireland", a huge downgrade from her original first class status. There, she finds love to heal her broken heart, but Jim has his own secrets. Before they can be revealed, "The Empress of Ireland" is hit by another ship, causing a tragedy rivaling the "Titanic". Back in present day, Ellie seemingly lost everything and is hounded by a reporter that wants to know her story. She has to relive guilt, fear, regret and uncover secrets buried for 2 years.

I really like this book because it shows how Ellie matured and found herself. She learns to deal with pain and loss and finally lets go of her past to make a brighter future. It is obvious the author put much thought into this book. Unlike some of the other comments, I actually like how the book changes from present to past every few chapters, it was a smooth transition. Throughout the course of the book, I was filled was so many questions that kept me inferring the ending. There was always a bit of unpredictability in the book that made it interesting.

Overall, I like "Unspeakable" and it was well written.

As for my 3 questions:

1. What will Jim do for a living? Will he live in Ellie's house with Faith or with his two sisters?

2. Although they promised to see each other again, will they keep contact after Steele comes back? What about the book he is going to write?

3. Will Ellie's father ever open his mind and accept his granddaughter?

ryanbooks99 Mar 02, 2015

This book was not of my taste, though it was well written. The constant changing from time to time confused me. It was pretty tragic, and I simply do not like that kind of book. Similar to the Titanic, this accident caused hundreds to die. Would you have gone on this boat, knowing that the Titanic had sunk only approximately 2 years before? Unspeakable is soo....unspeakable? If you were Ellie, what would you do?


A story that you don't want to put down matched with interesting characters and set in an historical event that is as memorable as any character.

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