Daughter of the Shipwreck: A powerful and emotional historical fiction page-turner

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He kicked and struggled as his sister was carried out through the shallow water to one of the boats. The distance between them seemed to stretch out and out. There was nothing he could do. He cried out to her, his voice hoarse with tears, ‘I will find you! I promise!’

London, 1820: Nineteen-year-old orphan Mercy lives with her guardian and is working on the campaign to abolish slavery. On the other side of the city, a young sailor named Mat is scouring London in search of the men who kidnapped his sister many years before.

When he crosses paths with Mercy, he realises the little girl he had given up for dead is alive. Although he is overjoyed, this discovery destroys everything Mercy thought was true about the family she has lost. She’s been lied to.

Then the men Mat has been hunting are found dead, one after the other. With Mat implicated in their murders, it becomes clear someone is going to extraordinary lengths to keep the newly reunited siblings apart.

It is now up to Mercy to uncover the true culprit – before she loses her brother again forever. Even if it means uncovering a dark secret from their past. A secret someone will kill to protect.

An utterly gripping and powerful novel about family, secrets, identity, and risking everything for the ones you love. If you liked The FoundlingThe Miniaturist or Amy Snow, you will love Daughter of the Shipwreck.

See what readers are saying about Daughter of the Shipwreck

Outstanding, remarkable!... A soaring, sweeping, satisfying novel that kept me up late for several nights. The story itself was beyond beautiful… I was hooked. It held my attention, and I didn't want this story to end!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Incredible. This book broke me into a million pieces.’ @southernbellebooks ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a fantastic epic story… truly a heart wrenching read… full of emotion, with characters that I’ll remember for a long time. If you enjoy historical fiction, this really is a must read!’ Carla Kovach

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this novel… I was trying hard not to shed a tear.’ Tani Reads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

So heart-wrenching… that I couldn't put it down… I found it gripping… I have already been recommending this to family members.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Historical fiction at its finest. A compelling story by a great author!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘This was a lovely moving piece of historical fiction. I was totally immersed in this book and couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Great story telling and good description of London, I felt like I was there among the fog with themLoved the characters… Highly recommended read.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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3 reviews
August 10, 2021
What a fantastic epic story of a brother and sister, cruelly torn apart after being taken from their home for a life of slavery. The opening scene, set in Africa, was truly a heart wrenching read and I was eager to find out what had happened to the two young siblings. I really felt as though I was pounding the streets of London with Mat and Mercy. Both characters were so well rounded and likeable, I really enjoyed getting to know them as their stories unfolded. I loved the mystery element too. It had me guessing as to what had really taken place on the ship all those years ago. ‘Daughter of the Shipwreck’ is a brilliantly written story, full of emotion, with characters that I’ll remember for a long time. If you enjoy historical fiction, this really is a must read!
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Deborah Head
August 17, 2021
“Daughter of the Shipwreck” is a first time read by Lora Davies, new author to this reader. Not often do I read stories related to this abolition/slavery, but the description was so compelling that I had to read it. Well I can say that it did not disappoint by no means and I thought it was a well-written historical fiction. The story is of Mercy and Matt, two individuals who were torn apart from other another when their village in Africa was raided by slave traders and their family killed in the aftermath. Later, we find that Mercy is sent to work for a doctor’s wife who campaigns for the abolishment of slavery. Mat is a sailor who has been in search for his sister Mercy for quite some time and in the process hopes to eliminate the men who kidnapped her. It is not until Mercy and Mat cross paths that events are put into motion that could destroy all that Mercy thought was true. The story has its bit of mystery in that while Mat and Mercy are determined to find the kidnappers, someone else is eliminating those who hold the horrible secrets of their past and could they be the next to be silenced? Oh, this was just a really good read for me. I loved that Mat and Mercy have their own stories to tell and how both stories intertwined with one another. The author does a great job of pulling this together so that the reader can relate to both characters. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and kept my attention to the end. It was a book I found hard to put down and totally recommend the read.
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