Amanda/Miranda

 
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Amanda/Miranda
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Release Date
March 11, 1980
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0803724896
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"Your future lies beyond a mountain of ice, where you will die, and live again." The wisewoman's prophecy disturbs Miranda, a maidservant who bears an uncanny resemblance to her rich and arrogant mistress, Amanda Whitwell. Thrust into a tangled web of lies by Amanda, Miranda watches helplessly as one fateful night, a prophecy once foretold becomes reality . . . aboard the Titanic. Richard Peck's newly abridged edition of his popular adult novel is an enthralling adventure that will capture the reader's imagination.

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Servant&. Or heiress?
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Mary Cooke has been trained to be a servant her whole life. With a mother who was a former maid to one of the wealthiest people in England, and no dowry for marriage, she has no other expectation in life than to serve her superiors faithfully. On a spring day in 1911, Mary finds herself traveling to the place where she believes she will spend the rest of her life.

When her wagon breaks down en route, Mary wanders along the seaside until she finds herself visiting an old Wisewoman. Over afternoon tea, Mary tells the Wisewoman that she believes her new life will be boring and uneventful. The woman suprises Mary by telling her she can see the future and proceeds to give Mary a glimpse of her future life. She tells Mary she will not only marry twice but die and live again beyond a mountain of ice. Although she is puzzled by the strange prophecy, Mary pushes the words to the back of her mind as she arrives at last at Whitwell Hall.

Once there she soon becomes the new maid of Amanda Whitwell: the spoiled, selfish daughter of Lady Eleanor Whitwell, mistress of the estate. Soon Miranda (as her mistress renames her), settles in to life at the Hall. The only strange thing about her new job is that Miranda looks like Amanda Whitwells near-double.

Soon the conniving Amanda decides to use the coincidence to her advantage. While she courts both men Miranda loves, Miranda waits dutifully by Amandas side, easily manipulated by her mistress plans. When maid and mistress are to journey to America for Amandas wedding, Miranda finally snaps. As both women step onto the deck of the Titanic, little do they know that their lives will change forever&

This book had everything I needed to keep me interested. With plenty of suspense, great characters, and an interesting plot, it was one of those books you hope will never end. Mirandas lovable personality will keep readers rooting for her to get the best of her arrogant mistress. Best of all, the book offers a look at the servants view of Edwardian English society rather than the glamorous wealthy lifestyle that is usually portrayed.

Originally published as an adult novel, Amanda/Miranda has recently been abridged by the author into this Young Adult version. Unlike most books that involve characters who travel on the Titanic, this book does not center around the tragedy, but rather around the people involved. The book does not simply end after April 14, 1912 but continues on for several years. I cant tell you why it doesnt end or I will give it away so youll just have to read it yourself.

Recommended for readers 12 and up, although older readers will probably understand the situations presented better. Those who enjoy reading stories involving the Titanic will not be disappointed, even though the story does not revolve around the incident. Dont miss out on this wonderful historical fiction read!
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Amanda Miranda
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this book is a good novel, its a historical fiction book and very intriguing.
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this book talks alot about the sinking of the titanic
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Miranda is Amandas newest lady maid. But the two girls look exactly alike! When both girls meet tragedy on the sailing of the Titanic, Mirandas fate might just change forever. I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. It was sort of like The Parent Trap, only the two girls werent blood related. I never understood why they look alike, but it was good anyway. A great story for someone interested in the Titanic or historical fiction.



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