The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean – Titanic Survivor – Book Review

I received a copy of The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean Second Class Survivor of the RMS Titanic ($16.95 value) in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.”


It is early 1912 when teenage newlyweds Ian and Glynnis McLean decide to immigrate from Ireland to San Francisco. Slated to depart as first-class passengers on an American-owned ship, their plans suddenly change when that voyage is canceled due to a coal strike. After the McLeans trade in their tickets for second-class accommodations aboard the Titanic, they unknowingly transform the course of their lives forever. Only one of them survives that frigid April night. In her possession is her beloved diaries-the only things she saves besides herself.

In diary entries that begin in 1903, Glynnis details a childhood filled with cooking and sewing lessons, and a secret admiration for the neighbor boy, Ian. Glynnis records their journey together as Ian first rejects her advances and then eventually proposes marriage. As life leads them to step aboard the Titanic, fate intervenes, leaving Glynnis the survivor of one of the greatest tragedies ever known. But what she does not know is that when she provides testimony after the event, it is never entered into the record. Fifty years later, the truth is finally revealed through a lost deposition and excerpts from her cherished diaries. In this historical novel based on true events, a widowed survivor of the Titanic disaster reveals her history as a young girl in Ireland and how love led her onto a ship destined for tragedy.


Historical Fictions in the past really haven’t been my thing, but BOY I’ve read so many great ones lately and I’d say this one is at the top of my list right now.  With the Titanic movie being one of my all-time favorites…this book was a shoe-in.

The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean Second Class Survivor of the RMS Titanic was a well written story regarding love and loss.  And, of course, the Titanic story reveals that, but not to the extent of this novel OR in Glynnis’ eyes as a somewhat child becoming a woman very quickly during this devastating time.  In her diaries, she shared such descriptive knowledge of the ship and the people on board and the details of the sinking.  Her lost deposition was buried for years and amazing how it became to light to share her personal feelings, sights and sounds AND making everyone who reads it…fell like they are on the Titanic.

If there are any Titanic fanatics out there, this is the book for you. Amazing this wasn’t shared 50 years ago.  The Lost Deposition of Glynnis Smith McLean Second Class Survivor of the RMS Titanic can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse.

About the Author

Scott Stevens has been a Titanic buff since seeing A Night to Remember at age thirteen. He is currently a chemical technician for an aerospace company in Southern California, where he lives with his family. This is his debut novel.


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