04. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Janet, Women's Fiction (chick lit)

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan, 278 pages, read by Janet, on 03/01/2013

The Lifeboat    Having just eloped with a man who offered her anything she would ever want and been sailing back to America to meet his mother, Grace suddenly found herself on a crowded lifeboat watching their elegant oceanliner sink beneath the sea.  This is the heart-rending story of people suffering the effects of weather, the tempestuous Atlantic Ocean, shortage of food, water, and even sitting space.  The boat is so heavy and over-crowded that it is constantly taking on water, making the situation even more frightening.  As things got worse, some felt they had to lighten the boat and some were “helped” into the sea.  Most of them survived over two weeks in this terrible condition.  After they were rescued those who “helped” others into the water were brought to trial for murder.  This trial discusses the final days and what happened.  One feels the heartache (and pain and hunger) throughout the story.

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