In the summer of 1914, the Empress Alexandra, a magnificent ocean liner, suffers a mysterious explosion on its voyage from London to New York City. On board are Henry Winter, a rich banker, and his young new wife, Grace. Somehow, Henry manages to secure a place in a lifeboat for Grace. But the survivors quickly realize it is over capacity and could sink at any moment. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements, and one another, Grace watches and waits. She is a woman who has learned the value of patience - her journey to a life of glittering privilege has been far from straightforward. Now, she knows, it is in jeopardy, and her very survival is at stake.
Over the course of three perilous weeks, the passengers on the lifeboat plot, scheme, gossip, and console one another while sitting inches apart. Their deepest beliefs about goodness, humanity, and God are tested to the limit as they begin to discover what they will do in order to survive. The Lifeboat is a page-turning story of moral dilemmas, and also the moving and haunting story of Grace, a woman as unforgettable and complicated as the story she recounts.
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By Frederiek van Rhijn on 26-08-12
Simply loved this book
I loved this book from the very beginning to the end and rated it five stars.
I hope to read more of her. But apart from the book I also loved the audioversion. It was told in a highly vivid way and with a matter of fact voice.
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By Amazon Customer on 26-05-13
Only slightly less boring than .......
actually being shipwrecked for three weeks!! I found the story hindered by the narrators dreadful Oirish accent for Hardy, and quite frankly wished them all dead by chapter 15 to lessen the agony!
Granted it's a hard subject but felt the way the story jumped back and forward towards the end of the book did not help, it was almost like the author knew you would be bored and so skipped to the end and then retold the story of the rescue.
Just did not like it and really struggled to finish it.
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