The Lifeboat

By Charlotte Rogan | Paperback
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I was to stand trial for my life. I was twenty-two years old. I had been married for ten weeks and a widow for six. 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 each other, 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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FormatPaperback 
Pages288 
Dimensions254mm x 152mm x 22mm
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group 
Release Date29 Mar 2012 
ISBN-139781844087532 

Kerre's Choice

10 Apr 2012, 4:47pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
When the Empress Alexandria sinks on its way from London to New York, Grace Winter is one of the survivors after her wealthy banker husband secures her a place on a lifeboat. They are a motley collection within the lifeboat and it quickly becomes apparent that the lifeboat is overcrowded - for any to live, some must die. The novel is Grace’s diary of the fortnight spent on the lifeboat before the survivors were rescued and an account of the trial for murder that she and two of her fellow survivors faced when they reached New York. This is a gripping novel and Grace is an unforgettable character - not altogether a sympathetic character. She’s too calculating for that. But this debut novel is destined - forgive the pun - to make waves.
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Can't Wait

15 Apr 2012, 10:32pm | Review by Shelley Newbery
This looks like a very interesting and nail biting suspensful read. I can not wait to buy this.
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The LifeBoat

11 Apr 2012, 8:45pm | Review by Carole Patterson
This review caught my eye , I guess because of the Titanic centerary, but I love to read period dramas - Im sure I was born a centerary later than I should have been!
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The lifeboat

11 Apr 2012, 3:26pm | Review by Elsa Collecutt
The Lifeboat review gives a hint of what happens to survivors of The Empress Alexandria. Life after survivors are rescued from a ship wreck does not always cover the here after story. Sounds like a must read.
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