Thursday, November 15, 2012
Crossing on the Paris
In 1921,the SS Paris leaves Le Havre on her maiden voyage. Aboard, passengers dine in glittering grandeur on French cuisine, served by hundreds of unnoticed servants and chefs. Below the waterline, the modern oil-fired engines throb day and night. And for three women, this voyage will profoundly change their lives.
Traveling first class, elderly Vera Sinclair is reluctantly moving back to Manhattan after thirty wonderful years abroad. In cozy second class, reveling in her brief freedom from family life, Constance Stone is returning after a failed mission to bring her errant sister home from France. And in the stifling servants’ quarters, young Le Havre native Julie Vernet is testing her wings in her first job as she sets out to forge her own future. For all three, in different ways, this transatlantic voyage will be a life-changing journey of the heart.
This is the story of three women of different ages with various problems, one is an elderly woman with cancer, another a young woman, and then the middle aged married woman. Each has an interesting story, they meet and a bond forms. Set in the 1920s during World War I.
I found the book to be a bit slow moving story of three women meeting on the ship, their lives before this journey and how their friendship forms while on the boat. Enjoyable even though it wasn't what I was expecting. 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.