The Lifeboat

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Click for availability and more information The Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan
 
For fiction readers, it is always a pleasure to discover an author whose first book is not only highly readable, but also displays great writing talent. Such is the case with The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. Told in the first person, the prologue gives a brief glimpse into the story. Apparently, the main character, Grace Winter, is involved in a court proceeding of some sort. Then, the story reverts back in time with Grace adrift in a lifeboat somewhere in the north Atlantic after the ship she was on sank. The year is 1914 and the impending world war has caused many to escape from Europe to New York. This is, for the most part, a survival at sea story as Grace and her fellow survivors try to stay alive on their small lifeboat. The diverse collection of characters is credibly drawn and the interaction among them causes great tensions to mount as the days go on and on without a rescue. Rogan's knowledge of the sea and boats is evident with her skillful depiction of the small craft plunging through stormy waters and the attempt of Grace and the others to find water and some food to avoid dying at sea. Eventually, the reason for the Grace's being in a courtroom becomes clear and adds a good touch to the story. The Lifeboat has interesting characters involved in a very dramatic situation and makes for an enjoyable reading experience.
-Roy

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