Dangerous Crossing

Dangerous Crossing

by Rachel Rhys

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1939: Young Lily Shepherd boards an ocean liner bound for Australia to start anew. The passage proves magical, with live music, fancy dress balls, and stops at exotic locations. Lily is able to make friends with those above her social station. But soon she realizes that she's not the only one with secrets. By the time the ship docks, two passengers are dead, war has been declared, and Lily's life is changed irrevocably.

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ISBN-13: 9781432850890
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/02/2018
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 611
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Dangerous Crossing: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Bookworm1951 12 months ago
Takes place in 1939 as the world is on the brink of war. A story of passengers who leave England for a new life in Australia. Their reasons for leaving their homeland vary and lives become intertwined in a story that is sure to keep you interested. It's a time when diversity was not accepted whether it's religion, race, sexual orientation, etc. The author spins a tale of love, hate, lust, murder and redemption. Well written and well edited. Will read more by this author. Recommend this book if you enjoy a good old fashioned historical story.
Lynn2574 More than 1 year ago
You just never know whom you might encounter on board a ship. Some might surprise you. Some are fearful. In July, 1939, Lilian Shepherd boards the Orontes in Essex, England, bound for Australia, to enter domestic service. "Today, a new life begins," she thinks to herself. Little does she realize how new and different life will be, beginning with her 5 weeks on the ship, when Lily is transported into a world in which she doesn't belong, but which she immensely enjoys. As Lily begins to acquaint herself with the passengers at her dining table, and with the gala couple Eliza and Max Campbell, the passengers remain unaware of world events, including Hitler's invasion of Poland. This is a wonderful snapshot of life on the ocean, where everybody can put on the persona of anybody, and who's the wiser?? I read this EARC courtesy of Net Galley and Atria Books. pub date 01/09/18
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1939 Lily Shepherd has just sailed from Essex England to Sydney Australia aboard the Orontes. Although she is worried about leaving her family, she knows it is only for two years. When she arrives, she will be working as a lady’s maid. She meets her cabin mates, Audrey and Ida, who used to be chambermaids. Audrey is friendly but Ida appears to be a bitter person and not at all friendly. At dinner, Lily meets a young man, Edward Fletcher, who is traveling with his sister, Helena. As they dine at the same table, they soon get to know one another, thus spending time with them and others she has met. Edward is appealing to her and she learns that he has has tuberculosis and is seeking a warmer climate. Max and Eliza are from the first class section but enjoy coming down to the tourist section and spend time with them. Eliza is rather flamboyant and Max tends to drink too much. They both share a tragedy from their past. They have dinner parties onboard and port stops which allows them to visit other countries. The large group gets along well but one, George Price, is an annoying man who tries to show affection to Lily which disgusts her. Trying to stay away from him becomes difficult at times. War looms and many are worried about family back home. Lily observes how some of the people she has met are critical of others and some who appear to have secrets. The fact that everyone is in close quarters tends to lead to some anger and discontent at times. But when a big secret is revealed in a violent way, it is shocking. I understand that this book was written from a true story. Even if that is the case, I didn’t find it very interesting. It is somewhat repetitive and I kept wondering what the point of the story is. However, it is informative of the social ways and ship travel of the time period so there is that. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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AudioBook Review Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 England had long been providing for her colonies, and in the lead up to World War II, there was a need for domestic servants in Australia. Passage and chaperone provided, we meet Lily Shepard as she is one of three in this story chosen for the program. Excited by the opportunity and finding a new world open to her as places, people and experiences unlike those she would have found at home contrast with the sense that she is hiding something big. Aboard ship with normal social restrictions loosed, Lily finds herself drawn to the well-to-do siblings, Edward and Helena, and a scandalous couple Eliza and Max. Throughout the crossing there are black-tie balls, time to explore Pyramids and exotic markets, and in close quarters, time to learn stories from others: Maria Katz, a Jew fleeing Austria and her worries for her family, a fascist-leaning hothead in the form of George Price, and two passengers dead before the ship docks in Sydney. New experiences and exposure to places and people heretofore unimagined have Lily learning, growing and discovering the inequities in life: many she knew, others she would come to see as she discovers her own place in the world aided by her fascination with the easily bored and often heedless siblings, and her growing ability to see things with an eye to intention and purpose. What she once thought was a vacation and opportunity to redefine herself soon becomes more difficult than simple enjoyment on the way to the next phase of her life. Full of secrets, revelations and emotional kerfuffle: the crossing becomes a breeding ground in which the early days of bonhomie and free-association between passengers devolves and separates much as if they were still on land, the differences again highlighting behavior, treatment and above all, suspicions all around. The common theme here for all the passengers seemed to be running from rather than embracing the new, and keeping listeners wholly engaged in the look, feel and manners of the era. Narration for this story is provided by Katherine Manners and she clearly presented the story in ways that engaged and presented the characters that gave listeners instant insight into their status. Subtle voice inflections and pitch differences as well as variance in accents allowed each ‘level’ of society to be presented, each adapting overtones of wonder, privilege, boredom, worry or even anger as required. It’s the story and the growth of Lily here that is to be celebrated as the maelstrom of emotions and actions reveal secrets – some enough to die for. A lovely story full of place and time, carrying a level of tension that builds as the story progresses due to close quarters, revealed secrets and tension about the future as colored by impending war. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.