Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
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For Book Beginnings:
Today I shocked the lawyers, and it surprised me, the effect I could have on them. A thunderstorm arose as we were leaving the court for lunch. They dashed for cover under the awning of a nearby shop to save their suits from getting wet while I stood in the street and opened my mouth to it, transported back and seeing again that other rain as it came to us in gray sheets.
- p. 3

For Friday 56:
"I'm an accountant, after all, not a seaman, but accountants are known for their accuracy. I have an eye for detail and the memory of an elephant. Just ask anyone who knows me. If I say I saw lights, then lights are what I saw."
- p. 56

Synopsis: Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any price to keep it?

The Lifeboat is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
Drinking the rain doesn't sound so weird to me. And I don't think lights require accuracy -- but I guess being out in the open ocean changes things.

What are you reading? I'd love to check out your link! TGIF!


  1. sounds like another interesting book Aloi! thanks for sharing. by the way, Susan sent me the copy of Secret Sense of Wildflower already.

    1. I seem to be getting some great books lately! Gad to hear it - enjoy Secret Sense! :)

  2. This sounds like a really interesting book! When I have nowhere to be, I love standing in the rain. Have you ever seen 'Midnight in Paris' by Woody Allen? It says Paris is at its most beautiful during the rain and I can vouchsafe that's true! Thanks for sharing!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    1. I LOVE Midnight in Paris! I'll have to do the same Juli - stood in the rain many times, just not in Paris :)

      (I blogged about this bookish movie here.)

    2. oops here's the link:

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    1. Me too, which is why when I won it, I was just really happy!

  4. Interesting... I wonder how an accountant ended up commanding a boat anyhow....

  5. This sounds really good, I want to find out more. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Janet! I'll put the review up soon!

  6. That sounds like a pretty good read. I hope you're enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by my Friday post as well.


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