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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Book: The Last Lifeboat

 Book: The Last Life Boat

Author: Hazel Gaynor

Pages: 384

This is my 75th read for the year

This is the story of two women-  Alice King and Lily Nicols.  During World War II these two women had to make a choice.  Alice -a young woman who finds comfort among books and a quiet life decides to become an escort for Children leaving the country during the war.  Lily - a widow who has two young children decides that the safest thing for them would be to put them on a boat to Canada until the war is over.  When tragedy strikes on the children's passage to America, Lily and Alice work tirelessly to save as many children as they can - one from a life boat stranded in the Ocean and one at home trying to convince the people in power that there are indeed survivors of the ship.  As time runs out to save those that remain, their harrowing efforts make all the difference.

This was a pretty good book.  It is based on a true story and while the people in the book are all fictional, the situation was not.  It is a heartbreaking tale because many children and adults lost their lives trying to get these children out of England to Canada.  Even the people on the life boat - not all survived once they set out for help.  The book is well written - chapters that go back and forth between Lily and Alice's story - filling in their lives before this situation.   Has a good epilogue to wrap up the story as well.

Stars: 4

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