My Monday must-read this week is Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat.
It’s been just over three years since this book was released and it’s been one that I have recommended to other people before.
Rogan writes of Grace Winter, a newlywed and a widow.
From the Goodreads summary: “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 story also focuses on the fact that Grace is on trial for a murder that occurs as a result of the lifeboat. It’s a fascinating plot device that I enjoyed.
Rogan’s writing was clear and discussion of social classes in the early 20th century is great to read. It’s amazing to think about what would happen inside a small boat when people are forced to bond together to survive.
This book is a fairly quick, entertaining read. Perfect for the lounge chair by the pool or the waves.