The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E. Smith
.ePUB, 267 pages
Expected Publication: 01 Mar 2022
By: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
About The Book:
Right after the sudden death of her mother—her first and most devoted fan—and just before the launch of her high-stakes sophomore album, Greta James falls apart on stage. The footage quickly goes viral and she stops playing, her career suddenly in jeopardy—the kind of jeopardy her father, Conrad, has always predicted; the kind he warned her about when he urged her to make more practical choices with her life. Months later, Greta—still heartbroken and very much adrift—reluctantly agrees to accompany Conrad on the Alaskan cruise her parents had booked to celebrate their fortieth anniversary. It could be their last chance to heal old wounds in the wake of shared loss. But the trip will also prove to be a voyage of discovery for them both, and for Ben Wilder, a charming historian, onboard to lecture about The Call of the Wild, who is struggling with a major upheaval in his own life. As Greta works to build back her confidence and Ben confronts an uncertain future, they find themselves drawn to and relying on each other. It’s here in this unlikeliest of places—at sea, far from the packed city venues where she usually plays and surrounded by the stunning scenery of Alaska—Greta will finally confront the choices she’s made, the heartbreak she’s suffered, and the family hurts that run deep. In the end, she’ll have to decide what her path forward might look like—and how to find her voice again.
Oh this book broke my heart and the took all the shattered pieces and put them back together again, it was such an enjoyable, lovely surprise to read this story...my first by this author and she has a new fan. Ms. Smith has such an engaging writing style and the father/daughter relationship plot was so captivating. I loved the strength our protagonist showed after everything she went through.
The setting of the cruise trip and especially Alaska was a character itself and I felt like I was there with this group of friend and family. This was such a heartfelt story of love, loss, friendship and family. We are never too old to need our parents but sometimes they need us as well. A splended read indeed. All the stars.
With many thanks to NetGalley, Jennifer E. Smith and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the giving of the ARC.