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As war engulfs Europe, 1,500 passengers risk everything to find a brighter future.

Cousins Masha and Rachel Morgenstern board the luxury liner the SS Manhattan bound for New York, desperate to escape the concentration camps that claimed the rest of their family. America offers a safe haven, but to reach it they must survive a hazardous Atlantic crossing.

Among their fellow passengers fleeing the war, each with their own conflicts, secrets and surprises, are the composer Igor Stravinsky, making a new start after a decade of tragedy, and Rose Kennedy, determined to keep her four children from harm. Particularly worrying to Rose is her daughter Rosemary, a vivacious but troubled woman whose love for a Californian musician may derail her family’s political ambitions. And then there’s young Thomas, a Nazi with a secret...

But, under the waves, the Manhattan is being stalked by a German U-boat. Will any of those aboard the ocean liner ever achieve their dream of a new life in America?

©2018 Marius Gabriel (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Linda
  • Bowie, MD, United States
  • 04-05-18

Great Historical Fiction--Compelling Characters

Great story about lots of interesting passengers on the great liner, Manhattan, a US ship transporting passengers from Europe to America at the beginning of WWII. Exciting and with historical facts wrapped into a fictional story. Marius Gabriel is one of my favorite authors. I read on Kindle and listened to Angela Dawes on Audible. Both were terrific. Lots of angst among the escaping Passengers departing Nazi Germany. Reveals a bigot and hatred among some onboard, Americans returning, but they are few compared to the majority of the passengers. Includes romance, adventure, and military actions.

38 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Took me back in time

The author made me feel I was there and cared for each character, flaws and all. The narrator added more depth and easily portrayed each one. Definitely at least five stars.

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could not stop listening

I loved this book, I would love to know if the part about Rosemary Kennedy had any truth to it . It ended to soon as any good book does . The woman who performed it was really good each character voice was different she made the book so real! I just loved it !!!!!!

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Fast out of the gate faded on the final turn

The book was great while on the ship but a let down in the last 1/3. Kind of ran out of steam. Could have fast forwarded to the last two chapters.

34 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Joyce
  • Miamisburg, OH, United States
  • 05-17-18

A Love Forever

Although this book is primarily about the life of Rosemary Kennedy, it tells through the stories of other characters what the attitude of the public has been through the years towards anyone who does not share what they consider a normal and healthy sexual alignment.

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Great Book!

I loved this book. I stayed fully engaged throughout the book. The narration was also excellent.

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pretty good

pleasant. I got caught up in the storyline. well written and engaging. I would recommend.

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Wonderful Heartfelt Story!

Really loved this book, amazing that a male author could capture the essence of the female characters so well

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Wonderful story

I truly loved this book didn't want it to end! Fantastic a must read! Thanks

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Great historical novel.

l really enjoyed this travel through time. lt has made me look into events mentioned to see how much is true and where the "novel" parts come in.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-27-18

Outstanding

Did not expect to enjoy this book so much. Very moving. Excellent narrator. Recomend reading.