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Float the Boat: Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys @TransworldBooks #BlogTour

I’d like to thank the fantastic Anne Cater and the publisher for including me in this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Title: Dangerous Crossing
Author: Rachel Rhys
Publisher: Transworld Books
Genre: historical fiction
Date of publication: 2017
Format: eARC
Number of pages: 364
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

England, September 1939
Lily Shepherd boards a cruise liner for a new life in Australia and is plunged into a world of cocktails, jazz and glamorous friends. But as the sun beats down, poisonous secrets begin to surface. Suddenly Lily finds herself trapped with nowhere to go …

Australia, six-weeks later
The world is at war, the cruise liner docks, and a beautiful young woman is escorted onto dry land in handcuffs. 

What has she done?


Dangerous crossing was for me just what the the title says! A dangerous crossing! I’m a creature from earth, I am a firm believer of the ground under my feet, and never ever will you find me on a boat for a cruise or a life change! I’d go crazy stuck with the same people! I don’t care how fast and full of the best equipment nowadays ships are, I can only agree to get in to cross from France to Corsica!

Then comes the era. I can’t explain my reluctance to jump into time travel and history. Here, the author captured the time period so well I felt a string pulling me into a decade that wasn’t mine. I discovered, I rediscovered, I had my eyes open on very important and down-to-earth subjects. And loved it!

In a nutshell, this book was a fabulous adventure lived from the safety of my couch!

Like the waves taking all those people to Australia, the pace of Dangerous Crossing is slow, it lulls you into a feeling of escape, of being cut off from the world and its problems, when in fact the ship becomes a world in itself. A satellite of what happens on the old continent. Classes, racism, good manners, all the things that rule the life of those stayed behind.

I loved every step of the way, and I don’t only mean the different stops of the trip that allowed me to visit new places, remember the experience of setting foot in an unknown place with wide-open eyes and a will to take it all in to create those unforgettable pictures in your head. Because wow! The author really made me feel I was the one walking those streets, smelling those strange scents, feeling the heat or cold on my skin. The perfect vacation under my little blanket!

But I am also talking about the evolution of life aboard. The excitement of the trip fading as time goes by, friendships, feuds, awkward moments, the harsh reality coming to reign on the big floating city.

There is such a brilliant and bubbly array of characters between the pages that you can’t help but learn your lesson, feel your heart melt, get puzzled, try to figure out every reaction, every change of tone. I simply adored following Lily’s view on everyone while creating my own opinion on each character. Because Lily is a sweet and pure character with a heart of gold and an innocence I wanted to protect. Seeing her walk every part of this ship and encounter the good and the bad was a tranquil delight.

Dangerous Crossing was different from what I expected. I naively thought I’d get a dead body, haha! But I got a taste of life in the run up to the second world war, and a very realistic picture of what it was like for so many people. I travelled through time and space thanks to a flawless writing you must take your time to appreciate. Dangerous Crossing is the right book to forget what’s around you for a few hours and be transported into another world, not so far, yet so important.

Jump to Amazon to get your copy! 🙂

Don’t forget to check the other stops in the tour!

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44 thoughts on “Float the Boat: Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys @TransworldBooks #BlogTour”

  1. So glad to hear this one was such a pleasant surprise, Meggy! I kind of relate to your fear of boats hahaha But just because I’m not a big fan of the ocean (or rather, what lies underneath).
    I love a great history book and this one sounds like the perfect adventure 🙂
    Awesome review! ❤


  2. I remember this book as the book that Cleo got mentioned in, what a fabulous honour to have your name used. (You have experienced this too, as a Donna in a book if I remember right?)
    Anyway, I was hesitant about the book when I first saw it as I’m not so much in to reading historical books, despite knowing the importance of it. But the book has been given great reviews, and I think the descriptions must be amazing if they made you feel the adventure from your couch. That’s the great thing about books isn’t it, you can travel the world and experience a million things from the comfort of your bed/chair/sofa.
    Great review Meggy as always.


    1. Yes! I loved Cleo’s cameo! I did have a small part in my bestie Jillian Quinn’s book, it’s so weird and so nice from an author to do this. Historical fiction is not my cup of tea but I was transported and travelled with those characters and it was quite nice! Thank you so much ❤

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  3. It sounds really interesting! I love reading historical novels for the exact thing you mentioned. You can immerse yourself in tis other time and learn something about how those people (women especially) had to live then. It’s always interesting. On a side note, I love how this cover portrays the time as well as a bit of the setting for the plot. Pretty too!


  4. I think if I say one more time how much I simply love your reviews, the praise will lose its meaning, but just know- I really am telling you the truth! Every.Single.Time..
    I love traveling by ship and I think you captured perfectly what the author was trying to demonstrate by the excitement of the first day fading and then all the awkwardness, feuds, etc coming out to play… fabulous…
    The book sounds positively atmospheric and I’m glad you went on this trip 😉


    1. Haha, you are like the sunshine that reminds me I’m not too bad at this reviewing thing ❤ Means a lot!! Especially as I have Reviewing classes now and I need confidence to keep my style ❤ I think maybe the reviews are a bit better because the more I write, the more I enjoy the process! 😀 It was fascinating to see this claustrophobic atmosphere affect every character! Thank you lovely xxx


  5. Great review for this book Meggy, and I’m glad you enjoyed it as well. I don’t tend to read a lot of historical fiction (it’s strange because I love time travel books and history in general) but it sounds like the author really captured the time period on Dangerous Crossings, and that the story drew you back in time as you were reading. 🙂
    Again great review. 🙂 ❤


  6. I loved this one too – I thought she made her setting feel totally authentic and I enjoyed all the characters, even the ones I didn’t like. And I enjoyed Cleo’s cameo too… 😉


  7. Great review Meggy. I do like a good book that manages to take me on a journey. This sounds brilliant and I am glad to see you reading historical fiction 🙂


  8. Ah I’m the same about boats- not least cos we used to get the ferry from England to France and I got sea sick *every single time*- the thought of going on a boat for any length of time makes me feel queasy. But I like the idea of going on an adventure from the safety of my couch!! This sounds great!!


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