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!
Title: Dangerous Crossing
Author: Rachel Rhys
Publisher: Transworld Books
Genre: historical fiction
Date of publication: 2017
Number of pages: 364
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.
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