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Friday, March 16, 2012

Debut Spotlight: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

Book Description:

It is the summer of 1914 and Europe is on the brink of war, but Grace Winter’s future finally seems secure as she and her new husband set sail for New York, where she hopes to win over a disapproving and status-conscious mother-in-law. When a mysterious explosion sinks their ship, Grace is thrust into a lifeboat by a quick-witted crew member, who climbs in after her even though the boat is already filled beyond capacity.

As the weather deteriorates and the passengers are forced to choose sides in a brewing power struggle, Grace realizes that her survival could depend on whether she backs the ruthless but experienced John Hardie or the enigmatic but increasingly forceful Ursula Grant. Over the course of three perilous weeks, the lifeboat passengers plot, scheme, gossip and console one another while questioning their deepest assumptions about goodness, humanity and God.

Grace is finally rescued, only to be put on trial for her life. Unsure what to make of their client, Grace’s attorneys suggest she write her story down. The result is a page-turning tale of moral dilemmas, and also a haunting portrait of a woman as unforgettable and complicated as the events she describes.

About the Author

Charlotte Rogan graduated from Princeton University in 1975. She worked at various jobs, mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering, before teaching herself to write and staying home to bring up triplets. An old criminal law text and her childhood experiences among a family of sailors provided inspiration for The Lifeboat, her first novel. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she and her husband now live in Westport, Connecticut.

Release Date: April 3, 2012


  1. I've heard a lot about this! It looks really good!

  2. Alright, I've somehow missed hearing of this one and now it's heading to the top of my list. Thanks for Downton Abbey, Maisie Dobbs, and Bess Crawford I've been all about this time period.

  3. This sounds very, very, interesting. I'll be checking this one out.

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  4. Hi Jennifer,

    I have also heard lots of good things about this book from people who have received ARC's.

    It is definitely going onto my reading list, although whether I shall be able to cope with reading it, is another matter entirely.

    I am very curious as to why Grace should be put on trial for her life, although I can probably make an educated guess from the power of the synopsis wording.

    I am however, frightened to death of anything to do with the water and the thought of being at sea in something the size of a lifeboat for three weeks, would be my worst nightmare ever.

    Having to overcome a personal fear just to read a fiction book, has to be about the saddest thing ever!

    Have a good weekend.


  5. Ooooh this one sound like a good read. I wonder how he navigated that situation and how they all came out of it.

  6. This does seem like a real powerhouse of a book, and like something that I would love to read. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  7. Ooo I love the cover. The color of the sky and water is beautiful. It sounds really intriguing as well.

  8. I'm not sure about this one, but it sounds as if it has definite potential. I'm looking forward to your review.

  9. Ohh, I've seen this one around lately and it definitely sounds interesting! I'd never seen it before until just a few days ago, but I'm definitely intrigued. And that cover is quite gorgeous!

  10. Oohh!! I love it when you spotlight debuts that I've never heard of before because they usually sound SO cool -- and that cover is absolutely stunning! I'm the kind of girl who would live in Atlantis if she could, so it definitely appeals to water-girls like me! ;)

    Thanks for sharing this, Mrs. Q! :) I hope you have an amazing weekend! <3

  11. Ah the Lifeboat dilemma! It's supposedly one of the top ten moral dilemmas. I wonder if she throws someone overboard hence the trial???
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  12. This book sounds like a very interesting read. I love the cover too - very intriguing.

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