Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Personal Copy
In 1921, the SS Paris leaves on her maiden voyage. Despite the Titanic sinking, ocean liners are still looking to be bigger and grander. Three ladies, traveling in separated classes among the ship meet by chance. Vera Sinclair is traveling first class, and returning to Manhattan after being away for thirty years. She’s sick, and knows this voyage will be her last. Constance Stone’s husband didn't approve of her trip, and now she is returning home after a failed attempt to bring her sister home. France was too tempting for her sister, and it’s clear their ailing mother is not her concern. Julie Vernet is trying to make a life for herself. Her parents were distraught over the death of her brothers during the war, and Julie needed to break away and make a life for herself.
This story is not about the ship, but more about three women making life changing decisions. Vera is waiting to die, Constance is walking a fine line between fling and affair and Julie is learning that men are not always as they seem. The diversity between the women really works well. Vera may want for nothing, but she’s really a lonely woman. At this time in her life, her wealth doesn't give her comfort. Constance misses her daughters, but questions her marriage. Julie is young, naive and grieving for her brothers. Her world has been so consumed with grief that she needed to get away, and start her life.
I wasn't sure what to think of Crossing on the Paris. I was intrigued by the plot but wondered how the ship would come into play. It actually worked really well. In tight quarters the three women come together, and learn about each other. I enjoyed the three main characters equally. Normally, I tend to choose one character over another. Gunther did a great job with Crossing on the Paris. I felt like I was on the ship with three dynamic, scared, and brave women.